Got something to say? Put it on a T-shirt! If you wear something that’s prominently featured on the front of your body, it’s likely to at least get a quick glance from a passerby.
T-shirts can show messages of support or dissent and outwardly display our interests. They’re a popular place for cartoon characters, and they make for some fashionable fun.
While a lot of T-shirts feature straightforward portraits of characters, your design can go beyond that. My favorites combine television shows or genres or use the cartoon as a jumping off point for an interesting graphic.
1. Remember 'The Smurfs'? Here they are on this stylishly-cut slouchy T-shirt.
2. Some of your favorite 'Adventure Time' characters appear on this shirt, totem-style.
3. While the last 'Adventure Time' shirt featured a lot of characters, this one combines the 'Double Rainbow' meme with two of its stars.
4. Melissa Smith gives 'Pokemon' a painterly makeover.
5. Kenny Loggins' 'Danger Zone' is an iconic song on the TV show 'Archer.' Any fan will look at this shirt and appreciate the reference. Try combining text and image for more impact.
6. You don’t always have to feature a character, like this 'Venture Brothers' T-shirt. Unless you know the show well, its meaning is your little secret.
7. This is a very cool (and gruesome) drawing of Ralph from 'The Simpsons.' I love that it's less straightforward than other character portraits.
8. Cross-overs are a fun way to engage fans of one or both shows. This particular tee combines Gene of 'Bob’s Burgers' with the drama 'Breaking Bad.'
9. Here's another cross-over! This time the illustrator depicts the famous Hello Kitty as Elsa from Disney’s animated film 'Frozen.'
10. Sometimes your tee doesn't talk - it screams! This shirt uses the 'My Little Pony' motif to create a colorful, busy repeat pattern all over the shirt.
11. I know, I know. 'Sesame Street' isn’t a cartoon, but here it is stylized by Glen Brogan. The flat graphic shapes make it perfect for a T-shirt. We immediately know Big Bird is on the shirt.
12. Speaking of shapes…take a look at this shirt. Could the ears belong to anyone other than Mickey Mouse? Even though we can’t see his face, it’s enough for us to get it.
13. This character from 'Futurama' is a robot named Bender, which sounds close enough to blender to make the connection.
14. Here’s another 'Futurama' tee, done in the style of Shepard Fairey’s Barack Obama portrait from the 2008 election.
15. 'Worst T-shirt ever' is hilariously meta. You can almost hear this 'Simpsons' character saying it. Sometimes the lesser-known, more obscure characters make the best T-shirts.
A wearable, mobile art gallery!
A great site for inspiration is Threadless.com. They have a variety of curated T-shirts all done by different artists. Take a look at a category like ‘The Simpsons’ and be amazed at all of the wonderful illustrations.