Taigitsune

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Adam at a friend's wedding in July, 2009.

Adam G. Van Kirk, also known as Taigitsune is a fursuiter who was born September 30, 1982[1] in Elkhart, Indiana, U.S.A and now lives in Houston, Texas, U.S.A.[1]

They work as a Systems Administrator in the web hosting industry, and currently hold RHCE[2] and Security+[3] certifications.

They are best known in the furry community for managing the Unitarian Universalists group on Fur Affinity, and are also ordained as a minister by the Universal Life Church.

Adam is a genderqueer individual and prefers the use of singular they (they/their/them) pronouns and Mx. or Mixter as gender-neutral honorifics where feasible.

Fursonas[edit]

The word taigitsune (タイギツネ, pronounced /taɪ ˈgi ˌtsɯne/) is a linguistic blend of the Japanese words taiga, the borrowed English pronunciation of tiger (タイガー, pronounced /ˈtaɪ gə/) and kitsune, a mythical Japanese being (キツネ or 狐, /kitsɯne/). It refers to a species of tiger-kitsune hybrid.

Adam has two taigitsune fursonas - symbolic of duality in human nature. Both have five tails, which represent the challenges overcome by and the follies experienced by Adam in their life.

Satori depicted with an extra tail.
Satori depicted with an extra tail.
Halloween badge of Ikaris.
Halloween badge of Ikaris.

Satori[edit]

Satori (サトリ or 悟り, pronounced /sə ˈtɔri/) is so-named for the Buddhist concept of satori and is representative of the positive characteristics of Adam's psyche.

While sometimes depicted as intersex and almost always depicted wearing a skirt, Satori is genetically male. Nevertheless, they represent the concepts femininity and empathy.

Their fur is white with black stripes, and they have purple irises. A red five-pointed star adorns their left cheek. Their hair is iridescent in color and is cut short in the back with long bangs in the front that are typically dyed a shade of purple or blue.

As with Adam, Satori should be referred to using singular they (they/their/them) pronouns and Mx. or Mixter as gender-neutral honorifics where feasible.

Ikaris[edit]

Ikaris (イカリス, pronounced /ˈɪkərəs/) is a portmanteau of the Japanese word ikari, meaning "anger" or "hatred" (イカリ or 怒り, pronounced /ˈɪkərɪ/) and the name Icarus of Greek legend. He is so named for his propensity toward negative emotions and the consequences they bring.

He represents masculinity, strength, and those emotional states typically perceived to be negative, and is the yang to Satori's yin.

His fur is black with white stripes, and he has red irises. A red crescent moon is emblazoned on his right cheek. Like Satori, his hair is also iridescent in color and is usually allowed to grow as long as possible. He is occasionally depicted with ram horns.

Fursuits[edit]

Ruffles as photographed by Holmes Photography Studio.
Adam posing as Ambrose.
Adam posing as Ambrose.

Ruffles[edit]

Ruffles Theodore Faustus Münchausen (Ruffles or RTFM for short) is a fluffy, cartoony white wolf[4]. Ruffles was constructed by Isabella Price on Fur Affinity and debuted at Furry Fiesta 2011.

Ambrose[edit]

Harland Ambrose Roosevelt Emerson (Ambrose for short) is a realistic rabbit constructed by Dr. Morrow on Fur Affinity[5]. He debuted without a name, and was worn by his creator at Furry Fiesta 2011. Adam later purchased him and gave him his name, which is based on Victorian steampunk fantasy.

Harland means "land of hares" or "hare's land" in Old English. Ambrose means "immortal" and is Greek in origin. Roosevelt means "field of roses" in Dutch. Lastly, Emerson was chosen because of Adam's affinity for the early Unitarian minister Ralph Waldo Emerson.

He is most often seen in formal dress and carrying a churchwarden pipe. He is also notable for his case of Heterochromia iridum.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Taigitsune's profile on the Fursuit Database - Retrieved February 27, 2011
  2. RHCE Verification provided by Red Hat, Inc. - Retrieved April 23, 2011
  3. CompTIA Verification code DJXR3ENBCC11QLGM - Retrieved April 23, 2011
  4. Ruffles on the Fursuit Database - Retrieved February 27, 2011
  5. Ambrose on the Fursuit Database - Retrieved April 23, 2011

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