…of being a pirate.
- know your pirate/privateer history. Nothing is more embarrassing than being uninformed about who you’re portraying.
- carry real weapons; they make you way cooler.
- get used to being “arrgh-ed” at; no one ever comes up with anything new.
- get used to scaring and/or enthralling children
- have good leather – it lasts and lasts and will age beautifully.
- give yourself time to get ready.
- wear cottons, linens, leathers and wools as your primary clothes-materials.
- learn to be insulted from time to time – people don’t often understand what you’re doing and therefore think you’re a college drop-out, an alcoholic, or both.
- master a vernacular that’s both accurate, but unique – your own accent, as it were.
- get drunk every time you dress up; you’re just making the rest of us look bad; a drink here and there is fine, but stumbling drunk isn’t flattering on anyone!
- carry plastic weapons. Just don’t.
- threaten children – their parents don’t like it.
- wear velour, crushed velvet or pleather – they didn’t have it and neither should you!
- think that you’re untouchable by the law.
- let kids handle your real weapons.
- buy a Walmart Halloween costume and think you’re ready for the big leagues.
- call others’ clothes a “costume” – those clothes probably cost more than you want to imagine. The proper terms are “garb”, “ensemble”, or “outfit”. “Kit” is acceptable but usually denotes historically accurate clothes.
- quote Pirates of the Caribbean – those lines are so overused!