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Back from Vacation [Updates]:

Rune solo by Flamesvoices
**Pic not related – Art by: Flamesvoices**

Yes, it is true…I am back from vacation and finally back in my own home with my own internet and everything else. *sigh* Not going to lie…I am having a hard time dealing with the humidity of Texas and I wish I was still in California haha.

But, I still had 3 weeks of relaxation, getting to know some new and awesome people, as well as experiencing a type of lifestyle I have never known before. So, all-in-all, it was a really good time, and, I thank you all for being patient with me.

So, because I am now back (and there might be the possibility that I am a stay-at-home again), there are a few updates I want to put out there. Nothing more than just a sneak peak of what I plan to post in the following weeks:

  • More shout-out posts!
    —I have been meaning to do this for some time, but, there are a lot more shout-outs that I would like to make. There are a lot of people that have either helped me out in the past or are helping me now, people that have helped the Furry Community and etc. I want those people to know that either way they are greatly appreciated. So, while I only have the one right now…I would like to make a lot more shout-out posts in the future.

 

  • Rune’s Fursuit!
    —This is the most exciting thing ever and I am eagerly awaiting posting more on Rune’s Fursuit! It may be a spoiler but, Rune’s head is now FINISHED! So, I can actually post another chapter in Rune’s Fursuit development…and HOPEFULLY I will be getting him soon enough that I can even make an unboxing video, and maybe even begin to invest in making a YouTube Channel for Rune. But…that will be talked about in another post to come I’m sure…
    STILL, I am super excited in showing more of this! πŸ˜€

 

  • Fursuit Friday will continue as scheduled:
    —The Fursuit Friday Feature has been what most people look forward to in this blog, and, I’m really excited to say that a lot of people have helped me out in making sure we have plenty of posts for the following months. Naturally, I am always looking for more people to showcase themselves and showcase their suits. So, if you are a suiter that has not been interviewed or featured yet (or maybe you have been featured but might have a different suit of another character) then always feel free to contact me to set that up.

 

  • More artist interviews!
    —I keep saying that I want to showcase more artists…and goodness knows that I have the interviews on hand, but, I always fail to post them as planned because so many things pop up. So, I really want to focus more on showcasing the many amazing talents of the fandom. Starting next week, I hope you will begin to see more artists. But, I only have a few reserved…so, if you are an artist that wants your things showcased, feel free to contact me as I would love to have you in my regular Furry Highlights!

 

  • Open/Closed Species interviews!
    —I have been wanting to do this for awhile because there are so many unique species out there. I would love to showcase them all and talk about their lore, their designs, who can make them, how much they cost, and all the little details in-between! So, if I can get some of that stuff together, maybe I can start showcasing these different species soon!

 

  • Write an article for Anthrocon? Not me…but YOU!
    —I am not going to Anthrocon, but, I know a good amount of my readers are. So, I was thinking about a project where you help me out AND you get to showcase yourself and the time you spent at Anthrocon for other people to see. You can submit photos and videos and maybe write a small article about your thoughts and feelings about the event, the things you did, and etc…that way others can see what Anthrocon is like from your own personal perspective. I think it would be a really fun project and would guarantee constant content for a few days on this blog and maybe for weeks after depending on who participates. Plus, it gets you out there as an artist, suiter, or just your average furry…and it would be loads of fun πŸ˜€
    So, if you would like to participate in this, let me know and we will set something up!

 

Those are all the updates I have for now, and I hope that I can get you in some good content within the next few weeks. While being unemployed has me discouraged, at least it gives me more time to do the things I love, especially working on my blogs and being more involved with the Furry Fandom. As always, thanks so much for tuning in…if you have any more ideas on how to make this blog better and more interesting, please, let me know. I will see you all in the next one πŸ˜‰

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Fursuit Friday Feature #12: CYRIN

Midwest FurFest 2013

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!!! πŸ˜€

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:
Cyrin Inflatophin

2. Character Species:
Inflatable Common Dolphin

3. Fursuit Maker (can include links to shop if you want):
Midori aka Suit-A-Dile
https://www.furaffinity.net/user/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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SIeoci8VM8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNpl3vNH4O8

 

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.

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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!Β 

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 πŸ˜‰

Fursuits are a LUXURY [not a NEED]

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Character: Syber

Fursuit Makers: MixedCandy, Don’t Hug Cacti, Mango Island Creations, Made Fur You, Java Costumes, BNCreation

Convention:Β Further Confusion 2012


I know that I have been doing a lot of ranting, but, this is something I feel I need to address or else I might just explode.

I recently joined a group on Facebook known as “Furries with real Fursuits”…the reason should be really obvious as I am always looking for new people to showcase for my “Fursuit Friday Feature”…and, I figured this place would be a great place to look for future suiters.

The group in itself is great. There are a lot of people there who are attempting to make their own Fursuit, they are getting really good advice and links to tutorials when they need them…not to mention the group itself shows off some very impressive suits. Pictures follow characters from start to finish on their production and it’s really neat and nifty to look at. HOWEVER…the one thing I cannot stand about this group is that occasionally it will get flooded with people begging for money towards a Fursuit.

I will admit right now that I used to have a GoFundMe for Rune…
Some friends talked me into it, convinced me it was for charity reasons…but, no one donated to me at all, and honestly, it opened my eyes a little. Even if it was for charity, what it came down to was that a Fursuit is a luxury item…it’s not a necessity in the Furry Fandom, but, some people in the group fight tooth and nail that it is.

It’s not even so much that people ask for money to buy a fursuit…but that they go around asking Fursuit-makers to make their character for FREE. Then, when they are denied, they get mad and go on a rampage…and the Admins have had to put their foot down. They explained that fursuits are luxury items and not essential to being a Furry…
They also had to explain that minors can not be sold Fursuits, and that begging for money for a Fursuit was wrong and ultimately annoying as it clogged up the page. While I applaud the Admins for saying what needed to be said…their words were met with a lot of negative backlash.

For example:

Admin: DO NOT ASK PEOPLE TO GIVE YOU MONEY TO GET A FURSUIT. A FURSUIT IS NOT A NEED. IF YOU WANT A SUIT, GET A JOB. WE ARE NOT A CHARITY FOR YOU.

.:EDIT – THIS IS NOT AN INVITATION FOR SMARTASS BS, OR FOR YOU TO BE AGGRESSIVE AND THREATEN OR SPEAK OF VIOLENCE AGAINST IDIOTS WHO TRY TO CROWDFUND A SUIT:.-Admin

Troll: I think a fursuit is a vital part of who we are, and thus a need. I thought people here would understand
Admin: Mmmm no. It’s not a NEED. It is a WANT. Do you NEED a fursuit to survive? To go to work/school? No; want. Do you need a job to survive? A home? Food? Yes; need. Learn the difference.
Admin 2: No, not a need at all. It’s a luxury item that you have to save up and earn.

This was just one of the many people who were confused as to why they were being “called out” about wanting a Fursuit…and a lot of them were minors that did not get why most people would not help them/ sell to them or whatever due to their age or the fact that they were begging.

While again, I applaud the Admins for putting out that post…they did not really “explain” anything…rather they just kept expressing that a Fursuit was a luxury. Some people offered a few examples, but I decided to make this blog to show why a Fursuit is not needed, and also cover why minors should not go out and try and get themselves a Fursuit:


  • Only 20% of people in the fandom wear a Fursuit:

—The Furry fandom is made up of thousands of people and it is growing every single day! Nowadays the furry fandom is more mainstream than ever…but, out of all those thousands of people, only 20% of them actually wear fursuits. These are not even just fullsuits…but these count partials as well. Having a fursuit is not an essential part of being part of the fandom. There are people in the fandom that do not even have a Fursona! These things and parts of the fandom are completely optional…and therefore having a fursuit does not automatically mean you are now “official” any way…it just means you want to suit up.It’s not a need though…it’s not a necessity. No one is going to ban you from the fandom for not having a suit. Having a suit does not even guarantee that you will make more friends. Having a suit does not guarantee instant popularity either…so saying that you need one is rubbish. Fursuits are a luxury and it is something you should earn for yourself by working hard to get one just like everyone else.

  • Makers do not buy from minors for fear of being scammed:

—Lets be honest for a minute: What minor has thousands of dollars to throw away? You have to be aware that even a partial Fursuit can start running you from $300-$700 and a full-suit costing anywhere between $1000-$3000!!! Sure, people offer payment plans…but, at 14-16-years-old, can you afford paying $200 a month? Would your parents be willing to give you that much money for a costume that is non-essential? It’s silly really…and, even if you have a job at 16-17…you’re not getting paid that much, your hours are only part-time by law, and there’s no guarantee you will keep that job or even be getting enough hours to make decent payments. A lot of minors think they can afford a Fursuit and then start making payments, only to realize they lose hours or that they are spending so much that they can do little to nothing else with their hard-earned money. Most minors don’t send payments for years to complete their suits…and what they usually do is say they no longer want their suit done…and then they ask for a refund. Well guess what? you won’t get a refund if you decide to stop making a suit…
You have your down-payment (which is not returned so the maker can at least make a profit for you wasting their time), and then you have supply cost. Anything left over from supply cost, you might get back…but, it won’t be much. And, you can’t blame the maker either…they started their work, they did their part…they owe you nothing if you suddenly change your mind because it’s more expensive than what you imagined. Then what happens to the suit you were having made? well…if you don’t finish making it and paying for it…you don’t get it. Simple as that.
A maker is not going to ship you the foam and fur…more than likely, they will finish making the head with a different fur pattern, sell it as a pre-made to earn some of their money back from the time you wasted, and/or they might be able to use the foam for another customer who wants a suit from them.

Also, minors sometimes think they can get away with stealing Mom and Dad’s credit cards to make payments (as if they won’t notice…and yes, this has happened)! That could get a maker into serious legal trouble…so, in turn, most makers will not do deals with minors because they are very unreliable for business, the parents are generally unawares of what said-child is actually trying to buy…and, because minors tend to change their Fursona, change their mind about being in the fandom, and are still growing and changing…it’s just not smart for a maker to do business with someone that is under the legal age of 18.

  • Minors (sometimes) are still growing:

—Fursuits are made to fit you…YOU individually. That means your head size, your body…and oftentimes, minors are people that are 14, 15, 16…and they are still growing. My wife is almost 30 and she even got a growth spurt and now her jacket sleeves are too short. So, you want to wait until you are at least 18 before even considering getting a suit. Now you’re thinking: “I could just get it redone or adjusted”. Yeah…sure you can…IF you have the money for a whole other suit. Professional makers won’t just make you a new body suit because you grew. You will have to pay for a new suit. Sometimes makers will do repairs, but not something like growing. Get too fat? Well, you’re going to have to buy a new suit. Suit gets too big because you lose weight? Chances are you will also have to get a new suit because the patterns of the fur won’t look right if you take them in.
Fursuits are made specifically to match the character reference you give the maker…and they take into account your personal measurements so that they know where the fur patterns fall and how it would look right sitting on top of you. So, a lot of makers do not sell to minors because they don’t want complaints when a suit is now too short or too small…because they are not going to make youΒ  anew one for free. Also, it’s practically a waste for them to make you something you can only wear a few times before it’s of no use anymore.

  • Your Fursona might change a million times:

—Consider this for a moment: I became a Furry in 2008, I was 18-years old. My Fursona at the time was very simple: blue wolf with wings, glasses, blonde hair, and baggy clothing. but, over time, I grew…and, my fursona grew with me. I’m not the only person that has done this either. Fursonas change all the time, and, with a majority of people not even making their own Fursona anymore but buying pre-made designs from artists…you find more often than not that, a person will not connect with a character after awhile and will sell them off for something newer. Tastes change and circumstances can also make one want to change their Fursona. So, even once you are no longer a minor…please consider how long you have had a Fursona before making it into a suit. I have had my character for over 7 years now…and my Angel Dragon I have had for over a year but have invested so much in him, I know that I will never sell him as he is a part of me. Other characters like my DAD Orion I’m still giving some thought into…
I’m not sure if I will have him forever or always use him, so, I’m debating on making him into a partial. All I’m saying is that take your time in deciding whether or not you want a fursuit…find a maker, get a quote…make sure your character is complete and is not bound to change any time soon. Make sure you connect with that character and wouldn’t mind being known as said character at meets and cons.


So those are just a few examples of why begging for a Fursuit or starting a charity fund to get one is all just a bit silly. That would be like starting a fundraiser because you want a PS4. You having that console does not really help anyone other than yourself, and sure, you might get to play more games with your friends which makes them happy…but, there are other ways you could make them happy without even having a PS4…which is the same as a Fursuit. You may want the suit for charity and you may be planning to raise money and do all sorts of cool things with it…but, nothing is stopping you from doing that without the suit? You could still try to raise money, still volunteer your services for charity organizations…you could still go and make the difference without the suit, but you’re choosing not to.

Anyways, thank you all for tuning in! I’m sorry that blogs have been few and far in between but I am still on vacation. I will be back to showcasing Fursuits again this Friday and then maybe figure out some more posts for next week. But thank you for reading and as always, I will see you all in the next one πŸ˜‰

Offer help for Orlando…

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**Rune and Orion support ribbon art by: TropiCanis (FA) // Ander Holmberg (FB)**

It is all over the news, but, there are still some people who are in the dark about the tragedy that recently struck Orlando, Florida.

On June 12th, Sunday, at 2AM…police received a call from a man named Omar Mateen. The man said he had pledged himself to ISIS, started talking about the Boston Marathon Bombings, and then, with his assault rifle and his pistol, he walked into the Gay Nightclub called “Pulse” and he began shooting.

50 were killed…53 more were injured, and a city is in mourning. Omar Mateen was eventually met by a SWAT Team and was killed, but, that does not even begin to cure the hurt and loss the people of Orlando have had to endure. A man that had pledged himself to a terrorist organization…whose Father said he was “mad when he saw two men kissing” while in a bathroom in Miami…Omar per-meditated this attack as he drove over an hour away and stole innocent lives that gave him no harm. Two FBI investigations prior to this, Omar was always set free and never monitored…he was free to buy himself a weapon, and because of it, the Army lost a Captain, a friend lost her battle buddy…sisters were lost, daughters…sons, and Brothers…all of them gone.

This was a hate-crime towards the LGBT community, and, as the Furry Community is mostly that of LGBT nature (myself included)…it wasΒ  a serious blow, and one that prompted many people within the LGBT Community to cry out: “Stop Killing Us”

Hate crimes are common…even with the passing of equality, LGBT people are still frightened because they are still targets. Hate crimes happen all the time, but not one of this magnitude…at least there hasn’t been for some time. Orlando is shaken, it’s people scared…Orlando needs our help.

So…now what I say to you is: “If you’re going to show your support…Offer help to Orlando / not just your prayers.”

Now, before you go off your rocker, allow me to explain…

There are a lot of tragedies in this world, and every time the world is afflicted with something new, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites come up with something so that you can show support for the victims…
Hashtags, filters that change your profile picture. All these things are nice and they look pretty…but in all honesty, they do nothing. When France was attacked/bombed by ISIS, everyone changed their profile picture to a French flag…and one girl that was in France put it in perspective when she said that…most of France was suffering a blackout because of the bombs. Most people in that area did not even have internet, and if they did, they could not see those little filters…she put it plainly that France would need to be rebuilt…families would need help, that France needed money, not silly gestures.

Praying for victims, sending out your good vibes…while all of those things are nice and are a wonderful gesture if you have no other way of helping…for those of us able to help, we have to think realistically that thoughts and prayers do nothing for the people suffering. It’s money that makes the world go round unfortunately, and there are charities and such that could really use all the help they can get to help these families in their time of need…helping with funeral costs, or medical bills for those that were injured but still survived. That is what we should be focusing on right now…not just a hashtag or a filter…but something that will actually matter.

So now you’re thinking: “Rune…you have one of those so-called ‘silly’ pictures, so, why are you being such a hypocrite?”

Well…that’s simple. I paid for them and donated money to help out Orlando. As I said…a thought, a gesture such as a picture and a filter…for those that can not offer money to help, showing support is not bad. But, for those that can help and don’t…well, showing their “support” with pictures is not really showing support…more or less it becomes a way for people to feel better about the fact that they could help but don’t want to give over $5 or less for a cause they think does not concern them.

Again, as an example involving the bombings of France…

I was out at breakfast with some friends, and one of the girls said she had changed her filter to the France flag and that we should all do the same. I told her I was not going to be changing my picture…and when she asked me why, I asked her in return: “Well, is Facebook giving out money to victims and their families if I change my picture?” she told me no (which I already knew). So then I asked her what good it was doing to change my picture. If a lot of people in France can not see it, and, if my changing my picture really does nothing as far as donations go…then why would I change my picture? Instead, I told her I was going to donate money to France, even if it was $1 because that would actually go towards something they could actually use…and then she fell silent. I’m sure that she thought she was doing something that was for the good…but, people have become very detached from reality with the use of the internet and social media. Anymore, we forget what real tragedies mean…what they do to people, to cities, to entire countries. I feel like, anymore, without some filter or hashtag, we forget how to band together as ‘people’…and we forget how to really help one another.

I’m sure I will get flack for this…but it’s merely the truth. Anymore we, as humans, only know how to act through use of a computer screen or mobile device.

As mentioned before…there is no shame in not having money to give. Times are tight…and by all means, show your support in any way that you can. If you can give money and this is a cause you say you truly support, then, even $1 can go a long way. There are a lot of charities out there you can give to, and you can even go out and donate blood…because there are survivors that need it, and you’re always saving a life this way. But, if you can give money…please do so. Because Orlando needs you to offer your help right now…not prayers.

PS= Also, one more note…
I have seen it going around that people have been claiming a Furry was killed in the club. This (so far) has been shown to be a mere troll, that there has not been a confirmed person from our Community in the shootings, and, I will try and keep everyone updated if that changes.

That’s all I have for now…
I’m very sorry to start the week on such a sad note. I would have written sooner…but, with new evidence and other things coming in all the time on the shootings and victims, I wanted to wait until I had facts and numbers to give you (to avoid an obnoxious amount of edits). I am still on vacation for another 2 weeks and will not be around so often in that time. Furry Friday will still happen this week, but next week we will not have a feature since I have fallen behind on spotlighting the last feature that came out (which means no one really saw it).Β  Thank you all for tuning in, more blogs hopefully to come in the future, and, as always…I will see you all in the next one.

Fursuit Friday Feature #11: FELIX MISCHIEVOX

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One of the coolest thing about running these interviews and posting them is that I get to not only see some really amazing fursuits but, I also get to learn more about the people in them. So many times people only see the character on the outside without ever knowing the person on the inside. But, these interviews are not just about the characters, but that person as a whole, and, because of this, I’m very excited to showcase Felix the Fox this week!

So, this week’s feature is very special. Not only because you get to see some of the new and updated questions that I have for the features, but, because this is the first time that we have ever gotten to interview a deaf fursuiter! The Furry fandom is very vast and contains so many people from so many places and lifestyles. As I said, most of us see a character on the outside, but, the person inside matters too because there’s so much they can teach us.

Fursuit 101 is that there are different kinds of suiters…there are no-contact suiters (they don’t want hugs, touches, or etc), there are various suiters suffering from different ailments that have care cards on their badges in case of emergency…there are silent suiters that do not speak to stay in character, and etc.

Felix uses sign language, and it was not something I knew until the interview, and, having some very amazing friends who are deaf, I thought this would be a very educational feature for a lot of people. So, I’m happy to present Felix the Fox:


1.Name: Richie

2. Character Name:
Felix the Fox, his full name is Felix Mischievox

3. Character Species: Fox

4. Fursuit Maker:
My fursuit made by Lacy and Nick – http://www.fursuiting.com/

5. Total Cost: About $2850

6. How long did it take you to get your Fursuit?
1 year and few months

7. When did you decide that you wanted a Fursuit?
Saw one of my friend got a well made suit so it made me want one too!

8. Do you go out in public while wearing your suit? Tell us one of your favorite experiences!
Mostly at furmeets for fursuit walking. My favorite experience would be doing underwear modelling with mine suit at Furry Weekend Atlanta, American furry con.

9. Have you been to any Cons in suit? If you have gone to multiple ones, which one is your favorite and why?
Yes I have been to Confuzzled, EuroFurence, Furry Weekend Atlanta and NordicFuzzCon. I think ConFuzzled is my favourite con because it’s in UK, 45 mins to driving there. I’m going Midwest FurFest by end of this year, it going be my first MWFF con and I hope it going be my new favorite con πŸ˜€

10. How have people reacted to your Fursuit while you are out in Public?
Mostly of time people were smiling and taking pics of me. Sometime people gave me strange looking face lol

11. What was your main goal in getting a suit? Did you have any plans for it or did you just get one for fun?
Just for fun, wear it at cons and furmeets. Also hang out with my furry friends who are have same hobby as mine.

12. How do you act differently in suit VS when you are dressed as you normally would?
I feel less shy and openly more. Feel more cuter too lol

13. What is your favorite thing about wearing a Fursuit?
Be cute and trying to be a sexy fox lol

14. What is your least favorite thing about wearing a Fursuit?
In suit for over one hour and doing suit walking in hot or wet weather! I hate sweaty a lot and about wet weather, it worries me about rain because don’t want my suit getting wet and feets getting wetted by wet ground.

15. What advice would you give first-time Fursuiters and those considering getting a Fursuit?
Make sure you’re stopped growing, got enough money ready to pay, commission the most trusted makers, get expensive fursuit for better quality suit and last one, very important…. Create your own character. DO NOT find any random picture you like on internet and use it for your fursuit. You will be end up in big trouble.

16. What would you say is your biggest peeve when it comes to your Fursuit?
[I don’t know what’s peeve mean, please explain me]
***later I did indeed explain what a peeve was, and, he said that it bothered him that his zipper was in the back of his suit***

17. 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?
Oh yes I already have a husky head. I have added on the waiting list for new husky body suit. Soon two full fursuits πŸ˜€

18. Do you make any videos while in suit (YouTube):
https://www.youtube.com/user/FelixTheFurryF0x

19. (Final Question): Any extra words of wisdom you would like to add for anyone reading this?:
I’m a deaf fursuiter, I using British Sign language :3 You can find my Video – Felix the fox Suiting up (BSL) on my YouTube. I have never let my disability stop me! πŸ™‚


So there you have it!

Felix has been to so many Cons, I’m envious ;_;
but, it is very awesome to see someone that has seen so many furry events from all over and has all that experience. Hoping your MWFF experience is just as amazing as you are, Felix!

But, tell me what you think of the new questions that have been added to these interviews!! Do they add more to the blog? Do they make for a better read? Do they draw more of your attention? Also…what about the inclusion of YouTube videos if that Fursuiter has a channel? Is this something you would like to see more often? Remember…your opinions help me decide what can make this blog better and more entertaining for you.

But thanks again to Felix for the interview. I’m very glad he was willing to help me out with my project! But, that’s all I have for now…so, thank you so much for tuning in!!! Until the next one πŸ˜‰

I’m going on Vacation!!! [UPDATES]

Orion by Patti Walters
**Orion art by Trigg3rhappy (FA) // Orion belongs to me**

Hey everyone…just a quick update before I forget!!!

First of all…that Dutchie up top is Orion my Greatball DAD.
I’m debating on using him for projects later on, but, he is my Dutchie bab and I figured I would just introduce him because the art I got of him is just too damned cute not to share!!!

Secondly…

I am going on vacation! I am hitting the road tomorrow and then I will be gone for the next 4 weeks! So, if you try and reach me in that time, I might not be able to get to a computer. On my Facebook page, if you leave me a message…my mobile phone sometimes allows me to respond to people, but sometimes not. Apps can be dumb, so, please keep in mind that I am away from home, and I will always get back to you ASAP.

But…for the more important stuff I wanted to talk about:

  • Updated Interviews!

—I am excited to announce that I have finally gotten around to updating the questions on my artist and fursuit friday interviews! After last weeks fursuit friday feature…I realized that the interviews were a little bit…”bland”. The artist interviews are better, but, even then they lacked character, and did not really portray people like I wanted to portray them. I wanted the readers to get to know these artists and characters better…get to know these furries better in general. So, while it took me 10 features to do this, I finally spiced things up.
More questions requiring more in-depth answers. I’m really confident that these new interviews will lead to a much more interesting read!!! So, be sure to check those out! I’m seriously excited. I think people are really going to love it!!!

  • Scheduled Posts:

—Because I am going on vacation, I am going to be scheduling some posts ahead of time.
These posts do not take me too long to put together anyways because they have the pre-written questions if they are interviews, but, I figured I wanted to at least put out Fursuit Friday Features if nothing else. I might try and throw in some other things as well, but, it just depends on how much time I have before I actually leave. I will still try and showcase these features across groups and other things like I normally do, and I hope you will all check out this blog while I am away and see what awesome people I have to introduce you to!!! πŸ˜€

  • Thank you!!!

—Finally, the last thing I want to say is “Thank you”.
this blog may not be the most popular, it might not be the biggest Furry blog out there, and there have been debates over certain topics and my seeming “too opinionated” to some…but, nonetheless, I have been blessed with some awesome readers. Those of you that read this blog, my followers, the people who liked my FB page and whom have shared this blog with others…you all are awesome! This is just something I do for fun, and, I promise that I do a lot of research on subjects before posting and I really do try to make my posts the least-opinionated that I possibly can. I may never be true neutral on certain topics, but, it offers discussion and debate, and you all seem to enjoy that…so, I don’t really think it does any harm to keep doing things the way that I have. But, for something that is just a hobby and is just for fun, you guys make me feel like I’m doing something good, that I’m doing something important…so thank you, thank you, thank you. You guys are awesome!

 

Anyways, thanks for tuning in! Be looking for those features that are going to be the scheduled posts until the first week of July! Hopefully I can get some other stuff in there, and if not, then in a month, I will have new material for you.
So, as always, I will see you all in the next one πŸ˜‰

Fursuit Friday Feature #10: FLIPPY LION

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Hello everyone and Happy Fursuit Friday!!!

These are always some of my favorite features because I think that fursuits are just so freakin’ amazing, and the characters that are brought to life are just so animated…it’s all wonderful! I honestly cannot wait until my own fursuit is finished so that I can one day act out Rune and hopefully bring smiles to people’s faces.

Anyways…a couple of months ago, I was browsing the forums when all of a sudden I came across a picture of Flippy and I just had to know more about him! I don’t see many lion fursuits (maybe I am just not looking hard enough), but, either way his character stood out and I found Flippy to be super adorable…and so, I reached out for an interview.

So lets dive right in here and see what Flippy had to say about himself πŸ˜€


1.Name: Flippy
2. Character Name: Flippy Lion
3. Character Species: Lion

4. Fursuit Maker (can include links to shop if you want):
Sparky ( http://www.furaffinity.net/user/sparkycando )

5. Total Cost (optional)— 2500$

6. How long did it take you to get a Fursuit?
I think 2-3 months

7. Do you go out in public while wearing your suit?
Yes of course

8. Have you been to any Cons in suit?
Yup (Eurofurence)

9. How have people reacted to your Fursuit?
Very happy ^^

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 really like make animation and cool stuff with children and with all of my friends ^^

11. Do you make any videos while in suit (YouTube):
Sometime ^^ ( https://www.youtube.com/FlippyLeLion )


Short and sweet haha!

As I have often said…most of the time when I interview Furries, there is a mixed result. Sometimes you have those people that are short and sweet like Flippy, other times you have someone who is really in-depth with their answers and they like to add content to the interview, and then you have people who are a mix of both, or even those that void some questions leaving me with even shorter interviews.

Either way, I love showcasing them all! But for 2-3 months, that’s not a bad wait, and Flippy Lion looks great! So, if you like the suit and want to get to know Flippy even more, you can visit his YouTube or maybe even catch him at a Con.

New questions are being written for any future interviews that I do with fursuiters! I tried to keep it simple before, but, I would like to ask even more questions to get even more interesting answers! So, be looking forward to that in future features (though 2-3 more will be just like this one).

If YOU have a Fursuit (partial or full) that you would like to show off then please contact me! Leave a comment down below with a link to your FA, Facebook, or DA where I might reach you and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

Thank you all for tuning in, you guys are always so wonderful for reading…and, as always, I will see you all in the next one πŸ˜‰

Furry Highlight #10: APPENDAGECHILD

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**Character and Art belong to Appendagechild**

Hello everyone!
It has been awhile and again I must apologize for such a long hiatus! Between trying to find new content and also working on a very special project for the Furry Community, I have been neglecting this blog, and therefore, have not been producing…well…anything! However, luckily my folders are still filled to the brim with wonderful interviews and I have more interviews still to come. So, it’s good to be back and rolling, and I cannot wait to get back into the swing of things πŸ˜€

So…for those that have not sen these before (it has been awhile), these are called my “Furry Highlights”, and they showcase furries from all over whether they are artists, watchers, crafters, and etc.

And so…with that in mind, this is our 10th feature, and today we have “Appendagechild”.

Occasionally you run across those awesome finds in FA’s feed…and then you just HAVE to watch a person. Well, while for me it seems more rare than not, I saw a certain picture in the feed which lead me to Appendagechild and then the $5 sketches that were being offered. These were only colored in one or two colors (different shades of the same color did not count as a separate color) and they had to be slotted with a ‘theme’. The artist had already listed the themes you could choose from…and while I forget what options were left, I decided to make a leap and go with “insect” as the theme. I was very obsessed with the game “Life is Strange” at the time…obsessed with Chloe’s character and Blue Butterflies. So, the theme worked well for me and I paid for the sketch and asked that it be butterfly-themed and somewhat inspired by the game.

Buuuuuut….we can continue this story just as soon as the interview is over! Let’s see what “Appendagechild” had as far as answers to our questions!!! πŸ˜€


1. Name: William/Appendagechild

2. Age: 23

3. Gender: Male

4. Location: Massachusetts

5. Hobbies: Drawing, Sculpting, Cooking, Taking walks, Laying around

6.Fursona Name: AC/Acey

7. Species: Chimera (Lion/Ram/Snake)

ARTIST:

FA link here: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/appendagechild/

8. When did you discover/join the Furry Fandom?
When I was a kid on Pokemon forums, people had a pokesona they would RP with and stuff. Eventually I joined DA but later I wanted to do commissions and DA wasn’t a good place for that so I moved to FA.

9. What inspired the creation of your main Fursona?
I like mythological creatures, I was thinking about a manticore or something like that too, but I went with a chimera. Also my zodiac sign is Aries so I wanted to have something with horns either way.

10. In what ways is your Fursona like you and in what ways may they be different?
My fursona is better looking than me aha. He usually seems to be laying around which is a lot like me.

11. What are some common misconceptions you hear about Furries?
That to be a furry you need to have a fursuit.

12. What are some problems you have seen within the Furry Community?
I have some minor annoyances, but I haven’t had any problems in the community.

13. Have you ever been insulted for being a Furry?
I once received an anonymous message like that, but I think it was just my friend messing with me.

14. Have any of these things ever made you consider leaving the fandom? Why/Why not?
I like to take breaks from the FA sometimes, but I haven’t thought of leaving.

15. Has your character (Fursona) changed your life in any way?
Not really, but I like drawing him.

16. If you could meet your Fursona in real life…what might you talk about or what activities might you do together?
I would be really confused… I’m not sure what I would say. I would probably annoy his tail…

17. As an artist, do you have trouble showing non-furries your artwork? Why/Why not?
No, most people just see my art as anime style.

18. What are your views on Art Theft? (Tracing, Heavy referencing, selling colored bases made by others, or flat-out taking artwork, etc).
If the person has permission to repost art or permission to use a base it’s fine. I don’t support art theft.

19. Do you draw SFW or NSFW? If both…which do you prefer and why?
I draw SFW art of furries because I don’t find furries sexy.

20. Do you sell your artwork? Why/ Why not?
I sell my art because I like drawing all kinds of characters, and if people will pay for my art it’s a plus.

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**Art by Appendagechild // characters belong to their respected owners**


Mia by Appendagechild
**Art piece I commissioned from Appendagechild // Mia the winged wolf belongs to me**

Sooo…continuing my story from before:

The sketch I commissioned was actually done relatively quickly. I did not even have to wait a full day for it to be up, and it was stunningly beautiful. It is one of the best pieces I have ever gotten, especially for so cheap. And while the artist and I did not get to chatter much, I liked how they were very direct and to-the-point about things. Answers were either a simple “yes or no”, any questions were answered right away…PayPal was exchanged, money sent, art was done…no worries! πŸ˜€

They are very reliable with their work, always getting it done very quickly and in a timely manner. Styles are varied so no two art-pieces are ever the same or even remotely close to one another. But, as the artist has said…most see his works as “anime style”. But sometimes they are lined, sometimes painted. Others are sketchier than smoother works. There’s a good balance between commissions and personal art that flows in, pricing is not expensive. Not to mention, any WIPs can be seen during the streams that are hosted often and are a blast to watch.

It still amazes me what once can do with just a few colors and a reference sheet. I have to say that out of all the art I have seen and all the art I have purchased…art from Appendagechild is definitely some of the more “unique” works I have ever seen…they stand out, they are different, and I think they are all the more amazing because of that.Β  I do plan on commissioning this artist again in the future but…I’m trying to think of a good theme first because I think this artist does best when his imagination is left to soar.

But there you have it! There’s Appendagechild and his amazing art which I suggest you go and check out. Send him a watch and let him know that Rune the Angel Dragon sent you πŸ˜€

But, that’s all I have for today so thank you very much for tuning in! I greatly appreciate it and hope to see you all in the next one πŸ˜‰

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