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 (10 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 remember this image; the brother of a friend of mine in grade school had it on a poster (with, if I recall correctly, the accompanying text "This One's For You"), and I thought it was pretty much the most risqué thing ever. I'm having trouble finding an image online right now, as I'm at work. Perhaps that accompanying text will help in finding it, though?
posted by Greg Nog at 12:58 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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