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Furry Weekend 2014 Is Happening, So Get Your Fursuit On

Fri 18 Apr 2014 - 14:39
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/22/furry-weekend-2014_n_5013076.html

The 10th annual Furry Weekend Furry Weekend, a furry convention held in Atlanta, kicked off Thursday, and the fuzzy festivities will last through Sunday night.

Activities at this year's Furry Weekend, themed as "Furry University," include a fur-suit parade, workshops on building a collar, a talent competition and various dance classes and dance parties.

Last year, they even had a furry Harlem Shake:



Do The Harlem Shake, FWA Style! http://t.co/WrVQdSByu3 #fwa2013

— FurryWeekendAtl (@FurryWeekendAtl) March 16, 2013


Attendance costs for the whole four-day span of the convention ranges from $45-$250, or guests can buy a one-day pass for $25-$35.

The convention is the fourth largest gathering in the world for furries, meaning people who have an "interest in anthropomorphic animals and/or mythological or imaginary creatures which possess human or superhuman capabilities," according to WikiFur, a wiki managed by the furry community.

Many furries like to dress up like their animals of choice, but some express their interest through other ways, like art or performance. While some are sexually attracted to these anthropomorphic animals, this is not the case for all furries.


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Investigating the oft-misunderstood furry fandom

Thu 3 Apr 2014 - 14:40

Here is an article, dated April 3, in The Muse, a student newspaper in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada:

http://themuse.ca/2014/04/03/investigating-the-oft-misunderstood-furry-fandom/

The article looks at the furry activities on the campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland, and features an interview with local furry Will "Chu Ward" Marshall.


Investigating the oft-misunderstood furry fandom
By Laura Howells

Furry: for some people, the term may be foreign. For others, it may conjure up a range of connotations, from the positive to the downright disturbing. In recent weeks, furry fandom has been a topic of discussion for MUN students, as posters calling for the convergence of furries in the university have been plastered around campus.

The posters are the work of MUN student and furry, Will Marshall, who also goes by the furry name, Chu Ward. Ward sat down with the Muse to discuss what being a furry means, the misconceptions surrounding the fandom, and the furry community in St. John’s.

At its core, the furry fandom consists of people who are interested in fictional anthropomorphic animal characters. According to Ward, there is no specific way to be a furry; people express their furry identity in a wire range of ways.

For some people, being a furry means dressing up in an animal costume, known as a “fur suit,” and role playing or attending public furry events. Many “fur suiters” handcraft their suit, while others spend anywhere from a few hundred to a thousand dollars having a suit custom-made. However, donning a fur suit is hardly something such furries do everyday.

“As any fur suiter will tell you, it’s actually very physically exhausting to wear one of those things because it doesn’t breathe at all and you’re in there sweating all day. It’s something that they plan in advance,” said Ward. “It’s usually in a very social context. It’s not just something they wear around the house whenever they feel like it.”

Ward says that for fur suiters, dressing up as an animal is a way to let loose and express themselves freely.

“It’s kind of like the anonymity of the internet. You’re behind a mask,” said Ward. “When people see you out in public they see a character, they don’t see you. So you can act how you would want to have your character act, instead of you just being in plain clothes like me, barking. In fur suits it’s more a performance than just a weird way of behaving.”

However, the majority of furries are not fur suiters. Many furries enjoy role-playing as an animal online, while other furries simply like to draw human-like animals or animals shaped like humans. For Ward, being a furry means role-playing online and looking at anthropomorphic art.

Ward says one of the biggest misconceptions people have about furries is that they are simply people who like to ‘dress up in an animal costume and have sex.’

“I’m not going to lie and say there isn’t sexuality in the fandom, but there’s sexuality in every single fandom out there because we’re human beings,” said Ward. “But it’s not what we’re about.” He adds that most of the hatred surrounding furries is based on ignorance and insecurity.

Just as there is a variety of ways one can be a furry, the level of connectivity people feel with their furry-identity also varies.

“Some people genuinely feel like maybe they were a mouse in a past life,” said Ward, explaining that some equate their furry identity to a form of shamanism. “Other people are just like no, it’s just a character I play as on the Internet.”

Ward says that for most people, being a furry does not mean feeling their expressed human identity is incongruous with their actual identity.

“The majority of the furries I talk to, if I were to ask them, hey are you really a wolf? They would say, uh no. There’s often a very large disconnect between what people do in the context of being a furry and how they actually feel about themselves as a person.”

When furries are figuring out what animal they should be, Ward says many are influenced by cartoons or anime they enjoyed as children; Ward’s furry animal, for example, is a Pikachu.

“There are lots of dragons, dragons is a big one. It doesn’t have to be anything real. Trying to role-play as a furry you have to presuppose some level of non-reality.”

When Ward was realizing he was a furry at age 14, he felt extremely alone, figuring he was just the “one weirdo in Newfoundland.” Through the posters he is putting up around campus, he hopes to connect similarly thinking furries to the broader Newfoundland furry community.

“With all the stigma that you get on the Internet you’re convinced that there’s something wrong with you. Finding other people, tangible people, not just on the other side of the screen, but people that relate to you and have likely felt the exact same experiences you have, really feels good.”

The furry community in Newfoundland currently consists of around 50 active members and is always looking to expand. Furries sometimes gather for picnics in the park, participate in social events like bowling, or meet up at conferences like Sci-Fi on the Rock. Ward enjoys the open-mindedness of the furry community and the sense of belonging it fosters. He says that although his posters have only received a dozen serious responses so far, no one who contacted him had any idea there was a furry community in St. John’s.

“I’m convinced that if I keep at it, there’s going to be more furries out there that will know they’ve got a group of people who feel the same way as they do and they can feel welcome in that community.”
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Cyanide & Happiness - Put Em Down

Thu 3 Apr 2014 - 09:01
I thought this might be of interest here because it features a fur who's way too much into being his fursona

Categories: News

Furries find acceptance, friendship among active community

Thu 3 Apr 2014 - 06:18

Here is an article from April 2, in the Central Florida Future, the student newspaper of the University of Central Florida:
http://www.centralfloridafuture.com/variety/furries-find-acceptance-friendship-among-active-community-1.2862872#.Uz1AEDk1yBs

The article describes the regular furmeets in Orlando, Florida, and interviews local furries Diedrich Wolff (unofficial leader and "popufur" cough-cough), Jonathon Ray (costume design assistant), Austin "Isaac" Beard, and Tyler "Dante" Smith.


Furries find acceptance, friendship among active community
Underground world of roleplay brings students together

By Bernard Wilchusky
Contributing Writer

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Updated: Thursday, April 3, 2014 00:04

A dog, a bear and a fox walk into a bar, but that isn’t the beginning of a joke.

It is, however, a little slice of what one might expect to see at the Oblivion Taproom on Tuesday evenings, when an average of 30 to 60 members of Orlando’s “furry” community meet at the bar for their weekly gatherings.

But what, pray tell, is a furry?

A furry is a person who dresses in a head-to-toe animal costume.

“A furry is anyone with an open mind,” said Diedrich Wolff, the unofficial leader of the Oblivion Taproom gatherings and a student at Valencia. “It’s a very diverse community. A lot of people are attracted, initially, to the art, but people come for all sorts of reasons.”

Wolff is known as a “popufur,” an informal title given to members of the furry community who are well-liked or renowned. He noted how the community has blossomed over the years, going from small get-togethers featuring around 10 of his friends to the large gatherings at Oblivion today. He estimated that Orlando alone boasts a community of more than 100 furs, with dozens more scattered throughout groups in Tampa, Miami and elsewhere.

“It used to be just a few of us,” Wolff said. “We’d get together at Steak ’n Shake and catch a movie at the dollar theater. Last year, the community exploded. One time, we had almost 90 people here at once.”

Indeed, on Tuesday nights the bar is replete with cat ears and bushy tails. And sometimes, a pair of furries in full-body costumes — known as “fur suits” — can be seen hugging and prancing about.

The fur suit is perhaps the most recognizable icon of the furry fandom. The suits, which each take about a week to make, can cost close to $1,000. Some have modifications that allow their jaws to articulate, their eyes to light up and even integrated speaker systems to project the wearer’s voice into the outside world.

“You know how brides go crazy over their wedding dress?” said Jonathan Ray, a costume design assistant. “The same thing goes for a suit. People want measurements, they want cloth choices, fiber choices, the works.”

Ray said that donning a fur suit comes with its own unique set of challenges. The headpieces restrict the wearer’s peripheral vision, and the fur on the suit’s outer layer causes its interior to become hot. Suiters often travel with a spotter who helps guide them through crowds and watches for signs of heatstroke or exhaustion.

“We always emphasize that fursuiters should have a spotter, especially if there are kids around,” Ray said. “No one is going to be happy if a suiter knocks over a little kid that they couldn’t see. Spotters are the ones who drag you away if you need to cool down and take a break.”

But furry art comes in many forms, and websites such as Fur Affinity, Inkbunny and DeviantArt provide portals for members of the community to connect and share their passion. In fact, the art provides the one common substrate among this community composed of performers, engineers and people from virtually all walks of life. All furry art features, in some form or another, the image of an anthropomorphized animal.

This animal character, personified with human characteristics, serves as the alias through which people operate in the fandom. And when furries aren’t donning their fur suits, they can often be spotted with their furry badges, emblazoned with the names and images of their animal aliases or fursonas.

For Austin Beard, a health sciences sophomore, his fursona, Isaac, is a character whose extensive background he developed through online roleplaying. Before he moved to Orlando, there just weren’t any real-world outlets for him to participate in the community, he said.

“Most of the people I’ve met, I’ve met on Twitter or online,” Beard said. “Getting to meet them in real life is great — you get to see them in person, and it’s like [your relationship] doesn’t even skip a beat.”

Still, he admits that he was hesitant to become a more active participant because of the historical stigma surrounding the furry fandom. Television shows such as “Dr. Phil,” “The Tyra Banks Show” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” portray furries as mentally unstable or sexually deviant people who wear costumes as a means to fulfill their perverse fantasies. Beard, in his six years participating in the community, has yet to see a single act of “yiffing” — costumed sexual intercourse — that the fandom was made notorious for.

“Everyone thinks we’re weird; they think we do weird stuff,” Beard said. “That’s not what it’s about. Furries are just different people with a different sort of hobby — it’s no different than collecting stamps or RC cars.”

So what is it that has people participating in the furry fandom?

Without exception, the word on everyone’s lips was friendship.

“This is such an open and loving community,” said Tyler Smith, a sophomore marketing major who goes by the fursona Dante. “No matter what race, religion, sexual orientation or political views you have, no matter who you are, you’re going to find friends.

“If you have a fur suit, you’re loved.”
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Meet the Penn State Furries

Mon 31 Mar 2014 - 10:06

Here is an article by Maggie McGlinchy, in the Onward State (the student-run blog of Pennsylvania State University).

http://onwardstate.com/2014/03/31/meet-the-penn-state-furries/

It looks at Penn State Furries club, with comments by members Cory Grube and Corey Friedenberger.


When I made the descent into Irving’s basement, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. It was to be my first meeting with the Penn State Furries, the Happy Valley sector of the fan culture for people who like to, in its simplest form, dress up and pretend to be animals. My own naivety led me to expect someone like Todd Cleary from Wedding Crashers, or perhaps a unicorn-clad soul hunched up in the corner.

Instead, I found Cory Grube and Corey Friedenberger, two sociable and amicable members of the Penn State Furries club who are trying to bring the group back to its former glory.

Grube is a junior chemical-engineering major here at Penn State, and Friedenberger is a recent graduate and long time PSU Furries member. As someone who already had predispositions about the Furry community, the Cor(e)ys were quick to explain that the Furries are not a culty pack of weirdos.

“It’s always the bad egg that goes to the media and gives us a bad name,” said Friedenberger. “Most of us are just a bunch of people with the same anthropomorphic interest trying to have a good time.”

The Penn State Furries colonized in 2007 during Friedenberger’s freshman year, although the group’s membership eventually dwindled and became inactive with time. After hearing so many stories about the group’s former glory days, Grube decided he wanted to bring the club back to life.

“I was really disappointed at how stagnant the group became,” said Grube. ”I just wanted to grow my friend-base, while growing the friend-bases of others at the same time. More friends all around makes the world a better place, you know? Also, I really wanted to see it reach a place similar to where it was when Corey was a student. Whether that’s possible or not, I have no idea, but we’re going to try.”

The Penn State Furries group is independent from Penn State to allow non-students to participate. While still based around Penn State, anyone from State College is welcome to join, per the Facebook group description:

“For all those tail-waggers out there who bleed blue and white! This group is for current and incoming Penn State students, alumni, faculty/staff, and State College locals who are part of the anthropomorphic furry community in one form or another.”

The casual, open-armed attitude also translates into a strong bond among the Furries in its group. Take, for instance, its membership flier: “YOU ARE NOT ALONE! THERE ARE TONS OF FURS IN THE AREA LOOKING FOR FRIENDS LIKE YOU!”

(membership flier)

Grube said the group has no plan to affiliate with the university any time soon, because he wants to maintain its loose schedule and officer-less structure.

“Having officers or leadership positions makes it too bureaucratic, at least for my tastes,” Grube said. “For the purpose of getting to know people, I don’t want to be the leader or president or whatever, I just want to be a friend.”

Additionally, even among the Furries community, the interests are so diverse it would be nearly impossible to hold an actual meeting.

“We could offer things at meetings like an open space for furry art critique, panels for teaching a skill like sewing, useful for things like fursuit making, or what have you,” Grube said. “The group is so spread out in terms of interests, so for any particular topic, we might only have 10 or 20 percent of the group that would be interested. It wouldn’t be a very effective means for getting to know each other, which is the core purpose of the group.”

Friedenberger considered affiliating with Penn State when he first started the group, but chose not to for the same reason. Despite the economic benefits that come with being an official club, it would be too formal for this liking.

“There’s no real subtext or motive to the group,” said Friedenberger. “It means different things to different people. For some people it’s spiritual, some people are really into anthropomorphic art, some people really feel they are an animal trapped in a human body, and others are just people who like to party.”

The highlight in the life of any “Fur” is attending the various Furries conferences. In January, a solid contingent from the PSU Furries attended Setsucon at the Penn Stater hotel, which is focused on anime.

“Small cons usually exude a cozy, friendly feeling,” said Grube. “Lucky for us, we have a small convention right at the Penn Stater, Setsucon. It’s not a furry convention in reality, but an anime convention. Regardless, it still draws in a lot of local furry artists, enthusiasts, and fursuiters. There are two reasons for this: Many furs have another common interest, anime. A secondary reason is that furries like conventions in general, as long as they get to hang out with friends and have a good time.”

There are dozens of larger Furry conventions across the country, including Anthrocon, held annually in Pittsburgh, and FurFest. Furries sometimes spend thousands of dollars on costumes for these conventions, often going by their names and personas from Fur Affinity, the largest online Furry community in the world.

The once annual convention in Detroit, Furry Connection North, became so popular that they had to shut it down after six years. This video helps illustrate the scene:

(video)

The Cor(e)ys told me that cons often start small at various cities, only to become insanely popular. The parties get bigger and more wild, and eventually the convention moves another hotel, as was the case with Furry Convention North. I was told more than a few times that Furries really know how to party and that’s what the community is for a lot of people: a group of people looking to have fun. Just, y’know, in costume.

Here is a video from a dance competition, which is often a highlight of the conventions. The furry in gray is a former Penn Stater.

(video)

Here are some photos of PSU Furries from this year’s Setsucon:

(photos)

What’s important to note about this group is that because their interest is so…unique, so is their friendship.

The Furry community is very accepting of people’s identities, especially in the LGBTA community. Discussions can range from weird stuff the Furs read on the Internet to casual conversations about sexuality — they come up all the time. It doesn’t matter if it’s at a con, a party, or even just at a coffee shop. Grube told this story from his last Anthrocon as an example of the virtue of the community:

“I feel like furs are more open-minded and chill about everything, in general. We were in our hotel, and it was probably 3 or 4 p.m. In fur-con time, that means it’s time to drink. So we’re going about that, when someone knocks at the door. We open the door, and some guy none of us know basically walks in while saying hi. He’s pretty smashed already, and offers us some beer. We proceed to have a conversation about lots of random stuff for probably 30 minutes before he left. None of us really knew what happened, but we were like ‘Eh he was pretty cool, I don’t mind.’ That’s the kind of chill attitude that lots of furs tend to possess.”

More than anything, though, Grube wants the Furries to be more than a label, more than an embarrassing sound byte or joke. At the end of the day, it allows a group of people to take their virtual interests and create friendships IRL. And really, that’s what the PSU Furries are all about.
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Maxim again brings up Furries

Sun 30 Mar 2014 - 12:20
Maxim (Dec 2013, pg. 70, picture of performance artist as body-painted unicorn)

...And while not a furry himself, (Alex) Kovas concedes that he does have a bit of a following within the community. "Evidently, my humanimals are based on an almost naked human body, so most people are bound to get sexual associations with my portrayals," he admits. "Furries find my humanimals very appealing, but probably in a slightly more twisted way."

ref:
http://www.humanimals.co.uk/
http://www.youtube.com/user/AlexKovas
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Official video Dr. Phil on furries

Thu 27 Mar 2014 - 04:21
Official posting of the entire episode minus commercials.

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Download Dr. Phil show about furries

Tue 25 Mar 2014 - 23:49
Aired 3/25 at 3pm EST. Commercials edited out except for one at 28:30, a dog food commercial comparing dogs to their grey wolf ancestors (technically, your dog is a subspecies of the grey wolf)

https://mega.co.nz/#!Np5yVa7K!cr8K-WurR4q1iUdHpupMa6pEpSOdZ4e4_3fS-Xdo6AY
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Furries on Dr. Phil

Mon 24 Mar 2014 - 02:28

Description on TiVo for the 3/25 Dr. Phil show, "Animal Obsessed": "Frances' obsession with her 13 rabbits may be hurting her relationship with her daughter; Gary says he is part human and part dog and tries to live as much like a canine as possible; Lori hates that her 20-year-old daughter attends furry conventions."

See, the fandom had nothing to fear from him.

Categories: News

Furry Weekend 2014 Is Happening, So Get Your Fursuit On

Sat 22 Mar 2014 - 11:25
Here is a brief article, dated March 22, in the Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/22/furry-weekend-2014_n_5013076.html

It covers this weekend's Furry Weekend Atlanta.

The fur is flying in the South this weekend.

The 10th annual Furry Weekend Furry Weekend, a furry convention held in Atlanta, kicked off Thursday, and the fuzzy festivities will last through Sunday night.

Activities at this year's Furry Weekend, themed as "Furry University," include a fur-suit parade, workshops on building a collar, a talent competition and various dance classes and dance parties.

Last year, they even had a furry Harlem Shake:

Attendance costs for the whole four-day span of the convention ranges from $45-$250, or guests can buy a one-day pass for $25-$35.

The convention is the fourth largest gathering in the world for furries, meaning people who have an "interest in anthropomorphic animals and/or mythological or imaginary creatures which possess human or superhuman capabilities," according to WikiFur, a wiki managed by the furry community.

Many furries like to dress up like their animals of choice, but some express their interest through other ways, like art or performance. While some are sexually attracted to these anthropomorphic animals, this is not the case for all furries.
Categories: News

Simpsons + Warriors + Furries

Fri 21 Mar 2014 - 01:46
http://simpsonswiki.com/wiki/The_Baseball_Furries

The most recent episode of The Simpsons brought together the movie The Warriors (1979), Mascots, and Furry. "Can You Dig It?"
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True Life: I Want Respect for my Sect

Wed 19 Mar 2014 - 22:26
Hello everyone!

I just found out about a recent episode of MTV's True Life titled "I Want Respect for my Sect". It features furries along with Juggalos and vampires. The furry in this episode is somewhat young and I think got pulled into MTV's scheme of featuring "freaks", but it really wasn't that bad overall. I even remember her fursuit from RMFC, haha!

It can be watched here:
http://www.mtv.com/videos/true-life-i-want-respect-for-my-sect/1724255/playlist.jhtml
(I don't know if it works outside the US)
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Furry fandamonium

Wed 5 Mar 2014 - 08:26

Here is an article in the online edition of the Coast Report (the campus newspaper of Orange Coast College in California, USA):
http://www.coastreportonline.com/features/article_d7d875f8-a3fd-11e3-bf62-001a4bcf887a.html

It describes the campus Furry Club, with comments by club members Matthew "Hems" Geddes, Alex "Ace" Nobles, Justin Cha, and Marcella Norling.

Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 5:00 pm

Gino Riccardi, Staff Writer

With a flip of his tail and a wave of his gloved paw, Furry Club President Matthew Geddes called the first meeting of his anthropomorphic friends to order on Feb. 27.

Geddes, who goes by his Furry alias Hems during the meetings, presided over the meeting of artists, musicians and self-described nerds. The band of members, known as Furries, gather weekly to discuss their passion — a love of all things, well, furry.

Club members said each Furry has an original character persona — an anthropomorphic alter ego that is personally designed and interpreted through elaborate and expensive Furry suits.

Not every Furry has a suit however. The cost for a full body costume can come in at a staggering $1,000 to $3,000, so during the recent meeting club officers wore only fluffy tails, and in some cases, collars.

“Nobody is going to ruin their fur suit,” music major Alex Nobles, 20, known by his furry name Ace said.

More than anything, the group indulges in creating and displaying their own art and ideas. Rather than focus on comic book or video game art, Furries like to create new identities through costumes.

Along with being imaginative, group members are also adept designers, administrators and organizers.

“With Furries, we’re all fans of ourselves,” Geddes said. “And fans of anthropomorphic art.”

In addition to weekly meetings on campus, members attend an array of Furry events and conventions every year, Furry Club officer Justin Cha said. Furries also host fundraisers to assist animal shelters, museums and children’s hospitals, members said.

Furry Club adviser Marcella Norling, a religious studies professor, said she didn’t know much about Furries when she agreed to assist the group, but has already learned a great deal about the pastime.

“I have nerd in my DNA,” Norling said.

As a veteran of Renaissance fairs, she said she understands what it is to break off the shackles of the ordinary by participating in what some may consider an alternate reality.

When asked how she came to be the club’s adviser, Norling said she found Geddes at a booth during Club Rush and asked his name, what his club was about and who its adviser was.

They didn’t have one. So she took on the position and she said they are a fun and lively bunch.

“Just wait until the third and fourth meeting,” she said. “It’ll really be something.”

Club members hope to raise awareness of ongoing meetings throughout Southern California and expect to have their own events on campus.

The club meets on Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. in the Social Science building.

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Furry Convention In Vancouver, VancouFUR, Celebrates Third Year

Mon 3 Mar 2014 - 00:30
Western Canada's furries descended upon Vancouver this week for VancouFUR, the city's first furry convention.....
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/02/furry-convention-vancouver-vancoufur_n_4886642.html
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White Bear Lake Company Creates Costumes "4 Cats"

Fri 21 Feb 2014 - 20:02

Here is an article by Andy Greder, in the (upcoming) March 2014 edition of the White Bear Lake Magazine:

http://whitebearlakemag.com/white-bear-lake-company-creates-costumes-4-cats

It describes the work of Snap E. Tiger's costuming company, ByCats4Cats.


By day, Trent Fleury is a help desk administrator at a custom metalwork company. Nights and weekends, he’s sometimes a silver fox. As a member of MNFurs, a community committed to their crush on creatures, Fleury and his comrades bring their love of animals to life with costumes made by By Cats 4 Cats in White Bear Lake.

Founder Eric “Snapcat” Stevens purchased a black-panther costume for $400 after trying on a tiger costume at a camp-out near St. Louis, Missouri in 2000. Stevens, now 38, wanted a second costume, so he bought a cheap sewing machine and made a full-body custom-made white tiger costume in 2001. “Everyone wants to own their own business, and I thought this would be great for my creative outlet,” Stevens says. “Basically, I’m living the dream right now.”

Stevens’ sewing skills began to catch on with science fiction fans who dress up like characters, particularly of the feline variety. Word of mouth ramped up demand as he constructed about five costumes in 2009, about 15 in 2012 and an estimated 48 costumes of different species last year. “I’m booked usually six months ahead,” Stevens says. “I even have to close down my website for people looking for quotes every month or so, so I don’t get overwhelmed.”

Stevens’ talent overwhelmed Deron Adamavich. Two winters ago, the White Bear Lake man contacted Stevens, who was then living in Omaha, about a costume. “I didn’t have any reference art or any pictures,” Adamavich says. “I wanted a white lion with a big, poofy mane and just told him, ‘Just make it look great.’ ”

Adamavich met Stevens in Omaha, where he was presented with the final product. “I was absolutely speechless,” Adamavich says. A respectable 6-feet 2-inches when dressed in street attire, he put on the costume while still in Omaha that Easter Sunday and walked around the downtown area dressed as a 6-foot 6-inch lion. Families, bikers and shoppers all swooned and snapped photos. “It was a totally incredible experience for me,” Adamavich says. “It was the first time that I had a costume on. I wasn’t Deron; I was my character. You are someone else. It’s just different.”

The connection established at that first meeting was so strong they began a relationship, and Stevens moved to White Bear Lake later that year; the couple married in 2013.

Stevens’ differentiation is his craftsmanship and efficiency, Fleury says. On Fleury’s silver fox, Stevens took precise measurements from the end of Fleury’s arm to the tip of his fingers. “He is able to get those measurements precise,” Fleury says. “Then, when trying it on, it was perfect. Never any issues where things are too cramped or too long.”

Costumes commence at about $2,200 and go up from there; details can include stripes or LED lights. With that price tag comes routine correspondence. “I’m in communication with every single one of my customers, from when they give me a deposit to when they get the suit, and even a year after they have it,” Stevens says. “I do ask them to be brutally honest with me as far as what they like about it and what they don’t like about it, so I can make changes.”

Each costume has between 80–120 hours invested into it, with some bodies now done by a seamstress, which allows Stevens to focus on the head, paws, feet and tail.

When people see Stevens, Adamavich or Fleury in costume, they sometimes think it’s peculiar. “Sure, some people think it’s weird, but that’s just people,” Steven says. “ ‘What are you doing?’ That is the No. 1 question we get, ‘Who are you?’”

Stevens compared it to men in purple face paint and braids at Vikings games, those that enjoy bowling or those that “put a V8 in a ’68 Mustang.”

“We just say we are doing it for fun,” Stevens concludes.
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TV Report, "Outsiders", Kanal 5, Sweden

Fri 14 Feb 2014 - 01:03
This report contains a few Furries from Scandinavia, Germany and the Netherlands. It was aired at prime time on the swedish TV channel "Kanal 5" on a series called "Outsiders". Talking about Nathalie, Pao, Kwisa and Keenora.

There are english subtitles on Youtube.



Direct link to their website: http://www.kanal5play.se/program/play/outsiders-s09e01
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Thu 13 Feb 2014 - 21:49
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Gameshow "NRW Duell", WDR, Germany

Thu 13 Feb 2014 - 19:26
There was a little Gameshow in the local TV channel WDR in Germany, called "NRW Duell". The material, which was used, was basically from another WDR report, which you can find here too. The moderator is a german comedian, named Bernd Stelter.

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Documentary about the Fursuiter Keenora on "Faszination Leben", RTL, Germany

Thu 13 Feb 2014 - 19:18
This is a long documentary about Keenora Fluffball and mainly fursuiters in Germany. The original channel is actually pretty known for bad reports, but this one turned out pretty good. The series is called "Faszination Leben" which literally means "Fascination Life". You can see the following people here: Keenora, Berion, Codydawg, NeoXIII, Mathijs

There are also english subtitles on Youtube.

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