The title screen gag of this episode is a reference to the English folktale Jack and the Beanstalk, with Bart cast in the role of Jack. Bart is shown carrying a harp and a goose down a beanstalk; in the folktale, a magical harp and a goose that lays golden eggs are among the items that Jack steals from the giant.
It is revealed that Marge's birthday is on March 19, even though another episode revealed that Marge shares a birthday with Randy Quaid (Randy Quaid was born on October 1, 1950).
Homer sings along to the theme song while driving replacing the music with "doo"s.
This is the fourth episode which revolves around a Simpson being an artist. The previous three are "Brush with Greatness," "Mom and Pop Art" and "Ice Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair)". Like Homer's art in Mom and Pop Art, Bart's artwork in this episode vandalized Springfield. However in this episode, Bart got caught by the police while in Mom and Pop Art, he wondered about whether Homer's art would be seen as vandalism. Also in Mom and Pop Art, Jasper Johns was a thief where in this episode Shepard Fairey was on the opposite end of the law. Brush with Greatness and Ice Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair) also feature a masterpiece of Homer.
A red can of paint thinner is seen again (though not identical), which was last seen in "Homer Scissorhands."
Bart creates a graffiti image of Skinner saying "I am a wiener," just like he did in "Bart the Genius" (and did again in "Principal Charming," with the graffiti image: "I am still a wiener"). This time, however, the word "wiener" is spelt with an "ie," not an "ei."
Bart's graffiti artwork is also central to the plot in the comic story Picture Perfect.
The last time a shop in Springfield turns out better than the Kwik-E-Mart was in "Monty Can't Buy Me Love." He has also become suspicious of an unseen discount store in "I Love Lisa".
The phone wire wasn't shown until Homer checks it.
The first part of the episode is set on March 18, as shown by the calendar held up by Lisa at the beginning of the episode. However, a flyer for I, Carumba: The Nightmare World of El Barto states that the dates of the art gallery show are March 11 - August 15, a week before the start of the episode. Bearing in mind, Bart decided to become a graffiti artist after Marge's birthday on the 19th and approximately two days passed between Bart becoming a graffiti artist and Shepard Fairey persuading Bart to open the art gallery.
Bart is seen using his right hand whilst spraying graffiti, but he is left handed.