I was trying to figure out who dude reminded me of when it hit me: Kobe.
Dude looks exactly like Kobe with a Sri Lankan wig on, no? There’s that kinda lean, long slightly-Native facial structure, combined with the faintly condescending smirk that’s Kobe’s go-to facial expression.
At first, of course, I was just attracted to that sick-ass mane of hair. But once you get into the nitty-gritty, all I could see is the son of Jelly Bean Bryant…
S. Shiraishi (a set of people I actually knew)
Been away but now, “Back – caught ya lookin’ for the same thing…”
Useless P.E. reference aside, this week’s theme is based on a friend’s comment/suggestion. He asked when I would start drawing people we actually knew (as he also went to hi skool with me).
So hopefully he recognizes S. Shiraishi. I didn’t technically know him – in that I doubt we ever had a conversation, but I knew he existed. He may have even been in my grade 9 gym class. Anyhow, peep that ‘stache! I mean, this photo’s from grade 10 – AND it ain’t like he’s Sri Lankan, nawimean? He’s Japanese – though them cats is prob’ly the most (facially) hirsute of the Asian races. But it makes him look like the fourth member of YMO…
Wonder if he had that facial shit back in grade 9? Anyhow, though he may look somewhut nerdly and/or fobbish from my good-yet-bad drawing, dude wuz a str8t-up normo semi-jock. Maybe baseball? Or izzat some racial profiling in itself right there? While I felt there weren’t many Korean folks in skool (there were), there had to be like maybe ten Japanese hi skoolers back then. And it ain’t like their population has exploded since then. Does this even matter? Probably not – but there is a reason why all the Greek kids sat with Greek kids, the Black kids sat with Black kids, and the terminally nerdly hung with the terminally nerdly…
Proof that mullets aren’t limited to crackers. Of course, I have no idea if Galanos is a Greek or Sri Lankanly Portuguese name – but I figgered the frizziness of his hair and a darker complexion were ethnic enough to qualify. Now due to the poor quality of yearbook mugshots in general, you can’t rilly tell if his shirt is a mockneck or whut – but he looks like some kinda eletric boogaloo ‘80s Bollywood priest with that li’l gold cross.
Obvs didn’t know this dude in hi skool. Never even laid eyes on him (or his yearbook portrait) until a couple days ago. Might have a mini-sequence of ethnic mullets – provided I can find them. But I got a hall-of-famer coming up next fo’ sho’…
This dude here, who I don’t know, is as good a representative as any of the brown ESL (English as a Second Language) dudes in skool back then.
I believe he’s Sri Lankan, of whom there were many in my skool. The apartment buildings just behind my hi skool, ironically called “Tuxedo Court”, were notorious for housing many a Tamil Tiger.
Dunno much about the Tamil Tigers and whutnot, but is membership based on having a cool mustache? Cuz ol’ Jevarohan would certainly have been accepted, hands down.
And here’s another variation on the theme. More the serious-looking, thinly-mustached type, tho’. I don’t rilly have much more to say about him – but when I get around to drawing the brown dudes I actually know, there’ll be more “interesting” or “funny” facts instead of generalities and offensive racial stereotypes. Stay tuned! (for more racial profiling…)
I dunno if I ever found out whut the “A” stood for. As far as I know, his boys called him “Fizal”. Anyway, I didn’t quite understand the cross-cultural ramifications of being a brown* rocker (or “metaller”, if you prefer) backintheday – but looking back at it now, you gotta give the brutha props.
I mean, this is in an era where brown dudes wuz basically try’n to be black dudes with straight hair. not judgin’, just sayin’… And as we know, standing out or being different is never rilly a good thing in hi skool.
Anyhow, mad brown guys had long-ish hair back then, but not quite like this. An’ you could see this wuzn’t just some oversight, like he kept forgetting to get his hair cut or summat. This mane wuz muther-fuckin’ pre-meditated, nawimean?
The outfit that goes along with this J.D. hat and white tee is a pair of black Levi’s jeans and high top basketball sneakers, btw… Substitute various 80s/90s metal tees for variety (Metallica, Slayer, G’n’R, etc.).
*brown as in Indian or Sri Lankan or Guyanese or Pakistani or any other type of brown dude. That’s just how it’s gonna be, so get with the program or contact the Ministry of Racism post-haste…