I couldn't invest a lot in this year's costume, so I had to find a smart, cheap way to make myself a recognizable character that I could have fun with. As the previous "hinting" posts laid out, I decided to go as Jim Carrey's Ace Ventura. The character was something I could do as a kid even with my eyes closed, in terms of quoting him, walking like him and even being out of place in certain public events was right up my alley. So I decided to invest $8 on a pre-owned Hawaiian shirt (or Aloha shirt, as it is supposed to be called), $2.50 on a faux-leather belt (I hate leather belts so I had none that could look the part), dirty black tall boots I already had (I used the same boots for the V for Vendetta and Ghostbusters costumes) and the two most difficult things were the hair and pants.
I looked up and down endlessly for pants that resembled anything close to these:
While watching the first film carefully, I noticed the only real pair of pants were the ones pictured above, with the exception of the fancy dinner party of course. The rest were pajamas. Fucking pajamas. So I went to Burlington and found X-Large ones at discount, all I had to do was find someone to chop and sew 'em up. Now the hair, I have long straight hair so it's a pain to find costumes that I can work with the hair intact but getting mine to defy gravity like Carrey's was going to be either expensive or shitty-looking. So I went with a wig, which was the most expensive thing throughout the entire ordeal, $25.
The last thing, was the most memorable footprint I left in all places, it was also something new for me. I decided to hand out my Facebook and blog's links in a card in true Ace Ventura fashion. Completely free, except for the color printing. Out of that, came this:
If you are wondering which version of Ace Ventura's getups I modeled this one after, here's my main inspiration (yes, I know I should've bought sunflower seeds):