22 July 2017
I have decided to embroider Relic's name to put on his leather vest.
The R is the largest of the letters and is now finished. I need to get the "e" done so I can cut out the first two letters and get them ready to sew onto the vest. The should look really good on the Black vest! I think this turned out quite well considering I have never done embroidery before.
12 July 2017
I was recently asked a question that has taken me a time to actually make a decision on what the real answer should be for me. There were so many possible answers in the running but this one for some reason stayed in the front for the most part.
The question was asked:
"What would you say was your most strange or difficult aspect of being a fursuiter that you had to explain to someone else?"
Contrary to what I think most fur suiters would say, that they were asked simply “Why?” I would say, for me, that it was having to explain what I meant when I used the term “My Handler” in front of someone that had no clue to what I was talking about. Call it what you will, strange, awkward, funny ...its all of them all at once I suppose.
The term “Handler” is correct and really is not intended to sound funny or strange or odd at all, those of us in the furry fandom (even most of those that do not have fur suits) know what a handler is and does. Handlers have a very serious job and should be credited for the job they do for a fur suiter. Ever been to Disney World? Seen all the people in the character costumes? Guess what... they all have a handler with them some where close by. I suppose that until one has actually been in a complete fur suit and experienced first hand the extreme limitations that are associated with being in the costume there really is no common point of reference to discuss the real needs for having a Handler present. Suffice it to say the suiters Vision, Hearing, Touch, and Movement (or the ability to move quickly to be accurate) are all extremely impaired. Handlers are people that maintain visual / audible contact with a suiter or in some cases a small group of suiters so as to be their eyes, ears and hands in situations that a suiter needs assistance in such matters. Handlers also should be tuned into cues from the suiters to know when they should take a break and when they need to get water, and often times act as the suiters “ambassador” to public interaction always keeping watch for any threats or dangers. It is SAFETY ...hands down it is all about the safety of the fur suiter period!
06 July 2017
What a BLAST!
The backdrop of downtown Pittsburgh from the fourth floor of the David L Lawrence Convention Center.
A quick pose with our Chairman...
I hated to give in to the fact that Anthrocon was all over when I woke up Monday morning and packed up for the trip home. the 4 days I was in Pittsburgh for my first Furry Con went by in a flash. I didn't get to take a lot of photos but managed to get some that I was intent on getting.
A shot with Tani DaReal was a must have!
A quick pose with our Chairman...
And almost unexpectedly an opportunity to talk to and get a pic with a guy I talk with on Twitter from time to time, a friend to all suiters with the bazooka blower, Vlad The Fruit Bat!
I have an over abundance of video footage that will take me a long time to sort through and edit. I wore my small go-pro type camera two different days around the Convention center and racked up over 4GB of video, so lots of work to get done there before I can get any of that uploaded.
27 June 2017
The last hours are ticking away toward the trip to Pittsburgh for Anthrocon!
The last of the packing will be completed as soon as I get home from Potsdam this afternoon and then I will try to get some rest before a very early wake up call in the morning at around 2 am. The majority of the ride down will have three of us in the car but in Kittanning, Pa we will be picking up two more which will pack the car for the last hour. It's all good! Got room for the cases on the roof rack! We'll make it work but it's gonna be tight, lucky enough it's only for the last 55 minutes of the ride so... yeah.
24 June 2017
Been playing around with names of late and have stumbled onto a pairing that so far seems to work. I have had a Wolf Plushie on my shelf for many years that overlooked my Computer desk, never really giving it much thought as something I could use once I got Relic "off the ground". Sitting here at my computer a few days ago in total boredom I began to run through words associated with trees, Relic is a Timber Wolf who is a Lumber-Jack, Trees are his thing in that respect.
Anyone who has followed any of my creation all ready knows that Relic is my Furry Character, and now as a "coined" nickname he is also known as "Timber"
I have some more work to do on a combination badge to wear while this duo is together but the design is pretty well set i believe.
21 June 2017
Relic's checklist continues to shrink as I get things ready for travel. Down to the last 10 items or so, which can't really be finished until I actually pack the car the night before leaving. Not that I try to hide the fact that I am a Furry (I never have), but it is going to be a real fun time to have Relic at a venue that is full of people that actually understand the Fandom without having to explain just exactly what the interest is. Much less to be in a City that totally Welcomes the diversity and plays into the entire event! WhoWooo Pittsburgh !🤣
10 June 2017
My own requirements aside, I had to turn my attention to Relic's travel / performance needs. Over the time I have been putting him together I have been diligently thinking about future repairs as well.
Knowing all to well the the unexpected will nearly always show its ugly head at some point I knew I needed to plan for it. I have put together a fairly extensive repair / maintenance kit for Relic (or for any Fursuit really for that matter) to have on hand for when needed. Spare parts such as claws, and whiskers which can and often do fall out or become bent, broken or otherwise damaged. I have spare sets of eyes as well not that I have ever needed them but they are there. Color markers for quick fixes to damaged areas of paint if needed in a pinch, Hot melt glue gun, needles and thread are an absolute must have. Along with many other items there is essentially anything you would need to actually make a fursuit other than the materials. This all fits nicely in a small Tackle Box so takes up little room in the car, it is separate from Relic's suitcase so if others need use of it I do not have to disturb the Wolf while he is in his den (lol).
We are ready for Anthrocon 2017 !!!
08 June 2017
I've joked around saying that this trip to Anthrocon has developed more twists and turns than the top radiator hose in my old '76 Monte Carlo... lol. Seriously it seems to change every couple weeks, but now that we are down to only 20 days I think things are finally coming together in a set order. (Jinx)! Most of the trip will see three of us in the car from Watertown, Ny. to Kittanning, Pa. about 1 hour north of Pittsburgh where we will be picking up two others before continuing to our hotel. We will have a packed car for the last hour as four of the five are Fursuiters, it'll work out ok but it will be tight. As I am driving the others may all have to hold their heads for that last hour, Dave who is not a Suiter may have to wrangle Relic for me at that point *G* not sure how much room will be left in the back for heads after all the other gear is in... going to be an interesting lesson in extreme packing I think. Have been on-line chatting to a number of MilFurs / Emerg. Service Furs that I will be meeting up with while at the convention... several of them seem like they are going to be a real riot to be around. I am looking forward to getting this trip started but I also know all to well that our time there will pass all to quickly.
29 May 2017
I am sooo hyped about my trip to
Anthrocon in June and now that I have
the schedule in front of me I am
beginning to realize that there is just not
enough time in 4 days to see it all and it
kinda bums me out. I think the biggest
"bum factor" is that I know even though I
want to be in suit as much as possible,
there is just no way to last the entire 4
days that way. At best I figure a few
hours each day in suit... and in reality I
kinda figure even that is probably
pushing it. Totally looking forward to
meeting some friends I have met on-line
and lots of new friends while in
Pittsburgh and all of them are as into the
fandom as I am... no need for second
guessing others reactions to being a
Furry at Anthrocon, its a given! and from
what I understand so far, even the city of
Pittsburgh plays into the whole Furry
theme for the convention as well... so...
it's gonna be a great time no matter how
much I get to do, after all this IS one of
the main reasons I created Relic!