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Furry art site.

You shouldn't warn them, it's no fun when you do that.


Furries are quite skilled at creating... art, as you say.
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Bornes
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and one more thing 3nodding
User ImageFront page of that link is sfw, but everything past that isn't, just fyi.
Furry art site.

You shouldn't warn them, it's no fun when you do that.


Furries are quite skilled at creating... art, as you say.


SFW: Ocelot Huntress

Some artists are incredibly talented, in my opinion. But it's a broad generalization to say all furries possess artistic talent, haha.
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SFW: Ocelot Huntress

Some artists are incredibly talented, in my opinion. But it's a broad generalization to say all furries possess artistic talent, haha.
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Waffles? SFW
I drew it though it's obviously not as good as your link, hah.
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The definition for furry fandom: “The furry fandom is a subculture interested in fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. Examples of anthropomorphic attributes include exhibiting human intelligence and facial expressions, the ability to speak, walk on two legs, and wear clothes. Furry fandom is also used to refer to the community of people who gather on the Internet and at conventions.”

Not every furry identifies with a single, dominant animal while not every furry is identified under the same definition. There are furry enthusiasts, fur-suiters, furry artists, furry hobbyists; et cetera and not every furry actually makes a lifestyle out of it.

I am a yearly con-goer in Minnesota for a convention called Convergence. It’s a comic/sci-fi/anime convention for all to come and have the option to dress as that year’s theme or to dress as you wish independently. By going once a year does that mean I have conventions as a part of my lifestyle? Not really. And neither does being a furry enthusiast. Would I love to go to a furry convention to try out the experience and dress up? Heck yes, I would love to because it’s just the same as going to a regular convention, you’re surrounded by people with similar interests and could make friends – or even enemies, haha.

1: Not every furry identifies with an animal and not every furry makes a suit or a lifestyle from it. It’s fun to make anthropomorphic characters. They can simply be another original character made up by a creative mind. You don’t need to be a furry to make one.

2: How does having any hobby or interest benefit you? You can make friends with similar interests/hobbies. You can also increase your confidence and skills in arts and craftsmanship if you take an interest in drawing, sculpting, or fashioning fur-suits for people.

3: Why would this play into a significant part of me? It would be no more important for anything than playing video games, participating in Magic the Gathering tournaments, or taking countless hours to build the perfect Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Unless I had a career opportunity skyrocket from the fandom, like becoming a successful and well-known artist or something, then it wouldn’t be too important.
Okay, I'm glad I got a serious answer for my questions. Answers 1 and 2 I am satisfied with but for answer 3 I have to further explain my inquiry.

You said that not every furry makes a lifestyle out of it so that's an exception, but I was specifically referring to the ones that do make a lifestyle out of it and there are furries that make their life all about being a furry. I feel like that means you have to incorporate everything about it into your life so once you have a family and there are more people for you to consider, would this lifestyle be so important to you that one day, you would explain to your kids what it was all about? Because some furries do allow their identity to shape who they are and having a family is showing them who you are so there's my train of thought.

I feel like you think this is a hostile question when I'm just trying to understand furries better. Like, to what degree of seriousness some furries are about the sub-culture.
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You said that not every furry makes a lifestyle out of it so that's an exception, but I was specifically referring to the ones that do make a lifestyle out of it and there are furries that make their life all about being a furry. I feel like that means you have to incorporate everything about it into your life so once you have a family and there are more people for you to consider, would this lifestyle be so important to you that one day, you would explain to your kids what it was all about? Because some furries do allow their identity to shape who they are and having a family is showing them who you are so there's my train of thought.

I feel like you think this is a hostile question when I'm just trying to understand furries better.
User ImageHonestly that's a question that only could be answered well by someone who defines themselves as a lifestyler. And to find one of those that's passed 15 years old you're probably going to have to go to a legit furry site.

But as far as assumptions go, I would assume it would be no different than any other type of lifestyle, so you would remember it fondly.

I know you weren't talking to me, but the answers I gave to your questions were serious too, just framed in a completely different manner. xd
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I feel like you think this is a hostile question when I'm just trying to understand furries better. Like, to what degree of seriousness some furries are about the sub-culture.


The questions don’t appear hostile to me at all. Perhaps it’s just the tone in the responses that gave that perception, and I apologize if I did come off brash. It’s just your questions are still so very vague because you need to explain what you want a little more. Are you asking if they wear their suits 24/7 or something? Because otherwise it still won’t really matter as it’s no different than attending games, meetings, or getting together with friends at a concert, or major event.

Take for instance that I do have a family, a husband and children. My eldest son has already attended a convention as Superman and we have him registered for next year already, he’ll be just shy of two years old and a couple months at that time. We’re also planning on bringing our youngest son for a day to said convention when he is nine months old. My husband knows I want to attend a furry convention one day and as a con-goer himself, not even being a furry, he wants to go as well and to bring the kids.

I can be a nerd, a goof, and a furry while being a parent, a business woman, and an contributing member of society. What my interests/hobbies are shouldn’t concern much of anyone so long as they don’t harm me or harm anyone else. Any hobby/interest/fandom can be abused, though, so keep that in mind too. There are those who will neglect their families to pursue their own wants in any situation.
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You said that not every furry makes a lifestyle out of it so that's an exception, but I was specifically referring to the ones that do make a lifestyle out of it and there are furries that make their life all about being a furry. I feel like that means you have to incorporate everything about it into your life so once you have a family and there are more people for you to consider, would this lifestyle be so important to you that one day, you would explain to your kids what it was all about? Because some furries do allow their identity to shape who they are and having a family is showing them who you are so there's my train of thought.

I feel like you think this is a hostile question when I'm just trying to understand furries better.
User ImageHonestly that's a question that only could be answered well by someone who defines themselves as a lifestyler. And to find one of those that's passed 15 years old you're probably going to have to go to a legit furry site.

But as far as assumptions go, I would assume it would be no different than any other type of lifestyle, so you would remember it fondly.

I know you weren't talking to me, but the answers I gave to your questions were serious too, just framed in a completely different manner. xd
OH, just saw your answers! I appreciate it and yeah, you're probably right!
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Eisefin

The questions don’t appear hostile to me at all. Perhaps it’s just the tone in the responses that gave that perception, and I apologize if I did come off brash. It’s just your questions are still so very vague because you need to explain what you want a little more. Are you asking if they wear their suits 24/7 or something? Because otherwise it still won’t really matter as it’s no different than attending games, meetings, or getting together with friends at a concert, or major event.

Take for instance that I do have a family, a husband and children. My eldest son has already attended a convention as Superman and we have him registered for next year already, he’ll be just shy of two years old and a couple months at that time. We’re also planning on bringing our youngest son for a day to said convention when he is nine months old. My husband knows I want to attend a furry convention one day and as a con-goer himself, not even being a furry, he wants to go as well and to bring the kids.

I can be a nerd, a goof, and a furry while being a parent, a business woman, and an contributing member of society. What my interests/hobbies are shouldn’t concern much of anyone so long as they don’t harm me or harm anyone else. Any hobby/interest/fandom can be abused, though, so keep that in mind too. There are those who will neglect their families to pursue their own wants in any situation.
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My grandmother thinks I'm absolutely nutty for bringing the kids to a convention, haha. She's from the generation where anything that seems out of the norm must be bad for you and wants to corrupt you to do bad things. She cannot deny that Chad looks adorable as Superman and playing with other kids his age dressed up.
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1. You say that being a furry is about identifying with the animal you think represents you best, but why is it that you take it one step further and make a lifestyle out of it? I could say that a cat is my spirit animal but I'm not going to go out and make a suit out of it or put a name to my cat persona so what is it exactly that instigates you to become a furry?

I don't think it's really necessary to identify with your fursona at all. There are some furries who take it the whole country mile and basically make it into a spirituality, and then there are those who just pick an animal they like, like I did. I don't believe in 'spirit animals' and otherkin and such, but I firmly believe that, even assuming I'm wrong and these things do exist for each person, most of the former are in fact just the latter who tell themselves it's something more. I mean, c'mon. Wolves are cool, but 50,000 wolfaboos getting them as a spirit/soul animal? Doubtful. They just don't wanna face up and admit they got a walrus.

Anyway, as you'll hear from most anyone within the fandom, it's all up to you. Plenty of furries aren't into fursuits. Quite a few don't have fursonas. Yet they can still be furries. It's a self-identified fandom, and it's up to each person to decide how far they want to be involved, whether it consumes their life and they don't even want to associate with non-furs, or whether they sit in the middle of their normal group of friends and say, "Hey, anthro art and costumes are cool, yeah!"

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2. How does being a furry benefit you? Besides being part of a sub-culture that shares the same traits as you, how does being a furry bring you greater life benefits?

It doesn't really. I mean, I guess I do get new friends and future goals out of it. The costumes I've made for conventions so far are essentially just me trying to learn the basics so I can eventually make fursuits, and rarely does something non-furry inspire me to work on my drawing abilities.

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3. When you are on your deathbed and perhaps you've had some kids or you have grandkids, will you think back to this part of your life? Would you let being a furry define you so much you tell your family about it? "I used to be a furry" or "I was part of this Internet sub-culture called furdom."

Let's not get carried away. I haven't even told most of the people I know now.
But I'm sure they will find out eventually, considering I want a suit and all.
Frankly, I still don't know how far I'm going to get into it. If I end up being really good at making fusuits and I make enough money off of it to consider it like a freelance occupation, it might be worth a mention, or if I do something to make myself a widely-recognized fursuiter, or a really successful artist. None of this has happened yet, though, so I don't think sitting around looking at pictures of animals on the internet and using animal avatars is really a defining factor of my being.

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I'm not a furry (DESPITE MY AVATAR LOL wtf I just noticed that), but as various different sorts of a freak, I can say not all lifestyles are "beneficial". So if you're asking, "What BENEFITS do you get out of your lifestyle?!" as though they do it to GAIN something, that's the thing. There may be no benefit, other than the lifestyle itself, which they do obviously because it makes them comfortable.
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1. You say that being a furry is about identifying with the animal you think represents you best, but why is it that you take it one step further and make a lifestyle out of it? I could say that a cat is my spirit animal but I'm not going to go out and make a suit out of it or put a name to my cat persona so what is it exactly that instigates you to become a furry?

I have a lolfursona and a failaffinity account, and that's about as far as my furfaggotry spreads. I can't say I'd call that a lifestyle, tbh. I have no plans of owning a fursuit and making a total douche of myself in public

2. How does being a furry benefit you? Besides being part of a sub-culture that shares the same traits as you, how does being a furry bring you greater life benefits?

It's just fun. And ******** hilarious. Furries are so over dramatic. But at the same time they tend to be really ******** nice people. When they're not ridiculously creepy, that is.

3. When you are on your deathbed and perhaps you've had some kids or you have grandkids, will you think back to this part of your life? Would you let being a furry define you so much you tell your family about it? "I used to be a furry" or "I was part of this Internet sub-culture called furdom."

It'll probably be something I'll remember, same for things like gaia online, and my MMORPG phase. It's probably not something I'm going to be telling my family in a proud fashion. I might be thinking "God, I can't believe I wasted so much time in that shitty fandom" but not "Kids, the best moments of my life were those listening to a bunch of idiots in animal costumes b***h about not getting enough free porn"
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I have a few questions I would like answered by furries. Here we go:

1. You say that being a furry is about identifying with the animal you think represents you best, but why is it that you take it one step further and make a lifestyle out of it? I could say that a cat is my spirit animal but I'm not going to go out and make a suit out of it or put a name to my cat persona so what is it exactly that instigates you to become a furry?

2. How does being a furry benefit you? Besides being part of a sub-culture that shares the same traits as you, how does being a furry bring you greater life benefits?

3. When you are on your deathbed and perhaps you've had some kids or you have grandkids, will you think back to this part of your life? Would you let being a furry define you so much you tell your family about it? "I used to be a furry" or "I was part of this Internet sub-culture called furdom."

I guess other users can post questions for furries here too.


1) I enjoy the artwork and the people in the fandom (for the most part). I don't know if I would call it a lifestyle necessarily, because it doesn't affect every aspect of my life. It's more like a hobby I share with other people, and we like to get together and talk about it. It's no different than Trekkies or Anime nerds or anything like that. It's people with a common interest coming together and becoming friends through that.

2) As I said before, it allows me to meet people who share common interests. For some people it earns them money through commissions and whatnot. It's something that can be profitable and fun.

3) I'm not that big into it, but if I was then yeah. For some people it is a lifestyle and there is no harm in that. It's part of who they are. They're not trying to force anyone else into it, just enjoying themselves in a harmless way that allows them to meet new people.
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I consider myself a furry, but under a loose definition.

I don't think I'm anything but human, I don't dress like an animal, and I'd never own a fursuit unless I'm a school mascot or one of those sad, sad people with the job of waving a sign around on the side of the street in a ridiculous costume.

It's more of an interest to me than a lifestyle. I love the art, and that's the most involvement I have in the whole community. It's also somewhat of a fetish, but I won't go into that.

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