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kingcrowned
07-29-2012, 09:41 PM
The forums are still pretty new, and I saw no one has made this thread yet. This sort of topic is always a perennial favorite, so here we go:

What got you into the furry fandom? Or, if you don't technically consider yourself a furry, how did you end up involved with the community?

Me personally, I ended up in the fandom shortly after graduating high school, around age 19. An odd mixture of boredom and curiosity got me to sign up on FA, and 3 years later I still find myself sticking around. I honestly never expected to like furries as much as a do, but I guess that's just how it goes. XD I've met some of my best friends through this fandom. I've never seen anything quite like it, when it comes to both the good and the bad.

nakattack
07-29-2012, 09:47 PM
When I was in the furry fandom, this was from late middle school until my sophomore year of high school. I had long time friends on deviantart that slowly drifted into the fandom and I did as well. I liked the art that was produced by the fandom, but I drifted out because of jerks online and in real life, the latter being the reason why I left the fandom.
Am I happy out of the fandom? I guess. Do I regret leaving because of some jerks? Of course.
I'm not as interested in joining the fandom as I was way back when, but I'm not the kind of person to discriminate against furries just because of a few bad apples I dealt with.

Ibuuyk
07-29-2012, 09:55 PM
When I started college, I saw this one guy doodling dem weird animal people in class and I liked it, so I said loudly "Dude, this looks awesome!" (it really did, too!), so we became best friends and he introduced me to the loldom.

We each went our separate ways when we finished college, though.

Lee
07-29-2012, 10:41 PM
This is going to sound really awful but I originally gained interest in the fandom through reading about the drama in it on EncyclopediaDramatica.

And then I joined and found it much less dramatic and entertaining than it actually was made out to be and I stuck around anyway.

hotboychina
07-29-2012, 11:09 PM
dont consider myself a furry even if i have a fursona

but a long time ago a friend of mine sent me pics of furry characters from some art site
i thought they were cute as fuck and wanted to draw some

in all honesty until recently i never considered myself a part of the fandom i just liked drawing furry/anthro things
i dont do it much these days anymore save for drawing my fursona or a friends fursona though
im more of a monster guy anyway always have been

but i actually really like the community/a lot of the fandom
anybody ive met or talked with is really nice i havent actually had a bad experience with anyone at least not that i can remember

Aetius
07-29-2012, 11:16 PM
I got bored and joined the furaffinity forums. Now I ended up here.

ChitterBox
07-29-2012, 11:25 PM
Started drawing anthro stuff when I was younger, then when I eventually got the Internet at home I found out about the furry fandom while looking at various other anthro work and decided to check it out. No regrets whatsoever.

AtomiKamikaze
07-30-2012, 12:16 AM
First got into it via Conker's Bad Fur Day, then got out of it after getting trolled on some Poke'mon forums for it. Still draw furs sometimes and got a small fanbase around some anthro-airplanes I do, but other than that it's personalized-manga-humans.

As for fandoms, part of a weird sub-fandom of uniform fetishers with WWII Japan, especially on Pixiv. It's nice, since Nazis are overrated.

Oovie
07-30-2012, 12:29 AM
General internet hate attracted me at first, though a year or two ago now I suddenly lacked an output of entertainment and I began lurking. Only took a couple days to change my outlook and I made the switch.

TreacleFox
07-30-2012, 05:16 AM
I saw it being discussed on another forum I used to be on. I was immediately interested. ^^;

Kasune
07-30-2012, 06:17 AM
As I don't really consider myself a furry, I got into the community via FA and Livejournal. FA has its bugs and some things about it are sucky, but I'm pretty comfortable with the site and its features overall.

I wanted to improve my artwork, expand my audience to get commissioners, and make new friends- and I've done all of those on FA better than I have anywhere else. A lot of my friends that I met outside of FA are furries, so drawing their characters made me comfortable with drawing anthro/furry art. I got better at it and I enjoy it a lot more than I used to.

I honestly never thought I'd put myself even close to the furry fandom, or get involved. But to be honest I like it a lot more than other communities.

uglytrolls
07-30-2012, 11:00 AM
my friends are furries
well a majority of them
i dont mind but i dont consider myself a furry nor am i really part of the fandom, i just kind of like anthros ha ha

SirCoffeecup
07-30-2012, 11:03 AM
Saw Renard's album covers and found them intriguing. Later when a Gmodder had plenty of "I'm not a furry nor have I got anything against them" posts on his tumblr made me google furry and I found they were these anthro animals. Glad I saw the censored version of furaffinity when I found it. Otherwise I might not be here

Rakuen Growlithe
07-31-2012, 10:59 AM
I got into the fandom in high school when I started writing pokemon fanfiction. That led me to some pokemon sites and eventually into the furry fandom. I was already a fur, I just didn't know about the fandom.

Tiger
07-31-2012, 03:27 PM
A friend of mine joined fA, so I decided just to do it for the hell of it. I do more feral art than furry art, though. But I am planning to save money for a fursuit (which will take years |D; )

FishNChips
07-31-2012, 03:32 PM
I was on Gmod.org and people were complaining about furries.

I wondered what the hell it was.

Googled it all.

Thought it was wierd.

Got really drunk one day.

Signed up to FA/F.

Came back the day after.

Made a habit out of it.

Booze did me good, I say. Without having done that, I think I would have been even more miserable than I usually am. I met some cool people online, I discovered art, I learnt some more about myself in the meantime, had a lot of fun, I had stuff to do.

Kitten
07-31-2012, 03:37 PM
I tripped and fell ass-first into it and that's all there is to it, really.

TangoDelahunt
07-31-2012, 04:01 PM
I got involved because I was originally trolling you fuckers and got infected.

Aetius
07-31-2012, 04:25 PM
I got involved because I was originally trolling you fuckers and got infected.

We both fell.

Kazekai
07-31-2012, 05:32 PM
I used to pretend to be different animals as a kid, and I've always been obsessed with flying. When I was 5, I stuck with a weird brown thing I made up because I watched too many cartoons with anthros in them and I kept that definition for myself until I was 14, then I traded it for a crappy Sonic fan character and when shit went down and everyone hated me for being annoying (and I got sick of Sonic fandom) I changed it again to look like this.

I don't think I ever officially came out as one in a big thread before, I just assumed I was one and whatever avatar I used confirmed it. I love that there are other people who like anthro as much as I do, because as a kid, I thought maybe I was weird. (Also when I was 10, I literally thought I was something else inside a human shell, kept thinking that until I was 13 because I was always in the minority on interests.)


I got involved because I was originally trolling you fuckers and got infected.

Best explanation ever.

Neybulot
08-01-2012, 01:53 AM
Let's go with the short explanation.

http://web.archive.org/web/20090508141343/http://z7.invisionfree.com/tfboard/

My involvement with the fandom evolved from there.

Taw
08-01-2012, 03:40 AM
I've always been fascinated with bats, and I loved disney movies and such growing up as a kid. The thought of a bat anthropomorphic version of myself is quite entertaining.

Mainly I enjoy the fandom for art and for fursuiting - it's entertaining and fun to bring a smile to people's faces. :3

teckworks
08-01-2012, 04:13 AM
The money's good~ And sadly, groceries don't buy themselves.

RadioCatastrophe
08-03-2012, 12:11 AM
Dunno if I truly consider myself in the fandom or any fandom :I
I just call myself a furry because I have an anthro character based around me (aka a fursona) and usually when you tell people that they call you a furry

uglytrolls
08-03-2012, 04:31 AM
I got involved because I was originally trolling you fuckers and got infected.

ive been laughing at this post for like 10 minutes and i cant even explain why

Pony King
08-03-2012, 08:23 AM
Honestly, my original intention for joining was because drawing people became boring and I felt I wasn't very good at it. So I tried something else.
Oh, and DA at the time had taken a nose dive and wasn't an enjoyable community experience.

Stormdragonblue
08-03-2012, 01:58 PM
I got in the NSFW way.

It probably was somewhere in 1998/early 1999. Pokemon started to air here in my country which was the catalyst for the events to follow. Back then newsgroups were still the hotness and I went over it with good old Outlook Express in search of stuff (read, mostly porn). I stumbled upon this one called Alt.Games.Nintendo.Pokemon.Hentai and I just stuck around. First lurking, followed by some replies. And then drawing for it. It was a small community and at the time Pokemon wasn't in any way associated with Furry yet. Looking for more like what this newsgroup had I came across the Furry related ones. Both sources made sure I'm the messed up person I am today. :D

Haru Totetsu
10-03-2012, 11:21 AM
Lets blame Mickey Mouse for that. Thanks Disney! :thumbsup:

Ghost
10-03-2012, 11:50 AM
I was looking for an artist to get a piece of work done that I needed, I knew it had to be an anthro artist and at the time I wasn't fond of DA so I spent a lot of time looking for someone who could do it. I ended up finding someone on FAF that could do it for me and it turned out amazing.
It was during my time working with the artist and returning to FAF to talk to him that I really got into the fandom, plus the people I met were so nice it was hard to just up and leave once the commission was done. So, here I am.

Rsyk
10-03-2012, 01:45 PM
I had a very weird time getting into the community. I kinda bounced around a bunch of other tangentially related groups.
In the meantime, I'd say the root of it all is probably in my obsession with fantasy/sci-fi, a genre which furry is especially suited for.

Rooc
10-03-2012, 02:21 PM
I don't really consider myself a furry, for me it's more about the art than the lifestyle. I have a persona, but I also have a fursona or two, and I couldn't say that I wouldn't go fursuiting if I had a fursuit, so what do I know!

But I've always loved animals, dragons and creatures/aliens too, not to mention all those Disney movies and cartoons featuring anthropomorphic characters molding my young mind. The first art gallery site I found was TLKFAA and I joined up when I was 13 (I can't remember how I found it, possibly through a Neopets guild I was in), but when I was 14 through one of my friends I joined DeviantART and was active there for the longest time (it was a lot less crowded/popular and easy to get noticed there at that time, but being the teenager I was I went through my fair share of drama on there). Goldenwolf was a huge inspiration for me at the time too.

In 2007, through some online friends, I joined FurAffinity and for the longest time didn't use it for anything. Then I went through some "soul-searching" and general un-inspiration, dropped out of DA and the online art scene for like two years, then came back. DA was getting way too crowded and crazy, all my online friends faded away, but I found FA to be very accommodating and friendly so I moved there and I've been there ever since. But the longer I'm on FA, the more I see how crappy the site and admins are, and it's worrisome. I hope Weasyl gets big, I really do.

AsterionBlazing
10-03-2012, 03:35 PM
I actually stumbled upon the fandom while just casually browsing for images of animal people back in 2004 or so. Anthropomorphic animals have always been appealing to me, particularly ones that appeared powerful and/or displayed bestial behaviors. I think what set it off for me was going to see Beauty and the Beast when I was five or six, during the scene where Beast fights the pack of wolves and opens his jaws wide for a huge roar. There was no going back after that. XD

Anyway, I just happened upon VCL one day and said 'oh, they all like animal people, too. : )' I didn't know of any sort of fandom, or that even liking anthropomophic animals was even a 'thing' at that point. I managed to come across Yerf about a year before it shut down, and then came across FA in 2006. I'm fairly certain the fandom aspects became pretty apparent at that point. It's always really been about the art and the wealth of designs available for me. I'm not one for RPing or just casually chatting up others, so I mainly participate in terms of creating art.

Sukomai
10-04-2012, 02:28 AM
Digimon got me into it. Back when I was 12 and had to make my own website to draw free digimon requests. XD It just kind of evolved from there.

PapayaShark
10-04-2012, 03:06 PM
"So, how'd you end up in the furry fandom"

Half the post starting with "I dont consider myself a furry" ಠ_ಠ I'm sorry, but it's really stupid to reply to a thread about how you got in to fandom, and then say you aren't a part of it.

Morphology
10-04-2012, 07:18 PM
Personally I don't think it matters if you consider yourself a furry/anime/scifi/cello fan, you can still find yourself in a fandom but not a part of it. Otherwise it gets into arguing semantics of who's a fan/not fan and labels and well... conflict starts. And we already had a thread over that debate.

I just kinda meandered into the furry fandom, simple as that. XD

EDIT: Also I think this thread is kinda redundant, as we have a thread about what fandoms you consider yourself currently part of/partake in/hang around/whatever. I think it would be better if folks can explain the origins of their hobbies there so that folks from all interests can take part.

PapayaShark
10-05-2012, 07:14 AM
Personally I don't think it matters if you consider yourself a furry/anime/scifi/cello fan, you can still find yourself in a fandom but not a part of it. Otherwise it gets into arguing semantics of who's a fan/not fan and labels and well... conflict starts. And we already had a thread over that debate.


Yeah, but I still don't get the people who are like: "yeah, I discovered the xyz fandom at ten, I'm highly involved in it, go to xyz con, draw/write xyz stuff, talk about xyz every day, but I'm totes not in the xyz fandom.

FishNChips
10-05-2012, 12:42 PM
"yeah, I discovered the xyz fandom at ten, I'm highly involved in it, go to xyz con, draw/write xyz stuff, talk about xyz every day, but I'm totes not in the xyz fandom.

"I don't have an eating problem, I am just a food connoisseur."

It is pretty stupid when people do literally everything that is furry, yet call themselves not furries.

To be honest, I think it's to do with the fact that "furry" is like a huge blanket term, and they're trying to avoid all the other definitions, whilst still looking a bit silly.

RandyDarkshade
11-19-2012, 02:07 PM
In 2004 a friend of mine downloaded an anime torrent that had some stuff from Sexyfur.com in it and some other furry related stuff, which kinda sparked an interest. Then in 2005 the very same friend showed me a game he found, Furcadia, so once I got the internet for the first time I tried the game out. After playing the game I started bumping into fellow players who were furies, which made me do some research, I got given various links to furry related sites, some I found from Googling. My main furcadia character also turned into my fursona and has been ever since.

Just your average "one thing lead to another" type story.

Kodyack
11-20-2012, 02:10 AM
I was in my teens when I came across some furry artwork in a google image search. Thought it was interesting. Fast Forward couple years and came across the image again, got curious about it and decided to learn more, here I am now :)

Willow
11-20-2012, 12:17 PM
I don't remember, I think it was back in 2007 when I was still on Gaia. That's at least where I made Willow's first design

Larry
11-21-2012, 05:12 PM
Um, well let's see. I first knew about the furry fandom back when I was 10 or 11 (2005 was a great year for me) because of a number of users on DeviantArt. I've heard the name "Fur Affinity" being bounced around, but I didn't gain any interest until a year later. I was a MAJOR lurker and my interest was so small back then I'm still surprised I managed to still be here. I enjoy the art, nonetheless. I'm doing a little better in participating, I'm having so much fun!

jk I wish I had a friend on here :C

Muck
11-24-2012, 05:16 PM
Encyclopedia Dramatica. Not even kidding. Read the furry article about a million times and decided to see what the hubub was about. Next thing I know, I made a FA account and that was my first legit exposure to the furry fandom. It was morbid curiosity and the face that "Whoa! Some of this art is AMAZING"

Thistle
11-24-2012, 06:50 PM
I've always been interested in animule people, but I didn't discover the actual fandom until I was in my 'teens. I hopped from the TLK forum to TLK MUCK, then found other MU*s then the art... then I was hopelessly hooked. :V

Grafsburg
11-24-2012, 06:58 PM
I found out about the fandom because I was a huge werewolf fan back in my tweens. Got into it proper after I got into IRC roleplay, especially the old City of Unity setting, which is where my two favorite characters originated.

Sparky15756
12-04-2012, 10:20 AM
I'm forever blaming NightFaux of FurAffinity, he's the main blame for me and as much as I blame him I'm also thankful for it too.

Sax
12-04-2012, 05:01 PM
In late 1998, I got connected to the internet for the first time. I was browsing a werewolf website (now people would say a therian website), and they had a page with furry porn from TheWerewolf and K-9.
I was instantly hooked and went to search for more of that kind of stuff. I discovered Yerf, VCL, the furry groups on usenet. I began to draw anthro animals myself in 1999.

Cani Lupine
12-04-2012, 11:09 PM
I blame my first girlfriend, who ironically doesn't consider herself a furry. She exposed me to artwork on VLC back in 2004/2005, and it all went from there. XD

HiddenCinnamon
12-19-2012, 01:05 PM
I have been aware of the fandom for more than a year now, but I've only just dived in. Many people I knew hated furries, so I was afraid to be one, and beat myself up over enjoying furry stuff. However, I got over it recently and decided to make a fresh start ^-^

Tigercougar
12-23-2012, 07:47 PM
Through this guy: http://www005.upp.so-net.ne.jp/karaby/

Lycee
12-24-2012, 10:28 AM
What got you into the furry fandom? Or, if you don't technically consider yourself a furry, how did you end up involved with the community?


Well honestly, I can't say I consider myself a furry XD; I got into the fandom after watching things like Swat Kats, Road Rovers and Bucky O'Hare. It actually just escalated from there after I saw Biker Mice from Mars.

BlackElectric
12-24-2012, 08:59 PM
I found a few furry pictures while surfing the internet almost 7 years ago in 2006. I didn't know that there was a fandom for anthro characters until about 2007-2008 until I came across a forum (I forget what it was called) that had a furry thread. I just kinda watched that thread and browsed a few other sites until about 2009 which is when I joined my first furry focused site and started becoming part of the furry community, however, I only participated online until late 2012 which was when I went to my first furry meetup.

So yeah, nothing special. Just a very slow process.

NamelessTraveler
01-18-2013, 02:05 AM
Hm... How I got into the furry fandom....

One day, a friend at school was freaking out because a friend of hers came out as a furry, and I'm like "Dang, what's a furry?" because she was going INSANE over it, but she just face-palmed and said to Google it. xD

That's just what I did, and I landed on the Vanity Fair article, and don't know why, but it just really appealed to me, I think it was the line where it was talking about the guy who wouldn't be able to get home fast enough to be with his plushies, because at that point, that's kind of how I was. I would hate every second of school and just be SO elated to get home so I could write my story about a anthro wolf that would save the world, or something like that. (Although I've officially been a furry for 4 years, I can say that I was one for a lot longer, I've always loved animals and imagined that they could talk)

So, I spent some time on The Furry Forum (A place very near and dear to me, even in its state of decay today), and the rest is history. I've never spoken to that specific friend again, and I've had a lot of great times because of the furry community. :)

Now, I'm just a casual furry, but I still like to stay around the fandom because most of the time people aren't complete jerks like they are in mainstream culture, and they share many things with me in common.

JustinMoore
01-18-2013, 10:47 AM
Found furry porn at 13. Found Ayame at 14. Found Rangarig shortly thereafter. Found Bad Dragon at 16. Joined forums. Wrote furry porn.

Yeah... it seems my history is inextricably connected with the pr0ns. XD

Neroxide
01-20-2013, 03:56 PM
How I ended up finding out I'm a furry?
When I was 13/14, I searched a lot of pictures on deviantART, and I found myself liking furry art.
When I was 14, I found out about the furaffinity site.
When I was 15, I found out about inkbunny. Out of curiosity I created on both sites a 18+ account :P
Then I searched more and more, found out about this forum, found out about fursuits and sutff like that. And now I consider myself a furry ^^

RogueSareth
02-19-2013, 01:57 AM
Honestly sort of just stumbled into it. I was on a site called fanart-central back in the day and would see people post drawings of their fursonas occasionally, and I had always liked animal and anthro characters so it seemed like something I would like. And I did!

EDIT: Also, when I was about 8 there was a show on MTV late night called Undressed about the sexual exploits of (fictional) college kids, and one episode featured a furry chick XD

TigerBeacon
02-19-2013, 02:12 AM
Was never really a part of the 'fandom'- I'm more of a furry artist than anything. I grew up with cartoons and stuff (Sonic and all that) and was just interested in general with constructing animal people and other fantastical creatures. It hasn't really been a huge part of my artistic life until recently, partly due to a weeaboo phase caused by a major case of the animes, and partly because of the general air of depravity that inevitably comes with being associated with furries. Its...an on and off conflict, because I love so many people's fursonas and designs, but all the porn and fetish art just turns me off so hard.

Dark
02-19-2013, 02:21 AM
Completely reasonable; furries are generally drama-whoring morons.

I got into the fandom after hearing a friend blather on and on about it and how amazing it was. I quickly found out that all was not as it seemed, but I obviously didn't care much otherwise I wouldn't still be here.

KaneQuicktail
02-19-2013, 05:34 PM
Was watching some vidlog videos with friends as part of our weekly friday night ritual back in high school. One of them happened to be about furries. It piqued my interest so I went home and did some research and thought it was pretty cool. Had no idea how far down the rabbit hole went, so to speak, and got involved. I was a part of a pretty tight-knit group and then a whole cart-load of drama just exploded and basically the site was defunk. After it's re-emergence I was a moderator for about two years before I decided to jump ship. Been floating around the web ever since, still keeping in contact with some of my old friends.

But yeah, furries are definitely drama whores, although you can get that almost anywhere at anytime. Do I regret it? Nope, been to a few cons and I'm sure to be at plenty more to come. It's a hobby for me.

Damian
02-20-2013, 01:17 PM
I was bitten by a radioactive furry. Now I dress up as a wolf and fight internet trolls and fake furries with puns.

Toshabi
02-20-2013, 06:57 PM
My friend asked if I liked wolf tits and I said no.

nanakisan
02-20-2013, 07:31 PM
It started with digimon and pokemon mainly....however i'm dead certain it was because i always liked the old disney robin hood movie. no i kid you not. i seriously do blame that movie! hahaha

Thistle
02-20-2013, 07:34 PM
however i'm dead certain it was because i always liked the old disney robin hood movie. no i kid you not. i seriously do blame that movie! hahaha

Haha, I think that's the case with a lot of people (I know it was a factor for me). Disney, what have you done to us... 8*(

Varden
02-20-2013, 07:42 PM
sigh.

It was 2006 or so. 4chan was a thing. Thing led to another thing. Here I am.

Dreaming
02-23-2013, 02:48 PM
I've told this one many times

I was being an idiot in a asexual chatroom. I tab out for a few minutes and when I come back they're discussing Furries. The concept was completely new to me, at first they were all like "hurr durr they do things in fursuits" so I ask them what they're talking about and they begin to link Furry art to me...

Bad examples, good examples, none of it scared me away at first which could only have been a bad sign. So I googled it, found Furtopia through WIkifur and found Furaffinity through Furtopia

Lots of stuff inbetween and here I am. What keeps me in the fandom? Pure idiot entertainment, 24/7

ShadWolf
02-23-2013, 04:44 PM
I can't really remember when… or how long it took me for to realise it of being a furry. ^_^; –– I've always had this sort of thing of pretending to be different animals while growing up from watching Disney Movies and such, I guess I caught glimpse of a furry when I stumbled upon DeviantArt which was about 4 years ago, and thats when I slowly started getting into it more, of course at the time I didn't fully acknowledge it, at first I took on a persona of a male wolf character and that sorta evolved into a few other variations of characters I created eventually soon after.

It wasn't till somewhere after a year or so I slowly started to get more of a liking to furry characters. I think one of the first furry character pics I came across was Krystal from StarFox one done by tailsrulz just from randomly browsing after entering a name of a character into a search and it came up in my searches on DeviantArt and then I checked it out. So I though "hey this is pretty cool!" so I checked it out some other stuffs too. Slowly later I decided to start pulling together my own fursona character which is today to be my unique character I created upon with help from others and a friend who I had become quite acquainted with online a short amount of time. My sona took on a unique characteristic, as I thought long and hard what I should be, so then it came to me… "why not make a Kangaroo sona since there's not that many out there?" and so I did, then I changed it up a little bit to make it even more unique by giving it a fox characteristic, a Kangaroo Fox Hybrid! created my sona into a hermaphrodite to be totally randomly unique …plus cycled through a bunch of names to give my sona, and one that really stood out well with my sona which had special meaning in the name I gave my sona the name "Hikaru" which is a Japanese verb meaning "to shine" (光る) and it is the dictionary form of the word Hikari (光 light), it can also be written in different kanji letters which means 光, "light" or 輝, "radiance", and that really stood out for my character's name really well for some reason as it matched with her markings which radiate a soft glow effect on current mood, the name is unisex so it can be given to any gender.

That's pretty much it I think ^_^

Inq
02-23-2013, 05:54 PM
I doubt there was only one reason.
I was looking for sites and people online that didn't have anything to do with tv shows. At that time the furry fandom was becoming inwardly focussed and elements of it seemed to be about creating original stuff for the fun of it, which was pretty much the coolest. I never really found anything else to settle into, probably a matter of limited time and complacency. Plus at the time, not hating furries was pretty much considered the same thing as running around in a fursuit yourself. At least that's what I'll say when I'm trying to sound like I know things.

In reality life was a blur and then I was here.
FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU... Well no it's still pretty cool. I guess I just don't really care where I post or what I see.

Alphares
02-24-2013, 05:00 AM
I guess it started with me liking werewolves and other movie monsters. I started looking for fantasy creatures and all kind of were-creatures online and BAM there it was, the furry fandom. There were also several games like Bloody Roar which influenced my tastes.
I learned more and more about the fandom and now I am part of it even if I don't consider myself to be a furry. I do like anthropomorphic animals and other creatures but I miss the "I'm an animal at heart part" which many associate with the fandom. Still, I like it and I don't want to change anything about it.

Canvas
03-22-2013, 07:43 AM
Simple, I found friends in the furry side of the art world who arn't dickheads, idiots, racists, homophobes and don't think my disability is hilarious.

Also, not to mention that I dream of my characters having adventures, so I thought "Hey, furry fandom, ANTHROS DREAMS."

kuto
03-24-2013, 05:48 PM
i think it all started for me with of course cartoon. I always liked drawing creatures anyway. I think when i knew i was into furry art was when i discovered Sabrina online by Eric w. Schwartz, a master of furry comics. Since then i've been relatively active in various communities on the internet.

BladeRunner
03-24-2013, 09:00 PM
I've always loved drawing animals and I guess that's how I got into drawing a lot of anthro-related pics. Also, I'm a 90's kid, so I was inspired by all the cute animal cartoons I saw on TV

Dark
03-25-2013, 12:55 AM
but I miss the "I'm an animal at heart part".

Back up a minute. That's not technically "furry." What you're describing is a subculture of furry known as -- I believe -- therianism. I consider myself a furry but in no way do I think I'm an animal inside, lol.

Alex
06-17-2013, 10:47 PM
I've liked anthro animals for as long as I can remember . However,I first heard about furries when I was 12 or 13 on Neopets. Around that time I really wanted a fursuit,but obviously couldn't afford one. I began to draw anthros more,and I really enjoyed it. As I learned more about the furry fandom I also learned about the hate and I began to get the wrong idea about furries and strayed away from the fandom and drawing anthros altogether. Around 15 or 16 I realized that furries weren't as bad as people made them out to be. Even with that realization I stayed away from drawing anthros frequently and the fandom,simply because I just wanted to fit in. For a couple years I acted like I hated furries,and I stopped drawing them altogether which bothered me. Just a few weeks ago I came across a a video from a furry con,at the time I didn't consider my self a furry I just enjoyed the anthro art. I enjoyed the video,and I watched more,and more. I watched people suit up,I watched fursuit unboxing videos,I watched fursuit test videos,and I watched videos from conventions . Those videos pulled me back into the fandom. I began drawing anthros again,and I love it I began looking at people fursuits and drawing more and I loved that I began working on a fursona,and I began wanting a fursuit. I'm so glad I rediscovered my love for this fandom.

Coffee
07-13-2013, 11:49 AM
I always loved animals. I was on neopets, loved The Lion King, and had a lot of pets. My other friends spent their allowance on games, and I spent mine taking care of my hamsters and buying treats for my dog.

I never really knew what "furry" was or the concept of anthro animals outside of pop culture. Then one night, when I was 13, I was at my best friend's house for dinner. We were watching CSI, as usual, and it was the "Fur and Loathing" episode. I went home and looked up furry, because the idea of animal costumes intrigued me, and I figured there was no way everyone did THAT. I learned about what furry is. I started to try to make my own fursuits. Aaaaand here I am now.

Karmarsi
07-29-2013, 03:06 PM
Well... I had started in the sonic fandom. With all the Drama on an old site I began to kind of stray from that path. I began to watch artists that drew anthros / furries, and decided to convert my "FC" into something more original. I fell in love with drawing in such a style I just kept it

coyttl
07-30-2013, 01:55 PM
I guess I can be called a 'greymuzzle' - I originally got into the fandom back in the late '80s. Long, long before many of you were even conceived. :(

It seems that the term 'furry' has evolved since then.. Back then, you were a 'furry' if you were a fan of anthropomorphics. There were then the subcultures - fursuits, vores, yiffers, among others.

Nowadays, 'furry' seems to mean something more, as I cannot tell you how often I've heard the phrase, 'I'm not a fur, but I like anthropormorphics.' O_o So I'm not sure what I'd be classified as.

And it was so long ago, I can't honestly remember how I got INTO the fandom to start with. One of the things that made me stay was the welcome community. I rarely ran into any 'drama' others have spoken of.

luckiionr
08-04-2013, 02:03 PM
Your typical furry tail: Grew up as a child loving animals, and anything furry and soft, with a special affinity for real fur or woolly plush toys, I had about 7 guinea pigs as pets over the course of my childhood, and currently own a rabbit. I was always artistic and absolutely loved making things, so once I got into college I grew more towards anthropomorphic styles on my own and through research I stumbled upon the furry fandom. I knew it had existed before, but never had I wanted to be a part of it so much before. My first furry con was Furfright 2012, where I debuted my first (horrible) fursuit, but I had a LOT of fun and the people were so nice and seeing all the suiters made me so excited and happy I knew this was going to be a thing with me. I don't consider myself an animal at heart but I am definitely a big kid at heart, and I'm a very playful and happy person so I fit right in with the suiting community! I just do it to have an awesomely artistic form of fun.

pigeon
04-12-2014, 11:10 PM
when I joined furaffinity because I've hear it was easier to get commissions there than on deviantart! but I guess I really got into it because the NSFW stuff...

t_iii
04-13-2014, 11:19 AM
I don't remember when I learned of the existence of the furry fandom, probably sometime in college (16-18 years old). I'd always drawn characters that loosely fit into the furry category for years, whether that be fan art as a little kid of Bucky O'Hare, Jive Bunny, or the Thundercats, and later animal-eared/tailed characters for my comic book series. I just didn't know that there was an actual community of artists that identified as furry artists until then.

JackalTeeth
04-14-2014, 02:56 PM
Technically I started in the HTF fandom on deviantART when I was like 13. I didn't really identify as a furry until I was in the 8th grade and I stumbled upon some fursuiters dancing on YouTube and was like "Whoa that's cool, I want one of those". Then I met some other furries on MySpace and we became friends, they convinced me to make an FA and things snowballed from there.

Also wanted to chime in that therian isn't a subset of furry, it existed before furry was A Thing. It's a spirituality. Not one I subscribe to, but I wanted to clear that up!

Angellothefox
05-07-2014, 04:29 PM
I joined one group on Deveaint art I am not going to tell you what it is called.
If you really want to know I'll try to PM you.
Then I went off of it.
Why?
let's not discuss that.
I did a test online because I did not know wather I was a furry or not.
The website was Helloquizzy.com.
It turned out I was.
After the test was over:)
You may be thinkingO_o
But I accsepted at I am a furry after the test said I was.

Recel
05-12-2014, 05:08 AM
I always loved to draw monsters and animal people when I was a little kid. Than the internet came. Than I found some furry art. Than I didn't look at the subject for years because I found such a "good" representation of what furry is!

One day I winded up on FA. Don't remember when, or how anymore.

And that's it, basically.

TheMysteriousL
05-12-2014, 01:11 PM
A friend warned me about furries because I did a lot of anthro art. I had no idea what one was, so I looked it up and found FA.

sassySloth
05-14-2014, 09:13 PM
Probably this episode (http://comicsalliance.com/batman-animated-tyger-tyger/) of Batman The Animated Series.

Nah I'm kidding (a little). It's just an interest I've always had. I can't talk to my irl friends about fur stuff, so I do it online with your fine people.

Ruggy
05-15-2014, 01:36 AM
A friend warned me about furries because I did a lot of anthro art. I had no idea what one was, so I looked it up and found FA.

Haha, what an effective warning!

"Hey, man, just so you know, there's a bunch of weirdos out there who like and draw the same kinda stuff you draw. What a bunch of freaks, right? Anyway, they're called furries and you definitely shouldn't google them. Just thought you should know so you could avoid them entirely and not be in any way intrigued by people who share an interest with you."

Luxemhound
05-17-2014, 03:00 AM
Another 'greymuzzle' here; got into it in the 80's...was drawing it long before I realised what the term actually meant XD

I think the main culprit was Disney...though Godzilla, Gamera, the Looney Tunes and Sonic The Hedgehog were booked as accessories before long. Anime followed (NGE, Sailor Moon, Miyazaki films), then it was a healthy dose of Swat Kats, the Disney Saturday cartoon lineup, Transformers and a few of the more obscure cartoons/stop-motion animations and films. Video games like Pokemon keep me in the fandom because I have a difficult time letting go and moving on, haha.

I have a small group of furry friends, though the drama keeps me both at arm's length and entertained for the duration. I'm a fursuiter too and I love the hell out of that; I really do want to get my fursona built properly at some point :)

I was on DA first, in and out of various usernames, then FA, then Twitter, Tumblr and now here.
Guess I'm a mainstay at this point, heh.

sassySloth
05-18-2014, 09:04 AM
Another 'greymuzzle' here; got into it in the 80's...was drawing it long before I realised what the term actually meant XDIt's really weird to think about the pre-internet fandom. I guess before the internet connected everyone it was just splinters of hardliner furries. Pretty cool.

DancingVulture
06-18-2014, 03:48 PM
A few different friends of mine were furries! One suggested an animal for me, while the other got me onto FA, and it was all downhill from there, haha. I don't really consider myself a furry anymore, but I'm grateful for the influence. It really made me realize how much I love creating critter characters, and now I've found my true artistic passion in the local wildlife!

Valery91Thunder
06-19-2014, 05:26 AM
I've always been drawing animals and Pokèmon since ever, and when I found out on the internet there were other people who drew animals and Pokèmon, I kinda said "hey, I'm not the only one!".

spacerogue
06-23-2014, 09:04 AM
besides my usual 'Redwall did it' I suspect I just kinda rolled in it naturally ? about 15 years ago I met an artist who had a personal forum where me and some people hung out. I never questioned anthro's, they are all around us ,commercials ,cartoons ,Disney I didn't even realize there was a 'fandom'.

I still haven't figured out if I'm actually in the fandom or not, I don't spend time on FA, I don't have a suit but I'll admit its pretty awesome. Someday I might.I don't draw anthro's a lot anymore even if I prefer them over humans. Whenever I do try to be social around the fandom I just back out after a few days. Whats a shame I think I could like it I'm just kinda horrid with the social stuff.

its a miracle I'm posting here still...

Antumbra
07-01-2014, 11:14 AM
THERE IS A FANDOM?! :eek:

medacris
07-13-2014, 10:49 AM
Confession here: I've actually accepted the fact that I'm not a furry. I figured I had to be one, because a lot of the websites and fandoms I frequent have large furry populations, I enjoy cartoons, comic books, and video games with talking animal characters, and several of my close friends have been furry artists. But I've never had a desire to own a fursuit, I don't really find anthros attractive (although I don't find many humans attractive, either), I only draw anthros very infrequently, and if I had a fursona, I'd really only use it so I could make comics about my life, and still stay relatively anonymous. It did, and still does make me feel out of place. I still don't feel like there's any group or subculture where I truly fit in. Luckily, my furry friends just responded to this with a nonchalant shrug, and they don't seem to mind.

Hewge
07-15-2014, 12:03 AM
...You don't need to like fursuiting, or jerk off to smut to be a furry, yo.

Rory
07-15-2014, 02:20 AM
But I've never had a desire to own a fursuit

Sigh. I wonder if we'll ever see the day when people realize fursuiters do not represent the majority of furries, not even closely. Idc what people do, but if wanting a fursuit is the calling card of a furry, I'm pretty far from it (spoiler: I'm not). How did you come to these conclusions that these are the supposedly key traits of furries? I mean come on, all you have to do is like the stuff in any way to have any association with it. People overthink this way too much.

medacris
07-15-2014, 04:45 AM
Crap, I genuinely had no idea. I feel awful, I hope I haven't upset either of you. I just figured that a lot of the furs I've known did all of those things, or expressed interest in them, and I felt guilty that I didn't.

Hewge
07-15-2014, 05:34 AM
Well, if some Star Wars fan has some kind of Princess Leia fetish, does that mean all Star Wars fans need to have one too?

No. All they need is to just like Star Wars... It's fairly simple. xP

Rory
07-15-2014, 12:25 PM
Upset? Nah, sorry if it came off that way. I've experienced a lot of different definitions of "true furries" (lol) and like Hewge says down below, it's really just a simple matter in the end. I can see how that would define your perspective, but I wouldn't take your friends to be representative of the majority.

therainbowtroll
07-15-2014, 04:23 PM
Uhhh well I guess with the sonic fandom. I always searched art on da as a kid and saw tons of sonic stuff but after a while I saw furry. I made a few characters and well Im still here.

Tiido
07-17-2014, 01:14 AM
I have considered myself as a cat creature as long as I remember. Sometime near 2009 or so I discovered animal-people were a thing. I found home.

Auriel Kitsu
07-25-2014, 02:41 PM
How did I end up in furry fandom?

I can remember as a child falling completely in love with Kimba the White Lion. I also had a lot of dreams at night of being an anthropomorphic creature, an alien life form. I believe that idea came about because of watching The Outer Limits on TV with my family.

Science Fiction and Horror were the primary kinds of themes for tv and movies that I knew everybody in my family liked and enjoyed together. Around the 3rd grade I started drawing myself as a creature and my mother told me to stop it somewhere after a few years into doing it. I didn't understand her reaction at all and to be frank I still have no idea why she had such a negative reaction because as a scout I studied Native American culture and discovered how their shamans, their medicine men would become different creatures.

This was all happening during the early through mid 1960s and I knew nothing of Furry Fandom because it didn't exist. In the 1970s I met and befriended a guy who had the name of Tusq and was a self-styled caveman. He created his own landscapes in his room of a world with early hominids, cavemen and the animals like Wooly Mammoths. It was the first time I met anyone that had a fantasy life as intense as my own. In hindsight I realize that if I had discovered these affinities later in life I would likely of fallen into socializing with other people but as it was I only began to have a self-concept being something called Furry in my late 30s.

By that time there were of course furry calling themselves "Furries" in the world but I knew only remotely of them. By that time I was an elected community leader, married, with a thriving career in the early IT field. There was no possible way I could see of entertaining my fantasies without my wife and everyone else thinking I wasn't having a nervous breakdown of some kind. There was also the fact that by this time my idea of being Furry was influenced by tv and films so that instead of a "Toonish" furry persona I had a self-image of myself that was completely real looking.

I didn't know of any realistic looking furries until about 10 years ago when images of them started appearing accidentally on unrelated searches of the internet. I just don't naturally think of socializing with other people. It's something that I have to force myself to do for the sake of my mental and emotional health. So about 7 years ago I decided that I was going to make up for the time lost and do the things I had denied myself. Part of this was driven by total isolation. I've had no intimate friendships since I transitioned 10 years ago. Found no one that shares my interests or values. My joining a local Furry/Scaly group on Meetup.com was completely premeditated and a deliberate step to finding other people that I hoped were more like myself.

These days I frankly don't give a damn who thinks I'm crazy because in a sense they are right. After more than 35 years of living mostly in a prison of my own mind I'm not particularly a shining example of good mental health but I'm working on that with a therapist. However, I do intend to live a significant part of my time in-character after I have my first fursuit commissioned and built by a firm named Clockwork Creature. I'm also preparing to begin tightlacing bespoke corsets partially of my own design. Corsets are something you may be aware of that carries at least as many false assumptions and as much social stigma as being a Furry.

Arizona Furries
http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Furries/

Clockwork Creature
http://www.clockworkcreature.com/

Fran Blanche's Contour Corsets
http://kitsu.org/2014/07/10/21st-century-tightlacing/

Until the next revolution, I bid you peace.

Auriel

Bard Cyclone
07-31-2014, 03:17 AM
i drew strange animal people when i was younger, and then later found out on the internet that people shared my desire to draw strange animal people and was like "hey cool people like drawing the same thin- OH GOD WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT"

then i came back when i was 16 and said "hmm some of this is kind of hot"

i no longer draw strange animal people, but for different reasons :V

Mika
07-31-2014, 02:58 PM
Let's see I believe It all started with anime and the nekos. My parents were kinda strict so i didn't really have internet until I went off to college, I got into Gaiaonline a friend of mine took me to a furry forum where I met lots of furries they were great one of whom got me into second life which is where I developed my fursona. I aslo met a great bunch of furs there who got me started drawing and that led to FA and my true introduction to the fandom. It was a really great community and I just slipped right in and stayed here. = 3