Furry Etiquette!

A furry convention is one of the most fantastic formal gatherings. The gathering involves members of the furry fandom or rather those who are interested in the concept of fictional non-human animal characters which posses’ human characteristics. Since it is a formal gathering, upon people meeting, they exchange ideas as they transact business, they engage in fan activities such as entertainment as well as recreation. The event originated in California in the 1980’s and it has been embraced in most parts of Europe as well as North America. However, attendees of the event have a certain way they present themselves. Among the furry etiquettes includes:

Should not approach anyone randomly

It is one of the general suiting practices maintained at the furry event. Due to
the fact that fur suits can be a bit scary, it is very normal for some people
not to enjoy them at all. It is always advisable to check how the people or the
person you are approaching they are before engaging them. If you realize that
they are not comfortable with your approach, it is better to turn the other way
ad leave them alone. It is also not advisable to chase a person when in the
furry suit. Interrupting the events of other groups also is not recommended.
However, if other people want to approach you, they can and to indicate that
you are fine with it a gesture is recommended such as waving at them, offering a high five, or even holding your arm out. The same accord should be provided to the others, in case they need to interact they will if not, one should not bother them at all.

 

Should have a handler

A furry event can be scary sometimes hence the reason to have a handler. A
handler is a person who is supposed to act as a guardian throughout the event.
Their main job being to act as your ears and eyes ensuring that you are guided
throughout the event and more so making sure that you are guarded from creepy people in the event. When attending for the first time, it is more scary hence the more reason to have someone to keep you away from troublesome people and always guide you so safe places. The handlers are also supposed to always provide you with something to quench your thirst when dehydrated and more so they are recommended for full suiters. Since there are possibilities of the event being characterized by emergencies, one should make sure they have signals worked out with their handler. This will equip you with the know how of requesting for help in case an emergency arises.

 

You should not touch anyone because you have Fur suits

Being in a fur suit limits someone’s ability to see and also moving around is also a huge problem. Hence in the event that you suddenly touch someone especially from behind, it is very easy to really scare them. It is therefore recommended that if someone asks you whether you want to touched just say no and before touching any one it is advisable to always ask them first. If their answer is no, it is paramount that their decision is respected without questioning them about it to avoid any misunderstanding. This will ensure that Fur suiter’s right to personal space is respected.

 

You should not damage the Conspace

In the event that conspace is destroyed, the you or thecon will have to bear the burden. Since a furry convention is mostly held at Hotels, they have ground rules of not tolerating any damages and in most cases, they do not allow any furry conventions to be held in the same premises in case there are any damages of Conspace. It is always expected that attendees of the con should responsible people and more so the actions portrayed at the convention represent the organizers of the event as well as the entire community. Therefore, lack of maintaining proper discipline affects everyone at the convention.

 

Ask in case you need a photograph taken

Human beings are referred to as social beings due to the fact we rely on each other to exist. However how well we relate to each other is the key to a peaceful coexistence. In the convention too, how well the costumers relate to each other is of vital importance. In the furry convention there are a million chances of bumping into a photographer since they are memorable as well as enjoyable moments. Hence taking a picture or two with another costumer is allowed. Nevertheless, it should be at a mutual consent. In case you need a photograph taken, where by you pose with costumer, it is always good to ask them first to make sure they are comfortable with it. This is just a general courtesy since not everyone likes taking pictures.

 

One should know where to get water and take your head off as well as keep clean

Wearing the furry suit is requires one to keep taking water regularly to avoid
dehydration. It is therefore recommended that upon arrival at the convention,
one should make sure they trace safe place where they can take off, they head
and rest a bit. Also, they should locate where to get water places so that when
they get dehydrated, they can re-hydrate themselves. When at the event it is
always advisable to not take more than an hour without water. Keeping clean at the conventions also should be a priority. Therefore, when you get out of the
suit, you should take a quick bath and pray the suit to freshen up. The face
should be washed up regularly when you visit the water areas. This is recommended since being in the suit makes one sweat too much leading to a bad smell when out of the suit. Keeping yourself clean avoids diseases, and bad odor when attending the con.

 

Avoid misbehaving in public convention spaces

In most Furry conventions, public places are places requiring good behaviors. So are the spaces around the convention center. In appropriate behaviors as well as misconducting your self at convention area calls attention from the
organizers of the event who might take a disciplinary action against you. This
calls for utmost conduct when at furry conventions and avoid public display of
a fetish. This is because there are people of different age blackest which is
an indication for everyone being responsible in regard to behaving
appropriately or wearing appropriate costumes at this place. Such kind of costumes should be left at home or covered up y placing other costumes on top of it. This is not just for costumers but also for any mature art seller. They are required to sell their art at hidden areas to void exposure to everyone.

 

Respect

Respect is an important social aspect as far as humans are concerned. In absence of respect, havoc reigns.  It is due to this that people are usually requested to respect each other to allow a peaceful coexistence. In Furry conventions too, there is need to respect not just fellow costumers but also the event organizers. The organizers of furry events are people of great stature since they are volunteers. It is paramount that they are respected for putting together the event. The rules they lay down to be followed should also be respected and followed to the letter. This is just a gesture of appreciating
their great work or rather as a way of thanking them.

 

Do not remove your head in public and do not talk in the suit.

The furry convention is guided by myths and beliefs. It is due to this very reason that removing the head while at the convention will break the magic. However, on normalcy, removing the head makes one a sweaty person in a suit and disregards you as a fun character. Talking while in the suit is also against
the rules due to the myths upon which the event is based on.

 

Act and move around

Keeping your self busy through out the event is fun. Since the main theme behind the event is entertainment, standing around in a suit is not fun. One should find places of entertainment or if not, they should try and entertain others. Being funny in the convention will highly depend on the character one has chosen. If you have chosen a funny character, one should act the part however choosing a serious character does not prevent someone from acting funny when at the convention. This because one should try to find  entertainment no matter what character they have chosen.

 

Keep the fur suit safe

The fur suit should be kept safe at all time. It is not necessary to get rough with
the suit. It is important to note that fur suits are expensive to acquire hence
the reason they should be kept always safe. Tails and jaws should at all times
be kept intact to avoid any damages since fixing can be quite expensive. It is
also not good to damage something when given for it is a show of disrespect as well as lack of appreciation to those who have offered the fur suit.

Furry facts

References

https://aminoapps.com/c/furry-amino/page/blog/convention-etiquette/WJkg_EbliXukEvDnQlxBkVvXB31Dm0W2vaK

https://www.adisc.org/forum/threads/45926/.

10 Reasons Cosplay Trumps Melancholy!

Cosplay is a combination of two words costume and play. This is an art of dressing up in your favorite superhero or anime character.  Cosplay has become very popular with conventions and communities set up almost everywhere. There are reasons behind every costume which makes it more interesting.

To some it’s a hobby while to others it’s simply a way of expressing themselves and getting away from their normal life even if it’s for a day.  With so many young adults becoming cosplayers every day, you can’t help but wonder why they are doing it and how it helps them. After interactions and a lot of research I compiled 10 reasons it helps.  After you read this you might change your mind about calling cosplayers nerds.

Acts as a stress reliever

Once you’re in a costume you are no longer yourself all you can think about is the character you inhabit. In most stories what costume players will tell you is that once you’re in the costume you forget about your worries and simply enjoy being someone you’re not.  “You’re playing dress up right, and you can be whoever you want to be for a day,” Jerry shared to me.  Jerry loves to make costumes especially superhero costumes. He personally loves Deadpool which is amazing since Deadpool is everyone’s favorite superhero movie.
When he is wearing Deadpool’s costume he tries to have as much fun as possible with friends or even by himself with no fear of being judged or questioned.

 

Offers An Escape for People Who Suffer from Social Anxiety and Shyness

There are communities and conventions set up for cosplayers. Most people who suffer from social anxiety tend to alienate themselves from social situations which makes it even hard to deal with their problem.  In conventions they meet people alike with similar hobbies and passion. Therefore they will keep meeting now and then and when they hint no one is judging or criticizing they realize it is far easier to interact than they thought.  Making friends becomes easy and all they can hope for is that they keep making more friends.
Once they show off their skill and talent in such a huge crowd, they feel completely different and way comfortable that they are no longer shy. Even if someone judges they are aware that they are not the ones being judged but the superhero character they are wearing.

 

A Boost of Confidence

One to three people in a group of ten are not aware of their talent. Finding something you love and are perfectly good at does boost your confidence. Costume-play is an art that hasn’t been recognized for a long time and with every stitch displays the confidence the artist has in him… or herself.
As they showcase their work to the work either during Halloween or in conventions their confidence grows and the appreciation is very satisfying.
A boost in self-esteem is well deserved especially by those who had little self confidence in their abilities.

 

A bonding experience with friends and family

There are a lot of families that are going through a tough time like a divorce or financial problems. Just in case the stress of everything that is happening is driving everyone apart try cosplay.  The good thing about cosplay is that there is no age limit. Whether you are fifty or sixteen there is a character that you adored growing up. You can make or buy (if you don’t know how to make one) costumes for the entire family with every one wearing their favorite superhero or anime character and make it fun and enjoyable.  At the same time you can invite friends to join in the fun and before you know it you have your own little community of cosplayers. Nothing makes memories better than costume play.

 

Cures Depression

Just like with social anxiety, Costume play has proven to cure depression. Due to the fact that most people suffer from depression even without knowing it, there are certain symptoms that indicate you’re going through depression like;
•Thinking about the same thing over and over again
•Poor appetite
•Suicide thoughts
•Social isolation
•Irritability
•Restlessness
•Weight shifts
•Mood swings
•insomnia
•Loss of interest or pleasure in activities

Once you have the above signs and symptoms then you are suffering from depression. Cosplay involves a group of people having fun with no judgment whatsoever.  No one expects you to act or look a certain ways. Things that matter to people do not apply to costume play which is amazing by the way. You can be the stupidest character and be praised for it.  Since social isolation is one of the signs of depression when one is convinced to try out cosplay and agrees to it, they find that it is so much fun and probably make it a hobby. A really fun hobby, and before they know it all suicide thoughts and bitterness disappears.

 

Expressing yourself

People express themselves through their costumes. When you can see how many people appreciate your hard work you feel contented and that is a motivation to keep doing more.  There are so many people in the industry that do the same thing. They meet and share each other’s creation which shows unity and love for the art.  Each cosplayer has a reason for choosing a certain character. Whether the character makes them feel superior, loyal, funny, happy or royal that is what they showcase to the world. If I’m dressed like wonder woman I want to feel superior and in control.  It is pretty amazing to see young adults being free and telling the world ou cannot be serious all the time it is great let lose once in a while’. Just stop and let your costume do the talking. Not literally though, we all know they can’t.

 

Freedom

When you look at cosplay you think freedom. The freedom to wear whatever you want at any given time is what costume play is about. People choose whatever costume they want. They play with it and do it their own way.
Unlike fashion you get to choose what to wear and no one will be like, “that’s outdated or that does not fit you right, it’s not cool” and such like comments.
You play your favorite character and have a whole lot of fun doing it. Costume play gives everyone regardless of the age, size or gender comfortable and appreciated. Once you’re in a costume there is no turning back and no one can tell you otherwise. In a superhero movie you are a new different human being or alien in any case but you’re free from critics and judgment and that’s all you need.

 

Self-acceptance

There are so many people in the world who are not comfortable in their own skin. Appreciating how they were created is not something they do. Cosplay has been very welcoming to every single person in the world.  As I said earlier there are no critics but fun. Most people play dress up to feel more comfortable in their own skin.  When they feel accepted that leads them to accepting themselves for who they are and anyway the best version of yourself is you so there is no one in the world who can be you. You are the only you. That is exactly what costume play does for you.

 

Creativity and great possibilities.

Cosplay is a world of creativity and great possibilities. You can create your own superhero and before you know it your famous. Expressing your great idea to the world can lead to great achievements. There are a lot of people in the film industry that appreciate superheros and villains. Fiction is very rewarding and taking costume play as a career is something to consider.In this time and age there are a few people who care about careers our parents kept telling us that we should do in college like engineering and accounting. I mean we can’t all be engineers.The things that no one thought could be careers are the ones controlling the world like fashion, modeling and acting. You can trust me when I tell you that costumes have made millionaires. There is a door for you to create your own characters or use the characters available to make your costumes to express yourself because that is a talent.

 

Happiness

Every one finds happiness once they play their favorite fiction character.
The joy that you get once someone in a convention runs to you with a really big smile on their face to ask you for a picture or the joy that you get from just having fun with your friends and family.  Happiness is something that we all seek and it doesn’t matter how you achieve true happiness just as long as you find it. There are people who do cosplay since it’s their passion. They enjoy it and love it. There are those nerds who love to hide behind the costume. But you know what it doesn’t matter as long as they are happy at that particular time it’s worth it.

 

Cosplay Convention

Do not be afraid to express yourself. This being the only life that you have you should explore the world and be adventurous. There is nothing more satisfying than living a life that is stress free.  Be someone else for a day and see how that feels.  There are no boundaries, be a superhero or a furry, whatever is your fantasy!!!

Secretly Exposing My Masculinity With Maskulo

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A big thanks to our dear friends at Maskulo for sending us some products for review.

Maskulo was founded by Artem Smyslov and Bulat Barntaev in 2014 at Oktyabrskaya st, 52, Novosibirsk, 630099 Russia in Siberia – the coldest of places.  The brand name simply means “masculinity exposed’ and they are leaders in male fetish wears.  Two openly gay men in a country where homosexuality is technically illegal producing high quality products using the best materials with attention to the finer details for all you kinksters out there.  A selection of jocksraps, briefs, tank tops, boxers and many accessories that will hit the right sensual spots. They especially have a wide selection of different types of designer underwear!

‘Fun’ and ‘hot’ are words that can be used to describe these intimate clothes that will look sensational on you making concerted efforts to deliver clothes that will increase your sex appeal when worn.  All the crew at Maskulo are creative and courageous people that work for a basic human right for lifestyle and sexuality choices.

Maskulo is now shipped to many countries around the world and the brand is slowly becoming one of the most sought after by the LGBTQIA+ community with much press for Bulat Barntaev who became the first openly gay man to run for Russian Parliament in the nation’s history.  Bulat has openly criticized Putin’s regime, which of course is a great risk to his personal safety.

The first product we have reviewed is the jockstrap JS30 which is an attractive fetish jockstrap for men.  It has a neon codpiece which is held in place by black metal snaps and glows under black light.  The codpiece is removable that can be used to expose your erection for some quick sex-play or just if you want to show off a bit.  The straps make this extremely comfortable to wear and really look great on someone who is muscular or athletic.

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Image: Men’s fetish jockstrap

The Maskulo brand is generous in sizing and the sizing chart is shown below.

Mens underwear sizing
Image: Maskulo’s bottoms size chart

The jockstrap JS30 is made from 90% polyester and 10% elastane. The color options are neon orange, pink, green and white. The non-neon strap part of each jockstrap is in black.  The materials felt sexy and the elastic straps contour perfectly to the body.  The codpiece is held in place by 3 snaps configured in a triangular shape that are easy to click on and off.  The codpiece is made of a foam filled material.

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Putting on some music I had a bit of a dance and then wore them for a few hours after. The jockstrap stayed in place and was extremely comfortable on.  The foam allowed my privates to breathe and thereby not get to sweaty or clammy.

A word of warning – hand wash the codpieces with a mild soap – do not get deodorant or any other alcoholic or thinner based liquids on it as they will cause color change and possibly make them non-neon under a blacklight.

Searching online the average price is around the $50 USD mark so it is very reasonable when compared with some of the other brands out there and with the great work these guys do for the LGBTQIA+ community, especially in Russia, I would prefer to support them than other companies just out for pure profiteering.

Become A Hardcore Leather Jock Today!

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I would love to thank the leather manufacturer Kailash G. Exports for providing a Leather Jock Strap for this review. I’ve spoken about my love of underwear before and how much that I enjoy wearing it, as well as the confidence that they provide. What I haven’t done, is speak about types of underwear and how it can affect the aesthetic in the bedroom with the simplicity of flipping a switch. One of my favorite styles of underwear is without a doubt, the jock strap. Despite its simplicity, there’s just something about it which gets my blood pumping and my cock twitching –  it doesn’t matter if I’m the one wearing it, or my sexual partner, if there’s a jock strap involved there’s definitely going to be a very positive reaction. So when I was given a new leather jock strap to review you can only imagine the joy in my reaction.

BDSM Jockstrap
Image: Front View Of The BDSM Jockstrap

So What Is A Jock Strap?

A jock strap is actually a lot older than what I thought it was. The word has been in use since the late 1800’s and it’s defined as underwear which supports male genitals during athletic sports. It usually has a waistband, with a pouch for the cock and balls and leaving everything else free and bare. Its most commonly used and worn in American sports, and it’s probably because of this that it has slowly become a fashionable icon for men to wear. It shows off the body, especially the ass, and highlights the male genitals. I can tell you now that I’ve had several fantasies involving sports teams and jock straps, and it’s just one of those things that really look good on a man.

The jock strap that I received was a soft leather design, with a front zipper and a bare ass. There is a red stripe on the front which go on either side of the zipper and this is accentuated by red piping on the edge of the pouch, which helps the jock stand out in the crowd. When it comes to bondage gear and toys, most people have a particular colour that they like. For example, the majority of my leather gear is red or blue, whilst my partner is generally green or yellow. The colours don’t really mean much in normal situations – though there are sometimes colour coded parties which people can attend and the colour will show off your fetish. Whilst the colours for my partner and I, aren’t fetish related, it means that we can separate our gear and colour coordinate ourselves for events, scenes, or when having other people over, or if we are switching. Red is my dominant colour and blue is my more submissive colour – though I do have other colours that I like to use depending on the type of fetish play that we are doing that day. Whilst it does mean that I then need more gear, it also means that my gear is then specifically tailored towards a particular fetish. Useful in the event that something happens during a scene, and especially useful for getting my head in the right space.

Fetish Jockstrap
Image: Back View Of The BDSM Jockstrap

I Love The Zipper

I loved the addition of the zipper in this jock strap. The zipper is great because it meant that I could pull my cock out without having to take off the jock strap. Meaning, that I could easily sex, jerk off, or be stimulated without complete removal of the jock. Sure, I’m usually nervous as hell when doing the zipper back up, and I certainly wouldn’t want to be caught having to do it up in a hurry – but I like not having to take it off.  What I really like about this jock strap, is not only is the inside of the jock – super soft and supple, but there’s actually a small flap of leather that sits OVER the fly from the inside. What this does, is prevent any unfortunate accidents involving your dick and a fly – a surprisingly handy feature that I think should have been added to all jock straps before this point. The smell of leather whilst sucking cock, or having sex can be just as much of a turn on as the sex itself. Personally, there’s few things that I find to be hotter than having sex with a guy whilst he’s still wearing his jock strap – they’re super easy to either pull to the side, or unzip allowing easy access to all the important bits. I did find the thickness of the straps on this jock strap to be a little thicker than what I usually get and they’re not exactly my usual style- but when wearing them they did seem pretty comfortable.

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That’s the thing with leather, bondage, kink and fetish gear. It’s not just about the gear, but it’s about the look of the gear. Bondage toys heavily lean towards providing a certain aesthetic. I mentioned earlier that I have different colours depending on the role, and the fetish that I am engaging with that day. It helps get into the ‘head space’ necessary to fully engage with fetish and bondage play. For example, if I’m wearing red which is usually the colour that I use for ‘domming’ then it would be harder for me to switch into ‘sub mode’ when wearing red. I feel more confident and in control wearing red – and as such I use the colours to help my head space. Colours and materials are therefore very important when it comes to fetish gear. So when I put on this leather jock strap with its red line, and had my cock hanging out – you knew exactly who was in charge and control of the situation. Not to mention the way that it hugged my cheeks and highlighted my ass. Sure, I could wear a similar jock strap made of white mesh fabric, but it’s not going to convey the same kind of message that a leather jock strap will. All in all, I enjoyed this jock strap – though it wasn’t the perfect fit. I’m not a small dude, but I did need a cock ring to achieve the ‘full’ look, without which – it wasn’t entirely flattering. But then I do acknowledge that it is difficult to get a perfect shaped pouch for a jock strap that fits snug and lifts in all the right ways (especially in leather) – and wearing a cock ring underneath these days is pretty expected for most scenes. So it wasn’t a big deal – but if you’re not used to wearing cock rings under your jock straps then you might have a little more of an issue with it.

Author: Stephen Smith – BA Of Social Sciences, M.Ed

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The Naughtiest Open Back Skirt Imaginable

Sexy Woman Wearing BDSM Gear

Last week I was lucky enough to receive a sexy little piece by leather manufacturer Kailash G. Exports, the open back faux leather skirt and oh how glad I am that I did. I have taken plenty of lingerie home for my girlfriend to wear for me in the bedroom in the past but I’ve never brought home anything leather, so this was something new for us. The best part about this skirt for her is that it is made out of faux leather and she is a vegetarian so the material was perfect.

Since working in the Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres I have learnt a lot about myself and what I like in the bedroom, before working here I had never really experimented with many toys let alone BDSM. Slowly, slowly I have introduced new products into the bedroom which me and my partner have both loved and hated. We started with simple toys and restraints and we have researched a little bit together about how to experiment safely with BDSM products.

For the past few months, we have been experimenting a little bit and we both seem to be enjoying it quite a lot so I knew as soon as I showed her the skirt I was given she’d be keen to give it a go. We had a hotel booked in Canberra for a night that week so we decided that would be the perfect time to first use it. We packed a few toys to experiment with as the back of the skirt allows for easy butt play.

Faux Leather Skirt With An Open Back
Image: Back View Of The Open Back Skirt

My Experience Using The Open Back Skirt

We went out for a nice dinner by the water and went back to the hotel to have a few drinks before setting up the bed with all the toys we planned on using for the night. I didn’t expect it but watching and helping her put on the skirt was actually my favorite part of the night, she asked me to help her tighten and tie up the back end of the skirt and honestly, it is just such a wonderful feeling being so connected to someone and having them trust you completely, mentally, sexually and physically. There are a lot of things I struggle with because of that horrible vulnerable feeling, so that experience opened my eyes a lot to all the things that this girl trusts me with when it comes to her mind and body so I’m now starting to work on doing the same for her. She stood up and showed me how it fits nicely along her waist, the butt slightly pocking out and enough give at the bottom for her to move her legs around a bit. She told me she liked the feeling of the material more than she expected to and loved the way it looked on her… I definitely did too!

Faux Leather Skirt For Vegans And Vegetarians
Image: Side View Of The Open Back Skirt

Without getting into all the details the skirt easily allows for all sorts of butt play and it was super easy for us to try different positions, just make sure to choose the sizing carefully because if it is too tight then it might be a little bit of a struggle with certain toys and sexual positions as it will be quite uncomfortable to move around in. Having the rope on the back to adjust the tightness of the skirt is a massive bonus because when attempting to get into different positions it can get quite restricting so make sure to loosen up the rope a little bit before moving so you don’t end up wiggling around like a worm trying to get into a different position.

We both enjoyed the open back skirt a lot so I definitely recommend it whether you are a beginner or an expert in BDSM. Even if you are not into BDSM but are looking for a new or different style of lingerie, this product could be a good start. Bdstyle has a huge range of products that are available on Adultsmart and in our Oh Zone Lifestyle Centres so make sure to check it all out before deciding which is the best product for what you are looking for.

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Sex Toy Products That I Recommend

Here are a list of products I recommend experimenting with the open back skirt:

  • Crop/whip/paddle
  • Mask
  • Any of the B-Vibe range with remote
  • We Vibe Sync
  • Sportsheets bondage bar
  • Share dildo

Cleaning

For the longest possible lifespan for your product I’d recommend google searching a good hand washing method for faux leather, these methods usually are super simple and easy to follow. The benefits of hand washing would be that your product will not shrink and you will avoid finding cracks in the material.

Do not stress though if you don’t have the time to hand wash, just make sure to do a little bit of research so you can find the best possible method for machine washing so that you avoid these problems.

Enjoy and be safe ❤

Author: Elliana is a consultant from Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle CentresSave

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