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Shirts that send a message

Attleboro designer hopes to raise funds

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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 2:15 am

ATTLEBORO - A graphic designer from Attleboro is hoping to make an impact on the suffering of Boston Marathon bombing victims and their families through a T-shirt.

Eric Silva, a city native and freelance artist, set up the website wearebostontshirts.com to sell T-shirts emblazoned with a logo he designed to raise funds for charity.

He said he would like to donate the proceeds to the family of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old Dorchester boy who died in one of two explosions near the marathon finish line Monday.

The 25-year-old Silva's red, white, and blue logo pictures the Boston skyline superimposed on a round disc with the motto "We Are Boston" and the words "Strength," "Bravery" and "Honor" below.

Silva, who took graphic design classes at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin and Bristol Community College, said he was motivated to design a T-shirt as a way he and others could personally take action to respond to the marathon tragedy.

"I'm sick of sitting at my desk feeling helpless about this whole situation," Silva wrote on his website. "Boston is my city. I can't just sit back and 'hope' that the people involved will be taken care of."

Silva plans to sell the shirts on his website for $25, including delivery. Shirts will be available in multiple sizes, and Silva has plans to add shirts in V-neck and children's styles. Payments can be made via Paypal.

Since he launched the website and an affiliated Facebook page Tuesday, Silva said he has received at least $1,000 in orders. Shirts are being printed by Pound4Pound Printing in New Jersey, Silva said, and should be available within the next two weeks.

Silva also can be contacted at WeAreBostonShirts@gmail.com.

RICK FOSTER can be reached at 508-236-0360 or at rfoster@thesunchronicle.com.

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