Owner/CEO: Christie Crapeticio

In the business of: Creating comics, dark illustrations and design art to be printed onto textile products.

Origin Story: “Ever since I was small I knew I wanted to do something with my art. I always love to tell stories but I never could write it out because of my dyslexia, so I shared my stories through art instead. When I entered high school, I knew I wanted to follow my art dreams and become an illustrator. I decided to go to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and study to become a comic book illustrator. I spent six years there getting my degree and honing my skills. Once I graduated, I decided to finally create my art name and pursue my dream of becoming a comic book artist, who also does horror art.

“I took the name EmoWeasel and became the artist you see today! Why the name EmoWeasel? Well that’s a fun story in of itself. The name has such a deep meaning to me. It was a name my friend and I came up with back when we were in middle school. This name came about because of a weird drawing I did but it grew into so much more than that. The name became a symbol that represented the outcast and misfits. We didn’t like being called those names so we called ourselves the EmoWeasels! This made us feel like we could be ourselves and not feel ashamed. It made us feel that we had a group to call our own. This name stuck with me throughout my high school and college years and I knew this was my name. My art and style may be odd and different, but that’s what makes me, me.”

What has come to be your favorite thing about doing this?
“One of the biggest things that I’ve come to love about having my art career is actually being able to just go to all different kinds of art shows and meet all different kinds of people. This is a great way to network and it is also just so nice to see people following their dreams and to be able to share my stuff with people in person. At the shows I always love when people come by the booth and either say, ‘Oh my gosh, I love it!’ Or ‘It’s EmoWeasel! I’ve seen your stuff online and so excited to see you in person!’ Hearing people say things like this really does put a smile on my face. I truly love seeing the joy my work can give people.”

What must our readers know about your product or service before it’s too late!?
“I am currently in the process of creating a charity that will help raise money for senior animals in need. I am currently creating blankets where part of the proceeds go towards senior animal shelters. I hope to be making some more stuff like candles, organic dog soap and some other pet-friendly stuff. The charity is called Cuddle Puddles. You can find the charity currently on Instagram (@cuddle_puddles_charity) and Facebook (@cuddlepuddlescharity).