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A Mascot Maker's Musings:

AmherstMoose

Mascots and Diversity

Though mascots don’t speak, they have a lot to say. Schools are in intense conversation about what their school mascot says about diversity on campus. The mascot is the public face of the school. Students graduate, school professors and presidents come and go. Even mascots … Continue reading 

JazzyJagKiss

Falling in Love with the Mascots

  Sometimes creation just buzzes along at AvantGarb. We have enough of the right foam to build the mascot body, we have plenty of the right kind of helmets to put inside the mascot heads, we have plenty of fur, the right … Continue reading 

JQ&eye

Biz, Blessings & a Martini

AvantGarb has been a growing, productive business for a really long time. I started AvantGarb in my Berkeley, California garage when my youngest daughter was about 3 months old. From the start, AvantGarb has been profitable and the dollars have … Continue reading 

LaurenCasey - Fish WRTV6

Mascotland on TV

We’re colorful, buoyant and a bit show-y off-y …and when a stylish, lively interviewer with a TV camera comes into the studio it brings it all up to a new level. It’s MascotLand on TV! Lauren Casey, from WRTV6 came by the other day. She … Continue reading 

BuckyBeak-Mikehead

Mascot in a Minute

We Thrive on Deadlines! When we are working on a tight deadline, the Mascot Mavens here at AvantGarb get pretty excited. We call the tight deadline mascots, “Mascots in a Minute”. The secret to making a deadline, is putting enough … Continue reading 

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The Best Mascot Company

Are we the best mascot company? We’re awfully good at what we do. We have to be. We’re not a mascot factory. We are a mascot studio. What we do is custom, custom, custom, custom. We make sure all of the … Continue reading 

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Mascot Safety – Vision and Ventilation

Breathing and Seeing It may seem obvious. Breathing and seeing are the most important parts of mascot design and creation. A mascot performer’s safety is supreme – most important – paramount! Yes, a mascot must look great and it’s really wonderful if a performer … Continue reading 

SirCC w/ Tattoo

Mascot Muscles

Pumped up mascots!   First Sir CC, the mascot for the Cleveland Cavaliers, got the really fabulous muscles. Then he got the really cool tattoo. Making Mascot Muscles is an art. It takes astounding pattern drafting skills, super-hero sewing skills, … Continue reading 

Jenifer Q Smith - Queen of Fuzz - AvantGarb mascot Makers

Talking About Mascots with David Boyer

Jennifer Smith interview  – for Indiana’s Got Talent blog Jennifer Q Smith is the Queen of Fuzz at Avant Garb, a company that designs and builds mascots for teams, universities and corporations throughout the country. She has been making, wearing and … Continue reading 

JJ Jumper - NCAA Official mascot

Custom Mascots, Original Characters

    AvantGarb designs & creates custom mascots. They are mascots that represent a team, school, event, product —even an idea. Each character is an original. We’re a dynamic company of artists, designers and craft people. Our raison d’etre, our training … Continue reading 

Stewie Shoes

Making Mascot Shoes

    Mascot shoes are gems. They are our Jimmy Choos At AvantGarb we understands the physics & engineering of a mascot shoe. We make Mascot Choos!!!