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James Rippe

James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the empire’s most formal occasions complete with a tuxedo, light saber cane and a glass of champagne. While creating other costumes James formed The 105th Squad, a non-profit costume and prop builder group which has become the largest costuming group in North Carolina. His goal is to help others learn the art of costuming and to help both local and international charities with the amazing creations that the 105th Squad produces.

The 105th Squad is a registered 501(c)3 charity. More information can be found on their website.

James Rippe