Since the dawn of man, dads everywhere have perfected the art of telling jokes that lie somewhere between “so-bad-they’re-good” and “so-bad-their-entire-family-groans-in-agony.” And with the passing of time, the dad joke has evolved from a simple way of letting your family know to not call you late for dinner to a way of life. Dad jokes are in movies, music, politics, and they have even made their way into the world of fashion. For dads that take their joke game beyond words and into their wardrobe, there is always the risk of ending up with a shirt that is so embarrassing that your kids won’t want to be seen in public with you.
Thankfully, just a few smart decisions can spare your family from a lifetime of cringing. In fact, with the right shirt, your kids may even start thinking of you as someone capable of telling a funny joke. Here’s a collection of hilarious dad shirts that will help you feel like a total Dad-ass.
The deadpan wordplay and accompanying bone-graphic is peak dad, proving all it takes is the right combination of the right 4 words to nail everything a dad joke should be.
Putting the Lit in Literature
Co-opting the image of Shakespeare for the sake of a joke makes this shirt a perfect blend of cheese and wit that will never get old. Clumsily throw the word ‘lit’ on top of that, and it’s a double dad shirt win.
My Rock, My Dwyane
It’s no secret that Dwyane ‘The Rock’ Johnson is a badass dad icon and dads everywhere can show off their love for their favorite action star/doting dad with this goofy shirt that lets their spouse know just how much they mean to them.
Dad humor tends to be obvious and broad but this shirt shows that dad jokes can also be subtle. Sure, this shirt may confuse at first, but once you get what’s going on you have to respect its commitment to a joke that references the Culture Club song “Karma Chameleon.”
Taco Eclipse of the Heart
It’s a known fact that dads love tacos (though, to be fair, pretty much everyone on earth loves tacos). Thankfully, dads can show off their love for tacos with this shirt, that also functions as barely passable wordplay and a reference to Bonnie Tyler’s classic song “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Plus, it doesn’t hurt that tacos do, in fact, tend to fall apart.
Sell Your Soul
This is the shirt for those dads with a darker, more sinister sense of humor. Designer Steven Rhodes creates shirts that are still guaranteed to make you laugh but are less about puns and more about what happens if you stare too long into the abyss.
Typically, when one thinks of “death metal”, they imagine seven-headed beasts riding a motorcycle out from the Gates of Hell. But this shirt subverts those expectations in a funny way that also plays around with traditional notions of masculinity.
Not Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting
How dad is it to react to a throwaway line in a hit song with skepticism and concern? There are few things dads love more than over-scrutinizing something for a laugh (or at least a polite chuckle) and this shirt nails that tone perfectly.
The beauty of this shirt is its simplicity. Despite only featuring one word and a cartoon chicken, this shirt nails the joke perfectly and the clean delivery of an extremely goofy joke will have your family laughing instead of cringing.
This shirt belongs in the so-bad-its-good category. The unassuming cooler graphic and goofy assertion of coolness screams dad joke. And just like any good dad, this shirt doesn’t take itself too seriously. So wear this shirt with pride and let the world know that you’re a little cooler.
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