NitroShep

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Nitro by Arend Studios on Motocross Bike.

NitroShep (born November 20) is a fursuiter who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[1] He is usually known as Shep when out of costume, and Nitro when fursuiting.

Shep has been a furry lifestyler since 2005 and has a German Shepherd as his fursona. He is a long time and current staff member of Howloween and VancouFur, and past staff member of RainFurrest. He was chosen as fursuit guest of honor at Furlandia 2014, and the community spotlight at VancouFur 2020.

Shep's fursuit character, Nitro, was constructed in March of 2007 by WhiteyFawks of Arend Studios, and debuted at RainFurrest 2007.[2] Nitro became well known for his stunts on a Motocross Bike.[3] . To present day, the fursuit has been seen at several conventions and events located in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.

Nitro 2.0 by One Fur All Studios.

In November 2017, Shep had a new and improved version of Nitro 2.0 designed by ScribbleFox of One Fur All Studios, this suit first debuted at Midwest Furfest 2017. The head for this character is one of a kind, uniquely constructed by ScribbleFox to integrate advanced fursuit electronics custom made by NitroShep.

In real life, Shep is an experienced red seal tradesman working in the electrical field, as a journeyman and project foreman. Shep loves the outdoors, but his free time often includes building fursuit related electronic projects and staffing local conventions. Before Shep found the furry lifestyle, he competed in the sport of motocross racing for nearly a decade. He achieved two BC Championships before exiting from competition in 2006.


Conventions attended[edit]

Nitro at Anthrocon 2009.


Fandom involvement[edit]

  • Howloween Staff Member - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • RainFurrest Staff Member - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • VancouFur Staff Member - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • RainFurrest Fursuit Programming Lead - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Howloween Fursuit Lounge Lead - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • RainFurrest Fursuit Lounge Lead - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • VancouFur Fursuit Lounge Lead - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Anthrocon Panel Host, Co-Host - 2012
  • VancouFur Panel Host - 2020
  • RainFurrest Panel Host - 2012
  • Furlandia Panel Host (x4) - 2014
  • Furlandia Fursuit Games Host - 2014


Public entertainment[edit]

Nitro at Children's Hospital.

Since 2007 to present, Nitro has been a member of a local fursuit entertainment group. Entertaining at dozens of charitable non-profit events, including Children's Hospital, walks for ALS, cancer, juvenile diabetes, hospice, festivals and parades. Nitro has also entertained in Washington state. The fursuit has been seen on live television a few times over the years.

In 2010, during the Vancouver Olympic winter games, Nitro roamed the crowded city streets with a group of other fursuiters cheering on team Canada. Also that year, entertained the public in the streets of in Delft, Holland.

In 2011, Nitro made his way to the ski resort of in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Entertaining the crowds and riding the chairlifts to the top of the mountain.


Fursuit electronics[edit]

Nitro 2.0 glowing at Eurofurence dance.

Shep’s first step into building fursuit electronics was installed into original Nitro by Arend Studios. In early 2008, he adding a fan to the head, then later that year a GMRS walkie talkie system, primarily used to communicate with a spotter at charity events. Challenges of adding electronics to a fursuit was quickly discovered by how quickly corrosion happens. Over the next few years, Shep eventually found to way to protect the circuits in this harsh damp environment.

In 2017, while Nitro 2.0 by OneFurAll was being built, Shep wanted to take his fursuit electronic skills to the next level. Built into this head is a programmable micro-controller, LCD display, 5 sensors (hall effect, accelerometer, ambient light, temperature, and microphone), 4 variable speed fans, rechargeable battery, and 23 RGB LED Neopixels. During the fursuit construction stage, Shep also made a independently powered LED bodysuit Harness and LED cuffs that are controlled by wireless commands from the head. To this day, Shep has programmed 50 sound reactive rave animations for the head and harness controllers.

2016 to present, Shep has been designing and building fursuit electronics for the local fursuit maker, OneFurAll Studio. This has included remote controlled LEDs for the eyes and ears, and cooling fans. These electronics have gone into several commissions.


Creative talents[edit]

Nitro with projects.

Beginning in 2008, Shep decided to use his creativity and trade skills to build fursuit lounge equipment for fursuiters to use at local conventions. These projects have included: advanced fursuit head drying trees, powerful fans, electrical panel, and rechargeable fursuit head fan kits. The popularity of the head trees prompted Shep to build two more and update all three in 2014 to add UVC germ killing ability and timers for each head. Shep continues to look for new project ideas to help improve fursuit lounges, his motivation is simply watching fursuiters enjoy the things he builds.


References[edit]

  1. NitroShep's profile on LiveJournal. Retrieved January 28th, 2008
  2. http://db.fursuit.me/index.php?c=viewsuit&id=689
  3. Nitro Fursuit MX on YouTube. Retrieved November 25th, 2007


External links[edit]

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