Midwest FurFest 2013
Hello everyone, and Happy Fursuit Friday!!!
Summer has been here and in a lot of places it has already been super hot. Myself, I am basking in the California sun, and so, I thought, why not feature an awesome Fursona that reminds everyone of summer, the ocean, and just some fun in the sun? I love doing these interviews because of all the neat creatures and characters I get to see come to life, and Cyrin is one of the most unique I have ever seen!!! 😀
Oceanic creatures are not so common in the fandom, let alone “inflatable” creatures. Cyrin’s fursuit stood out to me while browsing FA so I had to ask him to be featured in the blog! Luckily, he said yes…and so, without wasting any more time, let’s get down to Cyrin’s Fursuit Friday Feature and interview!!!
1. Character Name:
2. Character Species:
Inflatable Common Dolphin
3. Fursuit Maker (can include links to shop if you want):
Midori aka Suit-A-Dile
4. Total Cost (optional)—
$2000 USD (I avoided paying international shipping by picking it up at a con)
5. How long did it take you to get your Fursuit?
About 9 months from start to finish, but since I ordered it to coincide with a con the actual build time was more like 3 months.
6. When did you decide that you wanted a Fursuit?
Although I had some experience with fursuits prior (my ex used to make them), what really sealed the deal for me was my first furry con back in 2009. I was hesitant, though, because I wasn’t sure if my fursona design would translate well into a fursuit. It was only when the maker’s partner approached me and gave an assurance that it would be possible that I finally decided to go through with it (in 2013).
7. Do you go out in public while wearing your suit? Tell us one of your favorite experiences!
I do suit in public, but only in groups. I believe in the “safety in numbers” motto and I think the reaction from members of the public is a lot more positive when there are several fursuiters running around.
I think my favourite experience suiting in public was during a furry snow trip; myself and a small group of Australian furs visited the snowfields at Falls Creek, Victoria. Bear in mind that snow is extremely uncommon in Australia and this is one of only a handful of places where there is enough of it to go skiing and snowboarding. On the final day of our visit, we all got in fursuit and rode the chairlift up to the top of the mountain. We got such a positive reaction, not just from members of the public but also from the staff at the resort; so many people asked to have their photo taken with us, and we even did a shoot with the resort’s official photographer. We appeared in the local newspaper and they even asked if we’d be willing to stay for an extra week to take part in a festival! Unfortunately, we weren’t able to stay, but it was extremely humbling to be invited. It’s also the only time i’ve ever been completely comfortable in suit; even on the coldest days of what passes for “winter” where I come from, I still overheat.
8. Have you been to any Cons in suit? If you have gone to multiple ones, which one is your favorite and why?
I have attended several furry cons since I got my fursuit, namely MFF (2013, 2014), FurDU (2014, 2015, 2016) and FurWAG (2014, 2015). Being a dolphin, FurDU appeals to me greatly because of the proximity to the beach and the enormous hotel pool. It creates a lot of excellent photo opportunities and allows me to accessorize and have fun with props. I sometimes think my character can be a little tricky for people to understand, so being able to perform in the right context really helps with that. In terms of sheer numbers, however, i’d have to say MFF is my favourite con. There are just so many fursuiters, not to mention so many friends and like-minded furs who I find it so much easier to connect with.
9. How have people reacted to your Fursuit while you are out in Public?
The reaction is almost always positive. I’ve done all the things you might expect; posing for photos with adults and children, giving hugs and high-fives (or is it high-threes in my case?), playing ball and tag… I have noticed, though, that very few people guess my species correctly; I’ve been called everything from a shark to a platypus. It’s also hard to explain the whole inflatable aspect of my fursona as I don’t talk in suit and can only gesture at my nozzle and handles.
10. What was your main goal in getting a suit? Did you have any plans for it or did you just get one for fun?
I suppose it was two-fold: On the one fin, I wanted to be like all the other fursuiters and share in the fun that they get to experience. Seeing suiters at furry cons always made me so happy, and I wanted to be able to project some of that happiness myself. On the other fin, I also wanted to develop a closer understanding of my fursona and have the opportunity to “become” Cyrin, in a way that no amount of artwork or stories would ever allow me to. So, I guess you could say it was partly for other people and partly for myself.
11. How do you act differently in suit VS when you are dressed as you normally would?
I definitely behave differently in suit; I think this is true of every fursuiter, regardless of how extroverted or outgoing they are in person. The suit just smashes down barriers of inhibition and allows you to get away with so much more. It’s not a complete transformation, though – it’s still recognizably me in there, just a different projection of myself.
12. What is your favorite thing about wearing a Fursuit?
It’s hard to narrow this down to anything tangible… all I can say is that it just feels inherently “right” when I’m in suit. A mixture of excitement, joy and relief – I finally get to be myself.
13. What is your least favorite thing about wearing a Fursuit?
Body heat and perspiration is one thing I could definitely do without. Although I have only seriously overheated once before, I always have to deal with sweat. I think I produce a lot more than most other suiters, even in seemingly cool conditions. (It doesn’t help that I live in a part of the world that is known for its brutal summer temperatures either.) It’s not just a problem while in suit (in terms of discomfort and dampness) but it also affects how quickly I can get back into suit during cons and other events. Some people are good to go again within an hour or two, but in my case the suit can still be wet after several hours. I’ve devised many techniques to deal with this, including a home-made electric head dryer.
14. What advice would you give first-time Fursuiters and those considering getting a Fursuit?
– Make sure you are 100% happy with the design of your character before you commission a fursuit. Have several visual references and don’t be afraid to try out different ideas. It’s much easier to change details on paper than it is once your suit is finished.
– Find a maker whose style compliments your character, and who has experience with your species. If you’re not sure, ask before you apply. If you can’t afford to commission your preferred maker straight away, keep on saving and wait until you can.
– Plan and prepare before your suit arrives; think about what you will wear under your suit, how you will clean and maintain it, how you will transport it (particularly if flying) and what you will do if the suit needs repairs.
– Don’t mess up your duct tape dummy. Follow the maker’s instructions for this and any measurements. Take a photo of yourself before you cut off the tape. (If I’d followed this advice, it would have saved my maker a lot of hassle!)
15. What would you say is your biggest peeve when it comes to your Fursuit?
I don’t have a huge amount of flexibility, particularly when it comes to kneeling or sitting down. This is partly due to the character design and the form-fitting nature of the suit, but I may have also gotten the leg length slightly wrong. I am also quite self-conscious about how the head joins to the body; with really short fur, I always feel like it looks mismatched. There are ways around this, of course, for example wearing something around my neck.
16. Do you think you will ever get another suit in the future? Would it be an upgrade to your current suit or a different character?
I have given this a lot of thought, and I can’t really see how a “version 2” of my suit could improve that much over the original to justify the cost. I have a few other characters, including my cow (Clover) who would lend herself well to a fursuit. I’ve also considered going for a completely new character or a second-hand suit, as it would be fun to try something new.
17. Do you make any videos while in suit (YouTube):
I think Cyrin is better-suited to still images, but I do appear in a couple of videos:
18. (Final Question): Any extra words of wisdom you would like to add for anyone reading this? [it can literally be about anything]:
Fursuiting is a lot of fun, as well as being a very rewarding experience; but it’s not for everyone. Don’t feel as though you have to own a suit in order to be a “proper” furry, and don’t get one just because everyone else is doing it. Always stop and ask yourself what you really want. Also remember that we suiters have a huge amount of appreciation for our handlers and photographers! Without you guys, our suiting adventures wouldn’t be anywhere near as enjoyable or memorable.
So there you have it!
Cyrin really is a cool character and it’s awesome how such a cute dolphin is also the loveable pool characters we have all had at one point or another. It’s amazing how such a simple thing like a plug and some handles can make a design all the more unique, and Cyrin offered some really awesome answers for his interview as well!
As i have said many times before, some people are new to fursuiting and do not have too much experience yet for which they can share. Others are more reserved about talking about said-experiences, but, then there are those that love talking about their experiences because they like telling a tale that brings them so many good and fun memories! Either way, I always love doing these interviews and seeing all the different people, their characters, what experiences they have had separately, their involvements in the fandom in general…it shows how vast this community really is and it’s always fascinating to see!!!
Anyways, I’m still on vacation and will be for a few more weeks. Hopefully these scheduled posts have been holding you over and you have found them just as entertaining as I think they are. thanks you so much tuning in, and, I will see you all in the next one 😉