I rly liked drawing this one.
Sylvester has a job in in the theatre business working as a stage lighting tech. He was always into theatre, dance, and performance though was never really an actor or performer. He did enjoy working backstage in props and tech to keep the show going. And though he could not make or sew them he always had a fond fascination with the glitzy costumes.
But after a while, he came up with his own little business he runs on the side storing costumes. And since there is always new plays and shows being made with new outfits for each, having a storage space for costumes meant there would be a lot of chances to trash or throw out extra outfits, something Sylvie actually found fun to do! ^^ Since he was a little kitten he did find enjoyment out of ripping and tearing fancy costumes. Now he had a little job where he could get to do that. He also found theme parks had to regularly get new mascots or replace old characters. And since they didn't want other people using their trademark chars, they would have to have the suits disposed of. Which Sylvester got to do by offering it for really cheap! He mostly preferred to rip up the bodysuits. The heads and other parts of the outfits he would stick in large garbage bags with the torn bodysuits, then fill the bags with stuff like paint, tar, mud, or dirty oil. That way they would not be of much use afterwards.
People sometimes thought it was a little weird how much Sylvester liked disposing of outfits, but but other than that he was a pretty modest and likeable guy. For Sylvie, he didnt let that bother him, he was happy being himself!
Sadly it's a fact of life that most of them cute fuzzy outfits that you see bouncing around the theme parks and shopping centres end up rendered unwearable at the landfill once their purpose as been served some after just a few hours use. Yes the industry is that wasteful and most of them custom made costumes you see in adverts and promotions are just discarded once the advert is on tape since storage of promotional materials that may never be used again is classed as a costly expense.
The contaminates you describe in your fanstory are infrequently used apart from spray paint but I have seen milk used as common adulterant for minor characters as it imparts a vomit worthy reek that is imposable to remove and who wants to wear a costume that permanently smells like sour dairy products and gets worse the warmer things become. Another aspect of the decommissioning process is things are cut or crushed and more or less always the vision screens are destroyed.
As for licensed characters or obsolete stage show inventory which must not be allowed not get into the public domain they are disposed of by a certified secure disposal contractor where they are shredded or incinerated to obliterate anything that could identify what it once was.
Been in the marketing/entertainment industry occasionally I have been tasked with the unfortunate job of having to destroy several items of costume inventory when the licence to use it as expired. The copyright owners are extremely strict when it comes to the methods used and insist that everything relating to the characters production like moulds and cutting patterns are rendered unusable also.
Its curious to think that such a job exists in reality. What kind of businesses do that?
If I had one, I would probably do the paint or milk disposal you speak of. then afterwards dispose of it in the trash as usual. Who have you seen do that before?
I imagine that shredding or buring would require big machines to do and is rather constly. Though I didnt draw Sylvester doing those things cause to torch them or such would be a little to dramatic for me Though I could imagine ripping up the bodysuit XD
Yes such a job does indeed exist but not in the format of which you think. How things work in the entertainment and promotions industry is one entity owns the intellectual rights to a portfolio of characters and licences others to use them for a great deal of money. When you licence a character you don’t own it and you’re not free to do what you wish with it but you can manufacture costumes of it or use its image on your merchandise each time you do you have to pay royalties to its owner. Each licensee must agree to follow the rules set down in the contract or they will be stripped of their licence with immediate affect and must destroy or return everything related to the character and provide proof be it physical or photographic.
Around the globe there are many official character management companies some of these are also costume and prop manufacturers but others are just promoters that just manage appearances of travelling characters like some of the companies that I work with. If they manufacture the outfits they also store them so have huge climate controlled store rooms stacked to the roof with character related assets.
Frequently a copyright owner will redesigned a character and order all previous designs obsolete for disposal or a costume will be used until its shows degradation and since everything must be pristine at all times it must be retired. The equipment used ranges in size from a low cost oil drum sized portable cyclonic incinerator (smart ash thermal terminator) to full sized contractor owned waste processing plants. Likewise with shredders which range in size from a truck mounted portable unit to a machine that can render a family car into postage size chips. (Look up the global company called Shredtech)
That’s licensed characters now onto general promotional mascots like what you see at sports games or food franchises. Things are less strict and kind of depend upon company policy or purpose. Most get used and abused until they just get thrown away or abandoned in some back room where a few leak out onto places like Ebay. Also some manufacturers offer a little known disposal service when you commission a new one from them they will dismantle your old one to use as a template or just render it un-wearable and dispose of it securely.
The milk or paint method is mainly a quick and dirty way of preventing a discarded costume from been stolen from the bin. I’ve see this method used several times and it’s quite affective especially on an old soiled costume during warm weather as it goes rancid in half a day and like I said in my last comment the odour is permanent and so over poweringly foul its unlikely that anybody would be able to wear it again without vomiting even after its been washed. The paint method is just a matter of taking a spray can and coating everything thickly with it then letting it dry. Paint destroyed fabrics take on a stiff unusable texture that is impossible to repair.
And yes I have decommissioned several outfits over the years. Yes its very sad to do and most of them I wish I could have taken home. But doing that would have been classed as theft of intellectual property. I class myself very lucky to get to know the ins and outs of some of the worlds most recognised characters. Some of which I have had the chance to ass about in a few times which is real fun.
Sorry for the massive comment I have a habit of rambling about things.
Frankly I have never known about any of this so this is very informative. My drawing was simply some silly imagining of how it might be done. I figured that incinerating or shredding was common practice :/ but Im quite surprised to hear that soaking them in paint is actually a method that is used! Im even more surprised that people also drench them in milk. I never had thought of such a thing. I could see that, having all their soft thick fur absorb the milk, then sitting out in the sun until costume is so foul and revolting as to make you ill. And you have seen this happen to a mascot before?
Ironically your imagining is rather accurate on a few things. Most costumes are actually cut up, spoilt in some way or crushed then binned. Some are just neglected so much that they self destruct due to lack of maintenance and cleaning. It’s not uncommon to come across a client whose promotional outfit is so filthy and tatty you have to spend an hour on photoshop or pose people around them to hide it. Yet they still complain that your photographs show their mascot in a worse condition than it really is. Simple solution would be for them to just wash the dam suit before paying somebody to take photos of it since the camera lens as a habit of picking things out not visible to the naked eye.
Sports teams, charities and restaurants are the worse offenders with the latter been the worst of all. I don’t wish to name any company in particular but regardless of the outlets location one client I’ve worked with on and off over the years seem to allow their costumes to be used until they are in a horrible condition. To be blunt their suits all smelled like stale arm pit, chip fat and pee. So before one particular high profile appearance with their character I got my hands on one and washed it myself. I still have that sucker in my garage somewhere with a couple of other ones I really should give it back some day but nobody as asked for them yet.
They spoil them with other kinds of things other than milk but that’s the most common substance I’ve seen. Some places just crush the mask and bust the zipper. It kind of depends on how they dispose of their general waste. I know if one toy retail chain that’s always changing the design of their character to reflect their merchandise so puts their retired bear suits in their general waste bailing compactor. It’s a quite affective method especially with the masks.
I have not used the milk method recently but I have seen it performed on a couple of suits at a medium sized marketing company I once worked for before I went freelance. They used to handle a lot of brand mascots which went back once we had used them. But on a couple of occasions we dealt with a full promotion so designed and commissioned the outfits ourselves. Rarely the client wanted them afterwards so we stored them for a year then threw them out. In a nut shell we just stuck all the parts inside the body suits dumped them in the outside bin then poured a couple of litres of rancid milk inside them. The bin was frequently raided by bin pickers for electrical items but never once did they remove any of the decommissioned outfits.
Polar bear and reindeer where identical to the ones in the links below. Am not sure if they are the actual costumes as they where part of their generic off the shelf line. I wore them on several occasions during the promotion. Wow where they hot and seeing out of them was a pain.
But I digress, nice story.
But if Sylvie was never knocked about a bit and had his ego taken down a notch, he wouldnt be such a cute sub XD
Maybe he should try them on before ripping them Or maybe he would find fun ripping them while wearing them.
Curious pic, somehow I did liked your fanfic.
Nicely done here =3