Captain's Bio

Atomic Rocket Design, started in 2006 by t-shirt artist Atomic Rocket, began as a way to mix a love of pop culture and the desire to control the art being produced. Atomic Rocket Design specializes in smart mash ups of pop culture subject matter and nerd culture. When creating art for Atomic Rocket Designs, the designer looks to fuse a personal interest in cartoons, 80’s toys and movies with content that is of interest to ARD’s thousands of fans worldwide. 

Atomic Rocket Design’s first design, a mash up of the cult classic cartoon “Invader Zim” with the mainstream classic film “Star Wars”, was sold exclusively by, the leading pop culture shirt a day site, and continues to be sold in TeeFury’s gallery of bestselling designs. Atomic Rocket Design’s work has also been featured by Ript Apparel, Qwertee and by Tapiture, who promoted ARD’s Big Lebowski- Air Jordan mash up on their sister site, The Chive. 

Atomic Rocket Design’s head designer, Atomic Rocket, is a t-shirt designer residing in Chicago with his family and trusty sidekick, Rocket the dog. In addition to an unwavering love of 80’s toys, movies and cartoons, Atomic Rocket also enjoys sandwiches, yelling at the Chicago Bears (especially Jay Cutler) and craft beer. In addition to shirt a day sites, more Atomic Rocket’s work can be found here and here.

100% Handmade

Simply put. I don't trust anyone to make our product  other than ourselves. Everything in the shop is made by either me or Mrs. Atomic Rocket. We control everything from the original concept to putting the shipping label on the final product.

The pins however are not hand made by me. The factory I use to supply them, the workers probably have hands... probably.

Style & Quality

Atomic Rocket blends pop culture with a thoughtful twist. All shirts are printed in-house on American Apparel 50/50 tees.


Blast off!
— Atomic Rocket

Impersonate by AtomicRocket - Now available at