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27 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Starman

Starman by Marcelo Camacho makes a strong first impression. The combination of the minimal Bowie illustration, universe imagery within it, and large, bold lightning bolt make its intentions as a tribute to the musician very clear, and immediately remind the viewer of songs like Space Oddity. Unfortunately, I think the art is less impressive on a close up viewing because of the color choices used. In most contexts, the motion of the lightning bolt’s strokes and the drip effect used might have seemed expressive and interesting. But because of the bright red color used for this, and the fact that the bolt ends in an explosion of drips where a small astronaut is positioned, it ends up looking very gross and gory. Instead of a cool space exploration vibe, there’s a real darkness and a sense that some awful injury has befallen the spaceman, It’s not the kind of visual most Bowie fans are looking for in a tribute fans, in my opinion.

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20 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Via Láctea e a Constelação Felina

Via Láctea e a Constelação Felina by Lorenzo Henriques is a smart take on the idea of the Milky Way. I like the way this design reads, with the galaxy shape being the first thing to catch your eye. It’s only then that the cat constellation and field of stars pop into view, raising the question of what the cat is doing. That’s when the Milky Way joke becomes clear, creating a just-so story for why it might have gotten that name. I like the specific pose of the kitten, a crouching posture that is frequently seen in real cats, but not often seen in drawings of them. It makes the cat feel authentic and in motion, which lets the entire sky seem full of hidden, living creatures we’d notice if only we could connect the dots.

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13 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s M3P0 and M2D2

M3P0 and M2D2 by Zakeu Silva mashes up the Minions with the droids from Star Wars, and it’s a surprisingly good fit. I like the way it points out the way those bots play second banana to their human allies, and the fun the artist has with reshaping C3P0 into a more minion-compatible shape is very clear and communicates a strong sense of playfulness. And while R2D2’s shape didn’t need nearly as much editing, the focus being put on that one narrowed eye gives him a ton of personality. The one edit I’d suggest is that while the detailed background image is well-done, it and the dramatic shadows distract from the humor. The bots alone would probably get more bang for their comedy buck. That said, you can’t fault the workmanship, and it’s also a great shirt as-is.

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06 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Memento Mori

Memento Mori by Will Silva is a sophisticated one color piece that explores its subject of life and death well. The angles used keep everything a bit off-kilter, which contributes to the sense of motion. I like the way every part of the skull has moments of interest, from a missing tooth that highlights the surrounding frame to the dramatic arrow through the eye and of course, most importantly, the way the bird’s nest fills the entire top of the cranium. There’s a lovely balance to the way the nest sits like a crown on bone, while the bird inside it gets his own, more elaborate, crown. The only element I don’t quite understand is the inclusion of the triangles to the right of the bird- they’re an odd moment of abstraction in an otherwise very illustrative and realistically drawn piece. I feel like if they must be there, they’d feel more natural if they at least echoed the angle created by the arrow shaft protruding from the eye socket. Still, this is a relatively minor issue, and I doubt most potential buyers will give it much thought- the rest of the design is extremely well-made.

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29 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Hold Your Hand

Hold Your Hand by Fernando Degrossi brings Edward Scissorhands back to basics by having him carve a slogan into a tree instead of an artistic sculpture. What makes it work is that the text (I wanna hold your hand) gets at the essence of what Edward was trying to do with his art- it was all about trying to make people happy and forge bonds with a community that saw him as a monster. Even better, it specifically calls attention to his unique hands, and the way that even though they enable him to create these amazing pieces they also rob him of something that most people take for granted. It feels right that he’d make something in this vein. There’s also a strong sense of balance in this design, with the moon on the opposite end of the tree from Edward to lessen the shock of his pale skin, and the way green leaves scatter in harmony with the gleaming stars. Even the carefully pruned text looks realistically like foliage, with color variations and shadows that help it all to look alive.

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24 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Ned

Ned by Buyo Desing ought to tickle the funny bone of any fan who likes both Game of Thrones and The Simpsons. Both shows feature characters named Ned, and both are perhaps a little too wholesome and trusting for the worlds they live in. So it’s funny to see Ned Flanders a bit scruffed up and armed with a sword, holding the seat of power in Westeros. It’s a feat Ned Stark could never have managed, and indeed this version of Flanders has the narrowed eyes and grim expression of a guy who has learned a lot of harsh lessons to get to this point. And of course, Bart Simpson cameoing as a raven is the perfect final gag, a choice that both adds some more humor and fleshes out the world that this design implies. Ned’s badge marks him as Hand of the King, but if he’s claimed the throne that might leave Bart well positioned to inherit the role.

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15 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Guerra Das Pipas

Guerra Das Pipas by Umberto Vicente definitely hits upon an appealing concept here, showing Game of Thrones as a day playing with kites. The humor of seeing what an absolute trump card the dragon is compared to the flimsy paper and stick creations beside it really works, and it’s amusing to see the dragon literally setting the competition on fire. But where I think this piece loses ground is in the execution. Because of the way the joke is shown, the emphasis is more on the kite flyers (Tyrion, Daenerys and Jon) than on the sky scene where the actual humor takes place. Even worse, the kites look very small and stunted compared to the very large size of the human characters, seeming to be only a few scant feet over their heads instead of truly at home among the clouds. I think the humor would have had more punch (and the art might have made a bigger impact) if instead of this framing, the humans were removed entirely in favor of more house-themed kites. If humans had to be included at all, a cleaner solution might have been to use small, minimal silhouettes (especially since the design largely uses color to define the characters anyway).

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