I own a lot of science-themed T-shirts. I also get a lot of compliments on them. Below are some of my favorite ways to cover my torso. Not much more to say about that; this is a very simple article.
Vintage Cover—April 1933
Popular Science Threadless
I fell in love with this cover the first week I started at PopSci. This 85-year-old illustration shows a man in a big metal suit making movies in a volcano. (Hence the caption, “Making Movies in a Volcano.”) As a video maker and a science lover, it hits all the right notes for me.
The PopSci shop has a lot of great vintage and modern illustrations from the magazine’s 146 years of publishing. $23-27.
Float Away For Human Peoples
This is not, in fact, some sort of weird, clandestine ad for PopSci’s Threadless store. Most of these shirts are not swag, I promise. This one, for example, is total compliment bait, and wraps around your entire torso. Pictured is Robert L. Stewart, who was one of the first astronauts to perform an untethered spacewalk using the Manned Maneuvering Unit. $24.
NASA’s 60th Anniversary Shirt
NASA NASA Store
Beginning in 2018—NASA’s 60th birthday year—through 2022, NASA is celebrating major historical events like the Apollo missions. Celebrate with them by wearing this T-shirt. $25.
Minimalist Solar System
Back In My Day, We Had Nine Planets
Perhaps the minimalist approach isn’t for you—you’d like your opinions on space a little less subtle. Are you still mad that Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status? Want to let those darn kids know that there were nine planets and to memorize the order, you had to memorize My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pies? This shirt will let the world know how you really feel. $13-19.
Brisco Brands Amazon
Tony Stark couldn’t be Iron Man without science, and neither can you. $108.
You Matter, You Energy
A shirt that’ll make you think. Amazon
Sorry, My Fault
Fun Science Rocks Tees Amazon
If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m a sucker for puns. Also, geology rocks. $20.
Weirdest Thing T-Shirt
Popular Science Threadless
On Popular Science’s podcast “The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week,” three editors share the wild and wonderful facts they learned over the course of their week. Our second season starts in a few weeks, and new episodes come out every Wednesday wherever you get your podcasts. Give it a listen, then consider buying one of these shirts to sniff out other fans in your proximity. $23-27.
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