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What is Cactus Squirrel?

Stay Cute, Stay Prickly

Cactus Squirrel is a brand to raise awareness of Child-like innocence and sensitivity. Our motto is “Stay cute Stay prickly.” What this is saying is that sensitive souls do exist and have an everyday struggle to fight in a sometimes seemingly "prickly" world. 

The Company goal is to help sensitive souls accept themselves as they are! The symbol of Cactus Squirrel is also about adventure, self-acceptance and innocent expression.


The Story

Cactus Squirrel is a story about a squirrel who got hurt so much in his past that he ended up becoming tougher through each struggle and rising above it all. His friends have guided him along the way.

Prickle, the main character suffers from sensitivity and has difficulty opting with daily life. He was bullied as a child and it formed cactus prickles on his body, turning him into a cactus. He was originally green, which had caused others to bully him. His past caused him enough grief to weigh him down quite often. The only time he would feel safe would be in his room and nightly dreams. His dreams bring him to a bright blue entity on another planet often, helping him realize his dreams of greatness and helping him battle his depression and anxiety.


One day, he finds out that the entity is real, changing his world and even taking him out of it… Helping him realize he needs to center himself and that it’s okay to be sensitive.

Each character in the universe has a struggle catered to their personalities and all decide to rise above it all when an adventure of a lifetime rises to the occasion.


About the Founder:
Britsy Elyse

Founder and CEO of Cactus Squirrel, Britsy Taylor, has over 15 years of graphic design experience and has been an entrepreneur for more than ten years. In high school she was the Photography Editor of their Newspaper, Grizz Tracks. She was also ranked as Cadet Major (the highest rank possible) her Senior year in JROTC, the head of Public Relations for two years, and voted for “Best Public Speaking skills” by her peers, teachers, and Nevada’s Secretary of State. 

She studied for a Bachelor’s Degree in Game Design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and is currently pursuing a Marketing Degree.

Britsy’s goal with Cactus Squirrel has been realized – knowing she was a highly sensitive individual. Britsy took the initiative to teach others how to deal with their feelings of confusion, displacement and unstable emotions of the world. Sensitive people have very special gifts that need to be more widely understood and even celebrated within our world more commonly, along with the mental health movement.

In her free time, Britsy cosplays for Reno, Nevada’s local non-profit, “Cosplay For Kindness” by throwing events for children and becoming heroes the children admire. Her hobbies include dirt biking, singing, sewing, dancing, and playing strategy games. Some days you can catch her on the other side of the country enjoying her next adventure and some days, she’s writing her next story idea at Reno’s local Coffee and Comics shop to enjoy her favorite tea and stimulate her artistic ideas.

Achievements and Awards

Find out what we're well-known for


Great Basin Geeks and Cosplay

GBG Con 2015 Best Novice Cosplay
GBG Halloween 2018 Best Couple Cosplay
Omega Frog: Free Comic Book Day 2019-
Best Cosplay Overall
Coffee & Cosplay Contest Judge 2020

Reno Local Community/Entrepreneurial

Volunteering for the Red Cross
Donating to Local Charities
Wizard World Representative 2014-2015 Owner ToxicXneuromance Clothing 2010-2015


Photography Editor of "Grizz Tracks" Newspaper
HSJROTC Head of Public Relations NSLC Game Design TA 2017-2018
Odd Fellows Lodge Award
President's Challenge: Most Improved Athlete
Most Distinguished Award
Best Student Briefer
Daughter of American Revolution Award
Art Institute Honor Roll
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