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Script
01-18-2014, 09:13 PM
We all had that introduction, where we went to some website, forum, game, or chat room and learned about the furry fandom for the first time, and then it all went uphill (or downhill, depending on your perspective). I'd also like to know when you got into it, to see how we span across time as a whole. Besides, you know you're curious on the origins of everyone here.

As for me, I was introduced to it on a forum now called In Dire Straits either late 2008 or early 2009.

How about all of you?

Hewge
01-18-2014, 09:17 PM
Smut.

Sarukai
01-18-2014, 09:55 PM
Basically I started out with the lion king fandom when i was very young and the internet was first be inning a thing. The Lion King Fandom I lived for it was all about the taking animals that do human like qualities. We Ebbed up finding out about an IRC channel dedicated to the site, which lead from fellow users to Furry IRCs (not the finest introduction to the fandom).

Past the IRC Chats further down the line in my teens I discovered 4chan and inevitably the adult side of the fandom. They linked to a lot of FurAffinity links and they pointed me to the site as the home of the fandom. I signed up to there and the forums at the same time ending up Becoming quite a regular on FAF.

Then hearing from Fay on FAF of the site weasyl she is part of working with. I was curious to check it out. Joining the forums and the site initially as place-holding. Now as things developed (not going into detail) I have stress starred to find here a better place.

That's my story.

nomen
01-18-2014, 10:19 PM
For me, it was In Dire Straits back when it was called the Blackblood Alliance and on proboards. 2005. Then I started joining art sites and the rest is pretty much history.

Digitalpotato
01-18-2014, 10:28 PM
For me, in like late 1997, I managed to find about this stuff called the "Transformation Story Archive". In 1998, I started writing TF-stories after reading some stuff on the TSA (making me perhaps the youngest TF writer out there... excluding the victims of AR. :P ) but general shyness of thinking everyone would say "omg wtf who let the kid in here?" [I was 9 years old at the time.] and lack of knowledge of how these things WORKED lead to me not sending any in. So it wasn't until I was like... 14 that I started contributing to the TF community.

Naturally that lead to furries, since I would see people talking about an interest in TF&F.

Matt
01-18-2014, 10:33 PM
Moving this into Lifestyle and Hobbies due to lifestyles and hobbies.

autogatos
01-18-2014, 11:47 PM
I don't actually consider myself a furry, but I've always enjoyed drawing cartoon animals (thanks to being raised on a steady diet of Disney and Don Bluth films), and the furry fandom creates and enjoys cartoon animal art, so I find myself floating around the edges of various fandom locales on the net (webcomics/art galleries/etc). I don't actually remember how I first discovered it. Yerf maybe? My friend Claire (shoomlah) had a Yerf archive back when we were in high school and I was like, "Oh, yay, lots of animal artists! Fun!"


Basically I started out with the lion king fandom when i was very young and the internet was first be inning a thing. The Lion King Fandom I lived for it was all about the taking animals that do human like qualities. We Ebbed up finding out about an IRC channel dedicated to the site, which lead from fellow users to Furry IRCs (not the finest introduction to the fandom).
TLK fandom veterans woo! That was probably my first internet fandom. My TLKFAA archive (SpiritWolf77) is still up and full of embarrassing ancient art.

chocomage
01-19-2014, 12:30 AM
My parents. In all honesty I got into the fandom because of fursuiting and I wouldn't have done that if I want forced to volunteer for a hospital. I had volunteered to dress as a costumed character and I chose the full body Sylvester the cat suit. It was probably the most fun I had ever done volunteering. I didn't know it was part of the furry fandom until recently.

Pine
01-19-2014, 12:51 AM
Star Fox

Yes, I know it's a generic answer...

Zeitzbach
01-19-2014, 01:55 AM
Star Fox

Yes, I know it's a generic answer...

If it's not because of Falco-san or Wolf-tan then I will give you a generic slap for picking Krystal-bish or Foxu-kun.

Lots of games and exposure but the one that really makes me consider myself a furry/scaly/kemo-kun/lizard is Soul Calibur 4 Lizzy (do not mention SC5 and that special snowflake angel lizard).

I don't get why either. My first 4-5 months of playing it before I quit was like "AMY-CHAN SO MOEEEE.GOTHIC LOLI FTW". Then I come back and was like "LIZZY-CHAN SO MOEEE" without any real further exposure to the fandom. The only real logical scientific explation is that

It's the red thread of fate and love that got me into the fandom.

JackalTeeth
01-19-2014, 02:50 AM
I was browsing DeviantART and found a fursuit on the front page and it had a link to the suiter dancing around in their room and I was like "holy shit that's cute what is this for" and tried to find the cartoon/mascot it was for to just find it was them, for them. I got really interested and looked further into it, and then started using furry MySpace forums and things. I got into it in 2007, I was in 8th grade.

And that's my fun, interesting story.

Zach
01-19-2014, 03:28 AM
I probably got into it after a childhood of Genesis Sonic games and fond memories with my uncle playing it over countless times. Felt the urge to make a fan character, write private fiction and fiction with my fiancee, then escalated from there.

Marie
01-19-2014, 03:32 AM
I got into it from Sonic the Hedgehog the Adventure 2 Battle remake for gamecube.
Then it kinda just went from there.
Watching Sonic Underground and Sonic X got me into making semi-furry charas,
then after awhile I went to actual furries as I liked the humanoid animals concept, but I liked them with more anatomy and necks.
Lol.

KumatoraKazooie
01-19-2014, 03:44 AM
I don't really consider myself in the Furry fandom but my love of Pokemon and the Banjo-Kazooie series has led me to it many times. Have considered going more in-depth with it, though.

Ley
01-19-2014, 04:00 AM
OooOOOOOHGHH god. I joined a chatroom called yiffy.tk when I was 14. (Bad Ley, I know.)

Before that I would rp with this guy on an anime site for naruto on something called chatango and he'd rp a wolf. Thats' when I made a black fox character.

YukiPony
01-19-2014, 04:40 AM
A long, long time ago (2000-ish?) I was a broke college student, and I was also a fan of the comic "Dragon Tails" One day, the comic artist announced he was taking a several week hiatus, but linked to a friend's comic that he recommended we read in his absence. The comic was hosted on furnation. The name was interesting, so I decided to find out what furnation was all about. When I saw all of the anthro art, my jaw dropped.

I'd been drawing anthros/furry art since I was a kid. Stopped when I was a teenager, because I convinced myself that it was weird, so imagine my surprise when I found out that there were many others like me who also enjoyed the same creatures. I've been in the fandom in one way or another ever since.

Rico
01-19-2014, 04:47 AM
I used to be obsessed with anime and started looking up art for youkai/kitsune/cat demons cannot remember the name of and stumbled on furaffinity. I lurked for several years before becoming a furry because I was on /b/ a lot and furry was ~uncool~.

Dire Newt
01-19-2014, 04:56 AM
Video games. Star Fox, Elder Scrolls, etc.

spacerogue
01-19-2014, 09:33 AM
This is gonna sound stupid but ... Egyptian gods.

I was completely obsessed with their anthro gods, it dripped into looking up more animal related stories when I was 10 like Redwall, Felidea and other I don't remember (Robin hood and Lion King probably). I just tend to like Anthros a lot, I thought everyone did but turns out thats not the case, lol.

EGKangaroo
01-19-2014, 10:17 AM
I am quite new to the furry fandom compared to most others I meet, I think. Pokémon sort of prepped me with an inclination to like things cute and furry and vaguely human-acting. I've been into the series since it started airing in my country and all. I also loved playing the elder scrolls games and I always picked beast races in those because Argonians are badass. And there's all the cartoons and movies I was exposed to starring animal characters. All of that was a natural gateway to finding all sorts of things on the internet when I entered my teen years. (Including porn, yay!)

I first started meeting proper furries on roleplaying websites and the like. I was active on a political simulation website called NationStates, which has a big roleplaying community of worldbuilders and roleplayers and all-around politically interested denizens and all that, and naturally, there were the odd ones who roleplayed countries populated with furry denizens. I kind of got into that too, and slowly slipped into the furry side-community of that website.

Coming to realise I was a furry was more or less like a self-acceptance moment, if that does not sound stupid. I had all the traits of a furry, liking anthros, adopting a fursona, unhealthy obsession over a single species of animals, feeling more or less not 100% human at times, and all that, but I did not really start calling myself a furry until, maybe, 4 years ago. So as I said, I am probably way new compared to most others in the furry fandom. I also did not really join a furry website 2 years after that, when I decided to register on FurAffinity.

thatbluetiger
01-19-2014, 10:47 AM
I never considered myself a furry until I discovered fursuiting. And I think fursuiting is literally the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Pine
01-19-2014, 11:06 AM
If it's not because of Falco-san or Wolf-tan then I will give you a generic slap for picking Krystal-bish or Foxu-kun

I actually love the members of Star Wolf a lot more than Star Fox. Their personalities are more interesting in my opinion. I even love the corny horndog-ness of Panther in the later games.

lanternlovers
01-19-2014, 11:08 AM
Furcadia.
Tokyo Mew Mew.
Animal folklore.

But mostly furcadia xD

Infestissumam
01-19-2014, 01:27 PM
Considering the furry fandom was all-inclusive, pretty much, I figured at the ripe age of 13 "why not"

And from there being in the fandom kind of stuck. I love anthro animals and designs.

Rico
01-19-2014, 04:16 PM
Furcadia.
Tokyo Mew Mew.
Animal folklore.

But mostly furcadia xD
Oh god Tokyo Mew Mew I totally forgot about that. I actually went by "Tokyo" from 13-16 because of that manga and all of my friends being obsessed with it. IT'S SO GOOD THO. IN A BAD WAY. BUT GOOD.

Worry
01-19-2014, 04:24 PM
.. It's originally Neopet forums fault. I used to RP there a lot when I was like 11, and RP was dipping so someone linked to Furcadia saying there was a lot of RP there at the time.. so I joined. ;u;

TiaLeopard
01-19-2014, 08:22 PM
I was introduced to the fandom by a friend at college/university :3

Dspki
01-19-2014, 10:13 PM
I don't even know where to begin...a lot of cartoons I love growing up were furry-related so it was kinda like the stepping stone. Then I discovered the Internet and people with fursonas (originally Pokemon starting out). And...it went from there. Though currently I'm diving into Star Wars stuff so the furry me is kinda diminished...but it'll make a comeback once my Star Wars hype goes down a bit. XD

xyloart
01-19-2014, 11:09 PM
I always loved animals and art but used to attend anime cons and try to sell my art there. Some friends I had who were into furcadia suggested I try selling at Anthrocon and now I pretty much exclusively attend furry cons, save for Intervention where I run the dealer's room (but still has furry artists in it).

Sax
01-20-2014, 06:05 AM
I've always drawn talking animals, and humans, but it's only when in 1998 I found a werewolf website displaying several furry porno artists that it hit me like a brick that I could combine the two and draw humanoid animals.

sassySloth
01-20-2014, 09:20 AM
Lets not mince words; the dirty stuff was my introduction to the fandom. Thankfully I came to enjoy the fandom proper afterward.

Derin Darkpaw
01-20-2014, 11:31 AM
What got me started as a furry was probably a childhood of Disney and Don Bluth films, but the final nail in the coffin so to speak was seeing artwork from the game Werewolf the Apocalypse. They made werewolves look so badass in that game. As for how I found out about the fandom itself that is different. I first heard the term furry from the infamous CSI episode and just thought those people were pretty weird for a while. After a while my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to look up more about furries when I was bored one night. Turned out TV gave a very biased view of things, no surprise there really, and the more I read about furries the more I realized they were describing things I was interested in. Afterwords I jumped into the fandom and so far I have met some pretty cool people through it so all things considered it turned out pretty good.

Ruggy
01-20-2014, 12:05 PM
I apparently was drawing the things (http://i.imgur.com/MaIdOsZ.gif) as a wee elementary school student, before I knew there even was a fandom. So I reckon I was predisposed to it anyway.

But growing up, my mom was sick a lot, and I was not good at making friends, so most of what I did was bop around online, and met some friends on a place called 'The Petz Forum' (dedicated to this hokey ol' virtual pets game) and some of the older girls were already into the furry fandom, I think. It didn't take much to take an animal-obsessed child who was also frustrated by the complexity of drawing human faces and say, "Here's an entire community dedicated to drawing animal people, like that Robin Hood movie you like so much. Go nuts."

Furcadia and Yerf forums used to be my old haunts. I was dead set on being good enough for Yerf someday, as I was convinced that was the sign of truly having Made It as an artist. D'aww. I was also aware of the fetishy side of the fandom, even as a preteen, but took the sage position of "la la la I'm not looking at iiiiit" and generally going about my business.

Then I kinda dropped the whole thing during college due to mostly shame (I was in a Fine Arts program, I felt vulnerable even having my boring, fully-clothed animal people in there) and I and got back into it recently because they're just fun to draw and I wanted to.

Golem
01-20-2014, 12:37 PM
Youtube. Someone got me into youtube, and so began my internet addiction. From there, I started talking to some people about werewolves. From there, I got into roleplay and from there, I met some people that called themselves furries - basically werewolves that were werewolves all the time, so I thought haha! Since then, I've been in the fandom.

Rinzy
01-20-2014, 01:32 PM
Strangely enough, it was that CSI episode that everyone hates. I got curious about it and googled "yiff" and everything went downhill from there. I wouldn't say that my entire interest in furries was sexual, though. As a kid, I was a huge fan of Disney's Robin Hood and had always admired the animal people. The porn just helped me find the actual fandom.

Zack Valence
01-21-2014, 07:53 AM
I've never really identified as a furry. I joined Furaffinity back in highschool because most of my friends were actually furries.
So, I still hang out with furries because they tend to be nice people, if a little dramatic.

Charrio
01-21-2014, 09:17 AM
I'd have to say, I loved animated furry cartoons as a kid growing up way back in the 70s and 80s, as a teen i found "Omaha The Cat Dancer" By Reed Waller at my local Comic shop. I was hooked and didn't know it was really furry, it was back when they were still called funny animal comics in the listings

RainWizard
01-21-2014, 09:19 AM
A well-placed trap on Google Image Search, and a lonely Sunday afternoon

Namba
01-21-2014, 09:33 AM
smut.

Meant to edit this a lot sooner, whoops!

But yeah, believe it or not that wasn't it for me. Cartoons, man. If I had known it at 3, I would have been a furry then.

Linker
01-21-2014, 12:25 PM
i don't even remember what it was at this point. i'd always been into animals ( cats, dragons, owls, wolves, the whole deal ), but furries just didn't really register as something that was different. they were in cartoons all the time, people drew them, literally i just thought it was like anything else.

i guess i finally 'got into it' on a site called wolf-haven when someone on the chat had posted a youtube link to terminal by ren queenston and i was like hey, i like this, and i really like the album art. i liked his music for a while, but i was more enamored by squeedge than anything ( and in light of some more recent events i'm rather glad about that ). i sort of picked it up from then on out, and had a really big furry phase where all i did was draw them.

umum, i sort of stepped back from it because people think it's weird and i wanted to break away from solely drawing anthros/furries ( same sort of thing i did with anime, where i was like 'no, people are right, this is dumb and not worth my time and only weirdos like it!! >:C' spoiler alert: we've come full circle and the best way to my heart is to mention you like certain swimming homos ) and drew people and make people characters for a while ( i also find them easier to roleplay ), but i've never really lost my liking for them. suppressed it maybe, but i still liked them.

as for whether i'm a furry, i don't know. i would say yes; i have 'sonas, i draw them, i enjoy them, i'd consider myself part of the fandom. on the other hand, i don't really feel much apart of the community, and maybe that's because the only ones i know in real life are... the weird ones who think somehow it's a great idea to fursuit to school. ( hey man, fursuits are great, and if i had the money / resources to buy / make my own really nice one, i'd totally wear it, but to school is off-putting. go to a public place, a con or a renaissance faire or something, or a park, but don't wear it to school, for the love of god people in that place are vicious enough )

that and i feel like the furries i've met in the past tend to lose sight of the fact that they are human and not literally an anthropomorphic animal, and don't seem to be able to make the distinction. i had a girlfriend like that at one point, and it started to feel like it wasn't a real relationship after a while because it felt like it wasn't me she was in the relationship with, but my character.

Wrobel
01-21-2014, 11:24 PM
A life changingly random google search led me to http://www.furaffinity.net/user/circuscookies/ this chicks art back in middle school (my god, that was on VCL back when it was still kinda kickin x3). Thought it was cool, looked for stuff like it. Found that and sooo much more...

So between awesome art and some pretty cool people, figured I'd hang around. ^^

Aetius
01-21-2014, 11:38 PM
4chan.

Vae
01-21-2014, 11:56 PM
Learned about it on Encyclopedia Dramatica.
Thought it was a fetish, at first.
When I found out that it wasn't (just) that, I noticed that it fell in line with a lot of my interests.

TheLexicon
01-22-2014, 02:03 AM
Always liked anthropomorphic animals. Was just unaware that an Internet fandom existed. It only seemed logical to integrate myself into said fandom.

Carnau
01-22-2014, 07:08 PM
My dad got me into the fandom. I wish I were joking about this. Thankfully he was able to do this with some tact, making it sound more child-friendly than it really was.
When I was about 15 or so he was all like, "lol you see those animal ppl in sonic? They're called furries and they're pretty cool. The art can be really nice when well made."




And me being into art and whatnot, I DID do my google image research. And I DID regret it. TT____________TT
But you know the idea of having an animal persona still appealed to me, I noticed the fandom did appreciate art so I still went for it.
The rest is history.

FickleFeathers
01-23-2014, 01:55 AM
Always loved animals, monsters and werewolves - my love of werewolves made me look around the internet for stuff about them, which eventually meant I found sites called Were.net and The Temple of Luna. I joined the werenet IRC at the dumb irritating age of 13ish, pretending to be older than I was, and I was totally fascinated that there were other people there who seemed to share my interest in animals and feeling some kind of connection. I stuck around there for years and loved looking at anthro art by people like Goldenwolf, Kyoht, Pinky (known as Jakkal now), Emryswolf, redravenblack (Yelth, now?), Thornwolf.. etc etc so many to list. Extremely talented people that I blame completely for me still being into this stuff :p

Barkley
01-23-2014, 07:34 AM
It was the online Sonic the Hedgehog comic book community that kind of led me to some furry stuff back around 2006. A couple of the comic artists on the book at the time were fairly well known for their anthro art. For the longest time, I thought that to be a furry, you had to be into fursuits and role playing and stuff. Never knew that the furry fandom was actually built around illustration, animation, and literature featuring "animal people". The fursuits and other aspects of the fandom didn't come until later.

Bark
01-23-2014, 08:02 AM
It was the online Sonic the Hedgehog comic book community that kind of led me to some furry stuff back around 2006. A couple of the comic artists on the book at the time were fairly well known for their anthro art. For the longest time, I thought that to be a furry, you had to be into fursuits and role playing and stuff. Never knew that the furry fandom was actually built around illustration, animation, and literature featuring "animal people". The fursuits and other aspects of the fandom didn't come until later.


I feel like I was led in the same way, except even earlier than 2006. Maybe around 2000? A very kind artist drew a Sonic-style fursona for me and it just kind of went from there. Though, I've never in that particular time ever referred to myself as a furry, and that still holds pretty true today. I've just always drawn a lot of animals and anthros. I browsed Yerf and VLC a lot, loving artists like Ahkhana, Goldenwolf, Kyoht, Dark Natasha, Jaime Sidor (Emryswolf) etc. I LOVED werewolves. And dragons. Well, I still do. P:

Willow
01-23-2014, 08:51 AM
Gaiaonline. I saw a few threads on the forums there and decided to look more into it. Got interested in the fursona and fursuiting aspects of it because I like making my own characters and dressing up in costumes. So I decided to create my own fursona.

This was back in 2007/2008.

Chuchi
01-23-2014, 08:54 AM
Always loved animals, monsters and werewolves - my love of werewolves made me look around the internet for stuff about them, which eventually meant I found sites called Were.net and The Temple of Luna. I joined the werenet IRC at the dumb irritating age of 13ish, pretending to be older than I was, and I was totally fascinated that there were other people there who seemed to share my interest in animals and feeling some kind of connection. I stuck around there for years and loved looking at anthro art by people like Goldenwolf, Kyoht, Pinky (known as Jakkal now), Emryswolf, redravenblack (Yelth, now?), Thornwolf.. etc etc so many to list. Extremely talented people that I blame completely for me still being into this stuff :p

Pretty much this. Sans the Were.net parts, but I loved werewolves and ended up looking at art of them, wanted to make my own art and whatnot. Ended up stumbling across Goldenwolf and the others. Yep, I blame them too. X3

Caenish
01-23-2014, 12:38 PM
What got me into the fandom was probably growing up in the late 80's/early 90's where nearly every cool cartoon character was an anthro of some sort.

Between that and being bought some of the Redwall books, I was well on track to finding out about furry in the late 90's when I finally got access to an internet connection and I started searching for these things on something like Lycos. I remember I found a few forums and got into MUCKs and kind of just went with it from there :p

Not a DJ
01-23-2014, 07:29 PM
Was browsing some webcomic hosting site. Found a furry webcomic. Read it from start to finish, having no clue the fandom existed. Noticed the author talking about it. Googled it. Realized I was one of us. Resisted for a while, then fell into the abyss completely. It's cozy down here. :D

lichdog
01-24-2014, 03:53 PM
For me, it was roleplaying on neopets...and trolling furries on Furcadia that got me to realize, HEY THESE GUYS ARE COOL!

But back when I was roleplaying on NP I didn't know what anthro was called, I always thought they were cool though.

Batty Krueger
01-24-2014, 04:31 PM
Sonic the hedgehog is what got me into the fandom. 16 years later and Im still a fur.

Sonata
01-24-2014, 10:31 PM
it was exposure to furry art on deviant art that got me into the fandom in the first place. at first I denied it because I was constantly tormented by classmates at the time but eventually I just didn't give a fuck.
so yeah still a furry.

Riff
01-25-2014, 12:27 AM
I think I've more or less always been a furry? Ever since I can remember, I would make anthro characters (and have one to represent myself) just because I thought it was cool, even before I knew what a furry was. The first time I heard the term was either on Chickensmoothie or dA, and I've just sort of stuck with it ever since then.

RikaFoxPawzer
01-25-2014, 12:41 AM
Sonic the hedgehog.
not only did that start me in the furry fandom, but also was the beginning of my artistic talent.
because I started drawing sonic characters, my art since then has been mostly animals and furriness just came after that.
I was a little hesitant to join the fandom because of all the horrible stuff people say, but eventually I was like screw it. I am a furry.

Rinzy
01-25-2014, 01:33 PM
I feel like OP wasn't asking how you became interested in the content the fandom celebrates. I think OP wants to know more about how you actually found out there was a fandom for the thing you liked and what made you decide to cross the line from vague interest into that obsession.

tachi
01-25-2014, 04:57 PM
I blame Disney. Anthropomorphized talking animals and such. When I saw Treasure Planet, I instantly had a crush on Captain Amelia. :3

Ekho
01-26-2014, 01:08 PM
I wanna say it was through the site Elfwood when I was around 13 or 14. My brother used to look at it for other stuff, but I remember seeing anthro/furry characters there and really liking them. Then a few years later I discovered VCL and I was off from there.

Monster
01-26-2014, 05:32 PM
Ever since I was 5 or 6 I drew "animal people" and unicorns. Idk why, it just came to me easier. I would doodle them a lot. Then when I was 11 or 12 I found Goldenwolfen and Huskie666's galleries which led me to deviantart/VCL/FA/etc. where I found that there was a huge community of people who drew "animal people" and I just loved the idea of having a character(fursona) that represented myself. I was strangely never into RPing, mainly the art. I was in and out of the fandom for a while because it seemed kind of dumb to me at times, but then I went to my first con in 2012 and I realized...shit...I'm a furry. So I've been trying to improve, promote and sell my art while giving to the community.

Uncle Dis
01-27-2014, 04:49 PM
I've always been a fan of animals and anthropomorphic characters and such, seeing as how I was a big animal-lover as a kid and also raised on cartoons. It was all I drew up 'til middle school, where my anime friends got me into drawing people. Then I more or less dropped drawing animal characters unless they were pets or familiars, and it wasn't for a few years after that that I started realizing how much I loved/missed my toons. I don't remember where I heard the term "furry", aside from the much-expected "it was on the internet", but it was presented as a bad thing and they were all creepy sexual deviants and thus I wanted nothing to do with it. :| I don't even know why it seemed like such a big deal. Heck, I barely even remember that period of my life at all. But eventually I realized that a "furry" was just a fan of anthro animal characters, as I had always been, and as I realized there was a "community" of sorts surrounding the whole idea, I gradually started to check it out. Did not consider myself a furry, particularly with so many different ideas of what one is or isn't. To this day I find it strange that the idea of animal characters can be so separated from other kinds of art/character representation. It was only very recently that I opted to join a site centered around that theme. I think for me, the whole idea of fandoms and communities is just a little off-putting. But I like what I like, and it's fun to find other people who like and share the same stuff. Sooo, I guess the answer to the main question depends on how you look at it.

Bri Mercedes
01-27-2014, 05:49 PM
I've been drawing animals and anthros since I could draw, which is forever. Always liked animal characters in media better than people characters. In high school onward I met some furry friends, and eventually I was just absorbed into the fandom.

lorenith
01-27-2014, 07:59 PM
I've always drawn animals more than people, they're just more interesting to me.

But I would hazard to guess that star fox, ecco the dolphin, and sonic the hedgehog were my gateway drugs so to speak.

I'm actually kind of surprised I don't have any dinosaur or cetacean characters, as dinosaurs, whales, and dolphins were amongst the first things I drew lots and lots and lots of. At some point I shifted to wolves and foxes, with lots of weird monsters thrown in for good measure.

Battlechili1
01-28-2014, 01:39 AM
Isn't this a general art site?
Oh well.
Community is mostly furries at the moment anyways.

As for my answer....Well, the short answer is Star Fox. The long answer....Well, here's the story:

Back in late 2011, I gained personal access to the internet at my home for the first time. Joining the leagues of the internet was a brand new and exciting experience, and I ate up this vast source of information quickly, or at least as well as I could with a poor internet connection. At the time, I had happened to become a fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and I noticed online that it was a huge hit and success as a show. The fans known as bronies were everywhere. And if I'm right it is within that fandom that I first heard of furries. People sometimes flung names at bronies like "closet furries" and the like, so naturally I wanted to know what a furry was. Fans of anthropomorphic animals is what I found out, and this confused me further. How can someone be a fan of something that isn't a TV show or video game or something like that with a specific type of media attached to it? And why did people hate on furries? Sure, there was rule 34 but I didn't really see the issue with it... Rule 34 applies to everything anyways. In any case, after a short period of time of interest, I moved on and for the most part let my mind move away from furries...for the most part.

And then, in late 2012, I played Starfox Adventures for the first time. I was going to a new school by that point, and I had a roommate who let me play the game there. I had previously played Starfox Assault and loved that, so I was excited. And I played and loved the game. The graphics were gorgeous, the game reminded me of The Legend of Zelda series (which I love), I liked the characters...I liked the game. and there was also Krystal who's design I particularly liked in Adventures.

After playing that game, I believe I decided to do research on the Star Fox series. (by this point it was early 2013) I ran across a Star Fox forum site which I read up on and noticed some people there were furries. Remembering the whole furry thing and actually taking a liking to anthropomorphic animals, thinking they were cool and all, I slowly joined the fandom and came to accept myself as part of the fandom and join this group. I believe it was in March 2013 that I decided I was a furry. Since, I can definitely say that anthropomorphic animals are cool and I'm a fan of em'. So here I am now!

Greg
01-28-2014, 11:39 AM
dq9vXg9wSmE

This program. That particular episode was rerun the morning of my 13th birthday.
Needless to say I blindly hated furries for a while. I acknowledged I was a fur at 15 but didn't become an active part of the community until '11, after my fiancée made me admit it. She also told me she was a fur. So yeah.

Bonus points: the porn in there of the 'coon getting fucked by Sly was the first porn I ever saw.
Bonus bonus points: I met the guy who'd commissioned that in '12, he's a cool guy.

Athenai
02-01-2014, 04:21 AM
Well my fiancee Greg showed me this news video on furries and then I decided I was one the whole time because I used to be a baltaboo a la this fucking horror (http://angelwaffles.deviantart.com/art/I-like-blue-paint-186758530)

Dreaming
02-01-2014, 04:05 PM
Oh yeah, it's kinda weird actually, because this one of the few things from 2009 that I can still remember. I was logged into some random asexual chatroom (June or July '09? Not sure) , and I see these guys discussing the fandom and how terrible it was. They were all like "err mah gerd its fuckin terrible olol", and I was sat there like a clueless moron thinking "the fuck are these guys even talking about?". So then I thought "okay, I'll bite", and dived right in there... I asked, but it really didn't help. I got a buttload of conflicting rumors and stories, so I just Googled it and did some research and found Furtopia

I'd heard of Furaffinity in a Furtopia post (and eventually found FAF). I wasn't really active though, probably because I was so intimidated and terrified of everything and dealing with some other horrible issues at the time. Those "other issues" eventually caught up with me and I bailed out... like, pulled the plug on my 'net and slipped into psychotic isolation for years. But I'm not really sure how I found my way back into the fandom, I never really abandoned the furry thing but I wasn't active in the community before fall 2011

Hendikins
02-01-2014, 09:43 PM
I blame Freefall (http://freefall.purrsia.com/), by way of this (http://damowmow.com/portal/). As I recall I was looking at testcases for a then very much pre-alpha Mozilla browser, saw Freefall, and it all just went downhill from there.

That being said, there was a lag of about 4 years between lurking (c. 2002) and being active (c. 2006) in the community.

Tiger
02-06-2014, 01:17 PM
I've been drawing anthro animals since I as 9 years old (I'm 21 years old now). I never thought much of them other than characters I liked to draw. I joined furry forum when I was like...I wanna say 12, but I didn't understand anything about furry, I just liked the art. My parents flipped out and I didn't do anything in the furry community till I think 2010. One of my old oekaki buddies joined fA for the hell of it, and I figured I'd join, too, to look at her art and browse the site. I joined the FAF forums and was active for probably around 10 months. But yeah, I've been active in the furry community since 2010 and despite all the drama I've made a lot of good friends and have had an enjoyable experience.

Windthor
02-07-2014, 03:16 AM
I'd always been a writer, though the stuff I wrote waaay back when I was eight writing about a Balto OC of all things, really can't be constituted as "writing". Still, that OC soon became Windthor. Even had the same name, but don't ask me what his name means. I think it just sounded cool to me at the time.

I got into the fandom after playing my buddy's copy Star Fox Adventures when I was roughly 12 years old. (Damn, ten years ago? I didn't even realize it'd been that long.) I did a Google search on the game, wanting to get a copy of it myself, found fan-made images, found stuff on Deviant Art, and it snowballed into finding FurAffinity. Kind of simple, for the most part, but still. x3

All the while, Windthor got revisions and rewrites, and I feel like my writing has improved, possibly being the only thing I feel like I'm actually any good at, and I do hope to get published someday, at least once I actually get off my ass and write something worthy of being published.

But yeah, that's how I got into the fandom. x3

stokerbramwell
02-07-2014, 06:53 AM
For me, it was a slightly longer journey. I'd had an interest in anthropomorphic animal characters at least as far back as Tiny Toons and Sonic the Hedgehog (massive, MASSIVE crush on Princess Sally, not even gonna lie), but I wasn't really aware of "furries" as a distinct concept apart from cartoon characters until I found Yerf while wandering around an unrelated Google search. And that, as they say, was that! I was hooked instantaneously.

mwalimu
02-07-2014, 05:56 PM
It's interesting to see how many things people list as influences that didn't even exist yet when I was growing up.

Back when I was discovering Usenet, I looked through a list of FAQs from various newsgroups and came across several that were about topics I'd never heard of and found interesting. One of them was from alt.fan.furry. I didn't really pursue it, but a couple of years later I got hooked on Lion King and became active in that fandom, which is where I started writing stories. That interest ran its course in about 3 years (much longer than it would have if it hadn't been for discovering the online community and becoming friends with other fans), and didn't so much end as morphed into a general interest in furry fandom. In those days I ate up a lot of published and online literature. I still have most of those books.

wwretched
02-09-2014, 02:32 PM
to be honest, i was always a yifflord. i remember drawing my family members as furries back when i was about five years old and hell, i even thought i was a dog for the longest time. my parents used to yell at me for crawling around and barking. (stares deep into your eyes) (this doesn't leave the thread)

but i guess i got formally introduced on neopets when people still called it anthro.

Blizzard
02-09-2014, 07:24 PM
I guess I always felt like a dog trapped in a human's body.

I didn't have any idea what furries were until I got to college. I had always liked dressing up in costumes, and started creating costumes that I could snowboard, and skateboard, and won a few costume contests. I discovered the porn, but I wasn't super into it, and I didn't spend all that much time online. I remained pretty closeted about my interest for a while and and eventually accepted it after I had been out of college, and single for the first time in a several years, and went ahead and created a pounced add and an FA and all that. I bought a cheap wolf suit, and got some rad shots of me snowboarding in it at Whistler. I partied in that thing every chance I could get, and eventually had to throw it out after riding my bike around in the rain with it all night for a bicycle scavenger hunt, among other things :3

I still don't know that many furs because there aren't any where I live, but a lot of my close friends know about my furryness now and nobody cares. It's just one more thing that makes me a complicated, interesting person to them.

I'd love to get to know more people. I'm not that far from Portland and occasionally venture to Seattle and I know a few people in each of those cities but I wish I wasn't so far away from all of them. The thing is that I love where I live and already have a great network of friends out here, they just don't share much of this interest. I dated, and lived with a therian girl, a fox for about 11 months. She was crazy, but I don't regret her at all it was a pretty fun time in my life and she really encouraged my furryness, but tended to be jealous when I wanted to go meet other people. I had to get away from her and it lead to a rough patch in my life, that I haven't gotten too many breaks from lately. I keep carrying on, and just when I feel like I'm getting back on my feet again and things are really starting to look up, something bad happens again. I know it can't continue like this forever though. Starting this year off with a shattered face was pretty rough, but I think 2014 can only get better from here. Hell I don't know if I would have ever fleshed out my character and gotten back into art if I hadn't been forced to lay low like this.

Cause the Rat
02-09-2014, 11:15 PM
It was the dark side first. I viewed it like watching a train wreck. It was my curiosity that led me to videos of fursuiting in public and conventions. I've watched hundreds of videos. Good and lame. Kijani Lion, Wild Bill Tex and the like. it was these videos that got me into the fandom. For me it's the insane lever of creativity that's drawn me into the fandom. Meeting others with the same desire to create has been one of the best experiences of my life.

I've had an anthro fantasy world for well over 20 years now. My fursona is part of that world. I don't consider myself an animal. Cause is a creation by me. A part of me but not the whole. I'm looking forward to bringing Cause to life. Cosplaying with others of the fandom.

Rubykickz
02-10-2014, 12:21 AM
I drew furries ever since I was a little kid, I sorta consider that my introduction because once I learned about the fandom It seemed like I belonged in it all my life. XD

I mean, the suiting was new to me but I find it adorable now.

athdaraxen
02-10-2014, 01:44 AM
I've been drawing dragons since I was 5 or so, once I got into high school I found out it was a thing to draw people as animals, then later in college I met a pair of Furries and they brought me to FWA (Furry Weekend Atlanta) and I had the greatest time! I meant tons of great folks and learned a lot from my fellow artists. I've stayed ever since. Most everybody is nice, friendly, and I've learned a lot.

Axelshane
02-14-2014, 04:08 AM
I got into the fandom around the year 2007 when I became a big fan of the monsters known as Digimon. I was mostly a huge fan over the characters Veemon and Flamedramon and would remember visiting a lot of the digimon fan sites (Mostly the Mature).

Batty Krueger
02-14-2014, 06:41 AM
I got into the fandom around the year 2007 when I became a big fan of the monsters known as Digimon. I was mostly a huge fan over the characters Veemon and Flamedramon and would remember visiting a lot of the digimon fan sites (Mostly the Mature).
Season one was better! ;>

naima
02-14-2014, 09:01 AM
rather guiltily, starfox adventures got me into the furry fandom.

imagine a maturing 12 year old, in full pubescent swing... now imagine his reaction when nintendo, a company he grew up with, brings out a game with a bright blue, scantily clad vixen on the cover.

i was gone ever since

Scifox
02-14-2014, 12:11 PM
In 2003 a buddy told me about deviant art. The rest is history.

keishu13
02-16-2014, 03:05 AM
I dont know but I was once an everyday joe and then bam, i got hit by a magical furry rocket c:

KatAddy
02-19-2014, 01:19 PM
My best friend introduced me to the furry fandom! She had always been a rather remarkable furry artist but it wasn't until she started working on her fursuit that i really took much notice. I thought it was just so cool. Then I guess I just slowly waded into the fandom myself.

MongooseApples
02-25-2014, 09:35 PM
I never really knew what the fandom was and I don't think I've ever acknowledged it as anything until just a year or two ago. I've always been into "animals"; my family temporarily owning many pet businesses, only being allowed to play Crash Bandicoot and Sonic the Hedgehog as a kid, yada yada.

I'm pretty sure I heard of the fandom online, but it wasn't anything I was disgusted or interested in. I only took any real notice of it two years ago when I was dating some butt-hat who was picking on his friend for being a furry. Sadly, I joined in the teasing and further lost interest in the fandom at that time.
:'I
Though, I was reintroduced through a close friend and her interest in fursuiting.

Matt Conner
02-26-2014, 12:11 AM
Like many other furs, I feel that I've always had a certain affinity towards animals and anthropomorphic characters, especially canines. This was cultivated probably by disney movies, cartoons, and other such things geared towards kids where anthro characters were typically present. Interestingly enough, I was made aware of the fandom proper by none other than Encyclopedia Dramatica. Their article on furries was hilarious, and I started looking into the fandom because "wow, joking aside that pretty much sounds like me."

Tiido
02-28-2014, 11:00 AM
I had known about the fandom for like 10 years, but I only got into in because of my ex-GF who is a furry, and made me step out the closet, partially anyway. Most people do not know about my furry tendencies, there's just so much hate towards the whole fandom...

Epitome Fox
03-10-2014, 03:19 PM
I played furcadia for years. Not everyone who plays is a furry. I denied anything to do with being a furry, other than the game, but if I was on dA, I found myself looking at all the cool fursuits. Out of curiosity, I went to a local furcon, experienced the community, fell in love with the sense of openness and acceptance there... I met a fursuit maker... I commissioned a head.... the end. XP

EllenNatalie
03-14-2014, 10:24 PM
I've always liked drawing animals and animal characters since I was a child. I remember when I came up with the totally original idea of a character who's half cat and half human. (I called her a 'Hucat.')

However, I didn't know the furry fandom even existed until after I got engaged-my husband had been pretty into the fandom when he was younger. He introduced me to his favorite furry comics from then-Circles and and Better Days. They got me excited about drawing my own furry art. :)

ASTA
03-15-2014, 07:33 PM
A youtube comment that detailed the OP's desire to see an Argonian from the TES series and a sanghili from the Halo universe sexing one another. The video showcased a series of Morrowind mods.

Then I clicked the dude's channel.

The rest is history.

jerry
03-15-2014, 10:41 PM
Sonic X, basically. Back in 2007 I came across a YouTube poop of Sonic X, who knows how, even before watching the show. In one scene a certain yellow fox caught my eye LOL. Then I watched the entire show. Then I started looking for fanart on DeviantArt. Eventually I started finding actual "furry" art, without being IN the fandom yet. About a year later I had to create a comic in art class. For my main character I took Tails and changed his appearance a little, very unoriginal for sure :P When I subscribed to FurAffinity in 2010 I just took this character and made him my fursona. I'm slowly making him a character of his own and my alter-ego since then.

I've never "jumped" in the fandom, like one day BOOM I'm a furry! It's been a quite gradual process.

BrazenBull
03-21-2014, 08:56 PM
It's a pretty common story I think. I believe I'm a little older than most of you guys here so my story starts in the early 2000's, the year 2000 approximately. I was just a regular nerd kid back then, looking up dragon and fantasy artwork on the internet. That spread out into the artists I found that also made furry artwork and I became quite interested with that. Time goes on and after puberty and such hit like Mike Tyson I started making my own drawings to be somehow connected to this really interesting little group. Then in like 2002/3? the furry fandom started getting it's bad press in the media, with the Vanity Fair article, the Sex2k episode, the CSI episode, the Drew Carey show episode(ugh) and my family kinda (severely) frowned on the rather admittedly mature drawings I was making. Because hell, why not? It was something I enjoyed creating. Time goes on and a bunch of other stuff happens including me attending a con back in 08 which was just a blast! And now I've decided to come here to interact with others who like this kind of genre of artwork. I'm skipping a whole lot of stuff but that's the gist of it.

tl;dr I'm Old and stuff. I got into this more than a decade ago.

Dmitry
03-23-2014, 05:17 PM
Well, I was on DA and I have always loved Anthro art and I found some people were on this site called "FA". So I checked it out and made an account. THEN I realized I really liked porn artwork (lol) and became more active. My first boyfriend was also a furry (although not a wonderful experience). Since then I have just been drawing anthro work and I like the people here. They are much less pretentious and annoying than most art people. Artists here stay pretty humble and I'm not into super hipster/avant-garde artwork. I like to keep it down to earth, so I fit in here.

Art Vulpine
03-23-2014, 06:42 PM
For me, I've been a fan of fantasy art for as long as I could remember. When I started avidly using the Internet in 2000, I would search for fantasy art (which was tough back then not having large art sites like this one). It was then I saw pictures of what I later found out were furries. This led to the first mega art site and my taste of the fandom: Furnation. It wasn't until about 2004 that I learned that there was an actual fandom behind the art, and since I loved the style so much I decided to become part of the fandom.

Ranguvar
03-23-2014, 09:43 PM
Pron

Matt Conner
03-24-2014, 02:55 PM
Based on my "furry activities" or lack thereof, I've actually been told by other furries that I'm not a furry. Just a guy whose interests happen to mildly include furry material. 'u`

I kinda don't think that's the case, but they would be right in saying I'm not knee deep in dead...I mean the fandom. And I'd REALLY like to keep it that way. When I got into the fandom after splurging on Tailsrulz and EltonPot as a kid, my interests haven't really gone beyond drawing it, and using online communities. Actually just one, this place.

I'm not even an animal lover. I like them, but I don't concern myself much. 'u`

You're the one who should decide whether you're a furry or not. It's a pretty broad term, and anybody who tells you that there are certain "qualifications" that you don't meet probably has their head up their own ass.

Ruggy
03-24-2014, 10:46 PM
You're the one who should decide whether you're a furry or not. It's a pretty broad term, and anybody who tells you that there are certain "qualifications" that you don't meet probably has their head up their own ass.

Yeah, pretty much it goes:

Do you call yourself a furry?

If yes, you are a furry.

If no, you must change your answer to yes in order to be a furry.

That's the super-authoritative quiz on what makes a furry, pretty much. Anything else is kinda weird and catty (heh.) "No, that guy is totally a furry, who is he kidding." "Ugh, that chick isn't a real furry!" Why do you caaaare? Keep on with your fuzzy self, man, let them do as they will.

Matt Conner
03-25-2014, 04:09 AM
Yeah, pretty much it goes:

Do you call yourself a furry?

If yes, you are a furry.

If no, you must change your answer to yes in order to be a furry.

That's the super-authoritative quiz on what makes a furry, pretty much. Anything else is kinda weird and catty (heh.) "No, that guy is totally a furry, who is he kidding." "Ugh, that chick isn't a real furry!" Why do you caaaare? Keep on with your fuzzy self, man, let them do as they will.

All dis. The problem is some people crave attention, and since furry is probably the most interesting or unique thing going on with them, they have to create very specific standards so that it's their super speshul invite only furry club, and perpetuate the whole fursecution complex when somebody mocks or disagrees with 'em. kinda sad.

Maolfunction
03-25-2014, 04:11 AM
I found out it existed through the porn.

I joined it because I wanted to meet people. and the porn

spacerogue
03-25-2014, 06:12 AM
I read Redwall in ... 1996 I think.

Pretty much always been clear I preferred some kind of animal anthro setting then the usual 'errything is human' norm. I don't know why, its just a lot more interesting to me personally. Feral animal stuff is sorda hit or miss, sometimes I like, sometimes I just don't.

Ferdinand
03-25-2014, 02:00 PM
I think it was after I saw comments of people talking about furries on Renard videos back in 2009. So, I googled it and immediately saw porn. After that I just kinda decided to meet some other furries and I always thought it was kinda cool, but I never really became one until the beginning of this year.

Rivercoon
03-27-2014, 09:17 PM
I watched Furry Fandom being created inside Science Fiction Fandom back in the 1980s.
Over the 4th of July weekend at the 1985 Westercon in Sacramento California I first met Steve Gallacci selling furry art and Albedo comic books. Mark Merlino and Rod O'reilly threw a Prancing Skiltaire party there (the first furry party). I was also getting into (American) Anime Fandom at that time and since many of the people organizing both groups were the same there was naturally a lot of crossover.
Before that I grew up watching lots of cartoons including things like Kimba The White Lion and Amazing 3. I was also drawing comics starring superhero cats back when I was about 5.

StripedPan
04-02-2014, 12:29 AM
When I was little I loved all the talking animal characters that Disney movies brought, so that was definitely a major part of it. Then I started reading Better Days by Jay Naylor, and the Warrior Cats series, which led to me creating my own cats, where I made my very first fursona. Then I saw some pictures and videos of people going out and fursuit, and I thought that they were totally amazing. I first identified as "furry" when I was about 11/12 I think, and since then I've always wanted to be more involved in the fandom, and to have my own suit.

Lunar_
04-02-2014, 03:43 AM
My buddy got me into it about four or five years ago. My opinion about the fandom in general has fluctuated pretty crazy-like, especially lately.

Chromatica
04-03-2014, 02:48 PM
A friend of mine was into it when he and I met many years ago, but back then I didn't know what it was and I didn't fully understand his explanation at the time. It wasn't until recently that I came to understand what it meant and that I was connected to the fandom the whole time. I met a new friend on another site, which prompted me to an in-depth online exploration of the fandom, which further led to this website and FA/FAF and the initial creation of this fursona. The rest, you might say, is the evolution of history. :P

Batty Krueger
04-03-2014, 03:30 PM
I found out it existed through the porn.

I joined it because I wanted to meet people. and the porn
Gotta have the porn, all the porn.

avan
04-07-2014, 01:54 AM
I dont really know.. probably something about being a misanthropic second grader, looking at dragons, some books, and a friend were probably what set it off, though I didnt identify (or know, I suppose) until around 2001-2002 or so, a bit before i got particularly active on the internet beyond lurking. Stuck to game sites though for the longest time, and didnt really get active in the furry world until ~2009. But you'll notice if you look at my age, I knew of the fandom (Even if i didnt participate in it at the time)& started identifying quite yonug.

TrashQueen
04-10-2014, 01:01 PM
Neopets, just freakin' neopets.

Groovy Salade
04-12-2014, 12:00 PM
I think my first experience with a "furry" character if you will was when I was very young and into digimon, my friends and I would play during recess and pretend to be digimon, my favourite was metal seadramon. I officially heard of furries when I played diablo 2 and I didn't really become my furry self that I am now until I played Habbo Hotel and role played as a cat/vampire character and eventually a skunk character.

Torrijos_sama
04-22-2014, 03:36 AM
Batman Beyond, and The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996). I witnessed both as a young, little thing, at around the same time I started watching DBZ and whatever anime I could watch. Toonami was kick-ass, and sparked my interest in both Japanese animation, and later Western animation. At some point, I discovered Nu Pogodi (I used realplayer until the age of 14, and some Russian in typical Russian fashion streamed the entirety of it in a continuous loop with poor subtitles). I liked the style of the characters, and later discovered anthros around the age of 12. Soon followed the naughty drawings, including my growing, early fascination with sadism, bondage, and discipline. As it turns out, there are many furry bondage artists, and thus my interest in anthropomorphic characters was cemented with fetishism. I continued to develop an interest in Totalitarianism, and the concept of the benevolent dictator, and the vanguard revolutionary, and I found both to be very influential in shaping my identity as a dominant that attempts to provide a stable setting for a totally devoted subordinate submissive.

So, I ended up joining FAF. Later, I got some mental issues, which does not benefit any attempt to try to establish and maintain some form of a stable relationship, but I have gone for 3 years with my current relationship with someone who used to be part of the fandom until they quit from the drama and damaged psyches of most members of the furry community.

And it all started with the Splicers episode of Batman Beyond. :I

But I have given y'all too much information.

Klavi
04-24-2014, 09:08 PM
I drew my very first picture of an anthrocat when I was 7. I joined a forum about cats when I was 9, and there I started RPing with furry OCs until I was 12.

I don't really know what sparked the "cat people", I think it was just from a genuine love of felines and my insatiable need to draw. I abruptly stopped with the furriness when I was 13, because my best friend/RP partner moved away from my school, and from then on I hid in the closet, because fur was an immature/cringe-worthy thing to like. starting at 15, I shamefully lurked furry forums and hoarded images until I sat down and told myself that I was a furry, whether it seemed "cringe-worthy" or not. Thankfully now, that's not a problem at all.

Username3
04-25-2014, 11:10 AM
I found out about it when I was going through a werewolf phase.

The appeal for me was the characters, and even worlds people created. It's interesting how people choose to express/present themselves, and the growth that comes from drawing for another.

Torrijos_sama
04-25-2014, 03:45 PM
I drew my very first picture of an anthrocat when I was 7. I joined a forum about cats when I was 9, and there I started RPing with furry OCs until I was 12.

I don't really know what sparked the "cat people", I think it was just from a genuine love of felines and my insatiable need to draw. I abruptly stopped with the furriness when I was 13, because my best friend/RP partner moved away from my school, and from then on I hid in the closet, because fur was an immature/cringe-worthy thing to like. starting at 15, I shamefully lurked furry forums and hoarded images until I sat down and told myself that I was a furry, whether it seemed "cringe-worthy" or not. Thankfully now, that's not a problem at all.

I've noticed that alot of 90's and millennial kids seem to be influenced by either one of two things with cat people: Huge Otaku, or kids who watched Cat's Don't Dance or Cat City.

TheMysteriousL
04-25-2014, 11:44 PM
Stumbled on it on accident when one of my friends warned me about how dangerous and lusty furries are, since I do a lot of anthropomorphic art.

Ironically, everyone I've met have been nothing but friendly, and not in the sexual way ^^;

GeekyDog
04-27-2014, 08:55 PM
I've always had the feeling that I was connected strongly with animals. When I was little, I used to "act" like a dog/wolf. I would bark and yap and even whine if I didn't like something. And when I started using the internet, I would look up "human animals" which started getting me into the neko versions of animals. And then I stumbled upon a site for furries and I made an account (I think I was 15 at the time) and ended up making my first wolf character, "Rora", who was a white wolf with red paws and other red markings. And then when I was 18, I stumbled on Wolfhome chats (Lupinar to be specific) and started making more characters. And I ended up buying my now-titled fursona, Serafine, and yeah. xD

Klavi
04-29-2014, 01:28 AM
I've noticed that alot of 90's and millennial kids seem to be influenced by either one of two things with cat people: Huge Otaku, or kids who watched Cat's Don't Dance or Cat City.

Never did any of those things, but I wouldn't be surprised if that were true.

cole_allen97
04-29-2014, 12:17 PM
I got introduced to it by Rainyspanielpaws on FA and one of her friends... I met her friend on DIY the app and well she introduced me to rainy and we've been kinda friends ever since

SweetSushi
10-16-2014, 05:51 AM
When I you look back in my past and the interest I had/have, I could say I was a furry since I was a kid. But it was only since 2010 or something that I actually heard about the fandom "Furry"

My mate already knew the fandom apparently, and was already a big fan of lots of fictional furry characters from retro rpg games and such, but never was a part of the fandom rlly. Didn't do anything furry related expect for the games and of course, don't we all...Disney (or other animal cartoons) Movies!

My sister was and still is a drawing maniac. She drew animals before (w)she knew the fandom. While she evolved into the furry fandom and keep on drawing mostly, she introduced me to the furafinity site (again my mate already knew it, but for some reason never brought it up :P) and that's where mostly my furry journey started ^_^

Me and my mate became both furries, we both like it but I focus more on drawing and he is more of a lurker, faving furry art and gamer :3

Now I don't understand the "hey I like to draw animals but I am not a furry" comments, cause idk isn't furry just having affinity with animals!? (no offense btw, just my thought! I mean aren't you here on this forum, in the community, chatting with other furries, drawing or watching furry art?) Of course every furry has their own interest or subculture they are into, one likes the fursuit part, others the art part, some even start drawing or just like to watch others do it, you have gamers, writers, roleplayers, anything rlly.

I am an artist, I love animals, I like the art, I go to events, I am an furry. Yay ^_^

mralbinoelf
10-16-2014, 11:48 AM
I was interested in anthropomorphic animals when I was a child, but I didn't know that subject had its fandom until my run in with some pornographic images around when I was fifteen and I was honestly both intrigued and disgusted by what I saw because I did not expect to see something like that on the internet (this was before I knew the Internets dark side, except maybe porn.).
I'm have made a furaffinity account almost a year ago after I grew more interested, but I still keep myself anonymous as much as possible because I do not know how my friends and familly will react to me being this; I'm too cowardly to tell them. Also made a weasyl account when several furry sites came under attack, so far it has been a safe haven.

WolfNightV4X1
10-16-2014, 08:46 PM
Officially my friend in high school turned me into a furry. At the time I didnt know furries were what people called themselves if they liked anthro animals, I just thought it was the anthro animals themselves. At some point I decided to call myself a furry and it stuck. Thanks a lot, Josh.

sassySloth
10-17-2014, 06:37 AM
I've noticed that alot of 90's and millennial kids seem to be influenced by either one of two things with cat people: Huge Otaku, or kids who watched Cat's Don't Dance or Cat City.Or Swat Kats, or Thundercats. I believe the late-80s/ early-90s were a breeding ground for furs thanks to the waves TMNT made. Everyone wanted a piece of the anthropomorphic animal pie.