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Please enjoy this menagerie of fucked-up bootleg Simpsons merchandise

Screenshot: @bootlegbart (Instagram)

Nothing reeks of 90s nostalgia like a bootleg Simpsons t-shirt. These crudely drawn knock-offs were must-have items for any fan of the show who did all their clothes shopping at flea markets and second-hand stores. Nowadays, bootleg Simpsons-wear is a little harder to come by, either because styles have changed or copyright lawyers have become a bit more vigilant. But, luckily, we’re now free to scroll through a sprawling collection of odd-shaped Barts on this expertly curated Instagram account, which was brought to our attention by A.V. Club commenter Bart Fargo, appropriately enough.

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BootlegBart bills itself as a Vintage Shirt E-Museum and features almost every bootleg trope in the books. First, there’s the needless mash-up of two era-specific pop culture entities:

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Next, the promotion of a very specific local event that seems to have nothing to do with The Simpsons but, hey, why not throw the Bart-man on there?

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And finally, the bizarrely common practice of changing Bart’s race and making him say things that are no where near his recognizable catchphrases.

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It’s a good reminder that, no matter how insanely popular your show is or how much it pervades the culture, someone out there will make a t-shirt with a crappy drawing of your character saying, “It’s radical in the Bahamas, dude!”

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Dan Neilan

Contributor, The A.V. Club. Have Fun — Will Travel.