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I hunted down this bit of trivia while trying to find some info on the historical accuracy (or not) of fox tails in medieval and Renaissance Western European countries. I've been making things outta critter bits for 15 years, and it wasn't until this year when I started vending at a couple of pirate events with a heavy SCA overlap that I started having people ask me about about the sexual nature of wearing fox tails—and not in a yiffy sense. How the hell should I know? I wear my wolf tail for spiritual reasons, and I generally assume that a lot, though not all, of the people who buy my tails are doing so for totemic reasons, not as a way to get laid :P

Apparently somewhere along the line in the SCA/etc. scene wearing fox tails on the outside of your garment went from being a pretty, albeit ahistorical, accessory, to somehow being this vague form of fox-tail-flagging a la hankies. So apparently, from what I gather, if you wear the tail on one hip (left?) you're available, on the other (right?) you're taken. Other versions have been left/straight, right/gay, and center/bi. (Since I wear my wolf tail straight down the center of my backside I suppose I was doing it right all along…)

Which, of course, has no historical basis whatsoever; it seems to be an interesting bit of faire culture that's developed. The historical bits in the link above seem to more be about a brief bit of time where women wore fox tails on their *hats*, or later *under* their very tight dresses to hide their ass cheeks. (And in the comments, someone mentioned that fools, and possibly promiscuous folks, in certain time periods would wear them….go figure.)

However, I'm still going to wear my tail for my own totemic reasons, ahistorical or not. If I'm at an event where they're counting stitches for accuracy, sure, I can put it away to help with the illusion that we're really back in whatever century. But if I'm at an event where the heavy fighters get hit in the leg and then fight on their knees (instead of bleeding out from a severed artery or getting skewered by their opponent because they went into shock after getting hit) I'm not going to be *quite* so picky about being historically accurate.

Finally, a bit more information on the historical accuracy of fox tails (separate link from the one above.):…
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jgall108 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does anyone know were I can find fox hide under $50 or up to $70aud?
InNaturesImage Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi! I actually have a of furry/costuming set of ears and a tail for sale. Professionally made. I have been trying to sell them for quite some time. I was wondering if you could kindly feature them for me here in your group? Thank you!! :hug: :heart:…
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TheMaverickk Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
how do I submit art to the group? I wanna show off the yarn tail I made, but I can't see an upload button or anything.

how to upload to here?
EvlonArts Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I believe you need to be a member of the group to do so :)
TheMaverickk Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I am, but I'll double check. Thanks :)
Ghosty-Ghost Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student
Could someone help me please? I have had a bad run of buying tails offline and I would like a trusted person I could buy from that has like really beautiful tails. More specifically Cross and Canadian red fox tails. Or ones with just really nice coloring. does anyone know anyone i can go to?
EvlonArts Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
What sites specifically have you tried looking through?
I know my Etsy buys have always been A+ experience, and there are lots of people who sale tails/hides/skulls over on there at cheap/reasonable cost :) I haven't looked into it super thoroughly but I do believe Etsy has a good policy for nonshipped/poor quality orders.

Good luck on getting a hold of some pretty tails! Cross foxes are always beautiful <3
Zurkia Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I have an arctic fox tail. It is a nice tail, but the leather is in poor quality. It's fur falls out when being handled and the chain broke through twice. Is there a way I can strengthen the leather?
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