There’s no doubt that the boldest and most personal fashion statement anyone can make is in one’s selection of t-shirt. Personally, I love them. It’s an opportunity to show the world what pop culture I care about, a wonderful flashback to the past and a fantastic way to initiate any nerd discussion.
For this installment of Cool Shirts, I took a look at some of the shirts from Nerd Kung Fu, which might very well have the largest selection of pop culture t-shirts that I’ve ever seen. What’s even more awesome is that their nerdy wares isn’t limited to their shirt collection. They also sell a wide array of posters and a number of geek-centric ephemera including coffee mugs, shot glasses, pint glasses, blankets, wallets, buttons, magnets, playing cards, hoodies and much more.
If summer movies are dictating your fashion choices, they have plenty of shirts focused on the biggest releases including Suicide Squad, Captain America: Civil War, Star Trek Beyond, Finding Dory, plus new Atari, Silicon Valley, Batman, Evel Knievel and Supergirl shirts. They also carry shirts in sizes small through 7XL and the site is filled with lots of nerdy trivia on the history of t-shirts!
There is something for virtually any nerdcentric provocation. These are some of my recent favorites.
Suicide Squad T-Shirt – Bubble
There’s no doubt the popularity of Harley Quinn won’t increase dramatically when audiences see Margot Robbie as The Joker’s number one girl in Suicide Squad.
Wearing short-shorts, blowing a bubble and brandishing a well used baseball bat, Robbie looks menacingly adorable, ready to clobber Batman or any other threat to her ‘Puddin.
As Ms. Robbie states in the trailer, “I’m known to be quite vexing…”
And she is.
Sure, he might have crashed more than twenty times. Sure, he suffered 433 bone fractures by the end of 1975. Sure, he pleaded guilty to battery and was sentenced to three years’ probation and six months in county jail.
But he was our Evel.
Add, The Great Wallenda (no particular member of the daredevil Wallenda family is actually identified, or performed with Knievel) and you’ve got an unforgettable bill of danger and a potential unhappy ending.
Rocky T-Shirt – Cityscape
From the streets of South Philly, boxer Rocky Balboa got his shot. Small time pugilist and enforcer Balboa is given the chance to fight the World Heavyweight Champion, Apollo Creed, who has announced his plans to hold a match in Philadelphia during the upcoming United States Bicentennial.
Thus began the legend created by writer/actor Sylvester Stallone which began in 1976 and continued through, most recently, Creed in 2015. This amazing image captures the Italian Stallion and his victorious moment at the top steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Yo! Get it!
Meanwhile, in Gotham City! This shirt is a must have for any pop culture aficionado/Bat-fan!
Reimagined as if interpreted by pop artist Andy Warhol, this shirt depicts Adam West as Batman, the Caped Crusader; Burt Ward as Robin, The Boy Wonder, Cesar Romero as The Joker, Clown Prince of Crime, Burgess Meredith as The Penguin, Maestro of Criminal Umbrellas; Frank Gorshin as The Riddler, The Prince of Puzzlers and Julie Newmar as Catwoman, The Princess of Plunder.
Holy Must Needed Wardrobe Addition!
Muhammad Ali T-Shirt – All Over Again
Ali passed away on June 3, 2016, forever known as “The Greatest”.
On May 25, 1965 Ali faced off against Sonny Liston in the ring, their second bout in sixteen months. Between fights, Ali converted to Islam, changing his name from Cassius Clay, evoking widespread public condemnation. When he and Liston entered the ring, and their match ended with one of the most controversial in boxing history, with Ali knocking Liston down. This shirt captures the moment of Ali standing over Liston, gesturing and yelling at him, “Get up and fight, sucker!”
Ringside photographer Neil Leifer photographed this moment which has since gone on to become one of the most iconic images in sport. Forever The Greatest.
Halloween T-Shirt – This is Halloween
Still one of the most terrifying films ever made. Created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill Halloween tells the tale of Michael Myers who returns home to Haddonfield to kill, after sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years for stabbing his sister to death.
His psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis, described the experience of meeting Michael Myers:
“I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong.
I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes… the devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil.”
Wear the evil.