In the early 1990s, I used to get a kick out of the horribly-drawn Bart Simpson bootleg t-shirts, particularly those created by college fraternities as party souvenirs. For example, I distinctly recall one of Bart in a rasta cap holding a bong to commemorate "Reggae Night" at some frat. Bootlegbart on Instagram is a feed collecting hundreds of badly-drawn Barts and other Simpsons characters. And yes, some of them are racist or otherwise offensive and horrible. Bootlegbart (Thanks, Gabe Adiv!)
From our friends at surreal clothier Imaginary Foundation, Panel Tees
with high-res sublimated graphics on the front and back! Imaginary Foundation
Special thanks to our sponsor Amorphia Apparel, makers of the wonderfully irreverent line of History League t-shirts. We've posted many times about Amorphia's witty t-shirt lines like "Teach the Controversy" and "Monsters of Grok" that replace iconic band name logos with scientists, and we're thrilled that Amorphia signed on as a Boing Boing sponsor! My favorite "teams" in the the History League are Colossus of Bletchley Park and the Tesla Lightning!
Shared in the Boing Boing Flickr pool, and available on Woot as a kids' pullover hoodie for $20-25.
Complexin writes, "Drew, of daily webcomic 'Toothpaste for Dinner' and 'Married to the Sea,' among other sites, seems in danger of going offline. He's offering special discounts on t-shirts, a book, and original music in hopes of generating enough revenue to keep it going. According to his Twitter stream he's not interested in donations... but if you enjoy the comics consider purchasing some of the associated items from the Sharing Machine store. I own a few of the t-shirts, and they are well-made, sized correctly for women, AND bitingly hilarious. Bonus: comes in men's styles, too."
I don't own any of Drew's tees, but I do own, cherish and highly recommend his book.
Toothpaste For Dinner: Daily comics by Drew
Anti-racist activists snuck trick t-shirts into a music festival with a large neo-Nazi turnout; the shirts bore a crypto-racist slogan that faded on first washing to reveal a plea to reconsider "militant right-wing lifestyle."
The shirts, which bore a skull and crossbones symbol and the word 'Hardcore Rebels,' faded upon washing to reveal a hidden message: "What happened to your shirt can happen to you. We can help you break with right-wing extremism."
Right-wing extremists tricked by 'Trojan' T-shirts
The T-shirts were the work of Exit Deutschland, a group that helps young people transition out of militant right-wing lifestyles.
"With these T-shirts we wanted to make ourselves known among right-wingers, especially amongst young ones who are not yet fully committed to the extreme right," said Exit founder Bernd Wagner.