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The Best Cult Film and Sci-fi T-shirts in the World (Wide Web)

Updated on August 30, 2011

Let's check out some of the best tees with sci fi art on the planet.

If Science Fiction is your thing and you want to (literally) wear it on your sleeve but are wary of looking geeky, you've come to the right place! Fasten your space suits and prepare for lift off . We're about to enter a galaxy of hip and cool sci fi shirts referencing film and literature ranging from the obvious to the obscure.

Designs that don't scream "fanboy" (or fangirl) and graphics you'll feel confident wearing to the next comic convention, sci-fi fan gathering, or even the annual community bar-b-q. Ready? Let's go!

So who's we?

We are a husband and wife team of graphic designers/illustrators who design pop culture graphic tees on the side. Click on the image above right to shop our designs.

Photo: Frak is the Profanity of the Future Tee. Like it? Get it at Poptastic Tees

Space, the final frontier.

Space, the final frontier.
Space, the final frontier.

The pursuit of hipness.

It's hip to be square... sometimes.

It's an accepted fact that science fiction is often equated with nerdiness. So now, the big concern is how to avoid traversing the thin line dividing geek chic and, er, dorky when wearing your fandom on your person. Here are a few guidelines that you can keep in mind when choosing what kind of designs to wear.

1. As much as possible, avoid mainstream or commercial movie poster tees. Unless you're under 12 years old, these designs will look much better on your bedroom wall. Take note that I specifically added mainstream/commercial in there because classic poster tees like the vintage Star Wars poster shirt below are exempted from the rule. Remember, vintage/retro designs are always hip.

Star Wars Baby Tee

2. As much as possible, avoid logo tees. Especially the ones with that shout out "Star Trek" or "Battlestar Galactica" in logotype. Why? Well, from a t-shirt designer's perspective it's not very cool and creative. We believe there are better ways to pay homage to a movie.

Logos of fictional corporations or products from obscure science fiction flicks are the exception, like the Star Trek Enterprise logo tee pictured below for instance. Notice that the symbol is not strategically placed across the chest like usual and is positioned on the right breast area. Because of that little detail, it becomes an homage to the actual shirt worn by Captain Kirk in the series. And like before, vintage/retro logo tees such as the Flash Gordon logo tee on the right are exempted from this rule.

Star Trek Captain Kirk T-Shirt

Flash Gordon Logo T-Shirt Sheer

3. Obscure design references are always cool. It's what differentiates real fans from poseurs.

Battlestar Galactica Caprica City T-Shirt

For example, the design on this shirt might make some people scratch their heads in confusion ("Greetings from Caprica City? Huh? Where in the world is Caprica?") while on the other hand, fellow BSG fans will nod at you in approval.

Now isn't that simple enough to remember? Read on because I can't wait to show you more of our great sci-fi t-shirt finds.

Sci Fi Shirts from a galaxy far, far away.

Let's start with the "obvious" designs.

If you're a budding SF fan, why not start with shirts that feature the old reliable? Let's face it, Star Wars is THE ultimate monster sci-fi flick. But don't worry about blending in with everyone else, we made sure to do away with the ubiquitous poster tees and selected funny, unique & artistic designs that are guaranteed to catch attention wherever you go!

There's more where these fabulous designs came from: Star Wars Shop

Which do you prefer, Star Wars or Star Trek? - Cast your vote!

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Other sci fi tshirts you probably should have on standby in your closets.

You might also want to take a look at the following tees devoted to the other successful sci-fi franchises (Star Trek, BSG, Heroes, oh you know the drill). By now you should already know that we only choose designs that aren't overly commercial so no worries SF snobs, these make it through the hipness barometer.

Star Trek
Vulcan Saying T-Shirt

Star Trek
Spock is My Homeboy T-Shirt

Star Trek Beam Me Up T-Shirt

Star Trek
Klingons T-Shirt

Star Trek Number One T-Shirt

Battlestar Galactica WTF? T-Shirt

Battlestar Galactica
Viper Squadron T-Shirt

Dr Who Upgrade T-Shirt

Dr Who
Phone Booth T-Shirt

Matrix Reloaded Baby Tee

X Files
Flying Saucer T-Shirt

Hitchhiker's Guide Baby Tee

Heroes T-Shirt - Primatech Paper

Tron T-shirts

Official t-shirts for the 2010 movie Tron.

"Viddy well, little brother. Viddy well." ~Alex (A Clockwork Orange)

"Viddy well, little brother. Viddy well." ~Alex (A Clockwork Orange)
"Viddy well, little brother. Viddy well." ~Alex (A Clockwork Orange)

"More human than human" is our motto.

~Tyrell (Blade Runner)

The trailer for the original 1975 Rollerball movie - Directed by Norman Jewison

This is the trailer for the 1975 dystopian fiction film directed by Norman Jewison. The movie was based on a screenplay by William Harrison who adapted his own short story "Roller Ball Murder" which first appeared in 1973 in Esquire magazine.

"Hold my hand, Quaid. Open your mind... Open your mind." ~Kuato (Total Recall)

"Hold my hand, Quaid. Open your mind... Open your mind." ~Kuato (Total Recall)
"Hold my hand, Quaid. Open your mind... Open your mind." ~Kuato (Total Recall)

"Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?"

~ HAL 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey)

2001: A Space Odyssey T-shirts

2001: A Space Odyssey is a groundbreaking film directed by Stanley Kubrick based on Arthur C. Clarke's novel of the same title. Check out the t-shirts featured below.

A memorable scene from the 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Directed by Steven Spielberg

This classic scene is from when the aliens first land. We remember being awestruck the first time we saw this when we were kids. Watch it!

"Greetings, program." ~Flynn (TRON)

"Greetings, program." ~Flynn (TRON)
"Greetings, program." ~Flynn (TRON)

Sci-Fi Spoofs and Parody Tees

Here are t-shirts that spoof some of our favorite sci-fi films.

Real fans don't mind having a little laugh about their favorite sci-fi film every once in a while, heck even the filmmakers do so why shouldn't you? We've rounded up some of the wittiest t-shirts we've seen on the world wide web.

When You Think About It, All Galaxies Are Far, Far, Away. Why yes indeed they are.

Clockwork Kit. My husband loves this design, in fact he has this shirt in his closet.

This Lightsaver t-shirt design from Threadless is sure to please both Star Wars fans & non fans alike.

Star Trek
Chicks Dig The Uniform Charcoal T Shirt

Star Trek
It's Just A Phase Black Tee Shirt

Good-Bye Elliot

Go Ape: Hans Guitar Solo



The Most Popular Sci fi Videos - Add your favorites too if you think the deserve to be on this list.

Here's a selection of sci fi movie classics! Add yours to the list on the plexo below.

"My god it's full of stars!" ~Dave Bowman (2001: A Space Odyssey)

"My god it's full of stars!" ~Dave Bowman (2001: A Space Odyssey)
"My god it's full of stars!" ~Dave Bowman (2001: A Space Odyssey)

"May the force be with you." ~Obi Wan Kenobi (Star Wars)

"May the force be with you." ~Obi Wan Kenobi (Star Wars)
"May the force be with you." ~Obi Wan Kenobi (Star Wars)

We hope you enjoyed our trip to the alternate universe of cool, sci-fi t-shirts. There are eons more designs out there but we hope we were able to narrow down the choices for you. If you've purchased any of the t-shirts we mentioned, let us know if they were a hit!

Sci-fi crew, prepare for landing

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      6 years ago

      You must have had amazing fun creating this collection of the best cult ane sci-fi t-shirts, you had me going back and forth for the fun of it!

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      7 years ago

      A spectacular lens and some really great items.

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      7 years ago

      That Captain Kirk Star Trek tee is a must-have

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      7 years ago

      Fun selection of Sci-Fi shirts. LOL I'm #1. I never saw that design before. It's great!

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      8 years ago

      Awesome lense. The shirts of Kuato in Total Recall had me rolling. One Sci-Fi Cult movie that doesn't get enough attention is "They Live". Added this lense as a like.

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      8 years ago

      Cool t shirts, I definitely love these, though I never watched star wars or star trek.

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      8 years ago

      Some cool Tron t-shirts and posters here:

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      8 years ago

      Too big to fail, omg :DD

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      Tony Payne 

      8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great lens and some great sci-fi designs from classic movies/tv shows.

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      David Gardner 

      8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Awesome lens! I'm a science fiction fan (and, of course, a science fan!)... and this lens is knocking it out of the park! I've liked, favorited, thumbs-upped, and lensrolled your masterpiece to my space and science fiction lenses! Congrats on a great job (now I gotta get some of those cool T-shirts!).

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      drifter0658 lm 

      8 years ago

      I read A Clockwork Orange before my cousin, brother, and I saw the BRILLIANT adaptation (Kubrick could do no wrong) at a dirt water drive-in. I knew all the slang and had to explain it to the other two as the flick was rolling...

      I see two Phillip K. Dick related shirts; if I see some based on his books when I cruise back through this excellent lens, I'll buy one or two ;)

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      8 years ago

      Online movies are a cheap and the best source of online entertainment these days. It is not only about saving the money, but also enjoying entertainment happening in cool and composed home surroundings.With online movie websites, every day and every time is the enjoy time, and you cannot simply cannot afford to get away from the movie mania.Watch movie online to get foolproof and original entertainment happening right in front of your eyes and moreover, you don't need to go anywhere or spend extra penny to watch the movies.

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      8 years ago

      Excellent lens here! This is really great! Las Vegas Web Design

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      Edit Photos 

      8 years ago from Earth

      I love this site!!!! It's easy to see why you are both a Squidoo Giant and a Squidoo Angel. If only I had saved some of my t-shirts...

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      lakern26 lm 

      8 years ago

      Great selection of tees! My husband is a BIG sci-fi fan, so I'm favoriting this one for future gift ideas!

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      9 years ago

      I like the Vader "World's Greatest Dad" one. :)

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      Kylyssa Shay 

      9 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Brilliant lens! I can't wait to share it with my roommate who is also a sci-fi geek like me.

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      admiralglass lm 

      9 years ago

      Wow! This lens is so cool. So many cool t-shirts. 5*

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for the link to my Last Resort shirt design for Total Recall fans! I have more to look at if anyone wishes to check them out...

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      Cynthia Arre 

      9 years ago from Quezon City

      Masao - You're welcome and thanks for stopping by! I'll take a look at your other shirts. All the best. p.s. The catalog said "katakana"! Will correct it.

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for the mention.

      I've also designed shirts inspired by "Joe and the Volcano" (American Panascope), "Lost" (Ajira Airways and Oceanic Airlines), "Strange Days" (the squid), "Galactica" (Intersun Luxury Lines), "1984" (Crimethink), "Buckaroo Banzai" (Banzai Institute and Yoyodyne), Alien (Red Sun Lines), and Blade Runner (lots).

      By the way "Katakana" Star Wars shirt is in Hebrew!


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