TShirt Tuesday The Best Giant Monster Shirts

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: The Rock teams up with a giant ape in Rampage so let’s dress like a big monster.King KongThe original giant monster, King Kong was abducted from Skull Island to the big city where he wreaked havoc atop the Empire State Building in this 1933 epic. Artist ZippyFraggle1 took inspiration from a Danish movie poster to create this gorgeous illustration, which uses a striking color palette to really amp up the drama of the beauty being menaced by the slavering beast.$20, buy it here.Kaiju BattleInside every giant monster is a poor stuntman sweating his ass off, and this shirt from artist pigboom transforms that idea into a cute advertisement for kids to play along at home. I gotta say, if I could have bought a full-on kaiju costume to stomp around in as a kid I wouldn’t have ever taken it off. All I need is some radioactive breath to make the illusion complete.$20, buy it here.Radioactive TurtleThere are many giant monsters in the world of cinema, but only one of them can be described as a “friend to children.” Gamera, the giant fire-breathing turtle, has always been an also-ran to Toho’s Godzilla franchise, but his movies are endearingly weird. Artist jotyler delivers a really cool take on the beast for this T-shirt using some beefy Japanese text and simulated off-register printing.$20, buy it here.Brief Encounter With The Tall ManWe’re not quite sure what’s going on in this shirt from hairyarmcollective but it certainly is a Big Mood. The only description they gave us is “Whilst out on an evening stroll, Frederick came across an unexpected traveller.” The massive creature looks to be about half-Sasquatch but towers significantly higher than your normal Bigfoot. We’ll accept guesses in the comments.$20, buy it here.Woo!Silver-jumpsuited giant Ultraman battled a wide variety of kaiju over the course of his many decades of adventures, but few captured our heart quite like Woo. The odd ghost monster haunted Phantom Mountain, protecting a young girl there after the deaths of her parents. When it’s attacked, Woo retaliates by rampaging at a ski resort until Ultraman comes after him. Artist DrMadness gives us a great line drawing of the creature.$20, buy it here.Gargantuan BattleWar Of The Gargantuas is one of the more underrated giant monster flicks out there, a Technicolor fever dream that pits peaceful mountain creature Sanda against violent sea beast Gaira in a brutal battle through Tokyo soundtracked by swinging 60s music. This shirt by ZornowMustBeDestroyed perfectly captures the wild fracas that erupts when those two meet.$20, buy it here.Giant Bird MonsterFlying giant monsters are even scarier than the ground-based ones, because they can wreck your life from just about anywhere. Artist wingedwolf94 gives us an atmospheric and terrifying vision of a tremendous bird perched atop a skyscraper looking for prey in the streets below. Now I know what a field mouse feels like.$20, buy it here.God Save The KingThere’s something truly punk about those early giant monster movies, with their dependence on sometimes janky practical effects to communicate overwhelming power. Artist Vitaliy_Klimenko mashes up the iconic Sex Pistols cover image with the face of the massive ape of legend to create this compelling T-shirt that will earn you serious cred down at the squat.$20, buy it here.Godzilla Vs. BarkleyNike’s 1992 commercial that sized up notorious power forward Charles Barkley to kaiju size and put him in a game of one-on-one street hoops against Godzilla is a milestone in giant monster history, so thanks to cheesemouse2 for unearthing the classic poster for the event and slapping it on a T-shirt so we’ll never forget. The comic book adaptation of this commercial is one of the weirdest things we’ve ever seen.$20, buy it here.Cloverfield NouveauVery few iconic giant monsters have been introduced into pop culture in the last few decades, but the exception that proves the rule is the massive beast from J. J. Abams’ Cloverfield. Pay no attention to the bizarre prequels that are unrelated movies with a little lore tacked on – the original is still a thrilling found footage flick with a very nasty beast. Artist Eattoast gives it an Art Nouveau spin on this striking T-shirt.$20, buy it here.Fauns Meet KaijuIf you’re a certain age you probably have fond memories of Bambi Vs. Godzilla, the cult animated short by Marv Newland that depicted the big green lizard’s massive foot stomping a deer flat in less than two minutes. Artist wytrab8 takes the general idea and twists it into something both sweeter and weirder in this T-shirt. A super deep cut for any giant monster fan.$20, buy it here. Stay on target T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Monster Hunter ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Gundam Shirts center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img