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Another Fan-Made TRON Costume 327

Jay Maynard writes "When this story on making your own TRON costume was posted two weeks ago, I was deep into making my own for the masquerade at Penguicon 2.0. Its debut at the Masquerade won the Workmanship award. I kept notes and took pictures as I was going along, and the page that resulted is now available for your viewing enjoyment. No, I didn't spend any time with straws up my nose while making it, either. I think the results were quite good, and so has everyone who's said anything to me about it here at the con." CmdrTaco is at Penguicon this weekend - go give him a big Tron hug, and make sure to get a photo...
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Another Fan-Made TRON Costume

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:04PM (#8898089)
    AH! MY EYES!

    Any chance we can add a warning to the story, something along the lines of "Images of Overweight Man in Skintight Bodysuit Enclosed" or such?

    We deserve to be warned before we're subjected to that...

    • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:07PM (#8898117)
      you think you have it bad? it was much worse in real life....*shudder*....
    • by Anonymous Coward
      The one time I decide to read the article before checking comments. The pain!!!
    • by Anonymous Coward
      The Tron characters were supposed to be programs, right?

      Guess those are pictures of code bloat.
    • by NanoGator (522640) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @02:58PM (#8898923) Homepage Journal
      "Any chance we can add a warning to the story, something along the lines of "Images of Overweight Man in Skintight Bodysuit Enclosed" or such?"

      Why? We all look like him.
      • Why? We all look like him.
        Not me. I've got a beautyfull atletic body. My mommy told me that.

        No, serious. I'm one of those people who are blessed with a body that keeps its ideal weight no matter what I do. (Probably until I meet my one special girl) And considering I live as healthy as the average American stereotype, that's quite impressive. (Perhaps I should start selling my genetic material. $10/handfull)
        • No, serious. I'm one of those people who are blessed with a body that keeps its ideal weight no matter what I do. (Probably until I meet my one special girl) And considering I live as healthy as the average American stereotype, that's quite impressive. (Perhaps I should start selling my genetic material. $10/handfull)

          Wail 'till you turn 40...

      • *looks down*.

        Nope, I can still see my feet. Need to clip my toe-nails, though...
      • Why? We all look like him.

        Exactly. Which is why I am dressing up as Londo Molari

        Work with what you've got.
    • "That's Tron, he fights for the twinkies..."
    • This guy isn't fat. Someone hacked his site and modified his pictures to make fun of him. This is what he really looks like : []
    • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 18, 2004 @03:31PM (#8899116)

      I just got back from Penguicon 2.0 and have a few words about this.

      First, the guy was pretty nice and seemed intelligent.

      BUT... he didn't just wear the costume for the masquerade. No. He wore it all Saturday evening and all morning and afternoon on Sunday as things were winding down. That, in particular, kinda weirded me out. (I was similarly alienated by the few... how shall we say... misproportioned ladies walking around in more than revealing BDSM gear Saturday night, but that's another story.)

      After one of the panels this morning, I was waiting for the room to clear out a bit when I saw Tron approach ESR and maddog to ask some questions. They were completely civil but I thought I could detect some semblence of bewilderment in their expressions and body language. They also studiously avoided looking downward at any given moment. I would have liked to have a digital camera right then and there.

      Also, the suit did end up looking a tad better than the photos would suggest.
  • ack! (Score:2, Funny)

    by tuxette (731067) *
    My eyes! My eyes! My poor eyes!

    Please give us a warning before you post links like that!!!!

  • Viewing? (Score:3, Funny)

    by tunabomber (259585) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:05PM (#8898099) Homepage
    I kept notes and took pictures as I was going along, and the page that resulted is now available for your viewing enjoyment.

    s/viewing/slashdotting/ ..and I'll be enjoying it, alright.
  • by Daneurysm (732825) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:05PM (#8898101)
    Or am I the only one that immediately stopped viewing the pics after coming across what appeared to be Tom Smykowski (the 'jump to conclusions mat' guy) from Office space wearing what may be perhaps the tightest body suit I have ever seen...?

    Either way, those who haven't RTFA, be forwarned.
  • Now... (Score:4, Funny)

    by neuroking (204934) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:05PM (#8898103)
    If he coule just paint those nifty neon lines on his red Swingline stapler, he'd be set!
    • Re:Now... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by dnobel (716850) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:54PM (#8898499)
      What is this crap? Don't tell me that all of you are on slashdot becuase you're the coolest cat in the pack. This man thought he could share something that he thought that his peers might find interesting, and all of you dog on him because he looks like Milton from Office Space or some other stereotypical nerd. Well, earth to geek, you're probably not the belle of the ball either. Stop bashing on this guy for shit that isn't pertinent to the article and start judging him by the hard work he put into his costume. This isn't elementary school...
      • Re:Now... (Score:5, Funny)

        by vwjeff (709903) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @02:28PM (#8898758)
        This isn't elementary school..

        You must be new here.
      • Re:Now... (Score:2, Insightful)

        by imsabbel (611519)
        I wouldnt laught at him if he werent so dumb.
        Lets face it. He did following:
        -bought premade armour pices on ebay. (yeah, how CREATIVE)
        -poorly painted a beige catsuite. (looks craps)
        -made doutzens of pictures, most of them having his balls STICK in your face in a way that COULDNT have passed unnoticed.

        Bottom line: He has either no taste or is an exhibitionist.
      • 1. yes he looks like a weirdo.
        2. yes, this is uber-geeky.
        3. we're pretty much all geeky and/or weirdos here.
        4. therefore people shouldn't make (too much) fun of this guy
        5. the costume isn't all that fantastic. Now, a homemade Predator costume, that'd impress me.
  • Well... (Score:4, Funny)

    by AvoidTheNoid (772246) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:06PM (#8898110)
    Thats it. I've given up on being a mega nerd, as this guy has me beaten. Horribly.
  • Great (Score:4, Funny)

    by gad_zuki! (70830) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:06PM (#8898112)
    Whatever lingering heterosexuality was left in our resident geek girls is probably forever gone after viewing that page.


    • That horrified alien head thingy pretty much does a good job of recreating the expression I made while the page magically appeared on my computer monitor... =P

    • Re:Great (Score:5, Funny)

      by WhiteBandit (185659) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @02:17PM (#8898671) Homepage
      Whatever lingering heterosexuality was left in our resident geek girls is probably forever gone after viewing that page.

      I don't know know... what lingering sexuality of any type I had is gone after viewing that page.

      It doesn't help that a room mate walked by and wondered why I was looking at pictures of large men in spandex!

      That said, it is an impressive costume. He said he wanted to modify it, it will be interesting to see if he enters it again next year and what improvements he makes.
      • With that physique, he really should've considered a costume of the Guardian.

        I still want to see someone do Sark also. The red glow is so much cooler and everyone aaaalways does Tron.
  • by hucke (55628) * on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:08PM (#8898121) Homepage


  • Hmmm... (Score:4, Funny)

    by Neil Blender (555885) <> on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:08PM (#8898125)
    That guy wouldn't have lasted a minute on the grid.
  • TRON fan (Score:5, Funny)

    by Nonillion (266505) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:12PM (#8898142)
    You may not be physically fit but I do appaud you for having the balls (no pun intended) to post on /.
  • Remember? (Score:5, Funny)

    by AvoidTheNoid (772246) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:13PM (#8898158)
    This costume is based off that one part in Tron where you can totally see the guys nuts

    ...remember that

    ...when the guys balls stuck out in tron?

  • I'm of two minds. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mikedaisey (413058) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:15PM (#8898181) Homepage

    As a big guy myself, I have the desire to support folks who go out and make audacious, geeky things and wear them even if it leads to ridicule.

    At the same time, that is *really* an unflattering suit, it really is. Maybe he should have gone more interpretive and created TRON armor--something less lycra-based, because it simply doesn't work on his physique.
  • by Zenmonkeycat (749580) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:16PM (#8898193)
    Two recommendations: First, the color of the cloth looks a little light, from my recollection of the film. Maybe a little darker, compared to the EL piping? It would also help if you had a friend or two with you, wearing similar outfits. Second, wear a cup. Please. Most bodysuits are designed for women, or men wearing things over them, so the seams tend to cut lines right across large protrusions. I realize that athletic protection isn't vital during light-cycle races, but it does help prevent retinal scarring from testicles trying to work free of lycra bodysuits. I'd say work on the belly, but I'm not one to talk, with my current sedentary lifestyle.
  • by Kenshin (43036) <kenshin@luna r w o r k s .ca> on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:16PM (#8898195) Homepage
    Can we get a filter in place that blocks out stories featuring fat nerds in tights?

    That male "camel toe" is burned into my retinas...
  • Uh oh... (Score:5, Funny)

    by AvoidTheNoid (772246) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:17PM (#8898201)
    CmdrTaco is at Penguicon this weekend - go give him a big Tron hug, and make sure to get a photo...

    Oh man, hes in for a surprise...
  • by urbieta (212354) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:18PM (#8898207) Homepage Journal
    This is more like the before [] and after []
    poster images for a weight loss program hehe

    Anyways I think he should go easyer on us and use something to prevent harm [] in a costume party
  • Dear god... (Score:3, Funny)

    by PeaceTank (758859) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:19PM (#8898215)
    There should be laws governing who is allowed to wear spandex. Someone please get on that! ---I was playing poker with tarot cards the other night. I got a full house and that same night 5 people died. True Story.---
    • Hey since we're on the comedy train...

      I had a cat with two names. First name was Fluffy...last name was Pancake. OH! I kid.

      One night, the power went out in my apartment and I didn't have candles.

      The next day I developed 36 pictures of my kitchen and living room. OH!

      Thank you, remember to tip your waitstaff. I'll be here all week.
  • Beautiful (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Standmic (769361) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:28PM (#8898298) Homepage
    While many of you readers obviously think this series of pictures are the most hideous, vile, and unnatural sights in the world, I disagree. I think they are beautiful pictures. What we are really looking at is not some ugly fat man in a unitard, but rather the sharing of ideas. This man created something that we as a community might be interested in, and he had the nuts to post it on the front page. Seriously, look beyond the pictures themselves and look at what they actually show - he's just trying to show his invention and share his ideas with a potentially interested population. I think the site is fabulous, and I applaud the man for sharing with us.
    • ya he has the NUTS alright, no argument there

      But as far as sharing........?

    • Re:Beautiful (Score:5, Interesting)

      by back_pages (600753) <> on Sunday April 18, 2004 @02:15PM (#8898657) Journal
      Yeah, I see what you're saying and it's right. The guy is obviously proud of his costume and he should be - he had a goal, worked toward that goal, won an award, and wants to show it off. I really hope he isn't disheartened by the multitude of +5 Funny posts here, because once you're proud of something, it's excruciating to be suddenly confronted with doubts that you wasted your time.

      That said, I don't think it's unreasonable to suggest that the guy gets a cup. Funny jokes aside, it WOULD be a significant improvement in the costume, and it might even improve the judging when he shows off the costume again.

      That aspect of the costume is so glaringly embarassing that I have to wonder if the webpage is something of a hoax... To me, wearing a cup with that bodysuit would have been so obvious that I have to think that NOT wearing one could only have been a deliberate decision, making it possible to prank a bunch of people into looking at an unattractive man in spandex.

      In any event, if the site is legitimate, it looks like the guy is really proud of his TRON costume. I'd strongly suggest getting a cup and trying to show it off again.

      • Shit, if I was this guy, I would've skipped the cup also. It'd be much wiser to put a cucumber in the suit because the comedy factor is already obvious.

        Worked for Spinal Tap at the airport.
    • by C10H14N2 (640033)
      All of this crap whether it is trekkies in their Starfleet uniforms or this schmuck in his...erm, nothing more than nerd drag. It is less "creative" than some queen who thinks [s]he's Madonna while mouthing the words to "Like a Virgin" in torn-up fishnets at the local karaoke bar. Now, if he did the Pogo and lip-synced to Devo, he might be as interesting, but the idea of seeing that walrus bouncing in the air at 140bpm is just to frightful for words...
    • Re:Beautiful (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Dirtside (91468)
      Yes, the site is an interesting expression of his creativity.

      It ALSO has (rather unpleasant) pictures of a fat man in a unitard.

      Someone's response to this page doesn't have to just be "Ewww, fat guy in unitard" or "Cool, what a neat idea!" It can, in fact, be both.
  • A weighty excuse (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:29PM (#8898302)

    At least the excuse for the look is a good comment:

    I spoke for a few moments about how I wasn't Tron, but a simple payroll withholding calculation program that had gotten overweight by changes in the laws.

  • by lullabud (679893) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:37PM (#8898362) Homepage
    "Spandex. It's a privilege, not a right."
  • by Anonymous Coward

    You can tell by all the bloat.
  • by smeenz (652345) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:41PM (#8898403) Homepage
    You have to respect someone who not only posts pictures of himself on the net, knowing that he doesn't have the best profile in the world, but then gets himself slashdotted too ?

    He's got balls.. (and just look at the photos if you don't believe me)

    • This is flawed. The same type of thinking results in some nerds, knowing full well that they haven't showered in days and positively REEK, venturing out into the public nose. If something is offensive, forcing other people to partake in it does not make you some kind of gutsy hero. It does not cultivate respect, it merely expands the amount of disgust you generate.
  • by Penguinshit (591885) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:42PM (#8898404) Homepage Journal

    ...what happened to Cartman's father. []

  • by smeenz (652345) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:43PM (#8898419) Homepage
    My eyes! the goggles.. they do nothing!
  • This is such a neat concept. Put up an image filled page that contains something that nobody wants to look at. Put the page on /. and see how fast people leave the site thus negating the /. effect. Taco is just playin'.
  • I think that the costume is cool. Sure he might not be in the greatest of shape but as for time to do the costume...he simply chose to make a costume instead of the wasting the past 54 hours on UT2004.

    I've seen some good ghostbuster costumes out there...near Halloween we should see more of the fellow geek out and stop him from coming to the party as some reincarnation of "Revenge of the Nerds" Thats what would scratch my eyes out!
  • by krumms (613921) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:49PM (#8898468) Journal
    ... the front, or the back
  • by NixterAg (198468) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:51PM (#8898478)
    Good to see Milton is putting the money he stole to good use.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 18, 2004 @01:53PM (#8898494)
    Every tron character is a representation of the software it represents. Back in the 80's software tended to be tight and trim but now bloatware is king. I respect this fanboy's accuracy. I bet he's MS Office.
    • ...the programs in Tron looked like their programmers. Tron looked like Alan Bradley. Clu looked like Kevin Flynn. Yori presumably was written by Lora, and Ram was written by that guy who wanted popcorn. Chances are that his appearance was more of a reflection of his creator than his bloated nature.

      (Yes, I did RTFA, and I know that he gave an explanation for being an overweight program)
  • Just say nooooo......aaaaaahhhhhh I can still see it even when I close my eyes.

    Need to find a fork, must gouge out eyeeess.

  • Check out this picture of Flynn []. The only thing this guy's costume is missing is the sash! Then, the nut/ball jokes would be moot.
  • Hmm (Score:5, Funny)

    by segfault7375 (135849) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @02:17PM (#8898669)
    Did I miss a scene in the movie where Jeff Bridges gets pregnant? :)
  • Back when TRON was originally made, programs were purposeful and tightly coded.

    This updated look accurately reflects today's software. What is he, Microsoft Word?
  • Ugh, do you think we could get a warning next time? Looking at Milton's camel toe was not the thing I needed to see this morning.
  • by geekotourist (80163) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @03:02PM (#8898950) Journal
    This costume [] (another view by itself) [] while actually designed to look like The Man [], has been attributed Tron-ness at SF conventions. (Which surprisingly are still light on el-wire as costuming method. At Burning Man [] El-wire is almost passe, you really need flamethrowers [] to stand out (which generally are not allowed at SF conventions, though).

    Rant mode on...But enough with the body insults! Haven't you ever seen bodies in all their glorious colors and shapes before? [] If yours isn't in the top 1% of bodies, do you live in a Burka? [] The costumer is having fun- lots of other posters here seem to be having bitter parties out of some misguided idea that if you aren't perfect- don't be visible? If you don't have the equivalent of a 2004 Mercedes M-class body, don't show up on the road? Have you ever looked at the great minds in our field []? You'd really forbid them from being in your hottub (California / silicon valley style) just because they're not the most aesthetically pleasing bodies? Bah! Rant mode sputtering off...

    • I don't know what the state-of-the-art is like at Burning Man, but you could improve the effect of EL-wire by using a micro-controller to control segments of it in chaser sequences or more complex. On/off would be simple, and brightness controlled by on/off duty-cycle. I recall that the colour of EL panels can be shifted a bit by varying the driving AC frequency, but that could wait until the 1.2 version.

      I'm not sure what voltage EL wire needs, but I'd suggest not getting the costume wet.

  • by JaF893 (745419) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @03:14PM (#8899001) Journal
    Body Armour: $80

    Spandex Bodysuit: $50

    Realising you are being mocked by Slashdot and the rest of the world because they can see the outline of your nuts through the spandex: Priceless.

    There are somethings I do want to see. For everything else there are codpieces
  • I can foretell the future.


  • by CGP314 (672613)
    Well, I think the look on slashdot's sci-fi icon says it all.

    -Colin []
  • Interesting. Two suggestions, though:

    1. Get rid of the moustache. Seriously. You'll look so much better without it.
    2. Modify the costume to make your bits less visible (and I'm not talking about 1s and 0s here).
  • by Pig Hogger (10379) <pig,hogger&gmail,com> on Sunday April 18, 2004 @04:29PM (#8899415) Journal
    Welcome to the new page []...
  • ...dude. A cup. Use a cup.

    Scary. Never eally cared for Tron, anyhow...

  • by wadiwood (601205) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @11:08PM (#8901331) Journal
    Stencils. Use a stencil. Jay got started with the masking tape but needed to go a step further.

    1. buy a box cutter or scalpel from an art shop

    2. do your designs onto cardboard, eg the boxes around cereal are ideal thickness and water resistance, they don't disintegrate when paint is applied and they don't repel it in blobs onto your artwork like plastic can. You have an advantage if you can print designs directly from the computer onto card.

    3. Cut the designs out carefully with the box cutters or scalpel.

    4. Place a thick board covered in newspaper inside the part of the suit that you want to apply the paint. Arrange the suit over the board so it is not wrinkled but not stretched either.

    5. Place the stencil on the area you want the design. Tape it down if necessary. Cover up any other areas at risk from stray paint.

    5. Apply paint to the holes in the stencil either by airbrush (you need the paint to be runny like water for this), or by thick stiff paintbrush or by sponge. Airbrush is best for even coverage (once you get the hang of using it - practice on scrap paper).

    You can also use spray cans instead of an airbrush but you need to make sure only the area you want painted is exposed, use lots of newspaper and masking tape to cover up the areas you want to stay unpainted.

    And you can get interesting effects using a tooth brush to apply paint. load the tooth brush up and then drag your thumb or a paint brush handle over the bristles towards you. Paint splatters will flick over anything opposite you. (practice aim on the bathroom mirror - but only if you're the one that has to clean it up).

    How to make an orc costume []

    or worse, if he gets good with the airbrush he might dispense with the bodysuit altogeter. Warning: link includes photos of topless women with and without paint.

    European Body Paint Festival Gallery []
  • Mirror (Score:3, Funny)

    by Bob Cat - NYMPHS (313647) on Sunday April 18, 2004 @11:16PM (#8901388) Homepage
    He should look in one.
  • by yakfacts (201409) on Monday April 19, 2004 @01:28PM (#8907199)

    I'm annoyed at all the rude comments posted in this particular at all the people telling this guy to "get a life".

    First of all, you're posting on slashdot forums that means you don't have enough to do yourself....try getting a life yourself before you criticize others.

    Second, how is what he did any "worse" than adults who sit around playing Quake (or whatever) all night? How is this guy being a tron fan any geekier than my going to the Classic Gaming Expo?

    Plus, he explained how he did everyhing to assist source costuming, anyone?

    Finally, it's really easy for you all to sit back behind your monitors and make fun of this guy's weight. Look at yourself in the mirror today (or in ten years) and see if you should really be laughing.

    For the record, I have not been in costume since Halloween when I was 12, and I am actually underweight. I don't have a life...this is true. I just think you're all behaving like a bunch of 14-year-old slashdot jerks.


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