Hi I'm Cuddle Paws, current furry. I love cosplaying as rainbow dash and soon to be fursuiting in due time.
Fursuits range from simple tails and ears to full costumes with mechanical/electronic components. Similar to mascot suits, they allow the wearer to adopt another animal look and/or personality while in costume. Owners can spend less than one-hundred to many thousands of dollars on one fursuit, depending on the complexity of the design and on the materials used. These items are frequently sold at conventions, or online by either commission or auction. Many furry fans make their own using online tutorials and/or advice from several sources. The standard fursuit is a full body costume that consists of a head, forepaws (hands), hind paws (feet) and a body with an attached tail; in some cases, the tail is connected via a belt to the wearer and hangs out through a hole in the back of the body. Many suits include special padding or under suits to give the character its desired shape. A partial suit or half-suit contains the above, only without the body. This allows the wearer to don ordinary clothing (or a different costume) overtop of the paws, head and tail. In partial suits, the tail is usually attached to a belt, and the arms and legs have sleeves that can go up as far as the shoulders and pelvis, respectively. A third type known as the three-quarter suit has been developed, which consists of a head, arms and pants made to look like the legs, tail and feet of the animal in question, which works well for characters who only wear shirts.
Just like artwork, fursuits can vary in style, from the ultra-cartoony look, to the hyper-realistic. Now that fursuiting is becoming popular in Japan, we are beginning to see some very anime-style fursuits in that country. Reasons for fursuiting
Wgg the Gnoll, an example of a suit that uses a mask. A person who wears a fursuit generally falls into one or more of six categories. Job Many people wear fursuits as a real life job. This can include mascots, though not all mascots are fursuits, nor are all mascot performers furries. Many fursuiters are hired through an agency to represent a character, while others bring their own constructions to an event instead. There are also several volunteer fursuiting groups across North America that either ask or are asked to entertain at various social functions. Some groups even set up their own charitable events or perform on the streets to passersby. Charity Some fursuiters don their suits for non-paid charity work, such as events for social causes (animal rights) or visits to children hospitals or wards for entertainment.<re>Hospital/medical sites page on the Fursuit.org website. Retrieved June 17, 2014.</ref> Event entertainment
Fursuit dancers at Anthrocon 2006 — video by BBF: 1 2 3 Other furries enjoy wearing their suits for parades, exhibitions, or conventions for simple personal fun or crowd entertainment. These fursuiters may also wear their suits to small, informal meetings among furry fans in their area. Some may get permission to perform in or outside of a shop or event, while others may simply wear a suit in a major area, such as a mall. However, some cities have no-mask laws, so individuals seeking to wear their fursuit in large, public places should check first if it's allowed before performing at that location. Role-playing Some Role-playerers create highly elaborate costumes (including fursuits) for their characters. Half-suits are usually created for role-playing games, though some role-players use full-body suits. These suits wear elaborate clothes and costumes of their own, depending on the theme of the game. Spirituality Some people (usually otherkin,therianthropes or furry lifestylers) also fursuit for reasons of expressing what they feel is their inner animal self. Most of them try to make their suits as realistic and lifelike as possible.