Stay 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: With DC’s Doomsday Clock bringing the world of Watchmen into continuity, dress for the end of the world in these shirts inspired by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ classic series.AdChoices广告Little RorschachWhen you think about Watchmen, the word “cute” doesn’t really come to mind. But this design by Undeadredneck somehow manages to give the property a shot of Peanuts and make it more than a little cuddly. Toting a smiley-face balloon, this masked avenger of the night will deliver brutal beatings to criminals and still be home in time for dinner. Don’t get him started on his dog.$20, buy it here.Doctor ManhattanOne of the most compelling parts of Watchmen comes when Doctor Manhattan is presented with his superhero identity by the United States government, who see the powerful propaganda value of a blue demigod who can reshape matter with a thought. When asked to adopt a traditional whirling-atom symbol as a logo, Manhattan demurs and instead etches the atomic symbol for hydrogen – a nucleus with one electron orbiting it – on his forehead. BustedMike does a fine job duplicating it for this downy-soft heather blue shirt.$23, buy it here.SquirrelshachThis bizarre shirt by JasonPiperberg has us thinking about a whole new version of Watchmen where each character is an animal. Nite Owl is, obviously, an owl, but what other animals do we want to match up? Silk Spectre is a cat, of course. The Comedian is a wild badger. And Rorschach is – a squirrel? Well, they are single-minded hoarders I guess.$20, buy it here.Atari 2600 WatchmenOne thing that doesn’t feature much in the alternate universe 1980s of Watchmen is video games – maybe Alan Moore wasn’t plugged into digital culture so well at the time. But if there was an Atari 2600 in that universe, you bet your bippy that they’d get the license for the real-world superheroes. This charming shirt by andremoraes speculates as to what the label art for that game would look like.$20, buy it here.King Of The WatchThe unique shifting-pattern mask worn by the vigilante Rorschach had a strange origin – it was a sample of heat and pressure-sensitive fabric that was cut by Walter Kovacs at his day job and intended for a prom dress. When the customer was murdered before she could wear it, he transformed it into a new face, one that hid emotions in a constant flow of change. Designer manospd pays tribute to the garment district roots of Rorschach with this shirt.$20, buy it here.King Of The WatchWe’ve seen a lot of pretty ridiculous things in our weekly dive through the universe of geek T-shirts, but every once in a while something still manages to surprise us. Case in point: this totally absurd T by Ninjaink, which casts the Arlen, Texas natives of King of the Hill as the main characters of Watchmen. Look at Cotton as the Comedian – that’s so ridiculous that it wraps back around to genius.$20, buy it here.MinutemenA whole lot of work went into this group shot of the Minutemen, the group of masked crusaders convened in the 1940s that just as quickly fell apart. Instead of an illustration, we’ve got a photograph of nine people in absolutely perfect cosplay lined up for their group shot. Even the background is historically accurate to the comic. Much respect to whatever models got this one together, because it’s one of a kind. Maybe ask designer flyingpigs how they did it.$20, buy it here.Tracy KovacsWalter Kovacs, the deranged vigilante better known as Rorschach, embodies a style of hero most often seen in the work of Steve Ditko: a moral arbiter of right and wrong who has no room for the gray areas in between. One of his earliest antecedents is Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, that hatchet-jawed cop who hunted down deformed criminals of all stripes with extreme prejudice. Artist Melonseta mashes the two up in this bold and graphic shirt.$20, buy it here.Gunga DinerOne of the coolest things about Watchmen is the insane level of detail Moore, and Gibbons put into their imagined world. It’s close to the reality we know, but things are just a few degrees off. Take fast food – in the more interconnected, multicultural world of Watchmen, McDonald’s has been replaced by more global fare like Indian chain Gunga Diner. That restaurant’s iconic logo appears on a shirt courtesy of bronzarino, and now I’m craving samosas.$20, buy it here.SmileIf there’s one image that the franchise is best known for, it’s the Comedian’s iconic smiley face button, found by Rorschach after his murder with a spray of blood across the top. Artist JacobCharlesDietz has rendered the pinback in photorealistic detail for this T-shirt design, a style we haven’t seen anybody else do. It’s the perfect clue to start on a journey of investigation and apocalypse.$20, buy it here.Alan Moore Knows The ScoreLet’s close this out with a shirt that pays tribute to the man who made Watchmen possible, the heavy-bearded British oracle of chaos magic himself. Alan Moore’s mainstream comics career is probably over and he couldn’t be happier about that. Now he’s free to write bizarre Lovecraftian horror, quirky meta-fiction and whatever else he pleases. Kudos to SquareDog for this design, which quotes a classic Pop Will Eat Itself song.$20, buy it here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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