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About Varied / Hobbyist Premium Member Malinda MathisFemale/United States Group :iconsynchro-hearts: Synchro-Hearts
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Hello all! :) For a while now it's been really difficult for me to be super active on DA in regards to answering all questions I get via notes and comments.

-If you're curious if I do commissions, I'm sorry to say that I don't take commissions anymore. I work a full time job now, so I just don't have the extra free time that I used to (it's hard enough to get my own personal projects done lol).

-If you have a wig-related question, please just shoot me an email at
At Arda-wigs, it's actually part of my job to give advice and wig suggestions to customers, so if you ask me there, I'll be happy to answer you (and pretty quickly!) in comparison to here. It's something I get paid to do, so I'm less inclined to answer the same kind of questions off the clock here, haha. XD

-If you have a non-wig question related to how I did something on a particular costume, lately I've been trying to add all that information into the description of at least one of the photos of that costume. Just browse through some of the different photos until you find it (it's usually in the first or second photo submission of that costume), or you might find a link to the costume construction information via another photo. If you still can't find what you're looking for, feel free to ask via a note.



Hello, both old and new subscribers or lurkers!

I don't get online a whole lot these days besides checking my facebook and occasionally uploading photos on here and tumblr. I used to be pretty hooked on DA between late High School and early College days, but it just became more difficult to keep up as my workload increased. I graduated college, but I now work a full-time job and just have evenings and weekends to relax and work on my hobbies. I do social networking for my job, so I'm generally not in the mood to do my own social networking when I go home. XD Cosplay is a wonderful hobby, but there have been times when it took a toll on my health. I am prone to anxiety and stress, and too much of it causes migraines or makes me sick. I've had to change a lot of things about my lifestyle; besides a lot of online inactivity, I stopped focusing on my personal Youtube channel, stopped competing in contests, stopped setting deadlines for costumes, started making less (but higher quality) costumes, doing less photoshoots, and developing a thicker skin against negativity. I still make costumes and strive to be the best person I can be, and I hope those of you that still follow my work can respect the decisions I've made.

To make things easier for everyone, I'm going to post answers to some of my most frequently asked questions here, and leave this on the top of my profile for hopefully everybody to see! XD If you've asked me a question before through a note or a comment, please read below!

Q: Do you take wig commissions?
A: No I do not! D: I occasionally take some here and there, but only from closer friends. Unfortunately I just don't have the time for them. I work a full-time job, so I like to spend what free time I have on personal projects and having some relaxation time. 

Q: How do I style this wig!? What wig/color should I get?
A: I have a variety of wig styling tutorials both here in my gallery as well as on the Arda-wigs website! 
Here are the ones I've done on my own free time:…
The Arda website has tons of tutorials from myself as well as our customers:…
If you still can't find what you're looking for, please email me at with your question and I'll answer to the best of my ability. Part of my job is helping customers with wig questions, and you'll get a much quicker response if you ask me there instead of here.

Q: How did you make your _____ costume?
A: When I upload the first photo of a new costume I like to type a nice wall of text in the artist info box with all that info for you guys! Check my gallery folders for more photos of the costume, and you'll likely find it. 

Q: How should I make my _____ costume?
A: At my work we have this handy forum! I check the forum regularly during the week, so feel free to post your question there, and other costume-makers might have some advice as well!…

Q: How do I get into cosplay!?
A: Do some research for tutorials or take some sewing classes if you're interested in making your own things, but if you don't have the money or time to invest then there's nothing wrong with buying a pre-made costume or commissioning someone to make it. Start simple and challenge yourself to experiment with new materials and techniques as you go! If you think something will work then go for it! Buy cheap fabrics or articles of clothing from Goodwill/Salvation army to take apart and play around with. :) Regardless if you make or buy your costumes, enjoy it!

Q: Can I use one of your photos for a class/publication/etc?
A: It depends! send me a message on my FB fan page with a link to the image and why you'd like to use it.…

Q: Are you going to _____-con?!
A: Here is my current con list for 2015:
-Midwest Costume Academy
-Colossalcon (fun time con)
-Cosplacon (guest)
-Dragoncon (depends on work)
This list is subject to change depending on if I'll be sent to more/different cons for work, or if I get invited anywhere else as a guest. For cons I work at or am a guest at, I am compensated for transport and hotel, which is why I am able to go those long distances. Most of the cons I am able to afford for fun are just the more local ones (which for me is around Chicago). 
I've had people offer to pay my way to go to a con near them, but I'm just going to tell you guys that the answer is no unless it's being offered by the con itself. I'd feel bad using someone's personal money like that, and it'd make me feel obligated to return the favor, and I just don't want to get myself into that kind of situation. When I guest at a con, I'm technically working for my hotel/travel by hosting panels and judging the contest. If you're offering me money for the gas and hotel without asking for anything in return, I'm going to be suspicious.
When I work at a con, this means I'll be at the Arda Wigs booth during dealer's room hours, so feel free to stop by and say hi (maybe buy some wigs! ;D) but just a heads up that I can't chat when there are customers that need my help.
Sorry for the long explanation of things; since I've been to cons all over, people oftentimes assume I can afford to go anywhere, but that's not actually the case. XD I'm currently in a good financial situation, but I'd like to put more money towards future investments like a house or car rather than blow it all on cons and costumes. XD

Q: Why don't you do skits/videos anymore?
A: I work a full time job now in a place far from where my skit friends live. As much as I enjoy making silly videos, it's difficult when I don't have the time or enough people around to make them happen. :<

If you have another question that is not answered here, then feel free to send me a message on facebook; it's currently my favorite place to share my work and interact with people. :)


Zack and Aerith: Sector 5 Church by Malindachan
Zack and Aerith: Sector 5 Church

Long story time: FFVII has always had an extra-special place in my heart because it was the first RPG I ever played, and to this day it's still my favorite game of all time. About a year and a half ago I learned about this abandoned church in Gary Indiana through my friends, and it's located just roughly an hour from where I live. XD

It became a dream location for a cosplay shoot, and Crisis Core Aerith became a higher priority on my to-do list.

Once I had finished Crisis Core Aerith last year we did a shoot, but the image files were lost. Luckily I kept the flowers and was determined to try again with a better idea on what to expect in terms of flower bed placement and whatnot, but when the best opportunity arose to do the shoot again....the church's roof collapsed. D:

I was pretty devastated, but determined to make it work! Friends joked that the roof falling made it Advent Children appropriate, so I got to work immediately on Advent Children Aerith.

As an extra boost of motivation, a favorite photographer friend volunteered to shoot us. We don't get to see him very often, but we turned it into a weekend of fun hangout times and delicious food.  

Thank you so much Joe for coming all the way out here to shoot with us, to Genia for sharing church in the first place, and to all of my friends that supported me during the planning process.

Needless to say, the wait was well worth it! :)

Zack: :iconex-shadow:
Sword & armor made by Ex-Shadow, wig and sewing by me.

Aerith cosplay made and worn by me

Flower bed was made by us; not photoshopped! :)
I got a bunch of fake flowers and bent the stems so I could tape them to a slab of cardboard.  Once it was placed in the location we gathered leaves and stuff from outside to hide the cardboard.

Photo by Joseph Chi Lin…

Rosa and Snivy by Malindachan
Rosa and Snivy
The highlight of Cosplacon this year was all the Pokemon festivities! It was lots of fun to wear Rosa/Mei again. :3

Rosa cosplay made and worn by me (except the Snivy; he's from Toys R Us! >:D )

Photo by TSIM Photography

Pokemon is (c) Nintendo
A Wild Moltres Appeared by Malindachan
A Wild Moltres Appeared
literally two days before we left for Collossalcon, my hubby decided to throw together a closet cosplay of Professor Oak. He was a huge hit! XD

Moltres costume made and worn by me. Gijinka design by Cowslip:
You can see info about the cosutume construction in the info box here! Pokemon Gijinka: Moltres by Malindachan
Professor Oak: :iconex-shadow:

Photo by Solar Tempest Photography…

Pokemon is (c) Nintendo
Moltres by Malindachan
It was wonderful working with Mallo at Colossalcon! She does some cool things with smoke bombs and colors!

Costume made and worn by me. Gijinka design by Cowslip:
You can see info about the cosutume construction in the info box here! Pokemon Gijinka: Moltres by Malindachan
Photo by Miss Mallo:…


Malinda Mathis
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Armed with a can of hairspray as her weapon of choice, Malindachan is all about her wigs. She taught herself to style wigs so she could cosplay her favorite overly-spikey-haired YU-GI-OH! characters, and eventually this led to her habit of selecting characters based on who's hair looked the most ridiculous. As a gamer Malinda loves to play RPGs, her favorites being Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Zelda, and the Tales series. Other favorite things include One Piece, animated films, magical girls, sweets, nostalgic things, and owls.

Encouraged to pursue her artistic talents, she earned a Bachelor’s in Art with a concentration in 3D Computer Animation. She feels she can best exercise her range of abilities through cosplay. She learned to sew at a young age, and other than her Jigglypuff costume attempt at age 11, she started making her own costumes in 2004 and actively cosplaying in 2007.

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joeFJ Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Great stuff here! Keep it comin!
YamilovesYugi654 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  New Deviant
hi Malindachan i'm YamiLovesYugi654 and im  huge fan of ur work, u cosplay the best Jaden,Yusie and Yami i have ever seen
Jadenyuki114 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Is she dead? o3o
DahordeRising Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
She's still alive, she's just not as active on Deviantart anymore.
Jadenyuki114 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Ah.. Okie!
Hello. I just have to say, your Yusei cosplay is absolutely amazing! I really want to cosplay him, but I'm a beginner at cosplay and have never styled a wig or made a cosplay before. I was wondering if there's any tips you could give me please? Thank you!
InuYasha-Hanyoukai Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Hey! Happy Birth-Day!

I was the one that bought your Jack Frost outfit!
FireCosplay Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Happy Birthday! :cakerun: 
kiraskrazylaugh Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!!!
Owl-bound Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Happy birthday!!~ :)
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