After 26 seasons and a feature length film, the success of the Simpsons doesn’t need to be proved. This show is a true television monument. When you have such an influence on popular imagery, everything is possible, and that is what happened in the ‘90s with the Bootleg Bart phenomenon.
Artists would take their spin on the character to include him in some weird, trashy or political situations (sometimes all three at once). The result is a two weekend exhibition in Los Angeles and Paris, hosted by Be Street.
Back in the 90s, everyone wanted to get their hands on bootleg Simpsons merch. Today, a man in the UK is creating an online archive with all the best Bootleg Bart shirts—including Bart smoking weed, hanging out with LL Cool J, and fighting the Gulf War.