Distressing Costume for Post-Apocalyptic LARP

I’m a big fan of wasteland style worlds and their particular visual aesthetic, so it was a massive privilege to be asked to photograph Shadow Wars, Forsaken, and The World Went Dark this year. When it comes to costume, Shadow Wars is relatively easy – you can crowbar an awful lot of everyday clothes to fit the setting, but the latter two are a little trickier. Realising that I have both Forsaken and The World Went Dark coming up next month in October, I figured I’d better start on some costume. I knew I had everything around the house, I just had to pull it together into a coherent outfit. The best distressing techniques for costume are much argued about, but this is how I did mine. So I started gathering supplies, which included taking a trip to Wilkos and raiding the tool kits we keep in the basement… A plain Vest Top Trousers from eBay Boots from when I used to teach air cadets – try your local army surplus A plane blade Spray paints in red, brown, cream, yellow, and clear. I really like the Wilkos own brand ones – they’re cheap at £3.95 a can and they have a … Continue reading Distressing Costume for Post-Apocalyptic LARP