Signs My Suit Handler Should Know
- (Arms Crossed) “I need help” or “I’m in distress.” Come to my aid.
- (Time-Out) “I need a break.” Help me get away from people to a less crowded area.
- (Invisible Camera) “Picture time! Please come hold a camera.
- (Stop) “Stop, I’m overwhelmed.” Let people know too much is too much. OR “Stop, I want to do something.” No posing while I do something.
I found it’s good to have a “fursuit handler” or a group of friends with you when you’re wearing a fursuit. They don’t actually handle the suit but the people around that are interested. They watch for people that will pounce or “glomp” (even if it’s meant to be playful), pull tails or ears, and things like that. But most importantly they make sure that the suiter is OKAY. They help if the person in the fursuit needs a break, is in trouble, or needs a little help.
Because you limit some of the things you can do in there. And since I live in a hot desert, having a sign to mean you’re in trouble can help if the suitor is having a heat stroke or feels woozy.
These signs aren’t for everyone. Some characters have to hold up an image so signals must be replaced with different ones. This is merely an example to show that they can mean a lot. That’s why I made this.
If someone is doing the distress signal and then collapses, unknowing watcher might think “Oh, cute, they’re playing dead.” But like I mentioned, some people can get heat stroke.
Let your signs stand out from your character so that your handler can take care of you.