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The wild reaction to Jeremy Scott’s Bart sweater set said less about enthusiasm for his aesthetic (which appears to be the brain of a 1995-era 13-year-old looking at a Delia’s catalogue, made real) and more about the still-rampant popularity of the Simpsons. The current ’90s’ obsession (and I say this in quotes as the younger set has somehow blinded themselves to the time’s prevalence of JNCOs and waffle knits)  and fondness for the Simpsons resulted in a perfect storm of want.

Bootlegs of the Jeremy Scott design likely hit the market seconds after its debut, and with Simpsons bootlegs themselves a time-honored tradition, it’s hard to begrudge their existence. Where formerly Simpsons bootlegs were 50/50 underrepresented groups using Bart as voice and icon/Chinese manufacturers seeking to capitalize any sudden burst of popularity with little understanding of the symbolism, today it’s a small sliver of all-too conscious designers carefully manipulating Bart’s odd combination of major corporate mascot and bad-boy outsider status to bolster their own credibility, and a LOT more of the Chinese-random-stuff-algorithm churning out goods in response to response.

A slight digression – it’s interesting to note the new wave of designers capitalizing on the Simpsons and what they’ve meant still hew mostly to Bart designs, with a few Homers and Milhouses thrown in. Homer’s too much of an adult for ‘the kids’ to appreciate his utter lack of responsibility to anything tied to being an adult (a later development in what Dead Homer Society refers to as ‘Jerkass Homer’). Milhouse makes sense as a newer development – he’s the outsider’s outsider even within the Simpsons world – second banana to Bart, too much of a nerd to be an underachiever, too much of a loser to join the other nerds. Still no focus on Lisa or Marge, as they represent the moral core of the show (pretty much the opposite of  beloved male irresponsibility fantasy stand-ins like Homer, Peter Griffin, Cartman, etc.), but I’m surprised there’s not more Maggie, as she would’ve been the age of many of the whippersnappers currently sporting this gear, was always somewhat of an enigma, and certainly in her Harpo way was another rebellious badass in the family.

Anyway. This is all a long-winded way of saying now that the Jeremy Scott sweater hype’s had a year or two to stew, the strange permutation bootlegs are finally coming up – copies of copies of copies made with no reference to the original, weird evolutions of imagery put out into the world. Behold:

Here’s a photo that I believe was used for reference, taken at an odd angle of the Bartman logo translated to knitwear…

Bart Sweater B


This photo from a magazine shows a bootleg of the bootleg, with jagged lettering and weird perspective…

bart sweater A

Note the wonkiness in the eyes…

Bart Sweater A


This same photo from earlier was used in ANOTHER sweater post, claiming THIS….

Bart Sweater B


…is the same sweater as THIS:

Bart Sweater C


Don’t get me wrong, this sweater certainly has its own weird charm, plus it looks like a drawing from Hyperbole and a Half. But it is DEFINITELY not a straight-up Bartman sweater. I can only wonder where the next mutation will go.

Bart Sweater C


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I’ve written several posts in fits and starts, none reaching completion. The longer the delay between posts, the more irrational pressure to post, resulting in panic about the post, resulting in finding any excuse not to post, increasing the pressure, panic, delay, all resulting in a Singularity of Not Posting. To avoid this, I’m taking a suggestion from Cat Party and posting the detritus littering my desktop. This includes images from the aforementioned aborted posts, as well as results of the various Ebay, Google and Wiki-holes fallen into.

These are but a small fraction of the bootleg Simpsons images scrounged up from all over the internet. This one in particular – why is it copyrighted? Was it published somewhere? Maybe MAD or CRACKED or something?

This sweater perfectly illustrates the Simpsons show dynamic – even on the rare occasion Maggie and Lisa are front and center, they look wary as they’re bracketed by an unaware and smiling Bart.

I have no idea which episode this is from, and that’s coming from someone who watched over 3 hours of MST3K this weekend alone. Who’s a precious Kitty Bride?



Speaking of Ebay, it’s strange, but if I collect all the images from an auction, it lessens the need to own the actual object. E-hoarding? The colors in all three of these are wonderful to me.

Ah yes. Gothic Holy Mountain is my ‘look’ for 2012. I just need to find the right hat.

An image from my David Lynch party invite.

In the future, all communication will be through animated GIFs. I stared at this one for 3 full minutes. Why? I cannot say – the bus is clearly endangering EVERYONE….I cannot say.
Ah, Jean Harlow. I find the image above, with her chubby cheeks and unairbrushed-eyes, is more appealing, though the strawberry-blonde/emerald green coloration below is very appealing.

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As someone who’s overseen commercial printing, I know how difficult it can be to match colors exactly from design to finished product, and there’s some latitude for being off by a shade. However, that does not mean you get to redefine ‘Dark Brown’ as ‘Rick Astley Red’.
Hair Club For Men

I love the look on the whale’s face, a mixture of surprise, perplexity and that ‘deer in headlights’ look you get when caught redhanded.
What am I doing in this bag? Who are you people?

For shame, 99 Cents Power! This is no way to teach children about evolution!
Sexy sexy fossils.

From the creators of ‘Butt Naked’ body spray comes three exquisite new scents: Black Love, Bump n’ Grind, and Ill Nana.
Bump n' Grind
I thought the last one was pronounced ‘nana’ as in ‘Hey Nana, let’s watch Empty Nest and have a snack’, but my sister corrected me, saying it’s pronounced like the last part of ‘Sha Na Na’. That makes…a little more sense, as I don’t think anyone would want to smell like a mix of mentholatum, stale smoke and cat pee.

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Bootlegs are fascinating examples of groups repurposing larger cultural icons for their own means. In case you’re not familiar with the man’s work, that first example has Garfield singing Biggie Smalls lyrics.

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