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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.



Edit: I emptied out all the notifications in my inbox because the numbers were intimidating. I haven't been able to keep up with my social networking since my last few years of college, and while I have tried to catch up, it caused a lot of stress every time because I would feel like I hardly made a dent in it even after working on it for several hours at a time. I also do social networking for a living at my job, so when I go home I oftentimes want to avoid my computer. XD I've decided for a new year's resolution I'm going to try keeping up with my DA again, but I needed to empty my inbox to do so. If you had ever commented on an image with a question that has yet to be answered, then I apologize and want to re-direct your attention to this journal. Thank you!

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Just went through my notes for the first time in a while; sorry I took so long getting back to people! D: I don't get online a whole lot these days besides to check my facebook and occasionally put up photos and such on here.
To make things a bit easier for all of us, 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: 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 you 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. If it's an older costume though I might not have that info available and you can ask me in a note.

Q: How should I make my _____ costume?
A: You can send me a note for this, but just be forewarned that I'm slow at answering notes D:

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 note with the details and I'll let you know.

Q: Are you going to _____-con?!
A: Here is my current con list for 2013/2014:
-Ikkicon (guest)
-Katsucon (work)
-Megacon (work)
-Evillecon (guest)
-C2E2 (local, for-fun con)
-Acen (I'm working at our warehouse on Friday, but I will be able to go Saturday and Sunday)
-Colossalcon (fun time con)
-Cosplacon (guest)
-Anime Expo (work)
-Dragoncon (Half work/Half fun con)
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 would love to make more silly videos, it's difficult when I don't have the time or enough people around make them happen. :<

If you have another question that is not answered here, then feel free to send me a note or contact me through the email or facebook. I'm going to try my best to get on more often to answer notes, but I'm at a point where I can't always keep up with the amount of comments I get. Thank you for your understanding and support!


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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NeosForce4727 Feb 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Happy birthday! ^_^
little-star14 Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY :party: :iconarmstrongtighthugplz: :D
XGhostStreak Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday! :iconthecakeisalieplz: ouo

Happy Birthday~!!
Dreamer-of-Magic Feb 8, 2014   General Artist
Happy Birthday! :party: :cake: :D make a wish!:heart:
souyos Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
happy birthday!!!! :party:
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Happy birthday!!!
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Happy Birthday Malinda, I Hope You Had A Great One!!!
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