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.
Their selection of shirts is staggering, with some of their latest releases focusing on some of the most iconic properties in pop culture including Pusheen, Baywatch, Bill and Ted, American Horror Story, Wonder Woman and Star Wars: Rogue One. 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:
Gilligan’s Island T-Shirt – Gilligan’s Head
This mate was a mighty sailor man…at least that’s what it says in the theme. One chartered three hour tour launching from Hawaii aboard the S.S. Minnow hit rough weather and Gilligan and the brave and sure Skipper held the ship together until it set down on the shore of an uncharted desert island.
So begins the legend of Gilligan’s Island, where the courageous Willy Gilligan and Skipper Jonas Grumby and their passengers turned castaways lived together for years until their rescue and eventual return to the island to host a basketball game between robots and the Harlem Globetrotters.
This shirt makes me nostalgic for the Sesame Street that I grew up on; before Elmo, even before Snuffleupagus.
I’m taking about the days when Roosevelt Franklin, Prairie Dawn and Guy Smiley were familiar faces around Mr. Hooper’s store.
This shirt depicts the original Muppets, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Grover, Ernie and Bert around a retro show logo.
In the words of Cookie Monster, “Me like shirt!”
“Knight Rider. A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. Michael Knight: a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law.”
In other words, an amazing tv show featuring David Hasselhoff and William Daniels as the voice of K.I.T.T.. a talking car, who together fight the forces of evil.
One of the greatest shows of all time can now be celebrated with one of the greatest shirts of all time.
The Breakfast Club T-Shirt – Fist Pump Cut Out
“…and these children that you spit on,
as they try to change their worlds
are immune to your consultations.
They’re quite aware
of what they’re going through…”
– David Bowie
For the legions of fans of John Hughes this shirt is for everyone who at any point, in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions, felt like a brain, or an athlete, or a basket case, or a princess or a criminal.
In keeping with the retro Sesame Street theme, this shirt features photographs of some of the original icons, substituting Big Bird for Oscar The Grouch.
This awesome shirt is yet another example of some of Nerd Kung Fu’s amazing selection.
I’ve loved Sesame Street for well over forty years and there’s no reason to stop.
A must have!
Viva la Street!
For more details, visit NerdKungFu.com