Cartoons, Merchandise

Geek Apparel of the Week: First Fully Show-Accurate Beavis and Butt-head Merch Ever?



My first reaction to these socks from Poprageous: Ehhh, they’re socks. They’re cool (huh-huh), but most people never see your socks, especially if you’re a dude.

My second reaction: Holy shit. They finally managed that?

If you’re a long-time fan of Beavis and Butt-head, you already know what I’m talking about. Part of the hilarity and universality of the characters when they debuted was the way they wore generic AC/DC and Metallica T-shirts like every obnoxious moron you knew in high school*. Yet, for obvious licensing reasons, MTV couldn’t use those band names on merchandise, so until now we’ve been stuck with depictions of Butt-head’s shirt reading “SKULL,” Beavis’ reading “Death Rock,” and most egregiously, their nerdy frenemy Stewart’s Winger tee was replaced with one stating “I love unicorns.” (Metallica, in a show of good sportsmanship, put out a handwritten “Metallica” shirt in the Beavis style as part of their own official merchandise.)

I don’t know how Poprageous got around this, but it rules. IT RULES! Yeah, heh-heh-heh.


*I too wore Metallica shirts in high school and am not impugning every single soul who did. You know exactly who I’m talking about

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist