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09 April 2008 ~ 1 Comment

New Shirts at Camiseteria

Camiseteria just printed six brand new shirt designs, all culled from the submissions i their on-going t-shirt design contest. My favorites are Carnabrasilia by Draco and Big Sushi by Leonardo Matos. Both have a fresh, colorful and cartoon-y appearance, very much the vibe I associate with Camiseteria’s catalog.

Camiseteria is Brazil’s on-going t-shirt design contest. They welcome entries from all over the world, and winners earn R$600 cash and R$400 in Camiseteria products.

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22 March 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Levi’s Contest Winners

Camiseteria‘s Levi’s winners are… shockingly good. I was pretty skeptical about how the shirts would be, because I tend to prefer the Threadless-style branded contests where the actual brand isn’t the focus. But Camiseteria’s members did a great job working within those constraints.

For instance, Modelao is a gorgeously drawn portrait of a chimp model. His pose and his eyes communicate a lot of character. It’s pretty much my favorite shirt they’ve ever printed. The other contest prints, Factory and Misture Tudo e Deixe Ferver, also have their merits, promoting the product but also cloaking it with a great design.

Camiseteria is an on-going t-shirt design contest based in Brazil. Winners at Camiseteria receive R$600 cash and R$400 in Camiseteria products.

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06 March 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Women’s Sale at Camiseteria

Camiseteria is in the midst of Semana das mulheres- or, for the English-speaking among us, Week of the Women. It’s a great opportunity for girls to buy at Camiseteria– all womens shirts are marked down from R$55 to $R30.

Pictured above are just two of the many cool shirts that girls have to choose from: Silencie by Matheus Lopes and Ice-Kremlin by Egon Zakuska.

Camisetria is Brazil’s most popular on-going t-shirt competition. Winning designers (who can be from anywhere around the world) earn R$600 cash and R$400 in Camiseteria products when their work is printed.

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18 October 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria and Levis Brazil: T-Shirt Contest


Brazilian t-shirt competition Camiseteria has teamed up with Levi’s Brazil to offer a new t-shirt design contest. The goal is to create a shirt that portrays Levi’s corporate values of originality, tradition and authenticity without using any imagery that directly relates to the company.

Since this is a sponsored contest, the prizes have been stepped up accordingly. First place will nab R$2000 in Levi’s products, $600 cash and $400 in Camiseteria products. Second place is R$1500 at Levi’s, $600 cash and $400 in Camiseteria products. Third gets R$500 for Levi’s, $600 cash and $400 at Camiseteria.

Enter before November 5th, 2007. Keep Babelfish handy for these links, if your Portuguese isn’t that great).

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06 October 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria Prize Increase


Hey, did you know that Camiseteria recently increased the winner’s prize package to R$600 and R$400 in Camiseteria products? Well, they did. And it’s pretty awesome.

While I was there, I noticed that they’ve got some really interesting shirts for sale- Banditismo por uma questao de classe by Rodolfo Franca and The Roots Cage by Aey are totally unique. They definitely stand out from the kinds of shirts available at other contest sites, which have been trending a bit too much towards puns for my liking.

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05 October 2007 ~ 4 Comments

Inspiration vs. Plagiarism

T-shirt contest sites are always plagued by unoriginal work, it can be a nasty side effect of the voting process (which asks the public to rate their favorites, sometimes leading to a mediocre focus group-style result). But it is worth the aggravation of seeing endless penguin, pirate and pun designs to see truly great, artistic works beat the odds and get printed.

So it’s a real shame when those original works turn out to be heavily based on the work of other artists.

Exhibit A in this debate is The Magical Zipper to Weiner Man Land by John Barthell. Soon after it was printed, a fan of artist Spencer Hibert realized that it was heavily based on a Hibert painting. Not only that, others soon noticed that the hand itself appeared to be traced directly from the painting:


Is borrowing a theme from a painting (and using a traced element of that painting) plagiarism? The debate rages on in the forums, as many believe that the styles of the art involved are divergent enough to qualify as independent works. Threadless, meanwhile, is taking no chances- The Magical Zipper to Weiner Man Land has been removed from the Threadless catalog.

Exhibit B in the debate is What’s Yo Flava? by Fabio Girardi (and a number of other illustrations by this artist). After his work was published in Ideafiza magazine, friends of artist Audrey Kawasaki noticed some very striking similarities:


As you can see, not only is the style modified from Kawasaki’s original paintings, there is a strong enough similarity between facial structures that many believe tracing was involved. Girardi denies tracing images, but admits to being inspired by Kawasaki. For her part, friends of Kawasaki have stated that she isn’t interested in pursuing legal action, as she feels the art is dissimilar enough. Perhaps motivated by Kawasaki’s attitude about the situation, What’s Yo Flava remains available for purchase at Camiseteria at this time.

In both examples A and B, some very talented artists created work that borrowed heavily from others in their field. Each person who looks at these examples will probably have a different take on what constitutes plagiarism and what is merely inspired by other works. The real tragedy is that two artists who are capable of some really amazing work will now always have people wondering how much is original and how much is borrowed.

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21 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New This Week at Camiseteria


Two of the shirts added this week at Camiseteria are really fun. RealityGirl has a cool shape and some nice texture effects. USA e Abusa has a harsh message and is a really strong one color illustration with great line work.

And remember, the t-shirt design competition at Camiseteria is on-going. Contest winners receive R$350 cash and R$350 in Camiseteria products when their work is printed.

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