Costumes: Hotline Miami – Jacket & Biker

Hotline Miami
For more photos of these costumes, check out our Hotline Miami costume page!

Last month at InterventionCon we finally got the chance to wear the Hotline Miami costumes we’ve been 95% finished with for the longest time. We put the finishing touches on the costumes the week before the con (bloodied up the Jacket mask and other fun bits like that) and on the Saturday night of the con, went outside in the heat and humidity to get some shots! Many thanks to Roger of Monki Makr & Denis for playing photographer and photographer’s assistant (also the DJ, which we’ll get to in a moment) for us that night.

We wanted to make sure we got photos masked (errr, helmeted in Nate’s case ;D) and unmasked so we did the unmasked shots first. The wig I was wearing was the first wig I used for Carol Peletier. I knew it had to be more of a blonde color but the cut was exactly what I needed. Since I had a new wig for Carol, I figured I could experiment with this one and if I messed it up then I wouldn’t be too disappointed since I wasn’t really using it for anything. I knew Rit had recently come out with a new line of dyes that worked on synthetic fabrics and that’s exactly what I wanted to try for this wig! The line is called DyeMore and I ordered some in the color Sandstone. It worked out perfectly and colored the wig easily, making it the exact color I was hoping it would!

Hotline Miami

After getting the unmasked shots, we swapped the wigs out and started wandering around in those. Did we mention how hot it was holy cow. I could feel sweat dripping down my face but looking at the photos later I realized it was worth it. This “Supreme Chicken” mask I found on Amazon (for much cheaper than the original rooster one I was looking at and couldn’t afford to drop $50 on) – after being covered in makeup and fake blood – was perfect. I am short and made sure my jacket was a size that would look somewhat fitted so I was worried the mask would look really big on me but together it all ended up looking better than I thought it would!

Jacket Biker

While we were taking pictures in an empty parking garage, Denis decided it would be a good idea to play a song our friend Erin of The Whale Baby had introduced us all to. It was the 1987 Crystal Light National Aerobics Championship theme. He pulled the video up on his phone and through our mask & helmet we could hear the wonderful keyboard riff. What did Roger and Denis say to do after that? Dance, of course. And naturally, we did.

Woo, 80's!

There were lots of gifs that came out of this. We have a whole mess of them on our tumblr.

We’re hoping to bring these back to a con in the future. Preferably one in the winter so that we don’t sweat ourselves silly. But we had a lot of fun in them at Intervention regardless. It also made us get off our asses to finish our Hotline Miami 2 costumes (which will have their own post in the near future!) and even spawned a crossover costume group this past weekend. More on all that jazz coming soon! Also, I had way too much fun editing these photos – especially the 80’s-VHS-inspired ones.

Hotline Miami



Heather is a chronic napper and trying to rid herself of her horrible procrastination habit (hahahahaha). In her free time she likes to craft lopsided little things and play video games. Magical, magical video games. You can catch her on Twitter & Tumblr!

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10 Responses

  1. Avatar Cake says:

    I am wondering: Where did you find the teal gloves? Or did you make them yourselves?

    • hexterah hexterah says:

      They are actually a pair of black fingerless gloves (I think they were some cheap motorcycle ones we found on ebay) that are spraypainted the same color we used for the helmet. We were kind of surprised the paint of the gloves held up. By the end of the night it was kind of worn in places and you could see black through the spraypaint — but it worked well enough! πŸ˜€

  2. Avatar An Enraged Rooster says:

    Was The Other Mask The HMS Rooster Mask? Which One Should I Go With And How Did You Make The Mask For Jacket. I Love This So Much And I Want To Get A Crew Together This Halloween. Pls Help My Dude.

  3. Avatar Joshua Boring says:

    where did you get that jacket or did you make it yourself?

  4. Avatar Marcus says:

    Please help me. I really love the Biker character and want to dress up as him for Halloween this year. I’ve looked all over the Internet for the parts but I can’t find anything that works or isn’t extremely expensive. Please help me out, I really really wanna go as him and I’d appreciate any links or tips you can give me. Thanks!

    • hexterah hexterah says:

      Ahhh, I will try to help out as much as I can! We always love to see more Hotline Miami costumes! <3

      We ended up finding most of the stuff for him on ebay. If you search "hot (or neon) pink vest" all kinds of stuff comes up and depending on how much you comb the results (some of them are ridiculously expensive), you can sometimes find something that is fairly cheap and could pass for his vest (with the emblems added, of course -- we just made the skulls with craft foam and glued them on). Thrift stores are another option but those don't usually have as many hot pink vests! A lot of the ones you'll come across on ebay are women's vests but there is usually a variety of sizes on there (I believe Nate's was a woman's XL :D). I've seen vests on there from XS to XXL.

      The gloves were a really cheap pair off of ebay (I think there are some cheap pairs on Amazon too) with a couple coats of teal spraypaint (which was the leftover spraypaint from the helmet).

      I think the helmet is the hardest thing -- if you know anyone with an old helmet they don't want or want to check thrift stores/garage sales/etc. (that is really time consuming though) you could try that. I think this is the one we ended up getting: and then we spraypainted it. It’s kind of expensive (I guess not for a helmet, but we were just using it for costume purposes XD) but we needed to find one in the U.S. for quicker shipping since we were on a time crunch at that point ( and then didn’t wear the costumes when we originally were going to D: ).

      Some digging could get you things like this: — but since this is an auction and it just started, we can’t know how high the price will go. πŸ™

      SORRY FOR THIS RAMBLE! I think ebay is the best starting place. It might take a little bit of time to find things that could work and are not super expensive, but that is where I would say to check first! Let me know if you find anything and I’ll keep my eye out for items!

      I wish I had more help right now than CHECK EBAY! πŸ™

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