The Hare Necessitees: 26 Rabbit T-Shirts

It’s officially spring time! Daffodils are popping up on every street corner, birds can be heard chirping outside each window, and the Easter Bunny’s annual appearance draws closer (April 8th, yo), all of which reminds us that it’s once again t-shirt weather (fiiiiiiinally). As such, we’ve decided to revisit the compilation of rabbit-themed shirts that we pieced together in this space last year…

New for this refresh are 15 16 designs, which brings our total to a whopping hopping 26. Collected from Internet points near and far, they include everything from the predictably d’aww inducing (read: cute) to the strange, curious and even slightly macabre. Revel therefore in your right to bare arms…

Note that the shirts are listed in no particular order; click on the images to link through.

1. Here’s a pun on a classic Disney character we dug up over at Shirtoid.

Thumbprint Thumbper

Thumbprint Thumbper

2. Robert the Listening Rabbit at Tee Gallery has ears as big as his heart.

He's a great listener

He’s a great listener

3. If you’ve bumped your head and need a rabbit reminder, the folks at Rabbit and Eye have you covered – literally and figuratively.

Revised edition of the Cute-tionary added 'cuddly' to the definition

Revised edition of the Cute-tionary added ‘cuddly’ to the definition

4. Can you name the artistic reference for this logic-defying design by Graphic Airlines for Threadless? (Hint.) The answer is in the image caption.

MC Easter

MC Easter

5. iOTA iLLUSTRATION has hopped on the hip animal bandwagon.

Where's your helmet?

Where’s your helmet?

6. If kangaroos inspired the fanny pack, should they be put on trial for their crimes against fashion? Inquiring minds want to know… (via Shirtoid)

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>___> <___<[/caption] 7. This Threadless design suggests we all give peas a chance. Vegetables are good for you.

[caption id="attachment_1845" align="alignnone" width="500"]... with lettuce & justice for all! … with lettuce & justice for all!

8. Wildfox Couture makes geek look chic.

Geek chic

Geek chic

9. NYHop boasts ‘Rabbit themed clothing for humans‘ and they certainly deliver. Here’s a cross-species mashup with style and panache.

Merebunnies, masters of the sea

Merebunnies, masters of the sea

10. Long-earred superstar of the fashion blogosphere Fifi Lapin released these adorable tees earlier in 2012. They’re currently out of print at her shop, but she’s sure to have more adorable, 100% cotton-tailed designs up her sleeve in 2012.

High fashion buns

High fashion buns

11. Here’s another design from Shirtoid with enough movie nerd appeal even for our friends at Found Item Clothing.

The Bunpire Strikes Back

The Bunpire Strikes Back

12. Hearkening back to our rabbit-related songs list, Music to My Hares, here’s a vintage tee from Free People featuring one of our favorite bunny rock bands.

"The killing mooooon, will come to soon...."

“The killing mooooon, will come to soon….”

13. If the Killer Rabbit of Montey Python and the Holy Grail fame taught us anything, it was not to trust in cute rabbits. This clever Threadless tee spreads such awareness with a experimental ink treatment that is executed with flair…

They look so cute and innocent...

They look so cute and innocent…

... But in UV light they turn into little monsters!

… But in UV light they turn into little monsters!

14. LOLMart has taken the Bunway Air meme and made it wearable.

Riding first class Bunway Air

Riding first class Bunway Air

15. This ladies tee at Think Geek sends an important message: just because I’m cute, don’t assume I’m not dangerous!

Good bunny gone bad

Good bunny gone bad

16. Regiments of rabbits, armed with rifles.

Who's Hunting Whom?

Who’s Hunting Whom?

While you’re here, go ahead and look back at our original assemblage. Be sure to leave us a comment if we’ve missed any of your favorite bunny tees.

10 Rabbit T-Shirts Original Post from July 2011:

Does the transitive property apply to cute t-shirts? If rabbit t-shirts = cute and you = wearing a rabbit t-shirt, does you = cute? We think so! In this post, we invite you to challenge our theory, supported as it is by the 10 following case studies…

1. It’s bigger than hip-hop, hop, hop… but it comes in sizes up to XXXL, too.

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Update: no longer available for purchase (sadly).

2. Mess with the bull and you get the horns. Mess with the bunny siamese jackalope and…

Jackalope T-Shirt

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3. Yee-haw! Ride ’em, bunnyboy!

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4. The jury is still out on which is more killer: the evil rabbit on the t-shirt, or that mustache.

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On a related note:

5. Beer and bunny lovers alike can find common ground with this adorable, pun-laden t-shirt that reimagines our furry friend as a microbrewer.

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6. Hares — the original hipsters.

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7. We picked this rabbit/Dr. Strangelove mash-up, entitled “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Carrot,” especially for the film fanatics at Found Item Clothing.

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Watch the likely inspiration for said design:

8. Not all bunnies are cute and cuddly. Some of them are thumbs-upping, voodoo rabbits with popsicle sticks for ears and bad luck buck teeth.

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9. It’s a tough life being a chocolate bunny. You’re only cute for about 10 seconds until someone chomps you to delicious, chocolaty bits. Our hearts, and mouth buds, go out to the little guys.

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10. Here’s a creative change of perspective. One artist muses what bunny rabbits might put on a shirt if given the opportunity. Trix cereal, magic wands, and carrots we get. But does anyone know why there’s a calculator here?

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Postscript: shirts #2, 3, and 4 were discovered at Rumplo, an online archive of artisan tees, currently 18,000+ in number. Likewise, shirts #5 and 6 were sourced via Shirtoid, itself a growing gallery of designs organized around a broader, pop culture skein.

Got a design that you’d like us to consider for a future post? Link us in the comments field below!

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