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Whines' sparkle hyena fursuit, 'Sumadeepika'
Whines' lioness fursuit, 'Yejide'
Whines' partial fursuit
Furry dance at UT
Kareoke in Kempi's at TFF2014
Austin furry dance poster

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 the Intercontinental. He is the Corral lead and his team mans the third stage, located in the Corral area next to the Dealer's Den.

Whines is active in the Austin furry community and hosts occasional events (such as the Austin_furry_dance) and is helping Fades organize the Austin Park Bark meet.

Whines has constructed several fursuits for himself and his partner, the first of which debuted during Halloween 2013.[3] His newest suit is Sumadeepika the sparkle hyena, his first LED-illuminated fursuit.

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. In 2015-2016 dances were held on UT campus in partnership with the University of Texas 'Longhorn Furs' group, but changes to the campus rules barring non-students from campus events (a change unrelated to the furry events) has forced them to move back to private venues. More recently some of the events have been 'DJ Jams,' inspired by a panel Edgewise does at some conventions, where a group of DJ's (anyone who wants to participate) all connect to a common mixer and work together while other attendees dance.

Havencon, a GBLTQ gaming convention, started up in 2015 and Whines is the A/V lead there, part of a sizable furry contingent in both attendees and staff.

Alamo City Furry Invasion is a furry convention in San Antonio, and Whines is the A/V director there.

Furry Siesta, a summer furmeet event spun off from Furry Fiesta, has been slowly taking on more events typical of a full convention, and Whines has been providing A/V. As of 2018 a lineup of events including a dance-off, a brief variety show and evening dances took place.


  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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