In 2011, Hamburg School District in Hamburg, NY had an epidemic of violence against “Furries” in the middle and high schools. Furries are people who wear elements of animal costumes as a form of self-expression. Almost every day these kids would get their furry ears and tails ripped off and get beat up. Eventually, these violent acts lead to the district banning any kind of costume all together, even on Halloween.
To address this situation, I created a photo-manipulated illustration depicting two high school students fighting: one “furry” kid, and one “bully”. The illustration was hand drawn and colored by me using using a Google-image search source photograph as the background.
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