Visual Guide to the Best Hacker T-Shirts

Head out in the normal “civilian” world and look at the shirts around you. I don’t want to be too nasty about about it, but let’s face facts — the T-shirts you see will be boring and uninventive. Now compare that to your favorite hacker cons. We wear our shirts like they’re oil paintings.

Going into the weekend of SuperCon I had no intention of writing this post. But then I saw a really awesome shirt and already had the camera in my hands so I asked if I could snap a picture. A bit later that day it happened again. Then I don’t know what came over me. Here are my favorites, but I’ve curated an epic number of great garments for your viewing pleasure after the break.

Here are three of my favorites in no particular order. The original iPod gets a real cyberpunk treatment in neon wire-frame. I’m always on the lookout for great shirt designs that utilize a single color of ink. Here we see the Steam controller blown up to showcase the engineering within — a striking design I’d love to wear myself. And finally, the teardrop artwork is my favorite of the weekend. It reminds me of the geometry of Battlestar Galactica but the art within is reminiscent of my all-time favorite shirt design, the Hackaday Sci-Fi Contest shirts.

This is a collection of multi-color prints. The ham radio was nearly my pick for favorite. Of course we’re happy to see at least one Amp Hour shirt at the con. Not only are we fans of the podcast, but Chris Gammell was one of the organizers of SuperCon.

I’m placing these in a special category as they really stood out from the rest. There are two images of the same shirt — it was explained to me that this was purchased in support of the original artist ans is actually signed around the bend near where you kidney is found. The high-voltage icon shirt is a hand crafted offering. The orange logo is sew into voids cut out of the grey shirt. And we’ll give you one guess on who is wearing the Hacker Farm shirt. Akiba is sporting the tee which is bejeweled to spell out the message.

There’s a special place in my heart for great shirts that utilize only one ink color. I’ve seen a glut of horrible looking prints but was very impressed by all of the great offerings I saw here. I do, however, need someone to explain the formula to me, and does anyone know what the graffiti-like logo comes from?

There were a collection of Supplyframe and Hackaday shirts. The grid of twelve logos was on the back of the conference badge and played into the crypto challenge. And the large skull and wrenches design seen here goes waaaay back.

And of course, where else is it more appropriate to wear your hacker-con shirts than at another con?

It’s great to have an overview of what was at SuperCon last weekend. But if you didn’t have a chance to attend, we’d still like to see your favorite shirt. Use img tags to embed it in a comment below.

16 thoughts on “Visual Guide to the Best Hacker T-Shirts

    1. That was a super cool logo… wish I had that XOXO shirt!

      I don’t think it was Tony, he was wearing the circuit traces print which was a button-up shirt. I also recall him wearing a wicked-awesome geeky tie at Open Hardware summit but I didn’t get a picture of that one.

      You and one other person were the only two who made it into the gallery on the strength of your garment selection on both days. Give your closet my regards.

  1. Hmmmm just thinking I wanna do one in a 4″ high subpixel font that says something like “Back there should be safe.”

    But now I’m worrying that none of my T-shirts are hacker cred enough to be seen in. :-(

    Damn though, you remember when it used to be free t-shirts everywhere? Haven’t got a decent freebie in years, not including ones where it’s rolled into ticket cost.

    1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calibration_curve

      “The data – the concentrations of the analyte and the instrument response for each standard – can be fit to a straight line, using linear regression analysis. This yields a model described by the equation y = mx + y0, where y is the instrument response, m represents the sensitivity, and y0 is a constant that describes the background. The analyte concentration (x) of unknown samples may be calculated from this equation.”

    1. When I turned 30 I decided I was a grown-up and didn’t need to wear silkscreened undershirts any more. Congratulations to both of us!

      On the topic at hand, I’m sorry my favorite hacker t-shirt wasn’t represented:

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