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Cali Caricature

We are a caricature company founded in 2012 in Santa Cruz, California. We entertain and amaze thousands of guests every year at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with our crazy caricaturing skills, and are excited to now serve a wider online audience. 

Our Mission

Cali Caricature’s mission is to bring people together through a fun, accessible and personalized artistic experience.

Statement of Inclusion


As a collective of artists tasked with celebrating every guest and their unique qualities, we value the diverse spectrum of human appearance, culture, expression and opinion. We welcome employees and guests of all backgrounds and persuasions. We do not discriminate based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sexual identity, religion or physical handicaps, either in our role as employers, partners, or service providers. We ask that all staff and guests treat others with friendly respect while in our business premises or online platforms. We reserve the right to protect our staff and guests from aggressive or threatening behavior of any kind.

Our Programs


Apprentice Program: Every year we hire a number of promising artists from our community to enter our Apprenticeship program and begin their training as caricature artists. Apprentices begin by working as cashiers and artist support crew, learning the basics of salesmanship, customer care and high volume retail. During this time, apprentices attend weekly caricature trainings and as they increase their skills earn a chair as a staff caricature artists. Applications typically accepted every year from February-March. 

Apprenticeship Program postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Visiting Artist Program: The caricaturing world is full of amazing artists! As part of our community building and training efforts we invite a slate of high level individuals from the caricature industry to come work at our Santa Cruz locations. Past visiting artists include Kelly O’Brien, Chris Meesey, Damion Dunn, Kiko Yamada, Salah Khudari and more. Email us if you are a professional caricature artist and would like to be considered for this opportunity. 

Visiting Artist program postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19


Guest Artist Program: Every season Cali Caricature hosts a week long intensive workshop for our employees, focused on a particular artistic skill and led by a highly skilled Guest Artist. Our staff look forward to these visits every year! Past Guest Artists include Ali R. Thome, Mae Adao, Cory Lally, Lindsey Olivares, and Kirby Rudolph. Email us if you are a professional in the commercial arts (caricature, character design, animation, sequential storytelling, comics, etc) and would like to be considered for this opportunity. 

Guest Artist program postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19.


All potential employees must abide by our Statement of Inclusion.

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