TShirt Tuesday The Best XMen Shirts

20 Sep 2019 admin

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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: Marvel’s merry mutant menaces come to your chest with these X-Men shirts.X-Men Of The 90sThe 3-D extruded X-Men logo by artist Jim Steranko lasted for a really long time, and for good reason: it melds readibility and excitement without taking up too much cover space, and it’s recognizable at nearly any size. Artist OfficialGambit grabs the X and uses it as the focal point for this Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon parody that depicts the decade’s X-Men coming out in all the colors of the rainbow.$20, buy it here.Cats And LasersPlease, don’t lecture artist vo_maria about how Cyclops’s eye beam is actually a concussive force projected from an unknown energy dimension through the ruby crystal of his visor. Let’s just appreciate the cuteness for what it is and buy the shirt. Scott Summers has always been the most tightly-wound X-Man, so giving him a chance to blow off some steam with a kitten companion is good for everybody.$20, buy it here.X-Men HeadsWhile most superhero teams remained fairly static in the Golden Age, Marvel was all about shaking things up and no franchise showed that quite like the X-Men. With the launch of the new team, nearly every original member was retired, and under Chris Claremont’s nimble pen we’d see new characters and old favorites alike shuffle in and out of the book. Artist sergetowers80 does his best to depict every single hero on the team up until the early 1990s when things really started to get out of control.$20, buy it here.Appetite For MutationThe X-Men have a reputation for not just flirting with death but going all the way – and then coming back – so this skull design based on Guns N’ Roses’ album Appetite For Destruction is appropriate in multiple ways. Artist MShannon55 does a great job fusing the two universes together on their shirt. We all know that Slash can play guitar without looking at it, but what do you think Axl Rose’s mutant powers are?$20, buy it here.Mutie!People who rant and rave about “keeping politics out of comic books” must not have been reading the same ones we were for the past 50 years, because the X-Men have always been political. Prejudice against mutants was a core element of the series from the beginning, as the evolutionary ramifications of superhumans among us tends to freak normies out. Artist NeonHorror gives us a punk-influenced shot of some graffiti over the X-logo.$20, buy it here.Eez Ah Gambeet ZingWe definitely have mixed feelings for the X-Men comics of the 90s – sure, they were exciting and fun and featured some intense art, but they also introduced a bunch of ridiculous characters. Maybe the silliest and most ineplicably popular is Gambit, the Cajun mutant thief who somehow managed to become a sex symbol while also wearing a trenchcoat and having a rat tail. Very funny artist bransonreese skewers his awful accent and delivers an excellent shirt.$20, buy it here.X-Men YouthThe cover art for Sonic Youth’s Goo album by legendary punk illustrator Raymond Pettibon has been parodied time and time again, but we have a soft spot for RyanButtonIllustrations‘ take on it that replaces the anonymous criminal teens with Scott and Jean midway through the Dark Phoenix Saga. It’s a fine design for both indie rock fans and comic book heads.$20, buy it here.Fastball SpecialTeamwork is essential for superheroes, and few tandem manuevers have become as famous as Colossus and Wolverine’s Fastball Special. Using the massive strength of the Russian metal man to huck his indestructible clawed comrade at a foe is one of those moments that every new X-writer has to incorporate, because it perfectly captures the axis of goofy and cool that makes comics so great. Artist elblackbat totally nails it on this shirt.$20, buy it here.Limbo ChickPeter Rasputin’s younger sister Illyana has had a pretty troubled history, from cute little moppet abducted by interdimensional demons to sword-wielding sorceress who has been on both sides of the good/evil divide over the years. She’s currently an X-Man in good standing with one of the coolest costumes in the group, so designer NeonHorror decided to pay tribute to her complicated past and uncertain future with this striking and well-drawn shirt.$20, buy it here.X-ChibisThe X-franchise has always been known for strong female characters, owing a lot to the proclivities of longtime scribe Chris Claremont. Even after he left the book, though, writers have brought their best ideas for mutant ladies. Artist PageBranson brings a cheerful cartoon style to their portrait of 14 of the most memorable X-women, from Kitty Pryde and Jean Grey to X-23 and Armor. Putting them in the shape of the X-logo is a deft touch.$20, buy it here.last_img

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