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Prepping for a FurCon


In a little under a week I will be attending Texas Furry Fiesta 2018-
This is my 3rd convention that I have been to, and while I wrote about going to the conventions, fursuiting, and things to do at a convention (etc), I never got around to talking about the ‘prepping’.

Going to a convention takes a lot of planning and preparation. It’s crazy the amount of time that gets dedicated to planning what panels you wanna go to, figuring out the stuff you need to bring, and how much money you will need to survive for 4-days. And because I have found myself in several situations that were not exactly ‘ideal’, I figured now would be the best time to reflect on the things I have learned so that others might better prepare for their Furry Conventions.


  • A Furry Convention is NOT a necessity!Β 
    —I hate that this is something that needs to be said, but it’s best to get it out of the way first. A Furry Convention is a fun break from our day-to-day lives where we can feel free to express ourselves. It’s full of hugs, fun, friends, and fur (literally everywhere), but it’s not a necessity. Things like food, a water bill, a car payment…all of those things come before a Furry Convention. So please be responsible! Do not let the ‘want’ of going to a Furry Convention hurt other areas of your life. We all need to be adults sometimes and that can mean missing out on something fun. But remember…there is another Furry Convention the next year (and maybe another local one later the same year). Save your money, budget, and go to one that you can comfortably afford later. You will have a lot more fun if you don’t have to worry about the consequences of bad spending the minute you get home!


  • Figure out where you are staying & reserve your rooms.
    —Hotel rooms where the convention is being held go FAST! They are usually sold out within the first week or sooner. So, once you find out about a convention, you need to start researching where you are going to stay. Start planning who you are going with, how many beds you would need…and if the con-hotel is too expensive, then browse hotels within the area. Remember to take into account the distance from the con hotel, the way in which you will get in-between the two, and possible parking costs. Reserve your rooms ASAP!
    Remember that some hotels make you pay a small ‘holding’ cost upfront, and also that some hotels do not take out payment until AFTER your stay! So make sure you are budgeting your money accordingly so that you do not get over-drafted. If a friend has reserved the room, make sure that your name gets put somewhere on that room. This way you can not be kicked from the room and/or you avoid any issues if your friend failed to mention more people staying in the room than what is allowed. Telling the person behind the counter that you only have 2 people in your room and then having 2 other people sleeping on an air mattress is ILLEGAL! So please do not do it. It’s a legal issue and an overall safety risk/hazard.


  • Pre-Register!
    —Even if you do not plan to attend the convention on all of the days, pre-registering is the way to go. Unless you are attending for only one day. Pre-registering has a bunch of perks including faster lines (thus faster access to the con), pre-con activities, and other things. It usually gets you some extra goodies from the con-bags as well! But pre-registration does have specific dates for when it closes! To remind yourself to pre-register, set an alarm or notification on your phone. Research the cost beforehand and budget to spend that money. Write a memo…do whatever it takes to remind yourself to get it done!

    Not pre-registering when traveling with a group can be a hindrance to other people. Non-registered lines operate at different times, and sometimes it means you can not attend early events which your friends might have planned to go to. Sometimes this means the group might have to go to the con a day later rather than a day early depending on how their schedules lined up because now you have to go through a different and longer line. So while it seems like a small thing, depending on the con, it can make a big difference!

    One of the cons I attended- a couple of our people did not pre-register like they were supposed to. We had the opportunity to experience the con a day early and had decided to do so (as a group), but then we found out that the longer lines closed early and that if we were to go to the convention, we would have to leave the other 2 people alone in the hotel. We made the decision to stay, but waiting for them to register did strike a nerve…especially when we realized the things we had missed because a couple people did not remember. Small things can make waves when it comes to plans…so try and do everything in your power to be proactive, to plan, and be responsible. Even nudge your friends if you have to…just try and be nice about it rather than bossy or pushy.


  • Just because it may be cheaper does NOT mean you should surround yourself with toxic people!
    —I learned this lesson my very first con. It is way cheaper to go to a convention with a bigger group. Most furries have at least 2-3 people they room with because splitting costs is usually a win-win for everyone. But just because you want to spend less money does not mean that you should put yourself in a bad/toxic situation. My first convention was still a good time. But, for all the good moments, there were just as many bad moments because of the people we were staying with.

    This all lead to a lot of unnecessary drama and my friend and I almost getting stranded at a hotel that was a ways from the con because people were not getting along. There were panels that were missed, a lot of time just spent sitting around, people arguing over simple things like food and when they wanted to go back to the hotel, fights about sleeping arrangements, and overall it was just BAD PLANNING because in the end, it was thought that “cheaper” would be better. No…just no.

    That’s not to say you shouldn’t room with friends. If you know a person and trust a person, and if you feel comfortable staying with a person, then by all means do so.

    Placing yourself in a bad situation also means allowing strangers to room with you in order to cut costs. I see so many people on con group pages asking for people to room with, and while some of them work out, scams are highly likely as well. If you are willing to take in a stranger, make sure you do your homework. Interview this person, get to know them. Talk with them in-person to make sure they are who they say they are (even if this means a skype call). Take your payment up-front and send verification that they are on the room’s list. Make good business decisions like you would if you were commissioning a fursuit or some other work! Make sure you set room rules, and even write up a contract if you have to. Protect yourself, your things, and your money! If this means spending more money to be safe…then save up more money and/or wait until the next convention!


  • Set aside emergency funds!
    —I don’t find this being pessimistic but more realistic when I say: “Not everything goes according to plan!” This just means life in general. In the time between registering for a convention and making it there, anything can happen! Even after the convention, life can happen and take you by surprise, so try and be prepared!
    By being prepared…I mean setting up a financial ‘cushion’ in case things go south. Maybe you miss your bus or plane, or maybe your car breaks down. Maybe an unexpected bill takes out or you miscalculated on your budget for food.
    Make sure you have extra money so that you can take care of whatever needs to get done so that you make it to the con safely and make it home safely as well.


  • Make a packing list!
    —I am the type of person that seems to always forget something when I am packing for a trip. Usually it’s just small things, but I know others that tend to forget major essentials and it can cause high tensions when trying to enjoy a con. What I do is I make a packing list. I make a list marking my essentials, things like props, and even emergency things. I leave a checkbox by the items and then check them off as I pack. This is just one of the ways you can avoid forgetting things…but I understand such a method does not work for everyone.
    So come up with a way that you can make some sort of list of what you need and then make sure those things make it into your luggage! Remember to take into account how you are getting to the convention when packing. When flying, you will have to follow those specific travel rules for what you can bring and what you can not bring. If riding a bus, the same thing applies.

    My first convention I took a bus, and I was not told that the bus only allowed one thing of luggage to be put under the bus (and it was my fault for not researching it). This lead to me having to have my other (heavy) luggage bag on my lap as well as my fursuit head while I sat uncomfortably for the next 4 hours.

    If you are driving with friends, try and account for how much room will be available for your things. And if traveling alone, still pack as little as you can since you never know if someone might need your help and have to make use of your vehicle. Though this has nothing to do with packing: CLEAN YOUR CAR! Especially if you are driving other people. It makes more room, it is way more comfortable, and it ensures that no one’s stuff gets dirty or damaged.


  • Commit!
    —Commit to the things you said you were going to do. This applies especially if you are traveling in a group. Owe someone a badge? Put a notification on your phone and make the badge! Have a fursuit to finish? Manage your time and set notifications to make the fursuit!!! Don’t put yourself in a position where you are doing things last-minute and you have to break promises because you were not responsible and organized…this is a bad way to start a convention!

    In saying that, don’t overload yourself when you know you have a bad habit of getting burnt out, overwhelmed, etc. Life happens, yes…but when you cause your own problems, it can make for serious issues when planning cons with people in the future…especially when you can not come through with things you promised to do. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, fulfill your obligations to friends and to customers alike. Make time to do things, even when you’re feeling lazy. Send money when you promised to send money, pay for the things you promised to pay for rather than backing out last minute.

    Don’t volunteer for something you might not be able to do because no one likes this type of person! Be responsible, be reliable, be honest…and commit!


  • Remember you are not OBLIGATED to take care of anyone for their mistakes!
    —While I say to “commit”, in the same likeness…you should not be held accountable to fix someone else’s mistake. If you have to take care of a cost because someone did not budget properly, make sure that person pays you back. If someone didn’t bring something, you are not obligated to get them the things they need. Even if this means they can’t spend money to buy that t-shirt or that plushie, that is not your fault. That falls on them, not on you. Do not sacrifice your fun and comfort because someone else did not plan as they were supposed to. You are not obligated to take care of anyone else other than yourself. Especially if you can not afford to take care of other people.


  • Remember that this convention is about YOU having a good time.
    —Don’t let anyone else ruin your fun. Don’t want drama? Don’t get involved in it. Someone trying to bring you down because they are down? Don’t let them drag you into their problems. Don’t let people guilt you into helping them with anything…and don’t let them tell you what you are going to do at a convention. This is YOUR time that you paid for. Do not let someone else run the show and ruin your fun. You’re free to break off from your friends if you wanna go to a panel they are not interested in. You are free to not go to that dance they want to go to because you don’t like dancing. You are free to drink (but if they say no alcohol in the room then respect that) or to not drink despite what others are doing. This time and this con is for all furries, but for all furries to have fun in their own way!


  • Read over con and hotel rules!
    —Convention rules are usually additional to hotel rules, so make sure you read over both. This can concern anything from alcoholic beverages to smoking and prop use. Make sure you read and understand what you can do and what you can not do. I know a common rule is that you are not allowed to sleep in the public hotel spaces or in the con space…this is for safety reasons and it can get you banned from the con for a day after multiple offenses. Also, some hotels allow alcohol, but only in designated areas (same goes for smoking), so make sure you read those rules.

    Since conventions tend to have themes to them, people like to dress up and bring props matching the theme…but there are rules as to what props are allowed and what are not allowed. If the rules do not specify something, proceed with caution but never assume it is allowed. I like to call hotel staff if I have a question and if the convention managers have not gotten back to my e-mails about such questions after a certain amount of time.

    Failure to follow rules can lead to being banned from a convention and even the hotel itself. Pleading ignorance does not get you off the hook either. So read up on the rules ahead of time.


  • If you’re in a group, go over the con schedule and plan out panels together!
    —One thing my buddy likes to do is to have everyone read over the con schedule and say what panels they are interested in. When you are traveling with a group, it’s okay to split up during the convention…but I will say that spending the convention with friends is a lot more fun. So, by planning out who wants to go to what panel, it usually ensures that you’re never alone and you have someone to go and see things with. Sometimes people might get interested in a panel they never thought about before because so many friends want to go to it. So it can never hurt. I find that planning these things before a con leads to a lot smoother of a con experience! This also can be good so that you can map out times when people are not busy and you can all meet up to go eat or check out the Dealer’s Den.


  • Create room rules and set other boundaries BEFORE the con!
    —It’s not very nice to get into a room, start settling in, and then suddenly get slapped in the face with rules. This is especially annoying when you might have already had plans for things you wanted to do. Now, if you’re rooming by yourself, this is not an issue…but, if you are rooming with other people, make sure you set rules and boundaries BEFORE you make it to the convention. This means laying out the rules on who gets room keys, where people are sleeping, what the rules about bringing over friends is, and anything else you feel needs to be covered.
    Often at Furry Conventions this can usually mean bringing over friends, dates, having alcohol in the room, and/or having a room party. Again, remember to follow hotel rules at all time!


  • Have a backup plan for EVERYTHING!
    —Like emergency funds, life happens…and it does not always concern money. I’m talking more in terms of transportation and things of that nature. People and machinery alike can prove to be unreliable at times, and life happens, so please have a backup plan for everything!

    If your friend can’t take you to the convention, then make sure you have a plan for that. Maybe there is a bus you can hop on or someone else you can call. You won’t have to panic if you have a plan A-B-C for if things go awry. Also if your car breaks down, the same thing applies. You and your group should have a bunch of emergency backup plans in case anything gets crazy.


  • Make sure you are making healthy changes BEFORE going to the con!
    —At a convention you will hear the 6-2-1 rule: At least 6 hours of sleep, at least 2 meals a day, and you have to bathe once per day at the minimum! But you should be making healthy changes before the convention, especially if you are a fursuiter. At a convention you are most likely going to eat like garbage. You will be having so much fun that you will go hours upon hours without food; then you will grab the first thing you see because you are starving!
    Dehydration is a real concern at conventions…but you don’t just wanna start being hydrated when you come to the convention. Start drinking more water the week prior. Try and eat as healthy as possible the week before a con so that when you are eating nothing but junk at the convention you might not feel terrible afterwards. Give your body a head-start into what is going to be the craziest, most fun weekend of your life!


  • Don’t be afraid to do something differently next year…
    —If your arrangements that you made this year do not work out, or if you learn some things that you can do better to ensure you have a better time at the next convention…then don’t be afraid to do it. Do not be afraid to not room with that friend you have because maybe you guys don’t agree on room rules…and don’t be afraid to say you’re not driving everyone next year. This all comes back to the convention being about you having fun.
    Conventions have their stressful points, but they shouldn’t be remembered as stressful. They shouldn’t be remembered for all the things that went wrong but for the amazing memories that you made while there. So learn from your experiences and use that knowledge to improve on how to tackle future conventions…even if other people might not agree with you.


Sometimes my advice may seem a little harsh…but I promised myself to only ever be realistic and honest, even if the truth might hurt. You may or may not like this advice, think it sounds a bit too depressing, or whatever…but the tools are there if you choose to use them.

Conventions are never perfect…but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. Sometimes the funniest and best things stem from a mistake or mishap. So even if things are not 100%, it does not mean you are bound for a bad time. But, the smoother something can sail, the better.

So, I wish you all the best with your convention preparations! Captain, Escap’e, Rune, Pitch, and other awesome peeps will be wandering around Texas Furry Fiesta just waiting to say hello! I personally like hugs and photos so don’t be shy to come up and have a word (or chirp) with me!!!

Thank you all for reading, and I will see you all in the next blog πŸ˜‰

P.S= Furry Con season means Stolen fursuit season! You can see my tips and advice for protecting your fursuits HERE


Why Tide Pods ARE NOT Funny!

Tide Pods

The New Year is upon us…and 2018 marks a time for a fresh start, a new beginning…and yes, NEW MEMES. Memes are the ways in which most people communicate their feelings in this world controlled by social media. They bring people together and are a way to reach out and make new friends.

And while lewd and sometimes flat-out stupid (which is why it is funny), even memes can “go too far”. The Tide Pod obsession is one of these things where it has gone too far and should just die…right here, and right now.

  • The Tide Pod Challenge:
    —-People all over are popping tide pods into their mouth for ‘fun‘ and calling it the tide-pod challenge. It causes choking, vomiting, and could actually lead to death. Where it started, no one is sure…but now this ‘challenge’ has been popping up all over YouTube, and the constant “popularizing” of the tide-pods as a meme has only made this situation worse.
    The chemicals in these pods cause burns…burns the skin in the mouth, the tongue, the throat and every news station has covered its effects and the number of deaths it has caused just this year alone. Yet the fad continues…why?


(Still searching for original artist- currently unknown)
  • Furries encouraging bad behaviour:
    —It may not be our fandom alone (which is popularizing the pods) but we are a part of the problem at least within our own community. While I hate saying it this way, furries are often young and often highly impressionable. More and more furries are in that demographic of teenagers and young adults (like those participating in the tide pod challenge). There is often a need for attention or a want of being popular which is also very rampant within the fandom. So, for something as dangerous as the tide-pod-challenge to be presented as ‘funny’ and ‘cool’…well, it’s only encouraging bad behavior. Even popufurs have taken to making fun of the tide pod things and acting like they are delicious and it’s all for fun.
    Props are being made of giant tide pods…badges even, and YCH of a character eating the “forbidden fruit pod” have been circulating like mad. It’s all a dumb bandwagon that makes people want to take this challenge even more. It makes this behavior seem like it is ‘okay’. While I understand that hopping on popular memes makes for easy money (when it comes to art)…it doesn’t mean that it’s the ‘right’ thing to do. Especially when it means endorsing or encouraging something that can mean severe injury and/or death.


  • Mods are right for banning it:
    —People have been complaining that many Furry groups are banning anything relating to tide-pods. They say that it’s going too far and that mods are being too strict. But, I side with the mods. With the threat that is the tide-pod-challenge, and in acknowledging how impressionable a lot of the fandom is…letting the fad and meme die by not allowing it in groups is actually the smart thing to do. Lessening the exposure is not meant to hurt artists or even deter normal conversation…but it’s more about letting the meme die out so that people will stop hurting themselves and getting dangerously sick because someone started this thing as a gag. Unfortunately most groups still DO allow tide-pod props, art, etc to be sold…but I say good on the ones that realize that this meme is in no way funny, and it needs to disappear.



  • Darwanism:
    —You don’t need me to tell you that anyone that pops one of these into their mouth is an absolute idiot. Unless they are an infant, you know these things are toxic…and honestly, it really is just Darwanism at this point. These are poison! You will get sick, you could die! Yet you willingly bite into one for a few seconds of internet fame. I can only hope you never procreate if you thought that it was a good idea…
    Not only are you risking burns to the inside of your mouth…you are risking burns to your airways and everything else- if you don’t suffocate and die first.

Like the fire challenge…this stuff is not a joke. It does not make anyone look cool, or funny. It does not make you famous…it’s dangerous, and people might mimic YOUR specific behavior and die as a result. That rests with those that keep spreading this stupid meme…that people die because this sort of thing is continuously encouraged.

As if 2017 was not toxic enough…2018 is not restoring my faith in humanity at all (as of right now). So to those making the tide props, selling the tide-pod fursonas, to those making tide-pod suits…just stop. YOU are part of the problem…and I only hope you figure this out so you can stop fanning the flames of something that has overstayed its welcome.




Maskimals…if you are in the Furry Fandom, you have already seen a lot of uproar over these things. Whether you love them or you absolutely hate them, they still exist.

They are a Walmart-brand of animal masks that may-or-may-not be marketed for and to the Furry Fandom…and they are one of the newest things that the fandom has been fighting and arguing over. Are they good or bad? Should they be used for fursuits? Does this hurt fursuit makers? Is this a good way to get our fandom out there and have it normalized? All of these have been topics of discussion.

So, trying to put my personal opinion aside (as best that I can), I decided to explore some of these questions and put in an ‘more-mature’ 2-cents…


  • Should Maskimals be used as Fursuits?

—Whether I say yes or no, they will still be used, so, the question is a bit irrelevant. Conventions will still be flooded with these masks and will still become cluttered with people claiming them as their Fursona, same as what happened with the Mr.Fox mask.
But, in all honesty, the answer is “yes”. Yes they CAN be used as Fursuits…but should they be? Well, it’s all a matter of opinion.

I believe that for people that have never fursuited before (but that might be interested in doing so), this might be a good starting point. The materials are cheap, but, I hear the vision is good, and it breathes well enough. It won’t give you the real-feel on what it is truly like to wear a fursuit but, if you can’t handle wearing these masks all day…then perhaps fursuiting is not for you. I would rather someone pay $20 and decide they don’t like it rather than pay $500+ on a suit and then realize the same thing.

Also, for younger fursuiters that can not afford a suit (and have yet to finish growing), these heads could be a really good starting point for them. I see so many kids at conventions wearing Fursuits that they will outgrow in a few years. That’s a lot of time and materials that cost a lot of money…
Some kids wanna suit but are not allowed to try and make their own. So, this allows them to get in on the fun…even if I do think these things look horrible.

For those people (like me) that think these things are ugly, well, I have actually seen a few people online doing a complete re-haul on these heads. They were able to add new ears, new eyes…they were able to add more designs, and etc. You can barely tell that they were a Maskimal, and they can actually look pretty cool. Again, the materials may not be the greatest…and even with someone redoing the head, because of the way it was manufactured it will always be just so-so in quality, but, they can end up looking really cool and could be a really great starting point for younger Fursuit Makers.


  • Do they hurt the Fursuit Makers (business)?

—One of the more major complaints on the Maskimals (outside of how they look) is that people fear this will hurt a Fursuit-Makers business. They feel like finding a cheap substitute for an animal costume will make the fandom move away from the custom-suits…thus, artists and makers will suffer. Is this true? I personally do not think so.

In fact, I actually think these Maskimals will do the opposite. I feel like they might actually increase the number of fursuiters, thus bringing a boost in business. Not only that, but I feel like these Maskimals might actually increase the number of potential Fursuit Makers out there as people develop an interest in customizing their characters, and making something more unique. I have never seen other cheap-animal masks conquering the fursuit-market before…so I doubt it would happen now.

Why do I think this? Let me put this into a scenario for you to better understand…

Telephone, Majira Strawberry, Tayerr, Beauty of the Bass, Pocari Roo…
If you are in the Furry Fandom, chances are you know these fursuiters (some or all of them) and/or you have seen them on YouTube. They are part of a group known as the ‘Popufurs’…meaning they are really popular and adored, pretty much ‘revered’ in the fandom with a massive fan-base. While the people themselves are loved, most of their popularity has come from their Fursuits and the characters they portray.
Whether or not, people want to admit it…a good chunk of the fandom only wants a fursuit for the recognition it brings them in the fandom. They get noticed more, they get more likes, they get more messages…fursuiters get more of the spotlight. This is nothing new. So, when you take a bunch of people wanting to be the next Telephone or the next Pocari on YouTube, and then you place them in a Maskimal…they will realize, that they are not getting the attention they want or crave. After that, it’s just a cycle of events.
That person will want to make a custom character and stand out…they might mod their Maskimal, or, they might even start saving the money to buy a pre-made suit. If they mod their Maskimal, that might make them become interested in fursuit-making, and thus start them down the path to doing fursuit commissions and bettering themselves and perfecting their craft.
As these people make their own custom character, get more attention, and etc…they will want the better suits, they will want a partial, then maybe a fullsuit. They will want more views on their YouTube or more likes on their Twitter. It will become like an addiction, and business can only flourish from this.
They will need refs if they want someone else to build a suit for them, they will want art of the character and badges for conventions. They will want everything that comes with being a Furry and that means more money going into the community and more artists getting recognized and funded.

This (of course) is a more extreme case. And it was merely an example…but, if you have been in the fandom as long as I have, and if you have seen the younger furries coming into the fandom and what they desire and why, then you know that what I am saying is true…

Yes, you may roll your eyes and groan. I understand your feelings completely, but, you have to understand that we all start somewhere…and it’s up to us to set the example and really help them understand the fandom, and do the thing our fandom is known for: being open and accepting.


  • A good way to normalize the fandom?

—I have seen many debates on whether or not these Maskimals were marketed towards the Furry Fandom. My personal opinion is that it’s a mixture. Walmart makes a lot of money, and they are not stupid as to what consumers want. When Fursuit-making became a larger-thing in the community, suddenly Walmart decided to sell faux-fur in their sewing sections.

As the Furry Fandom continued to grow and gain more attention in the media, suddenly the Maskimals appear. Not to say that they are strictly marketed towards furries, but, the fandom is still a huge demographic for them outside of children and perhaps some very-drunk, very-crazy college kids X’D

But, is this a good way to normalize the fandom? To get people used to seeing other people walk around in huge, foam, animal heads? I personally would NOT like to be represented this way. Furries have…evolved. Looking back on old conventions in the 80’s and 90’s is terrifying…and thank goodness styles have evolved and changed. Even people outside of the fandom have a particular taste, and, they know what looks cute, and what looks absolutely cringy.

So, while it might be a way of normalizing the fandom… I would not want it to become normalized via cheap heads sold at Walmart. I would rather the fandom be normalized because people see the amazing conventions that are hosted, and the charities that these conventions help. I want it to become normalized because furries are visiting children’s hospitals and other places where people are sick, or injured…and because furries really brighten up the day.

I want it to become normalized via accurate representation on the news and on TV shows…but, if these Maskimals help, then, so be it…it’s just not my personal preference.

  • Conclusion:

—Unfortunately, what a lot of people get when they post about Maskimals is a bunch of hate from the fandom. People talking about how they are not fursuits, how they are ugly, how they are cheaply made, and etc. I was one of those people that said they look pretty terrible…but I at least tried to say it in a way that was not harsh.

But some of the people posting against the Maskimals can be downright mean, and it does show the uglier side of the fandom. Since the fursuiting portion of the fandom is only about 20%, it does show that we have developed a standard for fursuiting…but we fail to realize that in trying to uphold a standard and being brutally (and cruelly) honest with our opinions and feelings on these things, we have been discouraging a lot of the younger members of the fandom, and really making the furry fandom a less inviting and accepting place than we claim to be.

I think the YouTuber called “Hugh” the German Shepherd said it best when they said that by doing this to people without the money for a suit, and without the means to make their own, we are discouraging someone that could be the next big Fursuit Maker…
We are discouraging possible talent, someone that could possibly contribute greatly to the fandom.

We are (in a sense) really ruining our image…and these Maskimals will bring a new flux of people in that will come in wanting to make friends and make art, only to be shunned, bashed, and ridiculed because people thing a Maskimal only looks good when it is on fire >.>;;;

Yes, everyone has a right to their own opinion…but it is in how you execute that right that separates the good person from the internet bully. So, even if you don’t like the Maskimals, try and give the pros and cons in an educated and mature manner. When confronted with a post about them where you know you can not be nice in any way…hide the post, or be an adult and just IGNORE it unless you have something “constructive” to contribute.

I have posted some furry videos down below discussing the Maskimals that cover the good and bad of it all, and I highly suggest you check those out.

But, as always, you can drop me your opinion in the comment-section down below and let me know what YOU think about these things. As always, thank you all so much for reading and your continued support…I will see you all in the next blog πŸ˜‰

  • Videos:

^^This one was my favorite video. Very straight-to-the point without a lot of ranting going on. I say this is the best for a positive opinion.

^^Obviously a younger fur that makes their point via a rant. Def more aggressive but still makes a point. The only thing that makes you a Furry is the love of anthro animals. So, whether you have a top-notch fursuit or a Maskimal…you are still valid in the fandom. Do I believe you should call it your Fursona? Well…no. I think fursona’s should be unique in a way, but, if you wanna say that’s your Fursona, I would never stop you. They make a very good point in that you can not copyright nature.

^^ A more popular furry in the fandom with a professional fursuit that does not like Maskimals for obvious reasons. Has a more negative opinion on them, and actually supports making fun of them. Has some good points as to why they are NOT fursuits but, overall talks about saving for a professionally-made fursuit and etc. Advises people not to buy them (unless it’s as a joke), but acknowledges he can not stop someone from buying them. Acknowledges that people that buy these will probably be made fun of in the fandom. I only posted this to show what the regular-hate for these things looks like.

This is NOT okay: (Begging & asking to buy characters that are not for sale!)


So, my buddy Flamesvoices got this message last night about her character Erie…and I would like to say that the post is actually ‘harmless’.

It is harmless because it is merely a question, and the person said that it was okay if my friend denied their request and said no. They were really polite about it all. But just because the post was harmless does not make this post okay.

In the Furry Fandom, there is a type of etiquette to be followed. There is a certain way things need to be handled. It’s actually pretty simple: “If it does not say it is for sale, do not ask to buy it.” / same thing goes if you see a character you like and want it: “If it does not have an offer-to-adopt posted on it, then you can not have it.”

Because while my buddy got that message last night, I woke up to a comment on my Protogen Blog Post asking me this:


As you can see…I came off as a bit hostile. But, that’s because this type of post really bothers me. Nothing ever said that Portal was for sale or that he was up for adoption. I still use Portal and he has other art that I have paid for. I have ‘invested’ in this character which was made for me by my friend…

…and yes, even though it was just a question, you don’t just ask someone to hand over something they have invested money into as a “gift”.

Something I don’t think people realize is that for a lot of us in the fandom…our characters actually mean something to us. They are not just a creature with crazy colors, patterns, or themes. They have something else behind them. Erie was Flamesvoices main bab and still is (in a sense)- Erie also gets stolen a lot by people that love the design, so my buddy is highly protective of her.

For me, Portal was made around the time I had just beaten Portal. Not to mention, my buddy wanted a Primagen forever, and when Protogen came out, I discovered them first, told her about them, and she made me Portal as a way of saying thanks. She even made a companion cube version for herself so that Portal would have a buddy.

—Fursonas and Characters are supposed to represent a piece of you. That is why I highly suggest making your own character because it makes it more special. That’s not to say you can’t buy a character or adopt one, or even get one as a gift…but please don’t ask someone for a character that they have not put up for sale or adoption just because you “like” them.

  1. Portal is not available
  2. Erie is not for sale
  3. Do not go begging for Fursonas – join facebook groups for free furry art, or enter raffles to get a character of your own.
  4. Do not copy a Fursona just because you like it.
  5. Do not steal a Fursona- you will get caught and there will be consequences.
  6. If it is not for sale, do not ask to buy it.
  7. If it is not up for adopt, do not ask for it (again, this is begging and no one likes a beggar)


That is all I have to say on the matter.
I understand that some people are younger and may not be up-to-speed on how the Furry Fandom runs. I had to learn a few things the hard-way as well, but take this as an educational post and learn from it.

Thank you all for tuning into this rant, I will see you all in the next blog post.


Stolen Fursuit Season (Tips + Advice)

I love Con-Season…so many amazing Furry Conventions to see, to go to, to watch YouTube and Facebook streams LIVE!!! It’s one of the many wonderful things that this fandom has to offer…but unfortunately, con-season also means the beginning of Stolen Fursuit Season.

Fursuits get stolen all the time, even when there are no conventions. It is something that happens…but there is always a huge spike in the number of missing Fursuits around convention-time, and it’s because thieves generally know what to look for and when to look for it.

And 9/10 times…a fursuit is stolen right out of a car!!!

The earliest case of a stolen fursuit that I found this year was a premade head stolen from Space Cat Creations after the Further Confusion con in January of 2017. I reported on that head being stolen on January 17th, and never found out if it had ever been found.


While it may not be of this year…one of the more popular stories of a stolen fursuit happened in January of 2016 and also in the California area…Zarafa the purple giraffe had his vehicle broken into and his fursuit was stolen near the San Fransico area on January 30th. Luckily, he did find his fursuit, but it had been stuffed into a dumpster (from what I heard), and the suit did suffer from damages.
Most likely, the people stealing from Zarafa were just average thugs and did not realize what they had. They threw it away thinking they could not make any profit off of it which is why he got it returned to him…but sadly, for a lot of people that lose their Fursuits to thieves, that is not the case :/
(Also, saw him at TFF and the suit looks to be in great condition now)


But just here recently at BLFC 2017 (a few weeks ago), another suiter got his Fursuit head stolen out of vehicle…along with his passport and a bunch of other important things. Clumzy Lion had his rental car broken into where his stuff and the stuff of his friend (Felix the Fox) was taken. He offered a $200 reward for anyone who could find his suit, but nothing popped up. Also, he was supposed to return to Canada, but, without his passport it made things hard…
Luckily, a crisis fund pulled together $2200 for him so he could get an emergency passport among other thing (including a replacement head)- you can read all about the details HERE. No one has come forward about his original head, but we can all still hope that it is found and returned safely.


And this is not the only case of a stolen fursuit this month. In fact, someone was going around posting about a fursuit they had stolen from them YEARS ago, and it keeps getting sold online ILLEGALLY! The owner has found it multiple times and got in contact with the new owners to get it back, but then they post it up for sale again, and the owner loses the trail. And the more cons we have…the more stolen fursuits we will see.

  • Tips for avoiding Fursuit Theft:

—Unfortunately where there is a will, there is a way…and no method or amount of tips will keep you 100% safe from Fursuit theft. But, there are some smaller things you can do to lessen the chance of your Fursuit being stolen.

#1 Do NOT leave your Fursuit in your car!
—I know now that you can not wear a Fursuit all day at a convention (even if you want to) and you do not want to be carrying it around either. But, leaving your Fursuit in the car -even during a Furry Convention- is a BAD idea! Not all thieves are people outside of the fandom, some are furries themselves. And where do they look for Fursuits? At Furry Conventions, in the parking lot, where there is little to no security! That’s why most fursuits get stolen from cars! So, if you have decided that you are completely done suiting for the say, either leave your Fursuit in a friend’s room (who is staying at the main hotel), your own room (in the main hotel), or drive back to your hotel and put it away in a bag where it will be safe. Will this be tedious? Yes. Will it take time away from the con? Yes. But is it worth keeping your Fursuit a little safer from theft? YES!

#2 Do NOT let strangers wear your Fursuit!
—I do not know why I even need to post this, but I guess that letting people borrow your Fursuit is just a thing that people in the fandom do. I understand Fursuiting is fun, I understand that you want to share the joy of Fursuiting with everyone! But lets be real…a lot of these people, we do not really know them. We meet so many strangers at a convention and just because they are a Furry does not mean that they are friendly. Even letting friends wear a suit of yours and then letting them wander off is not always a good idea. I’m not saying a friend would steal a suit…but if they take it off for a moment and it gets stolen because you were not there, well, it will really be bad. Also, while it may not be a huge tip for Fursuit theft prevention, it’s a wonderful tip for Fursuit DAMAGE protection.

#3 Do NOT leave your Fursuit in the headless lounge!
—People do this! They leave their heads and other parts laying on the vents and the air blowers, and it seems like they would be safe because there are so many other Fursuiters…but no! Just no! Never just ‘leave’ your Fursuit anywhere! Not on a table, not in the lobby, not at the front desk, not anywhere!!! Not even in a panel room while you go get water…take your fursuit with you!!!

#4 Do not show anyone where you keep your Fursuit:
—People like to post their bags being packed as they get all hyped for the cons. I understand that excitement, but, being with a military woman all these years has shown me the dangers that come from posting the simplest and most harmless of things on social media. This includes what your bags look like and the contents inside. Some might say: “But this way my friends will know” or “Well, if it gets stolen, people know what to look for”. And that’s fine, take that picture…but do NOT post it on social media. Do not post it on Twitter, on the con group page, on your Tumblr, do not post it anywhere! Keep it in case your stuff gets stolen, and only then should you post it. Otherwise, when you post it…you become a walking target. That picture does not say: “I’m excited for this con!” it now says: “Here is my bag full of something that cost me hundreds of dollars! Here is what you look for!”


And there are several other tips as well…such as having people occasionally take inventory of your table if you’re a vendor at the con. Also, making sure your Fursuit is well hidden during a room party. Those kinds of things. Always have a 2nd person (usually a handler) make sure they know where you and your Fursuit are at all times! And try and do regular checks to make sure that your Fursuit is still where you left it (if you can). It seems like a lot of work, and it really is…but for something that people pay hundreds to thousands of dollars for, I would think it would be worth the effort. Especially since Fursuits do not come with insurance, and it’s not like makers can just make you a new one for free :/

So, just be careful this con-season and take the steps necessary to have fun but also to protect your Fursuit!

Thank you all so much for reading. I am sorry about the delay in blog posts but adult-life has taken over. I’m talking vacation, new furniture, buying a new vehicle…and those kinds of things. I have not even had time to make any YouTube videos which has really gotten me down. Anyways, thanks so much for tuning in! Lemme know if you have anymore suggestion for how to protect a Fursuit from getting stolen. Leave your suggestions in the comment section down below. And as always, I will see you all in the next blog πŸ˜‰

Free Resources for Furries!

The Furry Fandom is a great place to be! Full of creativity and freedom of expression…not to mention the caring atmosphere and amazing people. But, for newcomers, there is a lot to take in.

There are certain “expectations” that one must meet in the fandom to avoid trouble…they are simple things, but, people still tend to get them wrong. Most newcomers break the most important rule of the fandom: Do NOT be an art thief!

It’s not like a lot of people mean to break this rule. They love furries, so, they go on Google, search up “furries”, they pick a character they like, and then parade around with that as their new icon hoping to “fit in”. Little do they (often) know that this character already belongs to someone else…and that they have just stolen artwork that someone else has paid for. Que the chat that happens once this person decides to post something:

Newbie: “Hi, I’m (blank). I am new, nice to meet you!” ^.^
Furry: “Um…is that your character?”
Newbie: “Yes! Isn’t she cute?”
Furry: “Well, I know for a FACT that is NOT your character. That character belongs to (blank) and you should not be using it!”
Newbie: “I just saw it on Google and thought it was cute…”
Furry: “Well, that is art theft! Stop using that picture and make your own Fursona!”
Newbie: “Well, I can’t draw…”
Furry: “Then pay someone to do it for you.”
Newbie: “But I have no money.”

This conversation could go on forever and, it usually ends up with nothing good as the result. Unfortunately, as kind and helpful as the fandom can be…no one really has patience for art theft, and very few actually realize that there are better ways to handle a situation than in calling someone a thief. We are quick to point the finger, but not as quick to sit there, take the time, and EDUCATE new furries on the DOs and DONTs of the fandom. Still, that is what this blog is here for!

I was in the fandom for well over 7 years before I realized that there are some FREE resources to help beginning furries. I’m talking free art groups / fursona making programs / free-to-use bases, and etc. So many things that I wish I would have taken advantage of!

Well, now I get to pass on this knowledge to anyone that can make use of it!!!!


—Having a fursona is not something you need in the fandom, but it def helps you stand out. Most people in the fandom have some sort of a fursona, and, luckily for you, you don’t have to sit and save up the money to get down an ‘idea’ of how you might want to look. Turns out that there are several programs that allow you to play around and create your own custom character.
Please keep in mind…these are just programs, so, options might be limited…but, think of this as merely the starting blueprint for what will one day be a finished product. For example: I had my winged-wolf Mia since I joined the fandom…but, I knew she was a bit too basic and in desperate need for a makeover. So, when I found Wyndbain’s wolf-maker, I played around with it and ended up creating the starting point to what would soon be her finished design. I took what I made in the wolf-maker, would later add new hair and a piercing…and of course, I made her anthro. But, this program helped me a lot, and it gave me a better idea of what I wanted in my personal fursona – so, even if it’s not 100% what you envisioned, use it as a building block and foundation! Then later you may find something free that can help you even more, or, you can use this building block so that when you hire an artist, they can really bring your sona to life!

So, check out the links below and get creative!

[[NOTE: These sona makers are free-to-use, but they are NOT for making adopts! You may not sell your creations from these makers for any kind of profit! This is stated in the ToS (Terms of Service) of each maker / you will get caught / and this will earn you a beware in the fandom!]]


Windbain’s Wolf Maker
Windbain’s Wolf Maker 2 (unleashed)
Kamirah’s Puppy Maker


Kamirah’s Kitten Maker
Kamirah’s Kitten Creator 1
Kamirah’s Cub Creator


Kamirah’s Fox Creator


Dragon Designer by: 10-sec-to-draw-a-gun
Wyndbain’s Dragon Maker
KennonInk’s Create-a-Dragon


Sidgi’s Sergal Ref Creator

These are just a few of the resources out there. Doll Divine and DeviantArt both have several such programs for making all sorts of creatures! I have even seen goat makers, other fox makers, and several versions of different pony makers. All you have to do is look!


Believe it or not, there is such a thing as “free art”. There are artists out there that are willing to help beginners…but you have to understand that there are rules to this as well. When posting for free art in a group, you must understand: You are not guaranteed anything!

It’s free art! It’s a favor! Even when someone agrees to draw art for you, they are not obligated to do it or even finish something once they start it! Is it rude for them to promise you something and not do it? Of course it is…but, the plain fact of the matter is that you did not pay them! They are not under any contract with you…therefore you can not file a complaint on them if you never get any art.

Also, in free art groups, you may not get drawn at all. Those groups are filled with people asking for art, but barely any artists willing to draw for other people. In fact, you might get asked to do an art trade and then find out that the piece you got for your half may or may not be lower quality than what you gave that other person. The art you get in those groups will not always be of fantastic quality…so please understand that. That’s not to say you can’t get amazing artwork from free art groups. It is very much possible! It’s just not always a huge chance of getting what you wanted…or even getting it in a timely manner.

Also, a lot of free art groups post raffles so that people can win free art. If you join those raffles, again, you are not guaranteed to get anything! You may not win, so do not complain if you are not picked…and even if you are picked…you may not get any art. It depends on the artist and if they are willing to do what they said they are going to do. These are just the dice you roll when you join a free art group.

But, it’s always worth a shot. So here are some free art groups on facebook that have really helped me out in the past:

Free Furry Art (NSFW & 18+ ALLOWED)
Free Furry Art [read all the rules please]


So maybe you have decided that you want to color/design your own fursona…but the art portion might be a problem. Or maybe you can draw, but you would rather own something of digital quality – maybe make a digital ref or an icon (something along that nature), well, that’s when free bases really come in handy.

A free-to-use base is just what it sounds like…it is someone else’s digital lines for you to color in and edit in any way that you wish! These can be ref sheets, regular drawings, icons, and etc – and they are free for you to use so long as you follow the artist’s rules!

[[NOTE: When using a free-to-use base pay attention to the specific rules for that base! Some may be used for adopts (so long as they do not go over a specific price), some are not allowed to be used for profit at all! NEVER remove the signature from a F2U base! Not all bases are free-to-use! Never take a ‘pay-to-use’ base without paying for it or without exclusive permission! Always credit the artist of the base even if their signature is on it!]]

There are bases for all different sorts of species out there. I myself have used them for Protogens, hyena’s, dragons, and canine-characters! One amazing place to get free bases is from the profile page of “Free_2_use” on Furaffinity! They have compiled a massive collection of free-to-use bases from all over the web and their collection is still growing! Some of these bases are even Paint-program friendly! So be sure to click the link below to check them out!

Free_2_use on Furaffinity

So there you have it!

There are 3 massive resources that any new furry (or even veterans) can use to their advantage! And the best part is that it is all free!!! Being a furry is all about creativity! It’s about the art, the creative process, in working hard to create something new and unique! So while some of these things might require a little work, that’s all part of being a furry!!! Especially when you are a furry on a budget!

If you use any of these resources please feel free to show me your creations in the comment-section down below / also, if you have any more free resources to add to the list, feel free to post those as well!!!

Thanks again for reading, for tuning in, and supporting this blog! I will see you all in the next one πŸ˜‰


Sharing a Furry Fandom Comic + thoughts


Art by Keovi

Hi, hi everyone!
It has been awhile since I wrote an ACTUAL blog outside of my interviews and such. But there have been some things that have been on my mind lately that I really feel I should put my two cents is…

…and that is the Furry Fandom and how it’s so divided because of how people view furries and the idea that being a furry is sexual. So, I thought I would just take a moment to talk about that, and then show off a comic I just found today.

So, let’s get right into it:

DISCLAIMER: The following thoughts and comic below contain NSFW (not safe for work) content and it is advised that you are 18+ to view.Β  Also, these thoughts merely reflect my own personal opinion. I am not forcing my views on others, only ask that they be more open-minded and more educated on certain matters.

  • Is the furry fandom all about sex?

—Of course it’s not. The fandom (as stated on any website and as told by any personal knowledgeable of the fandom) is all about the liking of anthropomorphic animals. Animals with human-like qualities. That is the ONLY thing that defines a furry. BUT, before you go saying: “See? I knew sex had nothing to do with the fandom!” you have to acknowledge that while it is not applicable for everyone…sometimes being a furry can be a fetish for someone. Same as we do indeed have zoophiles in the fandom (even though we do not condone this behavior and most places will ban or delete any bestiality posts they find). These people exist, but they do not define the fandom as a whole. And for those that consider ‘furry’ as alternative-sex…they should not be shamed or even shunned for it because guess what? Sex is normal.


  • Sex is normal:

—And sex exists in ALL fandoms. Even the most innocent thing eventually ends up getting porn drawn of it and someone that actually finds it attractive and a turn-on. We do have kids in the fandom, yes. But, it’s not our responsibility as a fandom to be their parents. So while I agree that social sites with rules on porn (like facebook) should be censored, sites like Furaffinity with its labeling system should not be the target of people complaining that NSFW is disgusting and not what the fandom is about…just because there are children. The warning labels are there, and, if their parents can’t keep track of them then it’s not our fault they ended up seeing a penis.
Also, the more you ‘shame’ sex…the more you draw attention to the fandom. You validate it when people say the fandom is full of freaks because you are making a natural act suddenly “unnatural”. You are wagging the finger at normal people doing normal things with loved ones and partners. you are shaming a typical act carried out by consenting adults…and fueling the fires of hatred, disgust, and fear just because it’s something that you yourself are not into.

  • But some of those kinks tho…

—I will agree that some of the fetish art in the fandom goes beyond me. But, I can’t really shame them because I understand that I have kinks of my own that some people would easily look down on and criticize if they had the chance. Lets be clear, bestiality and anything relating to pedophilia will NEVER be okay. These things are illegal (in most places) for a damn good reason…and luckily, most furry sites have taken stances against said-things. However, your typical fetishes like latex, inflation, BDSM, plushies, and feet…all of these things existed outside of the fandom first, and naturally, with sexually-active people being furries, and sex being normal, those fetishes were bound to leak into the fandom at some point. Also, some of us actually found the furry fandom through fetishes. Can it get overwhelming at times? Yes. In fact, on FA it feels like the people addicted to vore all post at the same time every day. However, there is a little thing called a “filter”, and they exist for a fucking reason…


  • Filters exist for a reason:

—Time for people to stop whining all the time. If you don’t like something, slap a filter on it. On facebook, you can easily hide posts you don’t like. You can even hide users, you can block them, and you can unfollow so that their material does not show up on your feeds. On FA they have the SFW-filter which allows you to get rid of all the adult and mature content on your feed so that you’re not seeing all the sex and fetish stuff. And it actually works!!! So, instead of posting on every, single, adult-post saying how: “This isn’t what the fandom is about” or saying: “Ugh. This fandom should not have sex in it.” and etc etc etc like an A+ douche-canoe…please be the bigger person, show an ounce of maturity and just hide the post, block the person, or move right along like any normal, sensible person would do.

So, in conclusion to that small little rant…the furry fandom is not all about sex. In fact, “furries” by themselves are nothing sexual…but sex does exist as an extra to some furries, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of! The media doesn’t help either…goodness knows I have seen plenty of interviews that paint furries as mental-messes and sexual deviants and it makes me wanna scream because I understand that this is MASSIVE misrepresentation!!
Still, to say that sex has no place in the fandom and that you’re against sex…well, unless you can be an adult and just move right along from it like I mentioned above, you really don’t have a place in this fandom because an attitude like that is toxic. All it does is give power to those who hate furries, and it alienates our fandom even further as something strange and unnatural. Furries are meant to be tolerant…the fandom is meant to be a safe space, a tolerant space for those who are different and want to show the world who they really are in a way that feels comfortable and secure.

But anyways…ON TO THE COMIC!!!!

The comic

Check it out via the link HERE


This comic was originally published on Oh Joy, Sex Toy by Keovi and Kyell Gold.

  • Why is this comic important?

To be honest, this comic is important because it reflects on a lot more furries than you would think. I can already list over 50 furries whom I know that relate to this story, to how they found this fandom, and etc. From the break-ups, to their first relationship being furry and online…to the sexual mishaps, even from the changing of a character to better reflect themselves. And the thing is…I am one of them.

I joined the furry fandom in 2007 and even then, I was a “closet-fur”. I never told anyone I was a furry. Even the person that introduced me to the fandom knew better than to call me a furry in front of my friends. I grew up in a place where being furry was weird and it was misunderstood. Hell, I did not even fully understand the fandom until 2014. That’s 7-years I thought being a furry was a fetish and then suddenly realized it wasn’t all about sex and fetishes…so I can understand why people get mad and think that it is but shouldn’t be and etc. But case-and-point those people that think that way are just ill-informed same as I was ill-informed.

But, I did start my adventure under a guise. I played Furcadia…I role-played. I had several “sexual” encounters online…I even have a character who is only known for that because that’s how I played her. That character, what I was doing…it seems silly now, almost embarrassing at times – but, I was discovering myself. I was young and I was experimenting. But, I was doing it in a way that was still safe, that was still private…in a way I would not get hurt and I realize now, it was with people I knew I could trust.

This comic is important because it shows that sex is normal…that the act of it is part of growing up. That being in the fandom can be the time when we grow up as well, that the fandom might be the place where we do our growing, and it can teach us life lessons in multiple forms. It shows that the fandom has been an “opportunity” of sorts for people…whether it is an opportunity to fly our true flag and colors, whether that be our opportunity to experience love, or, yes, whether that be our opportunity to experience sex and fetishes…the fandom holds many different things for many different people, and we all have our own things we have gained from this fandom, this family, this place. We have experienced friendship, love, loss, heartbreak…pain and anger, happiness, and we have all had our own strokes of luck.

So while some people will grumble and say: “I thought this was going to show me how to talk about furries…and for something saying it’s not about sex, it shows a lot of sex.” I really think you’re missing the point of it. It’s showing that for some people, this fandom is life. It takes us down a road of experiences…and while those experiences vary from person-to-person…even if the fandom has sexual stuff in it, there’s MORE to it than that, and that above all, we as a fandom should be able to embrace these things. Because it’s normal…we are normal.

Anyways, that was just my two-cents on it.

Thank you all so much for watching!!! Furry Friday Feature is tomorrow, and I really hope you like it! As always, feel free to drop your thoughts and ideas in the comment-section below, and, I will see you all in the next blog πŸ˜‰

Fursuits are a LUXURY [not a NEED]


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:



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˜‰

Furaffinity hacking 2016


It’s been 4 days now…but, as most people already know, Furaffinity (often just known as FA) was hacked on 5/17. Right now, the site is on “Read Only” mode while they tinker with security, but, here is what we know so far.

  • FA is notorious for getting hacked and having server issues:

—It has been very common among discussions about FA’s hacking that Fa is often the target of hackers and just having server problems in general because of its size. This has made people very wary about adding new content to their accounts, and more and more people have debated where they should really conduct their business. Website history has shown severe server problems in the years: 2005, 2008, and 2009 // this due to outage’s, bad hardware, bad coding, and security holes.Β  The site was hacked in 2007, 2010, and now in 2016. These do not even include the DDoS attack in 2014. Plus, with how often the site stops working or is shut down monthly for maintenance…these problems do not seem to surprise the Furry Community anymore.

FA usb
^^ The USB drives containing FA source code. ^^

  • No one knows who the hackers were:

—In any of the hacking incidents on FA, no one ever came to know who the hackers were or why they were even hacking the site to begin with. This time, it was a source code leak that was then distributed at Furry Conventions on a specific USB drive. Admin Dragoneer said that the only thing they knew was that this source code had been obtained via recent “ImageTragick” exploit. Apparently it is a common server-side image processing software. He said that one of the USB drives that had been distributed had been confiscated and was being analyzed. The news reports that after the analyzing began, a second attack happened at FA and now, 4-days later, we know that 2 of the USB drives were found and confiscated at the “Biggest Little Fur Con”, and, anyone having any information on who the hackers might be have been asked to report to Dragoneer directly.

  • 6 days data was lost:

—The initial damage that most people noticed was that anything uploaded after May 11th was lost. This is because the last back-up for the website was May 11th. FA Admin teams said they would love to do daily back-ups as most people recommended…but they said it caused severe slow-down of the site, and it was something they had been working on doing for some time, but still did not have the means to do. Without the back-up though, several galleries had been completely wiped…so, 6 days of uploads does not seem so bad.

  • A severe problem for artists/commissioners:

—One of the bigger problems of the attack aside from missing uploads was the deletion of watchers from the site. Several artists use FA as their means of income, and notes and journals were even affected by this attack. Customer information went missing because of that, and commission details were lost. While the site was down…customer and artist were not always able to communicate, and even after the site came back up…some watchers were lost, and some people could not be found right away. It has caused a serious issue with artists and has made them debate whether they should start conducting their business elsewhere.

  • Passwords and E-mails are at risk:

—Initially it was said that nothing other than galleries and watchers had been compromised on FA. But now it has been said that while the site is in “read only” mode that e-mails, passwords, and other personal information has been compromised. Because of this, after the site goes back online in full, all members will be asked to change their passwords and etc to ensure that they are fully protected.

  • A huge migration to Furry Network:

—While FA was down, I myself noticed that there was a huge number of people migrating to a site (in beta right now) known as “Furry Network”. It was made public right before the attack on FA even though it had been via “invite only” before (users needed a code to create an account). Now people have been moving their business of there as well as going back to other art sites such as DeviantArt, Weasyl, and other sites…even working through their FB pages. It’s unsure how many people quit using FA because of the recent attack.

  • Conclusion:

—In conclusion…there is not much to say. A lot of people are considering this a hate crime. Because of more recent attacks on Furry Facebook groups and more aggression seemingly towards the Furry Fandom, people see this as a hate-crime and think that FA will always be a target. Same as there has been a massive migration to Furry Network, people now worry that Furry Network will now be subject to the same type of attacks and that we, as a fandom, are caught in a vicious cycle. Anyways…for those interested in reading about this for themselves, info can be found in the FA forums and the FA wiki page HERE:
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I hope you all are having a great weekend thus far, thank you all for tuning in, and, I will see you all in the next one πŸ˜‰

Dear Artists…[Discussion]

These two posts have been getting a rise out of the Furry Community, and I can see why…

Basically, as the image says…a person tried to make the point that, if they pay for artwork of their character…that finished product now belongs to the customer, and, they in turn can do whatever they like with it…this includes removal of watermarks and signatures. Whether or not the original post was written by the “Martin Lindorff” shown above, it is pretty obvious he supports this message saying that if he gets artwork with a watermark on it…he will ask for a refund.

Now, here is my two-cents on it:

Being something of an artist myself as well as a customer…I can understand a few sides. But, the point being made up above is just…ghastly. It is terrible, and it makes me angry just looking at it either way.

So…when you pay for a piece of artwork, you are paying for something that someone has taken time and effort to make for you. As mentioned in my blog about a good artist- complicated pieces take time, have multiple stages of development…and, even if that customer did not get any WIP sketches for approval, they still ended up with an amazing finished product that they want to show off to their friends! So, is removing the watermark okay JUST because they paid for it? NO!!!!
Just like artists of old had their own signatures and tags for their particular art pieces…so people too have signatures and watermarks that said that they created this. It’s not so much advertisement as it is the fact that they are proud of their work, they want the world to know it was them who made it…and not to mention…art thieves…are thieves are EVERYWHERE!

I’m not even kidding. You find one piece of artwork that does not have a watermark or signature and then suddenly there are 10 people or more claiming that as their piece, and tracing it to make a quick buck and/or snagging it to slap on T-shirts that they can sell at a Furry Convention…this stuff is NOT okay.

So, if you don’t like signatures on your art or watermarks for that matter…then just don’t buy art. Draw your own, get just as good as those other artists, and then deal with having YOUR art stolen because you don’t feel like signatures and watermarks are worth it.

Now granted, the guy did say he would not claim the art for his own…so, I’m not saying that he would personally be a thief, but, I am saying that other people would do that. And it’s the guy, by erasing the watermark or signature, that started that vicious cycle for that art piece IF it gets stolen. I also have the feeling that the person who wrote this has never really had a character stolen and misrepresented which is why he doesn’t even seem to think that others would take his character and then give him a bad rep because of how they might use it.

*takes in a deep breath*

The guy compares himself to a walking billboard…and you’re right, that’s how you might be. But honestly…if a person does a great service and a great job, then I don’t mind showing off their work. Talented people deserve to be recognized for what they can do…and it’s not like it affects me that they get a few new customers because someone like the picture I posted SO MUCH that they too would like one from the same artist. It actually makes me feel honored, and I’m not even the person who made the piece of art! That a picture representation of my character would look so awesome or so beautiful that someone might want one too…that’s an amazing feeling, and, keeping it all to yourself like that…it’s selfish.

You also have to take into account that sometimes, art is the only way that these people LIVE. They NEED that advertisement because their artwork pays their bills, pays for their groceries, and etc. So it’s pretty hateful and pretty pathetic that you would deliberately make them unknown and deny them their meal ticket. It’s not like they are scamming people…they provide a service people want, and thus, they deserve to be known and credited for that work that they did.

Also, it’s not like it hurts you to type out an artist’s name when posting the artwork. If you’re showing it off on FA or DA…you type it into the description and you never have to fuck with it again. You don’t even need to attach the icon of the person if you don’t want to. So long as you give the artist’s name…well, people have Google and they can figure it out.

Now…on the point of the customer:

I will agree that some artists have watermarks that take up the whole fucking picture…and that (I think) is ugly and annoying. I don’t mind a watermark in the corner, or even a small signature. But, when the watermark covers the entirety of the page, it really takes away from the drawing itself. I understand the purpose of the watermark is prevent theft — but, while I will say that giant watermarks are ugly…as a customer, if I don’t like the way someone does something, I just don’t buy from them. It’s as simple as that. The second picture where the guy says any watermarked art would require a refund for him…well, that’s stupid. Before you buy art, you’re supposed to look at other pieces of work that the artist has done. Know what it is that you are paying for…

If they have a watermark on all their other art pieces…then chances are that your piece will also have a watermark. Also, keep in mind that some artists provide a watermarked version of their art (for posting online), and then an un-watermarked version for personal use…so, those people with the giant watermarks that take up EVERYTHING…sometimes they just post the watermarked version online, but, the customer would receive a cleaner version.

All around, this man’s behavior and attitude is insulting to artists…and the hard work they put into their trade. I have seen beware posts on the Martin guy already, people telling artists not to accept commissions from him…and honestly, part of me feels like it is fair. To re-post this and have little to no respect for the artists that sign their pieces and are proud of their work…I wouldn’t want him editing my art either. I also would not want my art going to someone that acts like it really means so little to them. And I sure as hell would not give that guy a refund for a finished product just because I signed it.

*Sighs* What a way to start of the week, eh?

But, let me know your thoughts on the matter. Do you think he was right for what he said? Or do you think he was wrong? Maybe you meet somewhere in the middle? Let me know your thoughts in the comment-section down below. No WYR Wednesday again this week. But, I will be posting more artists features and personal blogs. So, thank you all for tuning in, and, as always, I will see you in the next one πŸ˜‰

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