Who was that mean monster?
November 30, 2007 12:40 PM   Subscribe

Does anyone remember a t-shirt from the 1970s that had a green monster on it giving the finger?

I remember seeing this monster as an option at iron-on t-shirt shops in the 70s. He was round and hairy, with thin arms and legs. Big smile, mean eyes, gap in teeth, and flipping the bird. At least, that's how I remember it. Anyone who sends a link to an image of him will be favorited. Thanks!
posted by chippie to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (9 answers total)
I remember that. I always thought it was a parody of Freakies cereal.
posted by bondcliff at 12:46 PM on November 30, 2007

are you thinking of Rat Fink?
posted by cosmicbandito at 12:52 PM on November 30, 2007

I’m really surprised it’s this hard to find an image of this. This little guy was all over the place in the 1970s. I can clearly picture seeing this little guy in the back of Spencer Gifts, among the florescent Led-Zep and Farrah Fawcett posters.
posted by bondcliff at 1:04 PM on November 30, 2007

Yeah it's not rat fink, I know it too. It's like a frontal shot of a monster guy with a hazy gap-tooth grin, shaggy green fur, heavy-lidded yellow eyes, skinny legs, big feet, standing facing you giving you the finger.
posted by jessamyn at 1:07 PM on November 30, 2007

Here we go. Second row down, first column.

This is the sort of perfect Friday afternoon thread. Please don’t favorite this as I don’t feel that’s what favorites should be for. Being presented with a challenge, having it turn into an obsession, and resolving it is reward enough.
posted by bondcliff at 1:10 PM on November 30, 2007

Ha. Bondcliff's got it. And unfortunately, an ex has that that tattoo on his arm. -snicker-
posted by Ugh at 1:21 PM on November 30, 2007

That fuzzy green guy who smiled and gave you the finger was both a hugely popular T-shirt transfer (right up there with "F_CK - All That's Missing is U" shirts) and decal in the 70s.

All the BMX kids in my neighborhood rocked stickers of the lil' green guy on their bicycles. I miss this more innocent era.
posted by porn in the woods at 1:23 PM on November 30, 2007

They're sold out in that link, but they have a couple left if you go to page 8 at the same site!
posted by bink at 2:03 PM on November 30, 2007

Response by poster: Excellent work, bondcliff. I will respect your wishes and won't favorite you, though I wish I could. I'll just SAY that yours is my favorite answer so that everyone knows.

God, I remember seeing that monster everywhere when I was about 6 years old, before I knew what "the finger" was. Only years later did I recall it and realize that that must have been what he was doing. I remembered that his legs were crossed, too. Just casually flipping us all off. Gross.
posted by chippie at 3:33 PM on November 30, 2007

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