This guy is using his disability to create some amazing Halloween costumes
"When life gives you lemons, make awesome Halloween costumes."
That’s what amputee Josh Sundquist says anyway.
For the majority of the past decade, Josh has made some seriously impressive Halloween costumes, incorporating his disability.
Josh says that the nature of his work allows for ideas to flourish.
"I give humorous motivational speeches for a living. So while you are at work or school all day, I am sitting at my desk at home or in an airplane en route to a speech thinking of amputee jokes. Sometimes those ideas become part of a speech. Sometimes they become a costume," he says.
In the past, these costumes have included an iHop sign, a flamingo, a foosball player and the gingerbread man from Shrek.
Josh says that he used to be self-conscious of his disability but now embraces it.
"I used to be pretty self-conscious. In high school I wore a prosthesis all the time and didn’t want anyone to find out I was missing a leg. But now I’m more at ease with who I am and what I look like, and I guess with these Halloween costumes you could even say that I celebrate what makes me different. Which may be either weird or refreshing, depending on your perspective," he says.
All costumes are constructed by Josh and his assistant.
"They are a joint taskforce creation between my assistant Lisa and me. We toss around ideas for a few months about different costumes and how they could be constructed. She does all the heavy crafting. She’s a licensed carpenter, among many other talents. They are built primarily from materials purchased at craft-supply stores and they take weeks of trial and error to construct," writes Josh.
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