Making an Incredible Hulk Costume

October 26, 2011

Two pictures of a man dressed as the Incredible Hulk.This is my costume for the Incredible Hulk. It consisted of ripping up a white T-shirt, tearing some jeans and dying them purple, wearing green contact lenses, and spending nearly 3 hours getting airbrushed and detailed with green and purple paint. The only things I purchased were the purple dye and contacts, for a total of $27.


Approximate Time: 4 hours



  1. I created the clothing part of the costume a few days before Halloween. First came the white T-shirt. I started by ripping off the bottom of the shirt and the sleeves. I then detailed the shirt with a pumice stone, most often used for grind down calluses. I scrubbed the shirt in various locations to give it more of a natural ripping and tearing appearance than cutting it with scissors would.
  2. Next came the jeans. I started by tearing and ripping them in random locations to give it that "Hulk" appearance, being careful enough to keep the right leg longer to conceal my knee brace. I then purchased two bottles of purple dye from a local fabric store and dyed them in my washing machine. They came out awesome! I honestly didn't think they would come out the way that they did.
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  4. Now the important part of the costume; the paint. I went over to my friend's house and she had lined her bathroom in plastic sheets to protect the walls and floor from overspray. She started with a dark green paint and airbrushed all of the defined parts of my body, to make the muscles have a more pronounced appearance. Next came the "Hulk Green." This paint was sprayed as a topcoat to make me appear totally green. My veins were then outlined in purple and fluorescent paint by using a small paintbrush.
  5. More detailed photos of the Incredible Hulk costume.

  6. The final step was the insertion of my green contacts. All said and done, the painting took almost three hours. It came out better than I could ever have imagined.

By dmcmoto24

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April 10, 2012

I have a man that wants me to airbrush him as the Hulk. I'm not sure what kind of paint to use.

By Milton


April 17, 20130 found this helpful

Kett airbrush paint or Ben Nye MagiColor Liquid Paint with grey and black green.

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