A Mascot Maker's Musings:

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Mascot Fatsuits

Do I Look Fat? There are many, many fat mascots, but there are very, very few fat mascot performers. Mascot performing is an athletic and — well —a theatrical profession. Here in Mascotland, we make many fatsuits. They are the “underwear” … 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 


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 


A Penguin Mascot with Style

Penguins already have style. Their daily wear is a tuxedo. Kona the Penguin adds zing to the traditional penguin garb. Kona is the mascot for Kona Ice. There are many details that make Kona a one-of-a kind. A Penguin’s Very Specific … Continue reading 

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Wildly Generous Mascots

Be Generous! Mascots are wildly generous. We have learned a thing or 2 about generosity and charitable giving from mascots! We make wonderful big mascot heads and bodies. It’s a joyous business. We try to spread the joy by donating to some cool, do-good … Continue reading 


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 


Mascot Eyes

We spend a lot of time focusing mascot eyes, so this article in the New York Times about eye contact with characters caught my eye. Here’s a quote from it: “There’s the notion that your relationship with a brand should be like … Continue reading 

GMU's Gunston mascot w/ kids

Mascots & Community

Where does community spontaneously happen? Where do we bump shoulders with strangers? Where do we just get silly! When we’re in the presence of a mascot, that’s where! The photo at the top of this page is of Gunston. Gunston … Continue reading 


Mascots on TV

There were multitudes of mascots —well, there were 2 mascots and me – and I am a bit mascot-ish, and Dick Wolfsie, from WISH TV, Channel 8. We were on a live remote for the morning show from AvantGarb’s mascot … Continue reading 

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NCAA Mascot Rankings 2013

Oh yeah! NCAA March Madness mascot rankings – Check out # 13 the Patriot – Geo Mason U. One of AvantGarb’s http://ow.ly/4fd6y   Do you need a mascot for your school? Let’s connect.