‘Stranger Things’ Season 4: Surfer Boy Pizza T-Shirt Released as Merch Might Have Something Ominous Hidden in the Graphics
Ross and Matt Duffer remain tight-lipped about the big plot lines in Stranger Things Season 4. So far, all fans know comes from what they’ve seen in the multiple teaser trailers released. However, some new merchandise received by someone on Twitter has fans scratching their heads. A shirt that looks like it came from Surfer Boy Pizza might include something ominous hidden in the graphics.
The California storyline in ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 involves a restaurant named Surfer Boy Pizza
Surfer Boy Pizza is old news for diehard fans of Stranger Things. The pizza shop employs the new character, Argyle. According to Argyle’s official character description, he’s Jonathan Byers’ new best friend and described as a “fun-loving stoner.”
Recently, fans discovered the phone number on the side of a Surfer Boy Piza delivery van was a working number. Those who called it heard a tinny-sounding version of the Happy Birthday song. This led some fans to believe the birthday song might hint at the specific release date for Stranger Things Season 4.
Stranger Things Season 1 premiered on July 15, 2016. Because Netflix drops most of its popular series on Fridays, some believe the song might tease that the Stranger Things Season 4 release date will be July 15, 2022.
Some fans think designers incorporated the word ‘die’ into the graphics of the new merch
The newest t-shirt released connected to the show is a retro-style shirt promoting Surfer Boy Pizza, but fans quickly noticed there was more than meets the eye. On one side of the shirt, the words “hot, hot, hot” are stacked on top of one another, with flames erupting from the top. One of those flames looks like the word “die,” and several viewers found this significant. A creepy skeletal hand also gives the “hang 10” signal in the middle of one of the Os.
The Twitter user who posted the photo tweeted, “Amazon has had a monthly ST tshirt subscription (official with Netflix) for a while. I just got a message that mine has shipped & this is this month’s design. It looks like the part in the middle says ‘die’ & the hand says vampire/Vecna to me.”
Vecna, the alleged big bad of Stranger Things Season 4, is connected to Dungeons and Dragons, just like the Demogorgon and the Mind Flayer. While its origin story is more complicated than the other two, the Hand of Vecna is “a powerful and evil artifact that granted its wearer access to supernatural strength and powerful spells,” according to the Forgotten Realms Wiki.
However, not everyone thought the hand belonging to Vecna was a slam dunk. One Redditor wrote, “And it’s giving the surfer shaka hand signal? Seems like it’s just an ugly drawing of a hand to me, not necessarily Vecna.”
The wait for ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 has fans looking for clues everywhere
With such an extended delay for the release of Stranger Things Season 4, none of these theories are set in stone. The three years between seasons has fans looking everywhere for clues, but there’s no confirmation about anything other than what folks saw in the teaser trailers.
Stranger Things Season 4 drops in the summer of 2022.