Furries experience their fandom mainly through art, of their own characters and of others. How these furry characters are depicted can differ vastly from artist to artist. Nonetheless, in general, most furry artists have a preference for bright, happy colours, often with pastel tones.
In many OCs (especially older ones made pre-2010), tacky, kitschy colour combinations are seen (such as a wolf character with grey body, neon blue snout, eyes and hair, plus bright pink stripes on their body). Although this trend seems to have diminished somewhat, the preference for bright, happy colours remains, which is unsurprising, considering how many furry characters are - directly or indirectly - inspired by cartoons. Therefore, the furry fandom is often close to Kidcore.
Obviously, not all furry artists have this aesthetic, and in principle virtually any aesthetic may be combined with a furry character.
Furry fashion is, essentially, just a giant fursuit that wouldn't look out of place running around at an amusement park. However, what the fursuit looks like is, quite literally, up to the person's imagination (and it is usually based on their fictional avatar in the community, referred to as a "fursona") and it will often be made by people skilled in the art of tailoring.
Also, contrary to popular belief, only a very small minority of furry enthusiasts actually do fursuiting (in part due to the high cost of commissioning a fursuit).
- 2 Stupid Furs
- Hidden Treasury
- Mischief Makers
- Made Fur You
- Stuffed Panda Studios
The Sexual aspect...
Among furries, and especially among non-furries, the sexual aspect of the fandom (sometimes still designated using the rather outdated term "yiff") is controversial. A small number of furries will vehemently claim that the fandom has absolutely nothing to do with sex or porn, explicitly distancing themselves from it and condemning all furry porn (which makes one wonder what those people have to hide, really).
However, most furries are at ease with the sexual aspect and find erotic furry art one of the most pleasant things about the community. This sexual aspect is by far mostly explored through online pornographic art and not, as is commonly believed, by dressing up in sweaty fursuits and rubbing them together.
Among some non-furries, there exists the great misconception that most, if not all furries, are zoophiles, ie. people who fantasize about having sex with actual, feral animals (whether these be 'real' or cartoon animals like Pluto). Most social research however suggests that the vast majority of furries are not interested in sex with non-anthropomorphic animals, and that zoophilia is not more common in the furry fandom than in the general population. Associating the fandom with zoophiles, rapists and pedophiles is about as valid as associating homosexuality (which is common in the fandom) with those sex offenders. However, getting this to be accepted common knowledge among your layman is, much like the stigma around homosexuality and sex offenders, going to take a long time to fully scrub from the Furry community.