first_imgStay on target T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Hulk ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Fortnite Shirts Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: a set of shirts inspired by Nintendo’s Pokemon franchise so cool that you’ll have to catch ’em all.Kawaii PikachuMight as well lead off with the de facto mascot of the Pokemon series, that little electric mouse we’ve all come to know and love as Pikachu. Designer kudasai takes inspiration from classic Japanese advertising art to reinterpret modern pop culture characters in retro ways, and their take on Pikachu is one of the best we’ve seen. It’s a little weeby but not overwhelmingly so.$20, buy it here.Pokeball AnatomyOf all the mysteries in the Pokemon universe, how Pokeballs work is an enduring one. You just throw them at any size of beast and they somehow transform into energy and are sucked inside – but what’s it like in there? Are the Pokemon conscious? Do they have cable? This schematic diagram from artist SoleVision doesn’t answer any of these questions, but it’s a cool shirt anyway.$20, buy it here.EevolutionMost Pokemon have a pretty standard evolutionary path, maybe with one or two branches here or there. And then there’s Eevee. Originally this baby could only transform into a trio of forms – Flareon, Jolteon, and Vaporeon – but as the franchise has expanded more and more evolutions have been added until Eevee basically became the Swiss army knife of the Pokemon world. This charming design by Nados illustrates them all in a slick and approachable vector style.$20, buy it here.Dragonball PokemonKudos to VintageTeeShirt for fusing two legendary Japanese anime together into a single sweet T. Taking titular hero Goku from Dragonball Z and tricking him out with Ash’s trainer hat and a handy Pokeball is one thing, but then having him ride through the clouds on a Gyarados puts this into legendary status. The exceptional line work worthy of Akira Toriyama makes this something more than a novelty knock-off.$20, buy it here.Wood Owl WoodsLove that cute little Rowlet, the bow tie wearing vegetable owl that you could start with in Pokemon Sun & Moon. Artist Versiris seems to be as fond of the little guy as we are, creating this image of a strong and gnarled tree on a misty forest morning that attracts a number of Rowlets as well as some other creatures.$20, buy it here.Blood Sugar Sex MagikarpWe love all Pokemon, even the ridiculous ones. So the idea of paying tribute to the flip-flopping fish Magikarp, the least threatening pocket monster of the original 151 appeals to us greatly. Designer Byway had the brilliantly bizarre idea of parodying the cover of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 1991 major label breakthrough Blood Sugar Sex Magik by revising the tribal cover artwork to feature Magikarp instead of the four band members. It’s so ludicrous it’s amazing.$20, buy it here.MimikyuOne of the most meme-worthy Pokemon in the latest batch is Mimikyu, a Ghost-type who masquerades under an old rag as a Pikachu to lure the unwary. This clean, expressive illustration by Laflleche is a great way to tell onlookers that you’re not what you seem to be. Mimikyu’s not a bad guy, though – it only wears the disguise because it thinks looking like a Pikachu will make it easier to make friends.$20, buy it here.Missing MomOne of my personal favorite Pokemon is Cubone, the “lonely type” that walks around in a skull feeling sorry for itself because it lost its mother. Obviously designer wetbrained has a similar soft spot for the little guy, as they created this charming tribute to the mournful little guy’s lost parent.$20, buy it here.FirestarterThe original three starter Pokemon – Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander – have a place in any gamer’s heart and were a big part of the franchise’s success. All three of them were deftly designed monsters with winning personalities and fun abilities. This cute shirt from BlancaVidal pairs a chubby-cheeked Charmander with a subtly creepy caption to make a hot pick for any Pokemon fan.$20, buy it here.Kanto GamesThe thing that makes Pokemon so addictive is that you never know what you’re going to get. That random encounter could be a rare shiny that you’ve been hunting for months, or it could be just another damn Pidgey. It’s a lot like the classic claw games you see at arcades and pizza parlors, and artist Donnie captures that hilariously with his shirt that pictures a dejected trainer struggling to pick out a Pokeball.$20, buy it here.Bad GirlTeam Rocket might not be the most effective antagonists around, but they certainly have earned a place in pop culture. This richly detailed illustration by ProfessorBees casts Jessie as the prototypical “bad girl” with tattoos and an attitude, striking a pose atop the back of her loyal Arbok. It’s a clever modernization of the character that stays true to her personality.$20, buy it here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more