What are some nerdtastic symbols for me to stencil?
August 1, 2012 6:56 AM   Subscribe

What are some geeky symbols, icons, or logos that I can create stencils out of?

I'm making some nerd gear, and I'd like to make stencils or stamps out of some geeky logos. Examples I've come up with include the Triforce, Mario's one-up mushroom, the Dharma logo in LOST, the New Republic's insignia, the NERV logo, Phoenix Wright's "Objection!" bubble, and Batman's bat signal.

What else can you think of? I'm looking for pan-fandom nerdity, so games, comics, anime, science, television, and fantasy ideas are welcome. Obscure symbols are fine. I'm especially interested in iconic video game items like the megatama in the Phoenix Wright series or Zelda's heart containers.

Simple shapes are best, but if the icon is awesome enough, I'd make it work! Thanks in advance.
posted by jfoo to Media & Arts (38 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
 
Silhouette of a TIE fighter or the Enterprise (TOS)
Pacman ghost
a twenty sided die
posted by shothotbot at 7:00 AM on August 1, 2012


Borg insignia is practically made for stenciling.

I made a Magneto was right t-shirt once.
posted by griphus at 7:01 AM on August 1, 2012


Weylend-Yutani would probably work
Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems - nerdy, but maybe too much for a stencil
The Space Invader is just right for a stencil, IMHO.
posted by jquinby at 7:05 AM on August 1, 2012


Tyrell Corporation logo.

Omni Consumer Products logo.
posted by griphus at 7:07 AM on August 1, 2012


Tux
The glider
posted by scruss at 7:11 AM on August 1, 2012


Battlestar Galactica Colonial Seal
Star Wars Imperial Emblem
posted by jozxyqk at 7:13 AM on August 1, 2012


Ye Olde Star Trek insignia?
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 7:14 AM on August 1, 2012


Oh, and back during my stenciling experiments, I found out that the blocky style of Jack Kirby's art naturally lent itself to stenciling.
posted by griphus at 7:18 AM on August 1, 2012


The Glider from Conway's Game of Life is pretty classic as geek symbols go (and incredibly easy to stencil!). There's some meaning attached.

The RED and BLU logos from Team Fortress 2 would also work. Sticking with Valve games, you also have the Half Life lambda symbol. The Aperture Science logo from Portal would work, and so would an icon of the Weighted Companion Cube. Other classic video game icons include the Quake symbol and NIN ammo box.

For more cult-film inspiration, you might take a look at Last Exit To Nowhere who do t-shirt designs based around fictional things from films.
posted by xchmp at 7:19 AM on August 1, 2012


The Jaffa marks from the Stargate television series.
posted by XMLicious at 7:24 AM on August 1, 2012


The Deathly Hallows symbol from Harry Potter.
posted by stampsgal at 7:24 AM on August 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


The mana (and tap) symbols from Magic: The Gathering.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:29 AM on August 1, 2012


Blue Sun Corporation's logo
Radical Edward's cyber faces
The Gurren-dan logo
Pokeball
Mass Effect's N7 logo
posted by specialagentwebb at 7:29 AM on August 1, 2012


The Sburb logo from Homestuck.
posted by jeudi at 7:30 AM on August 1, 2012


The Black Mesa logo, from Half Life/Half Life 2. Apologies for the lack of a picture/link. My work computer blocks most images. Googling "black mesa logo" will work.
posted by Urban Winter at 7:36 AM on August 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


X-files logo.
posted by Ziggy500 at 7:36 AM on August 1, 2012


Sinistar!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:52 AM on August 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Assassin's insignia
Unitology's Marker
Laughing Man
I'm not familiar enough with The Hunger Games to know what this is, but it would make a cool stencil.
posted by lindseyg at 8:01 AM on August 1, 2012




The Portal/Aperture Science logos would work well as stencils.
posted by mippy at 8:11 AM on August 1, 2012


Geeks love my power symbol tattoo.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:22 AM on August 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


a meeple (merson?)
posted by blue t-shirt at 8:25 AM on August 1, 2012




Gizmonic Institute!
posted by mon-ma-tron at 8:40 AM on August 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


I was going to suggest the Initech logo, but it looks like someone already sells it
posted by Thorzdad at 8:40 AM on August 1, 2012




UESC Marathon
posted by Rock Steady at 8:58 AM on August 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Creeper Face (Minecraft)
posted by Winnemac at 9:25 AM on August 1, 2012


Companion cube! Companion cube! Companion CUUUUBBBE!! (Sorry I got excited!)
posted by xicana63 at 9:51 AM on August 1, 2012


How about some Westeros sigils?
posted by DingoMutt at 10:09 AM on August 1, 2012


The imgur site for the "stencils" subreddit might provide some inspiration.
posted by Mr Mister at 10:57 AM on August 1, 2012


TARDIS!
posted by smitt at 11:35 AM on August 1, 2012


The key emblem from the Sandman covers.

Bands Rush and Pink Floyd, among others, have some great, great iconography.
posted by Occula at 11:55 AM on August 1, 2012


The Darwinians from Darwinia would be great.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 12:42 PM on August 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


The double B of the Banzai Institute or better yet, the jet car logo.
posted by itstheclamsname at 1:31 PM on August 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Flying spaghetti monster is one I've seen alot in nerdy academic circles.
posted by tinymegalo at 1:33 PM on August 1, 2012


Trogdor
posted by RobotHero at 4:02 PM on August 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


What else--a BIM mark from The Apple! I couldn't find a good image of one by itself, but you can see Pandi getting hers here.

If you don't know who Pandi is, or why she'd get a BIM mark, you really owe it to yourself to see the movie.
posted by zorseshoes at 5:58 PM on August 1, 2012


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