Erin Blank has been performing since 1979, when she made her first costume out of an old shag rug that once lined her bedroom floor. Through trial and error, as well as meeting literally thousands of mascots and costume makers, Erin has developed light-weight, washable, charismatic and affordable costumes for her clients.
In addition, her professional experience – from minor league baseball, hockey and soccer to the NHL, MLB and World Cup – is a plethora of information and insight into the fuzzy, fun world of mascots.
She is a regular contributor to Universal Cheerleaders Association’s Varsity.com site, and her expertise was called upon by both UCA and NCA when re-designing their mascot training handbooks.
Erin has also been featured in newspapers across the country, including ESPN the Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Orlando Sentinel, Minneapolis Star, and San Francisco Chronicle. NBC’s John Walsh Show offered Erin’s exploits as a “Dream Job for Women”, and the motion picture documentary, “Behind the Mascot” followed Erin’s final professional season as a mascot.
The Detroit News named Erin as the Best Mascot in Michigan each year of her career as the Tigers mascot PAWS, and AskMen.com tagged her as one of the top ten best mascots in baseball. In the year 2000, Kutztown University recognized Erin as one of the 100 most influential alumni in the past century.