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A Mascot Maker's Musings:

Nitro

Mascot Love

Mascot Love is infectious – in the best way! Mascots are foolishly, crazily,sillily in love with everyone they encounter. They love the team, the fans, the referrees. They love the young, the old. They love you rich or poor – beautiful or … Continue reading 

George Mason University's Gunston

How to update a mascot

It happens. A mascot that looked great several years ago, now looks old and feels old and looks out of date. As there are trends in fashion and car design, there are mascot trends, as well. Your mascot has started to … Continue reading 

National Mascot Association logo

National Mascot Association

People often ask me if there is a mascot organizations. The answer is, “not really”. There are places where mascot people show up, to be part of the trade show scene. IFEA (International Festivals & Events), comes to mind. Or … Continue reading 

Muscle mascot arm -Laura

Wally Wabash – Updated College Mascot

We got the call awhile ago from Wabash College. They wanted a new, updated, Wally Wabash mascot. Alumni of Wabash College sport the special Wabash College license plate – and that license plate has a wonderful drawing of Wally. AvantGarb … Continue reading 

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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 

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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 

KonaMascot

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 

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 

Green mascots - AvantGarb

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 

BeanEyes

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