This week I’ll be exploring all things 90s – from hair to fashion to… well, mainly just through hair and fashion.
Li’l Gerald here, for instance, is rocking a “groodie” – a self-created (lousy) term for a plaid shirt or vest with a hood in place of the collar (or any sense of style or class) so ubiquitous in the early-to-mid 90s.
His hair is also peculiarly greasy and 90s-ey – shaved at the sides, slicked back and alarmingly long on top. It’s got a wider reach that his hood, for Chrissake!
And in a 90s two-for-one kind of deal (much like the old Marvel Team-Up comic, which featured Spider-Man and whatever second-rate hero needed sales backintheday), Gerald 500 here is also rocking another peculiar 90s-ism: a turtleneck! I don’t know why they were so popular back then (fear of vampires? cold fronts concentrated in the neckal region?), but I for one am glad Gerald wasn’t playing when it came to his trendy neck-swaddling game.
I took some liberties here. Yes, her eyes were really closed. No, I don’t know if Tamika’s hair was actually red or not. But given the audacity of what’s going on follically, I wouldn’t put it past her.
At first glance, it kind of looks like two hairdos in one (a bob and that peacock-esque explosion up top) – like she had a two-for-one coupon or something and damned if she wasn’t going it use it all herself.
While the magnitude of Tamika’s bizness wasn’t the norm per sé among the flyer of black chicks backintheday, certain elements within were: the almost metallic sheen on their curls, for instance. It was as shiny as aluminum foil, yet flatter and smoother.
And this tan-khaki vest thing was part of a matching pants suit, I’m betting. That kinda shit was big back then. Trust me…
I didn’t know this chick backintheday (probably because she was three years young than me), but she does seem somewhat familiar. Kinda petite, as I recall…
I certainly don’t remember her being this striking, though – on some porcelain/alabaster demi-goddess shit. I ain’t frontin’ with the hair, neither – shit was at least that long. She’s probably a mom now. Is that a diss? Cuz I don’t mean it that way at all…
Mods have always been a niche sub-culture methinks, but they had a li’l resurgence in the late 80s/early 90s. Hence dude’s bowl cute and suit for picture day (I’m sure he also owned either an olive-green army parka, James jacket or M1 bomber). Incidentally, I did unwittingly improve Donald’s appearance here. He seems a li’l more squat and slitty-eyed in his actual-factual yearbook photo. You’re welcome, man.
I drew this guy just because he’s rocking some serious 90s shit.
a) That hair. Mad popular ‘do for Asians and non-Asians alike…
b) That grunge staple he’s wearing – a plaid flannel vest with a heather grey hood of sweatshirt material sewn onto it (complete with drawstrings).
Allow me to explain. It all started with alcoholic sportswear (™ the Judges family), those plaid shirt/jackets with a sewn-in liner, usually done up with snap buttons. In the ‘hood I believe they were called “Pendletons”. Dickies and other blue-collar brands made ‘em.
Needless to say, plaid was a grunge staple. Meanwhile, in California when I went to visit in grade 11 I bought this Quiksilver buffalo plaid shirt with a grey hood sewn onto it – the first of its kind I’d ever seen. I bring it home, and sure enough, about six months later that shit is ubiquitous: plaid shirts with hoods, plaid vests with hoods, you name it…
The best part of this is, on the very same page as ol’ Freddy here in this particular yearbook is another dude rockin’ this same shit! Maybe not the exact same one (but possibly the exact same one)…
I gotta give it a retro-active name. The groodie (pronounced like “hoodie” ‘cept with a “Grr-” sound first)? Sounds like what the droogs call boobs in “A Clockwork Orange.”
The grundie? Sounds too much like drawers… Maybe the Seattle? Not descriptive, really, but evokes the era. Suggestions welcome…
Julie Chamberlain (Re-dux)
Re-dux because the first one kinda sucked. Aside from the generally gross inaccuracy, she just looked too fucked up. This is much improved.
Even without knowing her or her picture, if you looked at the old drawing and this one you’d be like, “yup…”
Brief re-cap: two (or three) years younger; we called her “Morrissey chick” because she wore a Morrissey t-shirt on occasion (no more so than in a conventional rotation); I thought she was cute. Possibly a mom now.
Does anyone remember that video game, “King of the Monsters”? I think it was an SNK joint inside those Neo Geo machines. Basic premise is Rampage on a 3D-ish landscape. You could be a Godzilla-clone, an Ultraman-clone or some other monsters – and you basically duke it out with each other and a multitude of puny humanoid armies.
What’s that got to do with Mitchell La? Well, this week(ish) I aim to draw the “King of the Housers” – “housers” being what we used to call the (mostly) Asian dudes with gelled-up hair and fat pants who listened to house music. [Not to be confused with Ravers, who also wore fat pants, albeit with a lot more candy-based jewelry and fun fur…]
Was Mitchell La their king? I dunno, rilly… But his hair and steez was certainly emblematic of their whole schtick. Dunno if you can tell from this drawing, but dude was definitely on some Eurasian shit, too.
Another big hairstyle in the early 90s – the mushroom cut. There were many variants, but that whole shaved-undersides thing was usually the common thread.
And honestly, dude looked way dorkier in his yearbook photo than I’ve made him appear here. Generally, these drawings skew uglier – in that they’re less attractive than the people I’m depicting. Herein lies the exception… (sorry, Shaun)
This drawing doesn’t really do this chick justice, but we have a saying around here: “Get used to it, Hitler…”
In my defense, her yearbook photo didn’t really do her justice either. She was a couple years younger than me and my peeps, but for whatever reason we knew her and her crew. Of course, her game was tighter than that of her compatriots. On an unrelated note, I believe she is also a mom these days…
So dude’s not very alternative – looking, anyway… But this side-part with leftovers-on-the-back hairdo was pretty common in the late 80s/early 90s. Why? I can’t honestly tell you. Maybe a dude in Glass Tiger rocked that shit. Or the lead singer of Honeymoon Suite. I’m not intentionally dissing CanCon here – I just can’t think of any other more period-appropriate musical acts that may have committed similar follicle atrocities.
Of course, the joke is ultimately on me (when is it ever not?) because right now I would kill to have dude’s amount of hair…