Life as a furry
Aoki is still a bit of a closet fur, but over the years he has come out of his shell expressing his furriness with his friends. In Nebraska there are not many opportunities to meet with other furs in person; so, ike many others, Aoki uses the net as a gate way to meet and contact other furs like himself. His opinion towards mundanes is neutral and he "pities them for their lack of knowledge and open-ness" of the furry fandom. He dislikes the media's portrayal of the furry fandom as a sexual fandom.
Aoki also has aspirations of becoming a concept design artist. Aoki expresses his fursona through his artwork, which is mostly distributed on deviantART. Aoki is skilled in realism and anime styles of art. His favorite medium is graphite and the use of paint programs such as Photoshop and Painter.
Having been on the net for some time he enjoys reading web comics expecially Sabrina Online by Eric Schwartz, and Better Days by Jay Naylor. Aoki frequently converses with a few of his furry friends via messenger systems.
One of Aoki's favorite things to do is collect tiger-related items, be it plushies, statues, posters or wearable items. Aoki enjoys visiting the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska and especially The Cat Complex which houses several species of great cats and Tigers. Aoki, a member of Second Life bears the avatar of a blue tiger as well. In SL he enjoys relaxing in peaceful places near pools or jacuzzis having fun conversations with friends.
Aoki wishes one day to own a fursuit in his image and attend a furry con, but for now, this is just a dream. In September 2006, Aoki fulfilled another dream of his: to pet a tiger, in this case several. He also got the opportunity to bottle-feed a pair of 4 and 9 week old cubs at the Lincoln Nebraska State Fair, all thanks to a fellow Nebraskan photographer on deviantART.
Aoki is fairly tolerant of most in real life and on the net. He doesn't care to get into talks about religious or political conversations, being more interested in the subjects of art and the furry lifestyle.
Aoki enjoys sketching, digital painting, cosplay, singing, listening to J-pop; his favorite artist is currently Ayumi Hamasaki, collecting movie and video game soundtracks, and highly detailed figurines. He likes watching the occasional anime, and films in general. He recently took an interest in sculpture, and plans to incorporate that into his love of furries. He also enjoys the Star Wars|Star Wars fandom, and some aspects of anime fandom.
In the past Aoki started as a blue furred golden eyed domesticated house cat. It was not until a year ago after purchasing a tiger statue in a mall that he embraced his true fursona as a blue tiger. Falling in love with them, he had no doubts as to what his fursona form was.
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- Aokineko on deviantART