A Cobra Fumando Tshirt

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A Cobra Fumando Tshirt

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Fruit of the loom 100% cotton shirts

Made by hand with love in a very hot garage in El Sereno, California

Silkscreened by hand, with custom color plastisol inks

Very limited - more to come soon hopefully. Please send a message if you’d like a specific size/color next time, and I’ll do my best to make it happen!

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In Brazilian Portuguese, “a cobra vai fumar” means “the snake is going to smoke”, which is an expression almost like “pig’s will fly”. "A cobra vai fumar”, means something that’s difficult or unlikely to be realized, and if it does happen, serious problems are soon to follow.

This expression came about during WWII, when Brazilian media were saying, “it would be easier for the snake to smoke than for Brazil to enter the war”. 25,000 Brazilian soldiers were eventually sent to fight in Italy. The snake smoking a pipe became the emblem for these troops. My grandfather was one of them.

“mano… fudeu…” means something like “bro… everything’s fucked”, a very useful phrase I’ve picked up in São Paulo. I drew this snake smoking a pipe with my non-dominant hand when my drawing hand was sprained, a few days after Bolsonaro was elected in 2018.