first_img 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: nursing our E3 hangover in Teepublic’s Nintendo-inspired shirts.Technicolor PlumberThe great thing about Mario is that he’s so open to interpretation – sure, he’s a plumber, but he also races cars, plays tennis, moonlights as a doctor and squeezes his rotund Italian form into dozens of other guises. Artist KyleLabriola gives Nintendo’s flagship hero a cute spin in this slick illustration that uses abstract forms to accentuate Mario’s motion down into the sewers.$20, buy it here.Anatomy Of A PlumberNow this is what we call a “deep cut” in the business. Take the iconic Saul Bass title sequence for Otto Preminger’s 1958 drama Anatomy Of A Murder, then swap in Shigeru Miyamoto’s iconic plumber for the titular corpse. Worlds collide in a T-shirt for serious geeks. Our mind-controlling hat is off to designer ZombieMedia for coming up with this one.$20, buy it here.TreeforceThe Zelda games are known for their quiet moments as much as their bombastic action and brain-straining puzzles, and this design by Donnie perfectly captures that hush of awe when you walk into a silent glade and retrieve the Master Sword for the first time. No matter how primitive the graphics or how tortuous the quest, it’s one of the most potent emotional moments that any gamer can experience.$20, buy it here.Zoot Suit SamusIf you’re as psyched for two new Metroid games as we are, this shirt will make your day. Artist paperbeatsscissors took Samus Aran out of her traditional Power Suit, out of her skin-tight Zero suit – and into a 40s style Zoot Suit. Naturally, the space bounty hunter pulls it off with style, even accessorizing her mini Metroid buddy with a jaunty fedora.$20, buy it here.SystemsMinimalist interpretations of classic designs pretty much always work for us, so this stack of Nintendo’s major console releases by artist McTowel is right up our alley. Starting with the original NES on top, it drills down through the big N’s hardware history before ending at the Wii U in compelling color bar form. No Switch? Well, it’s technically a portable, so that’ll work well enough as an excuse.$20, buy it here.Bowser Never Loved MeThis slick tattoo-style design by artist beastpop gives us the point of view of some of the poor minions strapped into a life of servitude to the Koopa King, vainly trying to keep a plumber with seemingly infinite lives from reaching the castle. One would think that with all the money he spent on defense Bowser could really make the place better for the poor schmucks under his rule, but that’s what you get living in a monarchy.$20, buy it here.Samus WarsThis is just an insanely sweet-ass illustration by artist Ninjaink based on the classic Mike Zeck cover for issue #10 of Secret Wars. We would straight-up kill to see a Metroid comic drawn in this style, but for some reason Nintendo doesn’t let their characters breathe in the four-color universe like Sega does. Until then, we’ll proudly wear the shirt.$20, buy it here.Jumping PlumberSure, the name of this shirt by hkxdesign sounds like one of those bootleg games you buy for $3 at a flea market and turns out to be like an Atari 2600 in a PlayStation housing, but the actual art is super cool – shifting the perspective of the Mario universe isn’t new or novel at this point, but the artist brings a lot of personal style and panache to it. They’re not afraid to go off-model a little bit to make for a better composition, and the end product is a very nice shirt.$20, buy it here.Dark MoonThe myriad transformations of Eevee in the Pokemon series make it a popular pick for artists, but this innovative and compelling design by Yiannis is our favorite of the batch. Depicting Umbreon, the Dark-type monster you get when you evolve an Eevee with a Moon Shard at night, it’s executed in a sort of tribal, sort of Keith Haring style that really stands out from the crowd. Just a really unique design that you won’t find anywhere else.$20, buy it here.Armored MaidenYes, yes, three Metroid shirts in a single list, I know, but this homage to the cover of Iron Maiden’s classic The Trooper was just too damn swank to pass up. Artist Ninjaink (who also did another of the Samus shirts on this list) perfectly groks the overlap between metal and retro gaming – both are uncompromising, tough as nails and require you to go with your gut against impossible odds to succeed. We can see our EIC here at Geek rocking this one for sure.$20, buy it here.Playing CardsTrue fans know that before Nintendo got into the video game business they were a manufacturer of toy novelties and playing cards used for the classic Japanese game hanafuda. This shirt is a replica of a plaque at the company’s corporate headquarters in Kyoto from the early days. If you want to show your allegiance in super geeky fashion, this shirt from spdy4 is a great conversation piece.$20, buy it here.Let us know how we’re doing Stay on target T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Gundam ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best My Hero Academia Shirts last_img read more