Furries and Bowling

Courtney, Self-Proclaimed Princess of the Furries
Via Courtney, Self-Proclaimed Princess of the Furries

The kitschy charm of Fursuit Bowling is one of those “two great things that taste great together” things, and if you have the opportunity to experience a furry bowling meetup, I highly recommend it. Recently, an older Tumblr post on the blog “Bullshit Mountain” has been updated and is making the rounds again, as seen on Xydexx’s Tumblr:

From the original post and its immediate comments…

WE WENT BOWLING AFTER DINNER FOR MY BIRTHDAY AND THERE WERE LIKE FORTY FURRIES THERE DOING, LIKE, SOMETHING OR ANOTHER I DON’T EVEN KNOW BUT THEY WERE BOWLING IN THEIR FURSUITS AND DOING VERY WELL ACTUALLY????? [sic]

so after posting this i found out that this is a thing that occurs monthly at this particular bowling alley because since this post BLEW RIGHT THE HELL UP and a few people found me and invited me to come back sometime?!?! this month’s furbowl (those are things, they’re called furbowls) happened to be last saturday and i was working a 12-hour closing shift that day but i showed up at the end of the night while they were already in the middle of the big group shot outside and they were about to disperse but i sprinted over asking them to hold still for just another second so i could get a picture and one of them screamed “YOU CAME BACK!!!!!!!” [sic]

…and a followup comment from user theotherguysride

Like okay. I’ve got something to say about these people.

These people are /fucking rad/.

Furries get a harsh rep. Furries get stomped a lot in social media, in TV, as a subculture pushed to the very fringes. Because people don’t understand, don’t want to understand them. They are Other and therefore not to be trusted.

Fuck that noise. When I was in one of the shittiest parts of my life, the local Furry community that my (now ex, she was one of the crazy ones) girlfriend was a part of PULLED OUT THE STOPS to make me feel welcome, gave me shelter and food when I needed it, and saved my fucking life. I found myself more than once being greeted with cheers and laughter and inclusion, even though I myself am not a furry.

Stories like this though? I love. Because here is someone who clearly isn’t a Furry, but still gets to see and /display/ that utterly welcoming side of them. Every furry I have ever met has been inclusive, kind, and if not decent, then at least not evil for evils sake.

Damn, now I wish I had a furbowl in my area to show up to and talk to people with.

I’ve had some really bad conversations at work with some people, one of them a lady who came in tipsy and trapped me behind the register talking about her last hotel, apparently near a furcon. I wanted so badly to explain it, but I was at work., Ugh. I couldn’t say that those people are amazing and rad and creative, and so what. Humanity is overrated sometimes.

Do not fear the Other, when the Other so clearly wants you to be a part of it in a way that is safe, sane, and comfortable.

These are the kinds of things that make us proud to be furries. Keep it up, everyone! Be out there, be visible, and be awesome.

-The Gneech

Art Spot: “Well Obviously” by Kenket


Well Obviously by kenket on DeviantArt

I think the real question here, is would you buy a used car from this cheetah? Kenket does amazing work, and this piece is no exception!

-The Gneech

The PTBAF Art Spot highlights some of the best in furry art, selected more-or-less at random by our staff. PTBAF supports the rights of artists and creators and our policy is to only post items by permission or otherwise consistent with applicable copyright laws. If your work has been used erroneously or you have any concerns, please contact us immediately.

Furry Oscars 2017: Zootopia and Jungle Book

Gazelle and Her Dancers, courtesy of Disney
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Having a furry movie up for an Oscar at all is noteworthy, but actually getting two wins is pretty amazing. This year, the Motion Picture Academy of America awarded the Oscar for Best Animated Feature to Zootopia, and Best Visual Effects to The Jungle Book.

That both movies are from Disney is hardly a surprise– the 1967 traditionally-animated Jungle Book (and more commonly its 1973 followup Robin Hood) are often cited as primal influences by furry artists and fans.

Other prominent furry features in 2016 included Universal Pictures’ Sing and The Secret Life of Pets, Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory, Aardman Animation’s Shaun the Sheep, Dreamworks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3, and Studio Ghibli’s The Red Turtle.

Welcome to ProudToBeAFurry.org!

The "Proud to be a Furry" button, c. 2010.So some years ago now I (to wit: The Gneech) created a image to put on a button, in response to some high-profile members of the furry fandom expressing what seemed to me unwarranted shame at being connected to the furry fandom. The image was attached to a rant and posted on the Suburban Jungle website, where it stayed for many years until a site redesign consigned it to internet history.

The button, and the sentiment, remained, however, and for years on and off I have been working on “fixing the Proud to be a Furry page,” because I still feel that it’s an important and useful thing for the community to recognize and celebrate just what’s so great about it.

This blog is that fix. But this time, it isn’t just me going on a rant– ProudToBeAFurry.org is a diverse creative team, working towards the common cause of spreading furry awesomeness. Some of us are writers, some are artists, some photographers, some fursuiters (or at least would-be fursuiters, depending on budget), and all of us love the fandom, not just for what it is, but also for what it can be.

So What is the Blog ABOUT?

The easiest way to answer that is to simply paraphrase our own submissions page: we will be posting short articles, news stories, or other items relevant to the topic of what makes the furry fandom awesome, and why we love being part of it, including:

  • Friends and Furrydom. Many of us have personal stories of finding friends/support in the furry community, and these stories deserve sharing.
  • Furries in the Community. From charity auctions to fursuiting groups visiting local hospitals, furries are an amazing, giving group. We want this to be recognized!
  • Art, Creativity, and Expression. Furry art, fursuits and cosplay, furry writing… all these and more are practiced in the furry fandom at a high level of excellence. We intend to find and showcase these amazing talents.

Over the next few weeks our creators will be posting their stories and we’ll be launching our various “columns.” In the not-too-distant future we will be adding more as we get up and running, such as a podcast, Patreon subscription options, and more. In the meantime, we’d love hear from you! What sort of things would you like us to cover? What topics do you think need highlighting?

We’re excited to be on this journey, and we’ll hope you’ll come along with us.

-John “The Gneech” Robey
February, 2017