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I want my Tailypo!! DX lol!

So, for some reason yesterday I randomly remembered that old scary story "Tailypo." I always liked that story as a kid because it was really freaky when the right person told it. ^^; But thinking about got me wanting to draw the little monster in the story. Now, in all the versions I've heard, the monster isn't actually frightening, threatening, or even very large. Actually, sometimes he sounds kind of cute. At least until he loses his tail, and then he gets absolutely terrifying. TTATT So I made some Tailypo monster designs just for the fun of it! (P.S. the purple on is just a variation of the green one really) A lot of people seem to interpret the monster as a sort of cat-like creature, or rabbit-ish, but that was never what I thought of as a kid. :I Also, everyone seems to think the monster's name is Tailypo, but it's not. Tailypo is just what the monster calls its own tail, the creature itself is never actually given a name.

For those of you who don't remember this story, it's the one about... oh wait, lol

**SPOILER**

Okay, now that that's out of the way- Story time!!!!

Tailypo is the story of the man who leaves his previous life to go live in the woods/mountains/bayou (just depends on the version) with his three dogs. Then, one night he sees a strange creature in his house (or on his porch) and tries to shoot it (or kill it with an axe). He misses, but manages to sever the creature's tail. Since the man has little food and is quite hungry he decides to eat the tail for dinner. That night when he goes to bed he starts to hear scratching outside of his house and a small voice saying "Tailypo? Where is my tailypo?" The man sends his three dogs out to investigate the noises, but only two dogs return. A little while later he hears the scratching again, this time at his front door, and the voice again, though it's louder this time. He sends his two remaining dogs, and again, one less dog returns. A while later, he hears the scratching again, though this time it seems to be inside of his house. Terrified, he sends his last dog, but it does not come back. The man shuts himself in his room for several hours and eventually falls asleep, only to be awoken by the sound of scratching at the foot of his bed. He wakes to see the monster's soulless eyes starring at him over the edge of the bed frame.
"You've got my tailypo." The monster hisses, then lunges at the helpless man.
Several weeks later, people in a nearby town finally get worried about the man, since they haven't seen him in some time. They go to his remote cabin, only to find the gruesome remains of the the man and his dogs. As they leave later that evening they hear a small voice from somewhere in the trees laughing,
"Now I've got my tailypo."


Yay for children's scary stories! :iconlawooplz: There's also the 4kidz'd version where the man doesn't eat the tail, the dogs don't die, and he just gives the monster its tail back at the end and lives happily ever after, but that's no fun. -_-

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I don't know who originally came up with Tailypo. It's just one of those urban legend/ghost story kind of things that's been around forever.
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:iconoctoboy-the-8th:
Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Yeah, I remember that story (don't remember anyone dying though, maybe I got the bowdlerized version). Gotta love horror creatures with big, luminescent, ping-pong ball eyes. These seem totally fit for scaring little kids! You seem pretty good at combining features to make suitably generic monster critters.

I just love that humped, red, hyena/bandicoot monster that looks as if its tail's got a stinger like a manticore. It probably looks the most gaunt. But I am also quite liking those reptilian versions with their feathery plumes. And their fangs. And that blue little foxy rascal down there with all his claws really looks like he could cause some trouble. I wonder why any guy would want to snack on his tail, it looks like a peacock's. XD

You sure are good at the pastel-ish children's picture book look. And I like the shading (particularly on the great beast). It adds to the eerieness in a subtle, but very effective way.
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It seems like most people got the edited version of this story growing up. XD I've heard both versions now though. :nod:
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TheBrinkOfSomething Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
!!!!!!!!
That was my favorite scary story as a kid!!!!
For the longest time it gave me nightmares, actually. The guy who told it to me did a fabulous job of making it nightmare fuel. D;
But as much as it freaked me out I love love loved it XD

I'd not heard of the 4kidz version, though. That is super lame XP

I think my favorites here are the green one and the blue one C: (Though, the green one would make more sense for actually eating the tail, methinks.... but still XD )
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I loved this story as a kid. :3 Never thought it was too scary, but still fun. XD And yeah, the green and blue are my favorites as well. But yes, the green would make for better eating. XD
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TheBrinkOfSomething Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
One of my older cousin's friends told it to me when I was little. And he was a creepy man in general, even if he was nice. Huge tall guy with shaggy hair and a bunch of piercings and tattoos. And when he got into story teller mode he could have convinced me the sky was purple and I was actually a space alien, not a little girl XDD
Those are so much cuter than what he had me picturing.... LMAO!! The green one reminds me of a mutated alligator... and people eat alligators, if I remember correctly... XDDD lol
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yup. He's actually based off an alligator because people do eat their tails. I've had it before actually. It really does taste like chicken. XD
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:iconthebrinkofsomething:
TheBrinkOfSomething Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, really? That's crazy!! lol! XD Now I kinda wanna try alligator...
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I had it in FLorida. :I
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:icondraconicat:
Draconicat Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Cool story! And my favorites here are the orange one and the blue one.
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^ And yeah, I like the blue one. :3
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:icondraconicat:
Draconicat Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
You're most welcome!
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:icontrutze:
Trutze Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
those are great !!!!
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like them! ^^
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ADKreations Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
For shame 4kids, for shame.
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's true. They ruin everything. -_-
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woodsybirds Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student General Artist
I think it would look most like the third one. xD
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The blue one? :I
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:iconwoodsybirds:
woodsybirds Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Yup. c:
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konekoangel Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I heard a version where the second time it's heard, its scratching in from the chimney. I love that story though!
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The chimney? I haven't heard that one. XD
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konekoangel Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's still creepy though, neh?
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's true. One time when I was a kid we stayed in this cabin in the woods and there were bats living in the chimney> it was weird. XD
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konekoangel Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly. All sorts can come from the chimney! ... Makes me think of a raccoon-type Tailypo-seeker.
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Lol, tailycoon. XD
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konekoangel Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hee! x3
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:iconaquira:
Aquira Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ah, I do recall hearing this story. I love your concepts for the creature. :)
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^ ANd yeah, I love this old story.
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Wak-tak12 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I REALLY love the one on the bottom right!
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The purple one? :3
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Wak-tak12 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes!!! :la:
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KaitoAozora Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
These are... wow. Perfect mix of "cute" and "terrifying". I've heard variations on this myth, but never this particular one... I like it! :D
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^ And lol, did you grow up with a more kid friendly version of the story? XD
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:iconkaitoaozora:
KaitoAozora Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Pretty much. Well, it basically involved grave robbing, so not really... but it was the kind of "less kid-friendly" that you only realize wayyy in hindsight. It was a ghost, with a bone, and nobody died.

...Don't ask why anyone would be walking through a graveyard, find a bone, and say "Hey, this is totally not suspicious at all! I think I'll take it home!"
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, so it wasn't the actual tailypo monster, but a similar story?

Pssh, don't you go walking through grave yards looking for spare bones? XD
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KaitoAozora Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Yeah, pretty much.

...I go through graveyards looking for spare trees... to climb... and in the winter tree branches look kind of like bones... does that count?
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Uh... yeah we'll count that. XD
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Razor23119 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
I remember that tale; it's been a long time since I last heard it. ^^
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Same here, but it was always one of my faves. :3
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Razor23119 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
^^
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JudaiToranaga Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That blue one is cute.
Give him back his tailypo <3
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I like the blue one too. XD I think he's my favorite, mostly cuz I like his tail. Can't imagine that tail would make very good eating though.
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JudaiToranaga Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That must have been a really desperate farmer. XD
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's true. XD Well in some versions of the story he's stuck in his cabin in the middle of winter with no food, and if you were reeeeeally hungry I guess you'd eat anything. XD
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:iconjudaitoranaga:
JudaiToranaga Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd guess so huh? XD I would, that's for sure. Let's have stew.
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Lol, tail feather stew? XD
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:iconjudaitoranaga:
JudaiToranaga Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes > W> ACCEPT IT.
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styrecat Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
I never heard that story before O:
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It might just be an American thing. :I Did you like it though? XD
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styrecat Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yes :3
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yay Tailypo! It's freakin scary when you get the right person telling it, especially when you're a kid. The best part is doing the monster's voice because there's a certain way you have to say Tailypo. Unfortunately I can't really describe it via typing. -3-
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