Top 10 T-Shirts for Writers (April 2016 edition)

Since my last post on this subject was written 7 (SEVEN!) whole years ago – and, sadly, most of those shirts are no longer available – I thought it might be time for an update.

Therefore, in no particular order, here are my current Top 10 T-Shirts for Writers. Ready your credit & debit cards, or break out the wishlist!

Art Harder, Motherfucker” shirt by Chuck Wendig:

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Because sometimes you just have to kick your own ass with an inspirational tee. Also available sans cuss words… but where’s the fun in that?!

NaNoWriMo 2015 “Book & Quill” T-Shirt:


Most of the NaNoWriMo shirts, actually, are quite fun and inspirational, and I always look forward to seeing the new designs each November. Collect ’em all!

Don’t Look at Me in That Tone of Voice” Dorothy Parker t-shirt by Hellwood Outfitters:


Watch your tone, writer! And if you’re into crime fiction or dark stories, generally speaking, these guys have likely got a shirt prowling your alley.

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde” T-shirt by Litographs:


With so many great designs to choose from – all of which are created from the full text of the book they reference! – these clever shirts make great gifts for all the writers in your life.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “Don’t Panic” T-shirt by 6 Dollar Shirts:


A classic, as well as a good reminder for writers not to freak out. It’s just a rough draft, guys! Plus it’s only $6, for the truly cash-strapped thrifty author. (And check out their “42” design, if you dig life, the universe and everything.)

This is the Pen to Calm the Crazy, Master of Your Heart” V-Neck by Leonard Cohen:


Okay, so technically this is from one of his songs, but writing is wring, right? And if you’re in the UK (and/or prefer his novels), there’s also the Beautiful Losers shirt.

We Can’t Stop Here, This is Bat Country!” Hunter S. Thompson T-shirt by Epicdelusion:

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Don’t slow down, don’t pump the brakes, just keep writing, by god! Put on your pith helmet, if necessary.

Wee Edgar Allan Poe” Shirt by Hark! A Vagrant:


Because even upon a midnight dreary… you should be writing!!!

Extra Credit: “Bros” Shirt, depicting Poe and Jules Verne together on a balloon, as per my favorite cartoon ever, by Kate Beaton. Still cracks me up every time! Also, I totally want to get fan mail like this one day.

Write Your Story” Pullover by Francesca Battistelli:


Frankly, I have no idea who Francesca Battistelli is, but this pullover is awesome. And, yes, since this is supposed to be about t-shirts, there’s one of those too.

I Just Want to Drink Coffee, Create Stuff and Sleep” T-Shirt by Shirtoopia:


This shirt actually needs at least one comma, possibly two, depending on your love/hate relationship with the Oxford Comma.

Honorable Mention: DIY Lined Paper T-Shirt by Maybe Matilda:


Because, dude, who doesn’t want to wear notebook paper as their shirt? Just think about all the fun things you can scribble on your own chest when inspiration strikes!

Got one I missed?

Share your favorite writer’s t-shirts in the comments below!