T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Fortnite Shirts | Tech News

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: Drop into the storm dressed for a Victory Royale with these Fortnite duds.

Victory Royale Badge

Victory Royale Badge

It’s pretty crazy that a simple video game has introduced a phrase into the lexicon, but “Victory Royale” is inescapable these days. Ninjadesigninc gives us this classy hipsterish badge design, which takes inspiration from classic hardcore music logotypes and navigational symbols to deliver a shirt that’ll blend in with the normies while still broadcasting your love of Fortnite.

$20, buy it here.

Loot Lake

Loot Lake

It’s kind of crazy how the fictional neighborhoods of Fortnite have ingrained their way into the public consciousness so quickly. Can you think of any other video game levels that people talk about as if they were real places? You have to give it up to Epic’s strategy of creating areas that are both generic and memorable, and can inspire fan creations like this shirt from TuffiDesigns. With a clean and elegant design, it’ll have you mentally splashing down every time you wear it.

$20, buy it here.

The Bus

The Bus

Hub areas, where you wait to get into the action in multiplayer video games, are usually pretty boring. Fortnite defies that tradition with the Battle Bus, a floating school bus kept barely aloft by a hot air balloon that you leap out of to start each match. The Battle Bus is one of the more iconic elements of the game, so props to artist SPadawan for their good-looking hand-drawn take on the vehicle. Makes me want to listen to some classic Van Halen, if you know what I mean.

$20, buy it here.

GTA Style

GTA Style

Artist Berger92 gives us two great tastes that taste great together – the funky characters of Fortnite arranged in the classic design of the Grand Theft Auto games. There’s no denying that the mayhem of Rockstar’s smash hit series has inspired the kind of chaotic play that today’s battle royale shooters excel at, so this is sort of bringing things full circle and we approve.

$20, buy it here.

Durrr Burger

Durrr Burger

The world of Fortnite is full of fanciful brands and imaginary landmarks, giving it the appearance of a fictional world that’s been deeply considered from the ground up – or at least cobbled together by a bunch of jokesters. One of the most notable is Durrr Burger, a fast food franchise located in the urban areas of the game. With a mascot of a drooling, mentally damaged hamburger, it doesn’t look terrifically appetizing but beggars can’t be choosers.

$20, buy it here.

Tilted Towers Demolition Co

Tilted Towers Demolition Co

It’s hard to pick just one thing that vaulted Fortnite into the top spot in the gaming world, but its clever pseudo-Minecraft building mechanism is definitely up there. It’s the perfect gateway drug for kids who are a little bored with block stacking into the bigger world of online shooters, and even though you can’t make quite as much different stuff, there are plenty of possibilities. If you’ve been smashing up Tilted Towers for raw materials so much your hands are callused, this one from Hallowscream could be the shirt for you.

$20, buy it here.

Walls, Floors, Stairs, Roofs

Walls, Floors, Stairs, Roofs

We’re certainly not coming down on PUBG – they innovated the battle royale genre, after all – but there’s a good reason that Fortnite has lapped them (besides being exponentially less buggy). The grim, brown, realistic aesthetic is just sort of played out in video games these days, and letting you hunt down foes in a silly candy-colored world is just more appealing. Nothing epitomizes that aesthetic quite like the game’s unicorn pickaxe, which lets you mine materials and get melee kills with the beast’s surprisingly sharp horn. Nice drawing by KingClothes.

$20, buy it here.

Rainbow Unicorn

Unicorn

With just four kinds of constructions, the building in Fortnite is deliberately limited, especially because you have to do it fast. People have come up with a pretty wide variety of structures, though, from humble sniper towers to bizarre agglomerations of ramps and floors that stretch high into the sky. Artist perrsimmons gives us an iconic yet charming illustration of the quartet of constructables that you’ll deploy.

$20, buy it here.

Slurp Tattoo

Slurp Tattoo

Chugging down a Slurp can change the flow of a Fortnite battle, as the blue beverage lets you restore health and shield every second. It’s become one of the most iconic power-ups to come out of the game, and artist Woah_Jonny loves it so much that he created a tattoo design. If you’re not committed enough for permanent body art, maybe you should just buy the T-shirt instead? That’s generally a better idea.

$20, buy it here.

Three Llama Moon

Three Llama Moon

Why exactly Epic decided to pick a llama as the animal responsible for rare supply drops in Fortnite is a mystery for the ages, but the long-necked camelids are undergoing a pop culture resurgence because of it. Hell, at the E3 party they had eight of them just wandering around. Artist ChazKelley takes the pinata-esque creatures and grafts them onto an old but good meme to create this very funny shirt.

$20, buy it here.

How To Build

How To Build

It remains to be seen if excessive Fortnite play will translate into any real-world skills, but artist Akairos makes a pretty good parallel between the construction action and assembling Ikea furniture. Their shirt perfectly captures the visual language of those pictographic instructions and uses them to build a box to snipe your foes in. Pretty funny stuff – can you pass the Allen wrench? I’m worried about this bookshelf.

$20, buy it here.

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