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TShirt Tuesday The Best Dragon Ball Shirts

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: Go Super Saiyan with these powerful Dragon Ball shirts.Kid GokuOne of the best things about Dragon Ball is how time progresses. When we first meet Goku in the series, he’s a spunky little kid flying around on a magic cloud. Over time he evolves into a musclebound beam-blasting savior of the cosmos, but we still have fond memories of those early days. Artist muchlutfi channels their inner Akira Toriyama with this shot of baby Goku flying into action.$20, buy it here.Capsule Corp.Run by Bulma’s father Dr. Brief, the Capsule Corporation is the industrial behemoth behind Dragonball‘s world, creators of the DynoCaps that allow pretty much anything to be miniaturized and carried around in a small pill-like object. The iconic logo is now yours to sport on the pocket area of a T-shirt, lovingly recreated by MoustacheRoboto. Maybe you can be a great inventor yourself one day. Just keep stuffing those capsules.$20, buy it here.Death Of YamchaThere’s a definite tonal shift in Dragon Ball after the Saiyans show up, and one of the pivotal moments is the death of Yamcha (along with Tien, Piccolo and Chaozu). As the heroic powers of the series’ protagonists grew through intense training, Yamcha always felt a little behind the times. Designer kaitokid delivers on a stark graphic shirt showing the poor sap after being blown up by a Saibaman.$20, buy it here.I’m BuuArtist Akira Toriyama has an incredible gift for creating expressive, iconic faces using just a few lines. Over the course of the Dragon Ball series he’s come up with some real winners. One of our favorites is the puffy pink visage of antagonist Buu, plastered all over this shirt from artist SergiGD. The rubbery magical being has the ability to reconstitute his body from just about any insult, which hopefully translates to the T-shirt.$20, buy it here.Cha La Head Cha LaIf you came up watching Dragon Ball when it hit American TV screens in the early 90s you remember the insanely catchy Japanese theme song by Hironobu Kageyama. The wildly popular tune accompanied the franchise for 199 episodes and a bunch of movies. Designer BoggsNicolas remembers it all too fondly and if you wear this original design we bet people’ll get it stuck in their heads too.$20, buy it here.PiccoloOriginally created as a despicable villain for the series, Piccolo eventually evolved into one of the most important members of Goku’s supporting cast. The green-skinned Namekian has been involved in many of the anime’s sagas, and OtakuTeez present a really cool design that sort of echoes the classic Batman logo while giving it an anime twist.$20, buy it here.Senzu BeanzIn the Dragon Ball universe, a Senzu bean is basically the perfect food, a legume of spectacular restorative power that can bring a man or saiyan back from the brink of death, keep you full for ten days straight and perform all sorts of other miracles. Artist karlangas takes inspiration from the classic British label for Heinz beans to make this clever and nourishing mash-up shirt.$20, buy it here.I Love My Two DadsThe Dragon Ball series is well-known for big crazy fights, but it’s also a remarkably sweet picture of family in a bunch of different forms. AdamTisdale hits us right in the heartstrings with this picture of Gohan and his two dads – biological father Goku and adoptive dad Piccolo. Family is where you find it, friends.$20, buy it here.Final FlashDragon Ball has more than it’s share of ultimate fight-ending techniques, and they just keep getting crazier as the series goes on. When Vegeta first unleashes his Final Flash against Perfect Cell, it’s brutal enough to plow off the top half of the android’s torso. He’s busted it out a few other times since, and designer c0y0te7 gives us a badass typographic treatment.$20, buy it here.ShenronThe mighty dragon Shenron appears when all seven Dragon Balls have been gathered to grant any wish the heart desires (with some restrictions). Toriyama’s brilliant design for the creature has evolved over the ages, but this excellent shirt by redwane captures him at his most insouciant.$20, buy it here.CellThe Dragon Ball series is sort of all about maximalism, with bigger and crazier villains and problems to solve. So it’s interesting that artist karlangas decided to go the other way and give us a rendering of one of the series’ most notorious villains, Cell, in a striking monochromatic style. This is a pretty seriously badass shirt.$20, buy it here. T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Monster Hunter ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Gundam Shirts center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more