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    Are you a Furry?
    How did you choose your costume?

    Have any of you wished you could hide your normal appearance by wearing a costume so people would think different of you?

    Oh... and why does there seem to be such a bad wrap on furrys?
     
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    Some Furry costumers are bad, hence the "bad wrap."
    Not sure why Furries get a bad rap, or bad rep.
     
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    I did a search on some costumes...but doesn't seem to be a whole lot of people making them. Those who do...sure do have their terms and conditions.

    For example: Beastcub Creations | Custom Made Creature Costumes
    Understandable that they would want partial payment up front for all of their work and ordering material, but sure doesn't seem to be a whole lot of folks doing these.
     
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    Way I see it everyone has their kinks ;) and as far as bad rep as far I see nothing significant that gives them the bad rep. I guess just haters hatin is the biggest part.
     
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    Rikter8, does this have anything to do with that dog Wilfred on that new show? :biggrin1:

    NCbear (who sometimes wonders why I can't have a pet like that :eek::rolleyes:)
     
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    No???.... not that I'm aware of? What show?
     
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    Not all of us furries are into costumes. :p Furry is pretty general, Suiters are a niche in the 'community'.
     
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    Ok, so would your avatar represent your "creature"? If so, how did you pick it?
     
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    Nope, my avatar is just a horned person I recolored to resemble me. My screen name is more related. I get along with cats easily - even feral cats tend to feel comfortable approaching me. I favored felines since I was a kid so it's a simple pick. Other "deeper" people out there believe in animal spirit guardians or whatever. Some choose by zodiac. Then there are other crazies out there calling themselves "otherkin" that believe they are linked to dragons... *coughnutjobscough*. November marks a decade in the fandom for me. :p

    So no, not all reasons for being a furry are rooted in creepy weird shit.
     
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    Are you a Furry? Yes.
    How did you choose your costume? I chose my fursona/character/avatar by figuring out what animal I felt most comfortable with and then making it more... Me. I chose my fursuit, based upon art of the character I had created.

    Have any of you wished you could hide your normal appearance by wearing a costume so people would think different of you? No. I don't wear a fursuit to hide, I wear it to explore a different aspect of myself. To interact with others in a different way and explore myself as well as the world around me, from a different perspective. I do the same thing with business suits. It's amazing how much differently one is treated in a well tailored suit.

    Oh... and why does there seem to be such a bad wrap on furrys? Because smart people know enough to keep their mouths shut and stupid people do not. And if you are a reporter, then you simply need to keep asking until you come across someone willing to answer your questions. This has happened time and time again and sometimes, the people who eventually stepped forward were into all kinds of fetishes and sexual activities that have nothing to do with furry. But because they were also into the furry fandom, everything got lumped in together and it became known as a "fetish".
     
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    Are you a Furry?
    Yes! I stopped posting here as often because I got more involved in the furry art community, actually.

    How did you choose your costume?
    The only costumes I've ever worn were to the Renaissance Faire and for Halloween. The closest I've come to dressing up like an animal was as a little kid, with a Jurassic Park (c) velociraptor costume.

    Have any of you wished you could hide your normal appearance by wearing a costume so people would think different of you?
    I've had lifelong issues with awareness of what expression is on my face, so I've often wished it was socially acceptable to wear a mask. Alas, I also have terrible eyesight (roughly 20/1600, the visual acuity of a newborn infant) and issues that make contacts impractical, so I'd need to find a mask that fit over my glasses!

    If I did wear a costume to conventions and other events, it would not be an animal character. Lately I've been thinking about the possibilities of a robotic or mechanical design, but it's far from within my budget to put something like that together.

    Oh... and why does there seem to be such a bad wrap on furrys?

    First off- although I don't wear costumes or view non-human animals in a sexual way, I'm a Bad Example, since I'm a pansexual, polyamorous political radical who was raised atheist and draws some relatively warped furry porn on a regular basis. That said, I also did my senior thesis in cultural anthropology on the community, so...

    Three principal reasons:
    1: media and other folks outside the community see fursuiters, and assume that that is what it means to be furry (never mind that many fursuiters are repulsed by the idea of sex in-costume, contrary to popular opinion). Because people dressed up in costumes are more visually striking and distinctive than ordinary people reading comics, writing stories, or drawing pictures featuring anthropomorphized animals (you know, like Usagi Yojimbo, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and so on), they get more media attention and people are more inclined to remember them or notice them.

    2. Again, people are more inclined to remember something unusual. An illustration of a humanoid dog relaxing and sitting back gets less attention online than, well... I could go and describe some of the oddities out there, but I'm just as guilty of drawing bizarre stuff as anyone I could mention. People happen upon this art, and because misery loves company, they share it with others. Although there are perhaps just as many artists and writers out there creating this kind of stuff with human characters (especially in Japan, if you look at some of the stranger erotic manga), the furry community has a tendency to encourage artistic freedoms and to allow for people with stranger interests to more easily gather in corners of the fandom: as a consequence, the really bizarre stuff is more accessible even if it isn't the majority, and if you find one artist drawing it, you can easily find all their friends who draw the same stuff.

    3. Due to all those community aspects I mentioned, there's also a lot of drama among furries. I came back to a popular furry art site, Fur Affinity, after it finally put in place a flat ban on underage characters in sexual scenes, where it had previously been permitted. That isn't any different than most other adult art communities out there that allow underage stuff-- the boorus and chans, Hentai Foundry, et cetera --but it got a lot more attention because Fur Affinity is heavily trafficked and has become almost synonymous with furry fandom online. The drama part? There were people on the site who were infuriated that they could no longer sexualize feline toddlers, and many reacted as though they were the victims of hate crimes... you can imagine how well that went over. That's far from the only example of nonsense, but you can imagine what sort of things happen when you have an insular community with a tendency to encourage sexual opennes and imaginative fetishes, especially if that community is already kind of ostracized elsewhere online....
     
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    I would agree with both of your first two points on reasons the furry fandom has a bad rep... But the third is an internal issue that the public doesn't really see and nowhere severe as other communities. The worst I've seen is the leather community. But of course, take a bunch of guys who are into mind games and domination, then throw in fabulous prizes and trips around the world!!! You're bound to get crazy-mad drama.
     
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    Is there an online suitor, or company that is most popular within the community? Or should one only buy local?
     
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    Very few furs actually own fursuits and the prices can range from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. ($1,500 is a good mid-range price.) I would suggest being part of the fandom first and exploring that.

    If you really do want a fursuit, you have to decide first and foremost, Why? What do you want it for? What do you want to do with it? What species/colors/patterns do you want it to be? And then... Which designer do you like? Who can bring it to life for you? You can find a reasonably complete list of different fursuit makers HERE. (This list is of course, not complete and you can find even more online.

    But before you do ANY of that... I would suggest looking into your local furry community. Assuming you're still in Michigan, go sign up HERE.
     
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