Build your own Octocat

You don’t know what an Octocat is? If you don’t there is probably no need to read on, just enjoy my Octocat.

aheil's Octocat
aheil’s Octocat

If you want to know, let me help you. That’s what Wikipedia says:

GitHub’s mascot is an anthropomorphized “octocat” with five octopus-like arms.

The character was created by graphic designer Simon Oxley as clip art to sell on iStock, a website that enables designers to market royalty-free digital images.

GitHub became interested in Oxley’s work after Twitter selected a bird that he designed for their own logo. The illustration GitHub chose was a character that Oxley had named Octopuss. Since GitHub wanted Octopuss for their logo (a use that the iStock license disallows), they negotiated with Oxley to buy exclusive rights to the image.

GitHub renamed Octopuss to Octocat, and trademarked the character along with the new name. Later, GitHub hired illustrator Cameron McEfee to adapt Octocat for different purposes on the website and promotional materials; McEfee and various GitHub users have since created hundreds of variations of the character, which are available on The Octodex

If you want, you can get you very own Octocat at and customize the hell out of it:

Take a break from your build and create an Octocat that’s all you, from whisker tip to tail.



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