Welcome to Autisticat!

Hullo! I'm Autisticat, Catastrfy, Starfire, ~cats, Chris, and more. I love cats (this is shocking. yes, I know!),
creating digital art, rainbows, twirling, gardening, being Autistic, and spreading laughter and joy.

Welcome to April 2019 Autism Acceptance Month!
I'm making posts over at the Autisticat page on facebook this year!

About Autisticat

In 2016 I started making Autisticat designs for April's Autistic Acceptance month, including
"Autisticat says go #REDinstead", "Autisticat eats puzzle pieces", and more.
You can see some of my designs here.

You can find products made from my Autisticat and other designs at these spots online:
Catastrfy's Button Emporium and
Starfire Studio at Etsy
Starfire Studio at amazon
Starfire Studio Redbubble.
I think I have up a couple at teepublic and zazzle, too; search for "Autisticat".

If you see a design on one site and would prefer it on another, please let me know!

If you see my designs elsewhere and aren't sure they're mine or
a pirated copy, please send me a message!

You can always reach me at Autisticat on Facebook

About the name "Autisticat"

I've had cat names for going on 50 years now, and when I thought of "Autisticat" in 2016, I thought it was unique.
But I realised very quickly that it's one of those words/names that appeal to a whole lot of autistic folx!
I consider it a well-established a generic term and doesn't (and shouldn't) "belong" to any one person.
So while I'm Autisticat, so are other people. Just like I'm Chris and so are other people.

But my artwork is mine and is copyrighted to me.

Copyright issues

I've had some problems with people take my Autisticat and other designs and claiming them as their own.

1) Unknown people have uploaded my Autisticat designs to tee shirt sites to sell as their own. This is not okay!
When you upload to these sites, you have to confirm you have rights -- and they don't.

2) In 2015, some took my 1999 Heartcat* from catsnco.com, made a vector,
and claimed they had the copyright so that they could upload it to clipart sites as public domain.
When I found this out in Jan 2018, I contacted the sites and they removed it.

Unfortunately during that 2-3 year period many people had downloaded up, and they are still trying
to sell it as their own via amazon and other Print on Demand sites.

3) In 2017 another Autistic person found the stolen Heartcat on one of those clipart sites, downloaded it,
added an ND ribbon, claimed they drew the entire piece themselves, and posted it widely as
"a gift to the Autistic community" and public domain.

When I contacted them they first accused me of false accusations, insisted they drew it themselves
and had never seen the pirated Heartcat, and threatened me. When I provided proof in the form of
my original sketch, date stamp of the original upload, screencaps of the clipart sites, etc., they backed
down, but instead of apologising they made fun of me.

They have never apologised, nor would they remove the stolen Heartcat from tumblr. After I waited a
couple months I contacted tumblr, who took it down.

Because of these experiences I do check for copies every month now. It is not okay to steal artwork. Please don't do it!

Can I Make My Own Autisticat?

YES! Please do make your own original Autisticats and let's cover the world with Autisticat love!

And since someone asked me recently: yes, it's fine to use a cat tail formed into a heart!

What I do ask is that you do your own take on it. Most of my Autisticat designs are 2 different poses:
1)facing forward, 3 whiskers on each side of face, both ears up, and a tail either going up to the side or over the stomach
and forming a heart with a soft kink at the very tip;
2) in profile with the head facing sidesways (ie toward the viewer), both ears up, no whiskers. The 2016 version has the kinked tail going up behind them
and curving into a (sometimes "twitching") kink. The 2018 versions have the same body pose but with a heart shaped tail with a softer kink than the 2016.

* Heartcat was based on my beloved Seelie cat, who had a long slinky tail with a kink at the tip, and it really almost formed a heart
if i held it in place. Seelie died unexpectedly of congestive heart failure in January 2013.

All original content, art, and photographs on this website are copyright C. Starfire 1996-2019