I'll start and fully admit that my first introduction to the fandom was yiffalicious, years ago I first saw high tail hall on newgrounds, now at that point I don't consider myself as part of the fandom, I had no sona or anything. Years later I made a furaffinity account and had some artwork commissioned and eventually through looking through furrymate (when you could send 3 messages a day for free) I found someone who was in the area I live in at the time who worked at a grocery store in my town and messaged him just to try and actually meet someone in the fandom in real life. He took me to a meetup in Connecticut and I went a bunch of times. And that's my story :3
hmm yea I missed those newgrounds days , internet was too slow back then . I don't know about anybody else but I blame all this on DON bleuth in the 90's . Was bombarded with all sorts of animation from rats or nimh to once apon a forest . Needless to say I was imagining everyting anthro since I was 10 . Still do it ,, even at machine shops I visit .
Post by SquidHooves on Oct 2, 2015 17:51:47 GMT -5
I've been "furry" for many years but didn't know it. I was just into the porn aspect of it until I went to my first fur con (Califur 2013) and was blown away. SO much more to it than the porn! I have met so many wonderful people since then, and it has helped me amazingly with my shyness. The fandom has changed me for the better!
I came at the fandom from a couple of angles. The snow leopard connection has been with me for a while, since well before I knew what furries were or that something called a fandom existed. Just a little tickle in my subconscious that I was somehow connected to snow leopards, and in that respect I suppose I'd fall into the 'therian' category. I think I first learned of the fandom in the early 2000s, through some of my hipster friends who seemed to enjoy making disparaging remarks about furries in casual conversation. I didn't understand the ridicule, the idea of fursuiting sounded like a hell of a lot of fun to me. Then around 2009 or so I discovered furries (read: perverts) on SecondLife; my avatar had already been slowly morphing into something resembling a snow leopard for several years prior. This eventually led me to IRC, where I found a channel for the locals (it still exists!) and I suddenly found myself attending furmeets and ordering a suit of my own.
I've always been into cartoons, stuffed animals, and mascots since I was a kid. When I grew up I loved the art on furaffinity, any thing erotic that was anthropomorphic, and I thought fursuits were just so adorable and secretly wanted to hug one. Wasn't until I was in my mid 20s that I met a furry in real life. Then I realized that this was fur me
Was and still am a closet fur, but now I just hate missing out on all the fun. I've wanted to go to a con but never did because I never knew anyone who went. I remember one time I brought it up jokingly to my girlfriend, it didn't go well... She'll figure it out soon when a box full of adorable fur comes in the mail.
Well. Not really in the fandom as more on the edge of it. I was always obsessed with characters in stories that were turned into animals or could shapeshift. I'm an otherkin. I'm trying out the interning thing with blixfox right now, learning to make fursuits.
It's interesting that I see many furries keeping this part of themselves away from others. I certainly do not broadcast the fact that I'm a fur...I would rather keep it private. I hope that I'll be able to attend a con some day, but I think I would feel odd without a suit of myself... Because that's who I am, you know?
When I tell people, "yeah I'm into drawing and watching cartoons." It is no big deal. But if you say, "I'm a furry!!" People think of something totally different... HAHA. So that's probably why I'm a closet fur.
The suit is just one aspect of the fandom. There's plenty more to it than fursuiting. I'm not a super good artist, I love looking and collecting art though. But I love to perform in costume, be it historical or fantasy. So for me the suit is always something I wanted to do. I'm sure cons are still awesome without a suit, as most of the people there don't have one. I'm planing on going to Toronto next month for Furnal Equinox and I wont have a suit.
I'll confess that cons don't hold much interest for me anymore; my last few experiences were largely negative. Suiting at a con is expected, you're surrounded by people for whom fursuits have become routine or even mundane. I personally have the most fun suiting when the audience isn't a bunch of furries, but mundies who've stumbled upon the fursuiter. The best part of Anthrocon for me is wandering the streets of Pittsburgh and seeing all of the regular people flashing huge grins when they see the big snow leopard bounding towards them. The worst part of Anthrocon (or any con) is stumbling upon someone who acted like your best friend when you were in suit, and who ignores you when you're out of it...
When I first started out in the fandom I was really secretive, but then decided why bother? I'm not doing anything that I'm ashamed of, people will either accept it or be freaked out. The ones who freak out aren't really worth my time. A few of my family members know along with most of my non-furry friends. I can't see a reason to tell my coworkers, though I did recently wear my Anthrocon t-shirt to a territory meeting and nobody even noticed. Had someone asked I'd have made every effort to give an explanation that dispelled the typical misconception that it's all about sex in animal costumes. Even if it were, there'd still be nothing wrong with it. People at sales conventions spend the bulk of their free time trying to get laid in the hotel bar and I fail to see how their behavior differs significantly from that of most single furries at conventions. Just add tails.