• Finnish Representatives:
    Elina Cosplay

    Tekla Kokkonen

    Photos: Emilia Lahtinen & Evelina Kronqvist

  • Elina Cosplay

    About Me

    Name: Elina
    Age: 30+
    Cosplay alias: Elina Cosplay

    Social media: Facebook Instagram

    What was your first cosplay?

    My first cosplay was Mad Hatter from Angel Sanctuary. I made the costume with help from my grandma way back in 2004, and have been hooked on this hobby ever since.

    What do you do besides cosplaying?

    I hang out with my great big goof of a dog, watch the same sitcoms over and over again, and dream about making shoes.

    What made you start cosplaying, and what is it that inspires you to continue with it?

    I was originally drawn in to the hobby because I got to become all the characters I admired so much. In the decade and a half since I started, I’ve grown to love the crafting aspect of the hobby, and being able to see my skills develop is amazing. I’m a very hands-on type of person, so making things is definitely what keeps me hooked on cosplay.

    What is your favourite cosplay up until now, and what made you choose to portray that character?

    Anders from Dragon Age II will always have a special place in my heart, both as a character and as a costume I’ve made. I love the complexity of his character, and the costume allowed me to properly try working with a lot of materials and techniques I had only dreamed of using before. I got to really do leather crafting for the first time, and Anders is definitely the costume that got me attached to the idea of working with both recycled and natural materials as much as possible.

    Do you have any specific techniques or materials that you like working with when creating your costumes?

    I’m a sucker for leather work. I’ve been interested in leather crafting techniques ever since I was a child (I was a weird kid, okay), and for the past five-ish years I’ve been teaching myself to shape and mold leather to my will. I’ve always loved making shoes and shoe covers, and I really want to make my own cosplay shoes from scratch.

    How did you qualify for the Nordic Cosplay Championship 2019?

    II won the Finnish Cosplay Championships in November 2018.

    What do you look forward to most with the competition?

    I look forward to seeing everyone’s costumes and getting to know my fellow contestants! Meeting new people and learning new things from all of them has always been my favourite part of international competitions.

    What costume do you plan on competing with in the finals, and what made you choose it?

    I’m bringing Velanna, my favourite prickly elf lady from Dragon Age: Awakening. Velanna is one of the very underappreciated characters from the Dragon Age universe, and I love how she hates people but loves stories. Her outfit has also given me a chance to do fantastic things with my leather crafting, so all in all she’s the perfect fit for this competition!

  • Tekla Kokkonen

    About Me

    Name: Tekla Kokkonen
    Age: 22
    Cosplay alias: Megurinemagnet
    Social media: Instagram

    What was your first cosplay?

    My very first cosplay was Haine Otomiya from Shinshi Doumei Cross. My grandmother made it for me as a birthday present in 2010.

    What do you do besides cosplaying?

    Playing games and reading visual novels is what I do! I really enjoy playing story rich games, such as Life is Strange, the Danganronpa series or Nier:Automata. My all time favorite game is definitely Alice: Madness returns. I'm also a freshly graduated Visual Artisan, and I often look at the world through my camera's viewfinder. Actually, cosplay is the reason why I got interested in photographing in the first place. In honor of that the theme of my very first photo exhibition was "Cosplay & emotional bonds".

    What made you start cosplaying, and what is it that inspires you to continue with it?

    Thanks to my very cool Akatsuki beanie I had in 2009, a certain person came to talk to me when I was shopping. We talked about Naruto and they asked me if I was coming to Bakacon. Back then I knew nothing about conventions or cosplay, and the rest is history. After my grandmother finished sewing my first cosplay and I saw it for the first time, I knew that "this was something bigger", so I asked her to teach me how to sew. We made a few more costumes together, and in 2014 I started to learn more advanced things on my own. I love cosplaying from the bottom of my heart and I'm always planning what I could do next and how I could improve my crafting skills. Through my cosplays I want everyone to see how much I love and respect the characters I've chosen to portrait and of course all the hard work I've put into my costumes! Seeing your own improvement is one of the best things with this hobby. And of course cosplaying wouldn't be the same without all the people you do it with. Alongside these things, self expression and bonds with fictional characters are the source of my hopefully never-ending inspiration for this hobby.

    What is your favourite cosplay up until now, and what made you choose to portray that character?

    This question is so hard for me. I love all of my cosplays for several reasons, for example: how good I feel in the costume, how proud of the craftsmanship of the costume I am, what the making process has taught to me... I could go on and on!

     

    But one character stands above them all - Taichi Yagami from Digimon Adventure. As a series Digimon is very dear to me, and I've always had "a thing" for brown haired protagonists, who are more or less hot-headed idiots and always ready to protect their families and friends. I cosplayed Taichi for the first time in February 2017, and it was a starting point of my personal growth. Taichi has given me so much strength to aim higher than the skies. Friends I can call my family. Courage to be the person I've always wanted to be. And to make sure I'd never forget anything he has given to me, the crest of courage was tattooed on my upper back on the 1st of August, 2017.

    Do you have any specific techniques or materials that you like working with when creating your costumes?

    I guess I could say that adding glitter and/or shiny details to my costumes is my speciality. When making new costumes I go by this rule: "If I can add glitter, I will add glitter". My costume for the finals is no exception when it comes to this "rule" of mine.

    How did you qualify for the Nordic Cosplay Championship 2019?

    I won the NCC-preliminaries in Tracon 2018.

    What do you look forward to most with the competition?

    I can't wait to meet all the other contestants and to see their awesome cosplays! The fact that we get to see each other's costumes up close makes me so excited, sharing crafting techniques and methods is always super thrilling.

    What costume do you plan on competing with in the finals, and what made you choose it?

    My costume choice for the finals is the same costume I qualified with - Yuko Oshima 9th from my favorite anime series AKB0048. I deeply love Yuko as a character, and our personalities are very close to each other (even one of her hobbies is photographing!). I did ponder many other options for the finals, but eventually I realized that I want to experience the whole journey with her. Performing as her on a stage I've admired for years is definitely a dream come true ♥