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Suresh Khan
Relax, everyone. This isn’t the punjabi Bobby Brown – but it is a brown guy with an awesome brown-guy flat top and a shirt reminiscent of many a late 80s/early 90s R&B video. Consider that time period the “Rayon era”…
This drawing also looks makes dude look like a cross between Joseph Stalin and Saddam Hussein. I think I may have unwittingly flattered him in my portrayal – unintentionally, of course. I don’t usually try to make people look better than their pictures. In fact, usually the opposite occurs.

Suresh Khan

Relax, everyone. This isn’t the punjabi Bobby Brown – but it is a brown guy with an awesome brown-guy flat top and a shirt reminiscent of many a late 80s/early 90s R&B video. Consider that time period the “Rayon era”…

This drawing also looks makes dude look like a cross between Joseph Stalin and Saddam Hussein. I think I may have unwittingly flattered him in my portrayal – unintentionally, of course. I don’t usually try to make people look better than their pictures. In fact, usually the opposite occurs.

Flat tops up, Hos down…

"Daddy Still Has a Flat Top", courtesy of The Chris Rock Show…

"Daddy’s still got a flat top…"
I’m sure that Patrick Ewing’s insistence on retaining the flat top stubbornly into the mid- and late 90s inspired Chris Rock’s skit…

"Daddy’s still got a flat top…"

I’m sure that Patrick Ewing’s insistence on retaining the flat top stubbornly into the mid- and late 90s inspired Chris Rock’s skit…

One Mean Hombré
In the NBA, when you call a player an “hombré”, it means he is not to be fucked with. In other words, Charles Oakley…

One Mean Hombré

In the NBA, when you call a player an “hombré”, it means he is not to be fucked with. In other words, Charles Oakley…

Mike Hodge
Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the tallest flat top in Woburn C.I. (and possibly all of Scarborough) circa the early 90s. I used to think it was Lorne Grandison’s, but after one gander of Mike’s he takes the crown. I may not have even drawn it high enough. Perhaps I was fearful that no one would believe that’s how tall his hair actually was. Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley (circa early 90s) didn’t have shit on him…

Mike Hodge

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the tallest flat top in Woburn C.I. (and possibly all of Scarborough) circa the early 90s. I used to think it was Lorne Grandison’s, but after one gander of Mike’s he takes the crown. I may not have even drawn it high enough. Perhaps I was fearful that no one would believe that’s how tall his hair actually was. Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley (circa early 90s) didn’t have shit on him…

Ojaye S. (could’ve been part of the set of dudes with rilly cool-sounding names)
This dude was in my gym class, too. At first I thought they were calling him “O.J.” like Simpson (prior to the infamous murders). Then the yearbook came out and I was like, “Oh, word? It’s actually “Ojaye”? Cool…”
In this pic he looks kinda like a young Big Daddy Kane – who along with Kool G. Rap, often goes unmentioned when we talk about the all-time great rappers. But the fact remains that in the middle-to-new-school era, the Mount Rushmore of MCs was Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, KRS One and Kool G. Rap. Try and tell me different.
If you’re giving me votes for Kool Moe Dee I can at least hear what you’re saying. If you’re going on about Uncle L, fughedaboutit. I can accept an argument for Slick Rick, too, but that’s about alls I’ll tolerate over here…

Ojaye S. (could’ve been part of the set of dudes with rilly cool-sounding names)

This dude was in my gym class, too. At first I thought they were calling him “O.J.” like Simpson (prior to the infamous murders). Then the yearbook came out and I was like, “Oh, word? It’s actually “Ojaye”? Cool…”

In this pic he looks kinda like a young Big Daddy Kane – who along with Kool G. Rap, often goes unmentioned when we talk about the all-time great rappers. But the fact remains that in the middle-to-new-school era, the Mount Rushmore of MCs was Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, KRS One and Kool G. Rap. Try and tell me different.

If you’re giving me votes for Kool Moe Dee I can at least hear what you’re saying. If you’re going on about Uncle L, fughedaboutit. I can accept an argument for Slick Rick, too, but that’s about alls I’ll tolerate over here…

D. Locke
We used to call this dude “the shadow”.  Moreso a reference to skin color than the pulp action hero.
Don’t get it twisted. We didn’t go around comparing the darkness of the black kids in skool like some amateur dermo-phrenologists. The name sprung from his grade 9 yearbook photo, in which he appeared so dark it seemed more silhouette than portrait. (The photos, of course, being grainy B&Ws thumbnails).
I actually kinda knew him, too. He used to live on my street. Tall, played basketball, hung with other black dudes. I remember walking from the bus stop with his older brother, who wuz rocking Patrick’s. And he made them look cool, too. This drawing is from his grade 10 photo, not the infamous grade 9 “shadow” incident.

D. Locke

We used to call this dude “the shadow”.  Moreso a reference to skin color than the pulp action hero.

Don’t get it twisted. We didn’t go around comparing the darkness of the black kids in skool like some amateur dermo-phrenologists. The name sprung from his grade 9 yearbook photo, in which he appeared so dark it seemed more silhouette than portrait. (The photos, of course, being grainy B&Ws thumbnails).

I actually kinda knew him, too. He used to live on my street. Tall, played basketball, hung with other black dudes. I remember walking from the bus stop with his older brother, who wuz rocking Patrick’s. And he made them look cool, too. This drawing is from his grade 10 photo, not the infamous grade 9 “shadow” incident.

Carl M.
At last – the elusive Gumbi. Lots of flat tops and junk in grade 9, but ol’ Carl’s Gumbi here is the best of its breed. I believe/hope that’s also an Africa medallion on his chest. Not quite sure whut he’s rocking here – appears to be some sort of combo adidas track-top/button-up shirt.
I guess there’s a lot more black hair choices for dudes these days, whether it’s dreads or braids and ‘rows or fauxhawks, mohawks and fades – but there are few hairstyles as emblematic of their era as the Gumbi. And for that, we salute you, Carl. Welcome your grade 11 yearbook picture and your Gumbi into eternity…

Carl M.

At last – the elusive Gumbi. Lots of flat tops and junk in grade 9, but ol’ Carl’s Gumbi here is the best of its breed. I believe/hope that’s also an Africa medallion on his chest. Not quite sure whut he’s rocking here – appears to be some sort of combo adidas track-top/button-up shirt.

I guess there’s a lot more black hair choices for dudes these days, whether it’s dreads or braids and ‘rows or fauxhawks, mohawks and fades – but there are few hairstyles as emblematic of their era as the Gumbi. And for that, we salute you, Carl. Welcome your grade 11 yearbook picture and your Gumbi into eternity…

Yohance D.
I referred to this dude earlier (see Kristen B.) in terms of prodigious cameos/box cuts/flat tops – and as you can plainly see, I ain’t no liar.
You can’t rilly tell from my drawing, however, that he’s got this kinda defiant look/stance to him. Even if you were an alien from the planet Zonkulus, if you came across his picture in my yearbook you’d just know he wuz some sorta cool. I mean, his frickin’ name is Yohance! Whut kinda name is that shit, anyway? Dutch? Black American? Who knows – and frankly, who cares? It just sounds right. Add the fact that his last name rhymes with the actor who played TV’s “Hunter”, and you end up with str8t murder.
Speaking of forgotten ’80s TV tough guys, someone recently gave me the oddest (and coolest) compliment ever. Running into these kinda nerdy-then-still-nerdy-now, but-hella-successful cousins of a childhood friend, one of them told me I looked like “Hawk”. And I wuz like, “Hawk as in the cohort of TV’s Spencer for Hire? As played by Avery Brooks, to Robert Urich’s Spencer?” And they wuz like, yup. 
Then they proceeded to discuss how Avery Brooks also starred in Deep Space Nine, in their estimation the best Star Trek series. When I ax’ed why, they said it dealt with the realities and moral ambiguities of the utopian ideal presented in all the other series. Which is actually a purdy good argument, except for the that ugly shape-shifting dude, Odo. They only had the budget to transform his ass like once an episode, thereby kinda killing my suspension of disbelief. But I digress…

Yohance D.

I referred to this dude earlier (see Kristen B.) in terms of prodigious cameos/box cuts/flat tops – and as you can plainly see, I ain’t no liar.

You can’t rilly tell from my drawing, however, that he’s got this kinda defiant look/stance to him. Even if you were an alien from the planet Zonkulus, if you came across his picture in my yearbook you’d just know he wuz some sorta cool. I mean, his frickin’ name is Yohance! Whut kinda name is that shit, anyway? Dutch? Black American? Who knows – and frankly, who cares? It just sounds right. Add the fact that his last name rhymes with the actor who played TV’s “Hunter”, and you end up with str8t murder.

Speaking of forgotten ’80s TV tough guys, someone recently gave me the oddest (and coolest) compliment ever. Running into these kinda nerdy-then-still-nerdy-now, but-hella-successful cousins of a childhood friend, one of them told me I looked like “Hawk”. And I wuz like, “Hawk as in the cohort of TV’s Spencer for Hire? As played by Avery Brooks, to Robert Urich’s Spencer?” And they wuz like, yup.

Then they proceeded to discuss how Avery Brooks also starred in Deep Space Nine, in their estimation the best Star Trek series. When I ax’ed why, they said it dealt with the realities and moral ambiguities of the utopian ideal presented in all the other series. Which is actually a purdy good argument, except for the that ugly shape-shifting dude, Odo. They only had the budget to transform his ass like once an episode, thereby kinda killing my suspension of disbelief. But I digress…

Karl D.
See? It wuzn’t all mullets back then. Of course, mad cats had the simple side and middle parts, but them shits are boring to draw. That’s why you get joints like this one right here.
Claaaaasic wigger/b-boy/beater haircut here: the white guy flat top (also know as the “box cut”). And Karl pulls it off, too. I mean, Vanilla Ice ain’t got shit on him! Seriously, no irony or nuthin’. It looks positively majestic. And yes, dude wuz on the basketball team. This one’s pretty flattering, too. I mean, I think dude looks a li’l nerdier in photography, but why not give a brutha the benefit of the doubt? After all, it wuz the 3rd Base era. Speaking of which, Serch likely had the greatest white guy box cut of all time. And anyone who doesn’t agree can get the gasface…

Karl D.

See? It wuzn’t all mullets back then. Of course, mad cats had the simple side and middle parts, but them shits are boring to draw. That’s why you get joints like this one right here.

Claaaaasic wigger/b-boy/beater haircut here: the white guy flat top (also know as the “box cut”). And Karl pulls it off, too. I mean, Vanilla Ice ain’t got shit on him! Seriously, no irony or nuthin’. It looks positively majestic. And yes, dude wuz on the basketball team. This one’s pretty flattering, too. I mean, I think dude looks a li’l nerdier in photography, but why not give a brutha the benefit of the doubt? After all, it wuz the 3rd Base era. Speaking of which, Serch likely had the greatest white guy box cut of all time. And anyone who doesn’t agree can get the gasface…