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Facerubs by beastofoblivion Facerubs by beastofoblivion
Facerubs from Aryian and Jeih, in line with the appropriate displays of non-Bonded Companion familiarity/affection. Noses and teeth kept away from hollows and the backs of necks, respectively.

Face (or cheek) rubbing is a pretty flexible gesture. It can stand for the Lock version of a hug, reassurance, a greeting to someone familiar, affection, acceptance, can be used to reinforce dominance… as typical with Locks the meaning of a gesture in any given encounter depends on the way in which the gesture is expressed and completed.

It's not terribly common between these two given how much they butt heads.

More on my blog.

Locks (and their faces) are mine.
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ShinyPinkKatydid Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
awww :3
rainsingingdragon Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, you can almost hear them purrr
BabylonSabby Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Typically this is what you see bonded mates do in other species. I like that you mentioned specific areas like the hollows and backs are reserved specifically for mated pairs. These guys are fascinating!
EithneS Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
It's interesting how you create a cute moment between two impressive monsters
VanitasVanitatos Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
The gold one is so nice D:
Superovermind Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats too cute ^^ specially for Locks, I like seeing them affectionate, despite they're awesomeness when they're pissed off :D
Tommy-05 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
so cute!
Atlasavion Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I love this type of interaction between the Locks! I think in any other place this would be more a sign of affection, but I love how this gesture has a flexible meaning. To me, it's refreshing when I see your Locks interacting in an otherwise affectionate manner without any romantic (for lack of a better word) intentions to a point where I wish humans could stand acting like this but that's just a load of wishful thinking :icondragondepressedplz:
jellybaby99 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what are they?
CheckeredFoxglove Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Face rubs are the best part of shapeshifters.

As an anthropology student, can I just say I love how real Lock society is? There's nuance to their social interaction. The same gesture means different things depending on the context. Individuals are different from each other in meaningful ways. It's fab.
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