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Whines (born August 26, 1969),[1] also known as Josef Ricketts, is an artist and fursuiter. He lives in Austin, Texas, U.S.A.,[1] with his partner, Fades. His fursona is a spotted hyena.

Whines' work has appeared in the first and third issues of The American Journal of Anthropomorphics,[2] some early issues of 'The Tai-Pan Project' APA, and illustrations for an article in 'Passionate Living' about cyberspace. His art frequently features fennecs (and hyenas to a lesser extent), and tends to be silly, sometimes playfully offensive cartoons. Some of his images in the Furry Fiesta art show have gotten complaints about themes involving abortions, baby-eating and menstruation.

Whines is on the staff at Furry Fiesta, where he has been bringing dance lighting since the first con. As of 2014, he was doing A/V for the underground 'Kempi's' nightclub area in TFF's new hotel.

Whines is active in the local furry community and hosts a weekly gathering for artists at his home in northeast Austin, occasional furry dances, and is helping Tylenn organize Austin fursuiting events through a group named Fouxpaw.

Whines constructed his own fursuit, which debuted during Halloween 2013.[3]

Starting in 2013 and inspired by descriptions of the Frolic in California, Whines started organizing small Austin furry dance events and has held them once every 2-3 months since them. They tend to have an attendance in the 20-40 person range with a handful of fursuiters. Recently dances have been held on UT campus in partnership with the University of Texas 'Longhorn Furs' group.

Havencon, a GBLTQ gaming convention, started up in 2015 and Whines was part of the crew representing TFF there. Whines provided audio and lighting for the dance and was one of the fursuiters in attendance.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Whines' profile on the Fursuit Database. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  2. The American Journal of Anthropomorphics issue 3 (March 1995). Flushing, NY: Med Systems Company. p. 31.
  3. Whines on the Fursuit Database. Retrieved March 5, 2014.

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