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I attended the Miku Expo 2014 and I really wanted to write something related to tech+fashion.
— I am not a gamer like many of you. However, I love gaming culture as well as many other social groups.
I went to see Miku Expo 2014 here in LA yesterday and it was really interesting. I love gamers, cosplayers, tech+fashion and I was really hoping this event would combine these groups and I would be able to make some awesome connections and gain more fans and help support other like-minded entrepreneurs. Mostly, everyone was a gamer. Of course! I don’t play Vocaloid, but I am a fan of Miku and Kaito (really every vr person) and I am a huge supporter of innovations in pop culture, which is something Vocaloid has done.
What was around me in the VIP section? The people around me literally smelled like their soiled costumes or laundry and body odor. They had not placed concern over cleanliness or hygiene. Average cosplayers obviously care about clothing and appearance, but may be low income or have spending habits or situations that allow them to put on something that has not been cleaned since their last event. I have a feeling that many people around me spent all the money they had just to get a ticket to this event. I’m not griping about gamers and hygiene, I am just hyper aware of what is around me and take note so I can share. This is something that I have given so much thought since the event.
I actually clipped coupons to get a clinical strength deodorant because I sweat heavily in the dry heat of the desert that is SoCal. I didn’t want to smell bad at an event but when I got there, I laughed to myself because I maybe have too much concern over small worries. I’m not offended by body odor at all. It’s natural. I have been out of the country and have forgotten many social norms here in America.
Nobody was inclusive. When I go to events or even to a cafe, I literally chat people up just for the sake of being friendly and being a part of my community. Gamers have a totally different sense of humor and so do cosplayers and anime, small figure collectors, manga enthusiasts, etc. I have previously been in China for two years teaching ESL to huge fortune 500 companies in the tech industry in its hub in Chengdu. I grew up in a community of engineers (whose children are commonly gamers or otherwise involved in sub-culture) so what I am used to or easily adaptable to are groups of people like engineers and programmers and all people in the tech industry. Actually, one of my greatest qualities is being able to adapt to any group of people and thriving.
Gamers take a minute to understand, and I wonder if you all are aware of that. They care about fashion and are willing to spend everything they have for that one item or goal or event, just like we do in fashion.