Dec 01

It’s holiday time, and what better way to reward your favorite programmer geek than with a T-shirt?  Following are some of my favorite programmer T-shirts:

Java Programmers Change Lightbulb

Java Programmer Light Bulb Joke shirt

Front: How many Java programmers does it take to change a light bulb?

Back: You’re still thinking procedurally.  A properly designed light bulb object would inherit a change method from a generic light bulb class, so all you’d have to do is send a light bulb change message.


I Manage Programmers

Managing programmers shirt

Front: I manage programmers freakin’ primadonnas!!


Will Code for Food

Will Write Code For Food. shirt

Front: Will Write Code For Food.

Back: It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety. — Isaac Asimov


Bigger & Better Idiots

As programmers create bigger & better idiot pro... shirt

Front: As programmers create bigger & better idiot proof programs, so the universe creates bigger & better idiots!



multithreaded t-shirt shirt

Front: multithreaded t-shirt


Don’t Panic

I'm a Programmer shirt

Front: DON’T PANIC!  I’m a programmer


Programmers Never Die

Programmers never die: They just GOSUB without ... shirt

Front: Programmers never die:  They just GOSUB without RETURN.



PHP Pretty Hot Programmer shirt

Front & Back: PHP  pretty hot programmer


Do It in Binary

Programmers do it Binary shirt



Pale Skinny Guys

Pale Skinny Male shirt

Front: Chicks dig pale skinny guys that write code.


More RAM

Geeks do it with more RAM shirt

Front: Geeks do it with more RAM


Will Not Fix Your Computer

Fix it yourself shirt

Front: No, I will not fix your computer.


Future Programmer

Baby at Computer Future Computer Programmer shirt

Front: Future Computer Programmer


Programming is an Art Form

Programming is an art form that fights back. shirt

Front: Programming is an art form that fights back.


ASCII Stupid Question

ASCII stupid question, get a stupid ANSI! shirt

Front: ASCII stupid question, get a stupid ANSI!


Please Don’t Tell Mama

Please don't tell mama I'm a programmer-she sti... shirt

Front: Please don’t tell mama I’m a programmer — she still thinks I’m playing piano in a cathouse…


Give Me a Few Pointers

School of Computer Science shirt

Front: School of Computer Science

Back: (XKCD Comic)  Man, I suck at this game.  Can you give me a few pointers?

0x3A28213A  0x6339392C  0x7363682E

I hate you.


Definition of a Programmer

Definition of a programmer shirt

Front: pro’ gram mer (n.)  An organism that converts caffeine into code.


No Place Like Home

There's No Place Like T-Shirt shirt

Front: There’s no place like


Programmer Riddle

Programmer Riddle 1 shirt

Front: Why do programmers always get Christmas and Halloween mixed up?

Back: Because DEC 25 = OCT 31

(see more programmer jokes)


If Whitespace Was Truly White

If whitespace was truly white... shirt

Front: If whitespace was truly white… it would show up on a black background.


If You Don’t Like My Attitude

call:1-800-555-RTFM shirt

Front: Tech #710  If you don’t like my attitude call: 1-800-555-RTFM


Change the World

<I tried to change the world, but I couldn't fi... shirt

Front: <I tried to change the world, but I couldn’t find the source code>

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Article published on December 1, 2008

90 Responses to “Best Programmer T-Shirts”

  1. Dreams Says:

    Why can’t these geek tshirts have just a little touch of design. It would be so much better.

  2. Adam Payne Says:

    Those are awesome. The php shirt and geeks do it with more ram are my favorites. But really, there is no place like

  3. xkcdfan Says:

    Please give credit to the comic in shirt “Give me a few pointers.” The comic is xkcd, at if you like nerd jokes, you should definitely check it out.

  4. samotr Says:

    “Real programmers use “COPY CON FILENAME.EXE”

  5. bunny got blog Says:

    This is totally amazing and funny. Great and I mean great job!!!

  6. jakz Says:

    Why is it that people think a source has to be listed in order to post the work? It would be fair use with or without attribution which doesn’t matter either way for because the copyrighted material on the page belongs to a T-SHIRT company.

  7. Giovanni Says:

    Pretty Hot Programmer and conversion of caffeine into code are my favs.

  8. will Says:

    I don’t know if an xkcd shoutout is *required* but it is very relevant to those who found that joke funny. Much more laughs to be had.

  9. Craig Says:

    My Favourite is:

    There are 10 types of people in this world. Those that understand Binary, and those that don’t 🙂

  10. André Faria Gomes Says:

    Very Funny! :.)

  11. Smith Says:

    These are all awful. As quotes and sayings on a website, sure, these might have been alright – but that doesn’t mean anyone’s ever going to want to wear them on a T-Shirt.

    Especially not one that looks like it was done in mspaint.

  12. sheep's me2DAY Says:

    Tolchi의 느낌…

    Best Programmer T-Shirts…

  13. Hat Says:

    Um, way to rip off a bunch of T-Shirt designs from
    Some of these designs are original, but many are just plagiarized from other, more successful, geek-wear companies.
    Originality sells, try it some time.

  14. Moof Says:

    >Um, way to rip off a bunch of T-Shirt designs from

    …which are ripoffs of designs from Programmer Gear.

    Most of these phrases have been around for decades. About the only thing truly original is the XKCD comic. But they all still make me laugh.

  15. timm Says:

    I thought it was pretty obvious that these are T-shirts produced by another company (Zazzle). I could’ve chosen ThinkGeek or ProgrammerGear, but Zazzle has nice big photos that show up well in the article.

    If you are looking for originality, perhaps you should go to CafePress and make your own designs. If you come up with something good, LMK, I’d be glad to show it here.

  16. Gino Says:

    haha. Some real classics there.
    I like, There’s no place like ….

    You should add one there:

    echo Hello World

  17. Says:

    Nice collection!

  18. jsled Says:

    Yeah, an XKCD “shout-out” is required, though the license XKCD is provided under calls it “attribution”, as in “by-attribution, non-commercial” .

  19. Bracepeth Says:

    01010100 01101000 01101111 01110011 01100101 00100000 01110111 01100101 01110010 01100101 00100000 01100110 01110101 01101110 01101110 01111001 00101110

  20. mox Says:

    while I’m not sure about the xkcd “shout out”, the website is, not .net 😛

  21. Charles Says:

    If you’re in Canada you can make these and more at
    They’ll look better too… I love the MSPaint diss.

    Also, some of the quotes are cheesy.
    Here’s my favorite quote not here:
    “Documentation is like sex: when it is good, it is very, very good; and when it is bad, it is better than nothing.” -Dick Brandon

  22. fuchsto Says:

    God, those prhases are old, or bad, or both.

  23. navynasa Says:

    I don’t care. I was amused by the website and that’s all.

  24. Khyati Says:

    they are really cute.. loved the definition of our species the most..

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  26. raican Says:

    Awesome. I had to think briefly about the Halloween/Christmas thing. I LOL’d at ASCII stupid question, but my fav is the cartoon.

    Very Nice, thanks for a mid-afternoon chuckle.

  27. Alexander Says:

    From :

    Can we print xkcd in our magazine/newspaper/other publication?

    If it’s a not-for-profit publication, you need no permission — just print them with attribution to If it’s a for-profit operation, I will probably give you permission if you email me to let me know. You can post xkcd in your blog (whether ad-supported or not) with no need to get my permission.

    So if you use if then please respect the original request for attribution!

  28. timm Says:

    I appreciate all the discussion about attribution for XKCD (one of my favorite web comics), but hopefully you all notice the link is there.

  29. T.L.O Says:

    When you write assembler you don’t have to say it cant be done.

  30. Code Dragon Says:

    Haha. I love the PHP one. xD

    And the RTFM one.. classic. xD

  31. J S Says:

    These t-shirts are really bad. Very unfunny — even for a tech person.

  32. Vince Says:

    >These t-shirts are really bad. Very unfunny — even for a tech person.

    I’m glad I don’t work with you! Zero sense of humor. Or too dumb to get the jokes.

  33. igrewold Says: is not home it is localhost!

    However Home in linux is ~

    So it should read:

    There is no place like ~

  34. Girish Mahajan Says:

    “My Life Starts with 0 and Ends With 1”

    Howz that !!!!

  35. Ömür UÇUM Says:

    I tried to change the world, but I couldn’t find the source code

    This is the best word to explain what a programmer thing.This is the line of vision to the world.


  36. sunny71 Says:

    as for the comment on the geek t-shirt,,, well honey, it is the geeks whom helped develop computers and all the amazing software for u’r cyber experience. do not complain about the style of the programmer, zip u’r lip and create your unique idea for the shirt of u’r choice,, if you do not like what u c, down load sudo rm-rf/ and the problem will no longer be around…
    the end !!!

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  38. xkcdfanatic Says:

    What a joke. The Pointers shirt is an xkcd comic. xkcd is licensed under the Creative Commons license which means that it CANNOT be reproduced for sale without EXPLICIT permission from the author. And I very much doubt that Randall Munroe would give permission for someone else to sell a shirt of his comic when he all ready has quite a nice store going on

    Guys, if you’re going to buy ANY of the shirts on here, know that you’re supporting illegal actions, such as profiting off of a copyrighted comic.

  39. Another xkcd fan Says:

    >And I very much doubt that Randall Munroe would give permission for someone else to sell a shirt of his comic when he all ready has quite a nice store

    Yeah, it looks like Zazzle pulled the xkcd t-shirt. Thanks DevTopics for bringing this matter to our attention (even though it wasn’t your intention 😉

    If you love xkcd comics and want a t-shirt, visit his store at:

  40. tommy Says:

    Great shirts. Thanks for publishing

  41. mohan Says:

    oh…this is something looking good.i like this post..yes,really u have to include “Hello world” i each above

  42. Gary Pollock Says:

    I love these shirts. Thanks for sharing with us.

  43. Green Williams Says:

    Software Engineer are quite intelligent and sophicated. It is those that crave unwaranted attention that go protraying themselves as geeks that cannot tell the difference between a lady’s kitty-cat and a doll’s.

  44. aidan Says:


  45. Dougx Says:

    These T-Shirts are quite cool especially the php and the
    Some are just too geeky. Pretty good job for whoever came up with those quotes.

  46. Spicy Bookmark Says:

    nice t-shirst man

  47. Vikram Says:

    Really cool stuff.

  48. Misterfuzzykins Says:

    You guys are all a bunch of nerds. WHY WOULD ANYONE EVER WANT A T-SHIRT LIKE THIS! I bet you guys would buy them in a second.

  49. Aris Adrianto Says:

    Ha ha ha… LOL Thanks … very funny.. :))

    Sigh.. Now get back to work..

  50. iabhii Says:

    Funny indeed specially the php one

  51. Krishna Says:

    Very creative, I loved the PHP – Pretty Hot Programmer, Change the world .

  52. Andy Brice Says:

    Some more programmer t-shirts here:
    All profit to charity.

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    And here is my T-Shirt:

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  56. realgt Says:

    the “change the world” was my fav.

  57. rocky Says:

    “My Life Starts with 0 and Ends With 1″

    You may be odd, but at least you’re positive!

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  59. uhuh Says:


    Quoth you:
    “Real programmers use “COPY CON FILENAME.EXE”

    Says I:
    “Real programmers avoid DOS.”

  60. Affordable Software Says:

    HAHA!! I love the last one! Also I like the “There’s no place like”! Great List

  61. mylittleblogs Says:

    hello webmaster thank you that you’ve shared your posting site, “I tried to change the world, but I couldn’t find the source code” only the source code is your must check your self before the world or the others,thanks you so much more power and god bless.

  62. Vishal Says:

    I wanna Good slogan for JAVA team…
    please help me out..

  63. Meet Patel Says:

    Very Funny i like all tshirt !!

  64. Robert Samortin Says:

    “Programming is like sex. One mistake and you have to support it for the rest of your life..”

    Please make a t-shirt for this

  65. Robert Samortin Says:

    Real Programmers dont’t worry about warnings, they just worry about errors..

  66. Santosh Says:

    Any quotes for Testing ppl?

  67. Programmer Career Blog Says:

    ROFL I love the one about getting xmas and Halloween mixed up… made my day!

  68. Atheeq Says:

    Programmers required for some period after kick out.


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  71. jaszie_16 Says:

    .,-i love it..!

  72. Santosh b Says:

    Great.. Thanks

  73. Litterbug Says:

    I’ve always liked “:wq! saves”

  74. SubCreator Says:

    I like “No, I will not fix your computer”.

    This one is also good, thou not on this page:
    1 out 10 people can understand the binary system. The other half never will.

  75. richa Says:


  76. Bipul Says:

    many of the above are gems…

    I would like to add another… rather… modify an afore said message
    (Home sweet home)
    ~/ sweet ~/

  77. sgtjoebear Says:

    I love the “Hello World” and the Multilingual 😉

  78. sgtjoebear Says:

    ooops wrong site bwahahahahaaha bed time

  79. hermes kelly bag Says:

    Awesome. I had to think briefly about the Halloween/Christmas thing. I LOL’d at ASCII stupid question, but my fav is the cartoon.

    Very Nice, thanks for a mid-afternoon chuckle.

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  81. Irfan Suleman Says:

    awesome collection

  82. Mzwa Says:

    I would like more Java T-Shirts. Maybe something like,”Don’t attend a technician who will ask for a J-Screwdriver, he’s a programmer, he hates hardware problems!”

  83. Macareno Says:

    I want to suggest one of my prefered ones, the perfect cross-over between IT and Heavy Metal: Metadata!

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  85. Bhaumik Says:

    Great yaar. I want to buy this t-shirts but from where i can purchase. My Favorite one is Php T-shirt. I like t-shirts which has some logo of Microsoft or JAVA or php or MySql. Then T-shirts would be awesome friends.

  86. timm Says:

    @Bhaumik: Click on the T-shirt image you want to buy it.

  87. pawan damase Says:

    i like last one. i.e Please don’t tell mama I’m a programmer

    but i have a nice slogan for programmers. its like this –

    Ohhh, the f.f.u.u.c.c.k.k.i.i.n.n.g.g. blue screen………………………………..again.

  88. EFlo Says:

    I thought this one was funny too 🙂

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    Checkout SoftWear, it’s a great site full of programmer t-shirts and hoodies I haven’t seen anywhere else! –

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