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02 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Born to Rock

Born to Rock by Fil Gouvea makes a lot happen with just one color, combining classic rock phrases, poses, and references into a piece that is packed with material music fans will love to pore over. I especially like the amount of time it covers, from early legends like the Beatles to later favorites like Nirvana. That breadth helps the design to feel rich in history, worthy of a trivia buff’s efforts to list out all the people, bands, and moments that these silhouettes call out. The loose, rough around the edges illustration style suits the material well, giving it the same kind of handmade quality a rock flyer might have. Looking at this art, though, I very much wish an all-over print version was also available- with a design this energetic, it feels wrong to have it contained to just a tight rectangle on the shirt.

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26 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Ancorado (Cinza Mescla)

Ancorado (Cinza Mascla) by Camiseteria and Zakeu Silva does something I love to see in an illustration, containing an entire, rich world within a small space. In this case a quaint little village is crowded onto a ship’s deck, so that roofs, walls, and windows stretch towards the sky instead of sails. Naturally, the town’s inhabitants are deep sea divers in full costume, even peeking at the viewer from the boat’s portholes. In a neat playful touch, the artist makes the birds and divers the same size, for an interesting surreal moment that leaves you wondering what the real proportions of this world might be. Another brilliant choice is the way the moon is roped to a basket like a hot air balloon, adding to the sense of imagination of the piece. While the design is almost entirely grey, bright pops of sea green represent lights, giving the whole illustration the feel of being deep underwater.

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19 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Pokemones

Pokemones by Stenio Gustavo mimics a famous Ramones photo, to great effect. Making these very popular video game characters into punk counterculture figures is inherently funny, trading their colorful, cartoon innocence for the jaded cool of edgy musicians. Pikachu is particularly hilarious in his leather jacket and greasy hair, instantly transformed from his usual childlike self into an edgy teen or young adult. It’s appealing in part because it mirrors the changes made to the Pokemon fans themselves, who get a kick out of seeing what could happen if childhood heroes aged at the same rate they did. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see these guys at a Battle of the Bands?

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12 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Music of the Heart (Branca)

Music of the Heart (Branca) by Camiseteria and Aline Pessatti is the kind of bold, colorful graphic that immediately catches the eye, and with a strong side placement that orients the heart graphic in its proper anatomical place, it definitely stands out in a crowd. And yet, despite the first impression, the concept doesn’t quite hold up to closer viewing. The small record player at the bottom doesn’t seem to match the style of the heart (it noticeably lacks the same dramatic shading). It also feels strange that the paint splatters, but rarely drips- the motion of the color doesn’t relate well to the idea that the heart’s emotion bleeds into the music. I think this might have been improved by making some of the paint drips in the shape of musical notes, to encourage the idea of conversation between the record and heart sections. I’d also question whether the text needs to be there at all- the design should be strong enough to stand on its own, and the strangely finicky font doesn’t fit with the more loose, expressive style of the rest of the art. A little more finessing and I think this design could be something that speaks to an even larger audience.

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07 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Tonight Will Have Moonlight

Tonight Will Have Moonlight by rodisley jose da silva makes an appealing connection between the vastness of the universe and a child’s imagination, showing a young boy blowing bubbles that transform into massive planets. Part of what I like about this as a concept is that it feels very complete- it’s easy to picture broken bubbles becoming the stars, for instance, and fun to think of bubbles that drift off forever, continually growing. The way the boy is treated is smart as well, with angling that makes him appear to loom over the small viewer. This playing with size helps to make sense of the bubble/planet transition. Painting the child in color while the universe scene remains in black and white is a choice that makes the sky seem realistic, while the child in his bright, unconventional colors might be a daydream. It all comes together feeling unusual, but also a friendly, fun take on the creation of the universe.

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02 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s It Girl

It_Girl by Gustavo Lacerdo Eduardo takes the common phrase often used to describe ingenues and models and applies it to the famous clown-themed horror film, with hilarious results. The realism of the clown’s portrayal is a big part of why this works for me, with smart details like the ruffles that add to her characterization. Her shadows feel realistic and give her dimension, making it easy to embrace the concept and imagine the clown from It as a stylish, iconic model. Using the film’s familiar red balloon to explain the concept and act as a prop is a brilliant choice… but also one that slightly falls short due to its rough execution. While the rest of the art is realistic and three dimensional, the balloon is decidedly flat and feels like a last minute addition- it doesn’t even cast a shadow over the clown’s forehead. Just some slight finessing in that area could have made this shirt even more successful.

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31 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Tee Contest Year in Review(s): 2017

As another year of shirt design has come to a close, here’s a look at the best and brightest designs for each month in 2017!


The Last Cat by Diego Gurgell

“Like a lot of strays, he’s a bit worse for the wear (sporting an eyepatch, missing leg, and collection of bandages), but he also seems very well-equipped for future surviving, with his camping pack, food supply of caught mice, and even a weapon.”

Camiseteria’s The Last Cat, January 8th, 2017


Extreme BullSh*t by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow)

“It’s funny to think of a sign warning travelers of a psychological annoyance in the same way it might warn of dangers like bears, high river levels, or avalanche.”

Threadless: Extreme Bullsh*t and more new this week, February 17th, 2017


Outside by Gabriele

“It’s a bright blue expanse, packed with fluffy white clouds. The platonic ideal of a beautiful sky, which makes it also feel like a symbol for hope and dreams.”

Camiseteria’s Outside, March 31st, 2017


Let’s Summon Demons by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow)

“When’s the last time you saw a crowd of kids this big with nary a screen in sight? If you ignore the black magic, this is downright wholesome!”

Threadless: Let’s Summon Demons and more new this week, April 13th, 2017


Falldown by Eyesore427

“The way the blackness oozes in (or out?) of the astronaut’s helmet make it feel strange and diseased, like space itself has infected him and turned his normal existence suddenly alien.”

DesignByHumans: All Over Contest winners, May 9th, 2017


It’s What’s Inside That Counts by John Tibbott (quick-brown-fox)

“There’s a really fun contrast between the stark white of the skull and the explosion of color within the break, all freeform and oozing compared to the slick skull geometry. “

Threadless: It’s What’s Inside That Counts and more new this week, June 9th, 2017


Barbes by Rachid Baalla

“The impression you get is that this place is so lived in, so packed with people and things, that there could be an adventure around any corner (maybe even several, stacked and shuffled together like everything else in this busy place).”

Monsieur Poulet’s Barbes, July 3rd, 2017


Gueixa Samurai by Bruno Mota

“I like the way a lot of the design is handled, like the stark way the face stands out white against the darker surroundings, the way a pattern is incorporated at the character’s waist, and the smoky quality of the watercolor background.”

Camiseteria’s Gueixa Samurai, August 18th 2017


Dog Star by Rodisley Jose da Silva

“And just as we look at this design and see stars shaped like a dog, that dog looks at a planet and sees a toy disc. That’s the fun of space, we don’t know for sure what’s out there so we’re free to project our dreams onto it.”

Camiseteria’s Dog Star, September 4th, 2017


Watercolor Wave by Kingdom at Heart (kingdomatheart)

“I love the way it reads as an abstract at first, but is still recognizably a wave when you notice the curved thrust of its energy.”

Threadless: Watercolor Wave and more new this week, October 19th, 2017


Pecado by Jackson Duarte

“Firstly, the realism of both the apple and the snake make the mix feel more potent and threatening than something more cartoony would have. It also helps make the snake look more alive and in motion, like he’s actually poised to sink his fangs into something.”

Camiseteria’s Pecado, November 19th, 2017


The Great Ramen Off Kanagawa by Ilustrata (Ilustrata)

“The pure chaos of the scene draws you in, leaving the viewer to examine each crashing wave for more details in the action-packed story.”

Threadless’s The Great Ramen Off Kanagawa, December 7th, 2017

That wraps it up for 201, but you can see how t-shirt art fared in past years in Compete-tee-tion’s 201620152014201320122011, and 2010 contest roundups.

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