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MLP Minidump- Albino Vinyl Scratch by Earthsong9405 MLP Minidump- Albino Vinyl Scratch by Earthsong9405
**EDIT: So I refined the headcanon a little to answer the question some folks had asked me about Vinyl's albinism.**

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So :iconel-rancho-unicorno: mentioned the idea of Vinyl Scratch being an albino that dyes her hair  and I simply couldn't help myself. So I took the idea and drew it and played around with it. Because I can. o3o Aaaaand it was a bunch of fun!

So yeah, let's talk about the possible headcanon behind this? O:

I did some more research and decided to refine my headcanon a little more for Vinyl as well. Let's simply cut to the chase here; Albinism, despite being pulled from the latin word for white, does NOT mean the creature exhibiting albinism is white. It means a lack of pigment, whether it be in the hair, eyes, and/or skin. This all depends on the type of albinism, the level of pigment lacking, and what is exhibiting the albinism. Basically, just because something is albino, it doesn't make it white. It can affect one of the things (eyes, hair, skin) listed, two of them, or all of them.

In horses, there actually isn't a true albino (almost no level or a complete lack of pigment/melanin). They don't exist. The closest to albino a horse gets to is usually off white colors, which includes Vinyl's actual coat color, a white-cream of sorts. You can take a gander at said colors at the bottom of the page of this link:
www.bio.miami.edu/dana/dox/hor…

Now with that said, this is my headcanon for albinism in the MLP world.

Like our world, there are two types of albinism: The type where there is almost no level of pigment, and then the type where their is some or slight levels of pigment. Since I'm staying with the fact that an albino with almost no or a completely lack of pigment level doesn't exist in ponies, their primary form of albinism is where there is still some level of pigment in their eyes, skin, and/or hair. Just how much pigment an albino pony has depends on the type of albinism they harbor.

For Vinyl, she has something similar to Oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) type 2. This basically means her body makes a minimal amount of melanin, which results in her having very pale, fair skin, very light blond hair, and a white-cream coat. What's common with this type of albinism is blue eyes, but Vinyl ended up with a shade of magenta-red eyes (that can change depending on the circumstances). Either way, they have enough pigmentation in them to be not as sensitive as other types of albinism. Even still, her eyes and skin is still more sensitive to very bright light, typically sunlight, than what is normal, enough to cause some level of discomfort.

As a foal, she was teased for her unusual appearance, so once she hit her teenage years she began to painstakingly dye her mane, tail, eyebrows, and eyelashes to make it look like she was a natural blue-haired mare. It only helped after she moved to the city, where not many ponies actually knew of her until after she became famous. (Octavia's the only other who's seen the adult Vinyl in her natural state; she finds it very attractive, but Vinyl still continues to dye her hair).

Due to the sensitivity of her eyes and skin, she almost constantly wears her glasses and has an affinity for the night. Well, that, and the fact that she likes the look the glasses give her, and that she is a very well known DJ for a night club.

I'd write more but I'm sleepy and I don't think I have much else to add. All I know is that it was ridiculous fun to draw, and Vinyl really does look good as an albino. o3o Sooooooooooo as always, feel free to ask if you have a question and thanks a bunch for stopping by! C:
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:iconjendoes:
jendoes Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2019  Student Artist
She looks like an angel 
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SkiffleTheVolflock Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, really nice theory you have))) That would explain a lot of the details about Vinal such as why does she wear glasses, have red/magenta eyes (depending on which direction you prefer, canon or fanon) and stuff. Nice art btw)))
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CrazyIsBack Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I had a filthy homestuck thought at this 
Its really cute and great though! Super cute and fitting~
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The-Mad-Baron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Just a thought, but considering the range of colours ponies seem to come in we can probably take it for granted that their pigmentation probably doesn't work like real horses. I therefore see no reason why there couldn't be albino ponies.
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RedStarryNight Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016
This is a great headcanon. Very detailed and matter-of-fact.

Personally, I had a funny story for a headcanon for Vinyl: she's Twilight Sparkle's aunt. Twilight and Shining Armor's grandfather was still charming and virile and managed to spawn another kid around the time Twilight Velvet was pregnant with Twilight.
I got the idea when I looked at Vinyl and thought: "You know, her mane and coat look a lot like Shining Armor's..."
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HeavenlyArtiste Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool! :D
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Thanks. :3
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:iconheavenlyartiste:
HeavenlyArtiste Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're Welcome. :)
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:iconember-the-sandwing:
Ember-the-sandwing Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Hmmm What do traditional pegasus tails look like, just wondering? C:
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Professional Filmographer
If you mean in history there's actually no such thing as a "tradtional pegasus tail", as far as I know. A pegasus for the most part was basically a horse with wings on it's back, but there are some depictions of them having tailfeathers instead of a horse's tail. I've decided in my headcanon that they essentially had two tails; the horse tail and tailfeathers to help them steer in flight.
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Ember-the-sandwing Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Student General Artist
Oh I see. I was wondering why your pegasi have tailfeathers, and perhaps they were some sort of thing due to cultural differences.
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SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
That's awesome headcanon that incorporates her pink eyes and those ever-present shades into more than just a stylistic choice..
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TheDarkAnimagus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks like Livid_Coffee.
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:iconearthsong9405:
Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Whatever that is.
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SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
That flummoxed stare in the center is pretty hilarious.  Don't ever change, Scratchy.
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Professional Filmographer
After learning how to accept who she is, I don't think she'd be willing to change unless she really needed to. o3o
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Ihmislehma Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
And thanks to Slice of Life I now think she's also mute.
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I don't think so, at least not yet. For all we know she didn't speak because they didn't find a voice they thought would suit her.
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Ihmislehma Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That could be as well. Still an intriguing possibility.
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SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
I think it's just become her shtick.
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LuckyStorm1 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Red eyes are ok, albinos can have them. Yes, I'm talking about humans, because in my town there is an albino and he has red-pink eyes ^^
I love your headcanons anyway *^*
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thanks. c:
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:iconmarchy96:
marchy96 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015   Artist
Dis me like!!
To all the albinos in the world, rock your look cause it don't matter what the world thinks ^^
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Catiacaterina Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice desing of albino vinyl. Clap Is she your OC pony?
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:iconearthsong9405:
Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
No. Vinyl Scratch is a canon pony. This one, specifically:
MLP- Vinyl Scratch by Earthsong9405
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Catiacaterina Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I know vinyl is canon. I meant other vinyl.
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:iconearthsong9405:
Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
There is no other Vinyl. This Vinyl and the canon Vinyl are one in the same. This is simply headcanon of her appearance.
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Catiacaterina Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Okay. I'm Sorry. Sweating a little...  I get it wrong.
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drax99 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I had a friend from the Netherlands that had a type of Albinism that only affected his eyes. He had sandy blonde hair, and average skin tone, but his eyes were blood red and scary as hell. Made him rather light sensitive.
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Huh, how interesting. Kinda cool too, not including the light sensitivity. o3o
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Rien150 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Does she also paint her hooves? Her hooves are translucent/yellow in this, yet blue in your other interpretation of her. 
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
She uses hoof polish on her hooves, yes.
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skippy0 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
Why does she look like a male
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:iconearthsong9405:
Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I highly disagree with you.
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skippy0 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
I kinda see the female but her faceing forward one she looks like a male no offense
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Chontica Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha! This made me think about if my albino oc would dye her hair or something similar since her hair is black..>____> Maybeee...By the way, I love the concept! Makes me like Vinyl even more. :)
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much! C:
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UnluckyxSe7en Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Aw, sweet! She looks rockin' as an albino!!! You did a wonderful job with her!!

Makes me want to design an albino pony mehself.... (or just go back to drawing a zebra oc with amelanosis that I designed but never posted. xD )
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:iconearthsong9405:
Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much! C:

As for the OC, I'd say go for it. Never hurts to play with a design, zebra or no. XD
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UnluckyxSe7en Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student General Artist
You know what? You're totally right! I think I will draw one!! And hope that they'll stick around long enough for me to draw a few more times, because albinos tend to be pretty cool! (even though it can be detrimental to their health... o3o; )
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Mr-Dr-Sweetness Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Al-Vinyl Scratch.
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:iconhetalia31:
Hetalia31 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student
Why does she have those slit pupils?
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:iconearthsong9405:
Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Because she does.
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Hetalia31 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student
Is it suppose to be because she is ''Wild''?
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:iconearthsong9405:
Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
No. It's simply because she does.
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General-Palladium Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014   General Artist
It's not often I see an albino character being accurate... You did some research and that's amazing ! <3
It's a pretty interesting headcanon you have there !
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! 8D
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LunaBestPrincess Featured By Owner Edited Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NOW YOU MIGHT AS WELL SAY THAT ALL WHITE OR ALMOST WHITE (VERY VERY LIGHT COLOR THATS ALMOST WHITE)ARE ALL ALBINOS BUT ARE AFRAID OF BEING HUNTED DOWN BY CREATURES THAT ARE ANY THREAT SO THEY ALL DYE THEIR HAIR TO HIDE THEIR *SECRET IDENTITY* 3:<
(no offense.)
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LunaBestPrincess Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i don reely like this idea...like...at all.especially with best pony.:(
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MyLittleNinjas Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Why don't you like it?
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