See how an engineering student turned his wheelchair into epic Mad Max cosplay
Disabled people often need special equipment in order to help them become mobile. From wheelchairs to the products from Terry Lifts, there is lots of equipment available to them that help make their life easier. Not wanting to be defined by their disability, some transform this equipment into something magical to show off to the world. This is what made Ben Carpenter create an amazing war rig so that he goes into Comic Con events and show his talent and spirits to the world. He transformed his standing wheelchair into the best Mad Max:Fury Rage cosplay. The art of cosplaying involves participation by people dressed as their favorite characters from movies. Read this amazing story to know how a person born with a spinal muscular atrophy made heads turn at various events.
1 Hats off to his spirits!
Ben Carpenter, an engineering student from Florida, transformed his standing wheelchair into a war rig to become Max Rockantansky,the male protagonist of George Miller’s action epic Mad Max: Fury Rage. Though, he has spinal muscular atrophy (a disease caused by a genetic defect in the SMN1 gene), but this certainly did not stop him from creating such a masterpiece , which clearly shows his love for engineering as well as for the movie. He loves welding and created amazing Mad Max: Fury Road style war rigs.
2 What is spinal muscular atrophy?
This condition, also known as SMA is a genetic condition that affects the muscles throughout the body. In this condition, the muscles shrink and become weak and affect an individual’s physical abilities like breathing, walking, and moving, but does not have any effect on the mental development of the individual. The muscles which are closest to the center of the body like back, hips and shoulders are the worst affected, which makes it difficult to move.
3 Ben’s Mad Max costume and war rig
Carpenter created two rigs – the first is thes “Bloodbag Mobile”, which is made with his wheelchair, and the other is the chariot. He made his debut with this costume at the Tampa Bay Comic Con last month, in which the the character of Warboy was played by his friend Amy Brumfield, whom he first met in June at Metrocon in Tampa, and the two became friends as they were the only two who were cosplaying characters from Mad Max.
Ben received much appreciation for his fierce get-up at the Dragon Con convention in Georgia. He now also plans to take this costume to the Halloween Events.
4 Constant hard work and fun
He said that the chariot was made in just a few weeks. He already had the mounting plate for the full car rig , and the rolling platform was built just for fun a year back. So, it became easy for him to make the chariot to include Amy in his cosplaying act. He now plans to add the guitar-playing Doof Warrior as well. Ben has been extremely overwhelmed at the response he has been getting for his cosplay and his creations. All this has lead him to be highly motivated.
In my opinion, he himself is a great source for motivation and inspiration for all the disabled people, if he can pursue his passion , so can everyone. You just need to believe in yourself, and as he thanked people to make his cosplay ‘SO SHINY AND CHROME‘, you too can make your life shiny and chrome!