About Us


Necessary & Sufficient Tees is home to geeky science and gaming t-shirts. We've got neuroscience, biology, math, computer science, gaming, Starcraft, e-sports, and zombie tees! We specialize in designs that appeal to less than 1e-2 percent of the population. If you enjoy racing growing axons of neurons across a petri dish, using the water heat bath late at night to sous-vide your dinner, or flying 2000 miles to attend a LAN gaming tournament, then this is the place for you.

Here’s how Necessary & Sufficient came to be. I’m a huge fan of geeky t-shirts. I scour the internet for shirts that I think are clever, or witty, or funny, or just plain cool. My wardrobe spans a huge variety of genres, from retro gaming (Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Oregon Trail), to software company tees (Google, Microsoft, Mathworks), from science and math to t-shirts of talking fruit. Imagine my disappointment when I started searching for geeky neuroscience shirts and found almost nothing that I would be willing to wear! So, in between making figures for my thesis, coding up analysis for my research, and looking for jobs, I decided that I needed to do something that would benefit fellow nerds of the world (fashion-wise). I would design ridiculously geeky shirts that I would be proud to wear. And after many days of designing shirts and coding html/php through the freezing Boston winter, this is what came out of it.

We started out with just three neuroscience designs. Since then, we've branched out to other areas of science, math, and (of course) gaming (Starcraft 2 is a personal favorite of mine). All things that nerds love. So take a look around, see if there's anything you like. Don't be shy. Oh, and help spread the word through the power of social media (trust me, I need the help)! Like us on Facebook and share our pages!

Finally, I'll leave you with a poem that I encountered on a different t-shirt website:

Haikus are easy
But sometimes they don't make sense
Refrigerator

Geek on my friends,
Alex