The whole family at the SF Bazaar, Fort Mason, SF, 2014.
Cotton Crustacean is a family owned, pop-up
paleontology shop and biology boutique based out
of Pacifica, CA (Bay Area); featuring original scientific
illustrations of bizarre prehistoric marine-life, drawn
by Aaron John Gregory, and screen-printed in
Oakland on the highest quality, super soft, premium
fit t-shirts made by WRAP certified (Worldwide
Accredited Responsible Production) brands like
Next Level Apparel and USA made American Apparel.
We’re sharing our passion for prehistoric and
peculiar marine wildlife in hopes of inspiring wonder
and awe in people of all ages. By celebrating the
uncanny organisms that thrived in ancient seas
millions of years ago, and how they relate directly to
us today, we aim to reveal how connected all life is,
extinct and extant, aquatic and terrestrial, and the
importance of studying, protecting and preserving it
in all its infinite forms for countless generations.
Meet the owners
Aaron John Gregory has a Bachelors Fine Art degree in Illustration from the Academy of Art, University in San Francisco, CA, where he graduated as valedictorian in December 2014; and is an alumni of the legendary Kubert School of Graphic Art in Dover, NJ. He has been SCUBA diving for 21 years, and dives professionally at Bay Area public aquariums like the California Academy of Sciences and Aquarium of the Bay. He has worked in the aquarium hobby industry since he was 16, and was owner of the O’St. Aquarium – a high end tropical fish store in Sacramento, CA - from 2001 - 2003. Aaron currently works as head aquarium technician for Ocean Treasures Aquarium in San Francisco, servicing complicated reef aquarium systems for businesses and private residences. He is an active freelance illustrator, having been published around the world and featured in small natural history museums. He is also the founding member and front-man of world renowned, progressive hard rock band, Giant Squid, in which he performs with partner Jackie Perez Gratz.
Jackie Perez Gratz has a Photography degree from The San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, CA. She is an accomplished cellist and song writer, recognized around the world as a full-time member of three critically acclaimed, avant-garde metal bands, Grayceon, Amber Asylum (1997-2006), and Giant Squid. She is also the go to session cellist for many of the most iconic underground metal bands today, such as Agalloch, Neurosis, and OM. Jackie is an avid swimmer and lives in Pacifica, CA with Aaron, and their two daughters, Pearl and Pepper.