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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Air Simpson...

Above is the infamous Black Bart "Air Simpson" tee that was featured in the Washington Post back in 1990. The success of Bart Simpson merchandise inspired an entire line of black market counterfeit items, especially T-shirts. Some featured Bart announcing various slogans, others depicted redesigns of the character, including: Teenage Mutant Ninja Bart, Air Simpson Bart and Rasta Bart to name a few. Surprisingly Matt Groening did not object to bootleg merchandise probably because the exposure it was generating. I wonder if Nike ever had anything to say about these because Black Bart stayed in the flyest Nike gear!

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