Hero (costumer) for hire

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Casey Ocupe with son and frequent model Darian in one of his dad’s most recent creations, a Superboy Prime costume. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Casey Ocupe with son and frequent model Darian in one of his dad’s most recent creations, a Superboy Prime costume. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Give Casey Ocupe a bit of time, leather and resin hardener and he’ll turn you into a superhero.

“I’ve been really crafty since I was young, always building things from Legos that weren’t in the instructions. I would make cars and spaceships out of cardboard and duct tape and crayons and imagine I was flying or riding them,” Ocupe said.

These days Ocupe works out of a loft in a small business park on Cherry Avenue in Keizer where he turns out replica superhero costume components like masks and chest armor for clients looking for a bit of escape from the humdrum everyday existence.

“I’m not interested in the latest trending costumes, I like the classics like Batman and Superman,” Ocupe said.

His latest project is a full-scale replica of the proton packs worn by the Ghostbusters that he plans to retail for about $200. His first crack at the piece weighs about 10 pounds without the vacuum-formed plastic that will become the exterior.

Ocupe learned most of the techniques he currently employs by watching instructional videos on YouTube and then putting his own spin on them.


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