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Shazia Sharif
Just so you don’t get the impression my hi skool was Pleasantville or nothin’, I drew ol’ Shazia here. Didn’t know her – and I apologize to her if she feels her skin tone ain’t right. Peeps get sensitive over that shit. Believe me…
I gotta admit, lookin’ at this drawing she looks more Thai-Asiany than Pakistani or Indian. But the waves and sheer volume of hair are more on point. Might gotta do a re-do. Goddammit…

Shazia Sharif

Just so you don’t get the impression my hi skool was Pleasantville or nothin’, I drew ol’ Shazia here. Didn’t know her – and I apologize to her if she feels her skin tone ain’t right. Peeps get sensitive over that shit. Believe me…

I gotta admit, lookin’ at this drawing she looks more Thai-Asiany than Pakistani or Indian. But the waves and sheer volume of hair are more on point. Might gotta do a re-do. Goddammit…

Mark Lee
Backintheday, being asian and being cool were unlikely to intersect in the Venn diagram of hi skool.
Make no mistake – Mark Lee wasn’t in that rare intersection. But he wasn’t a nerd, either. In fact, he straddled that rarity of asiannesses – relative normalcy. If he were a white guy, he’d be Joe Average in khakis and plaid. 
But this was the early 90s, so it was a rugby “sweater”. Navy blue and forest green also seemed to be a popular colour combo (just like pink/black for a vomit-inducing portion of the early 2000s) – and not just for rugbys. That colour combo popped up in plaids from many a cheap team or hi skool boxer short back then… 

Mark Lee

Backintheday, being asian and being cool were unlikely to intersect in the Venn diagram of hi skool.

Make no mistake – Mark Lee wasn’t in that rare intersection. But he wasn’t a nerd, either. In fact, he straddled that rarity of asiannesses – relative normalcy. If he were a white guy, he’d be Joe Average in khakis and plaid. 

But this was the early 90s, so it was a rugby “sweater”. Navy blue and forest green also seemed to be a popular colour combo (just like pink/black for a vomit-inducing portion of the early 2000s) – and not just for rugbys. That colour combo popped up in plaids from many a cheap team or hi skool boxer short back then… 

Jack Bae Redux
Because even li’l Korean rapscallions deserve proper representation, here’s my re-do of ol’ Jack Bae. I think this captures the right amount of insouciance.

Jack Bae Redux

Because even li’l Korean rapscallions deserve proper representation, here’s my re-do of ol’ Jack Bae. I think this captures the right amount of insouciance.

Shaun Taylor
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)

Shaun Taylor

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)

Laura Riley
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…

Laura Riley

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…

Jeffrey Hagan
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…

Jeffrey Hagan

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…

Katherine Stankowski
Speaking of alterno-chicks, we actually used to call her “alterno-chick”. Not that we didn’t know her – or her name. She was friends with this other alterno-chick we used to call Morrissey girl (she used to rock a Morrissey t-shirt frequently). They were both younger than us dudes. After a lifetime of dating progressively younger women (relative to my ever-increasing years), this observation seems, I dunno, poignant? Relevant? Creepy? Jeez…
Anyway, the original point I was going to make is that this hairstyle obviously wasn’t limited to dudes. And like the male version, this style was equally comfortable moshing to Ned’s Atomic Dustbin (everyone under 35 is like “who?”) as it was rawking out to Metallica. On a semi-related note, I believe she’s a mom now.

Katherine Stankowski

Speaking of alterno-chicks, we actually used to call her “alterno-chick”. Not that we didn’t know her – or her name. She was friends with this other alterno-chick we used to call Morrissey girl (she used to rock a Morrissey t-shirt frequently). They were both younger than us dudes. After a lifetime of dating progressively younger women (relative to my ever-increasing years), this observation seems, I dunno, poignant? Relevant? Creepy? Jeez…

Anyway, the original point I was going to make is that this hairstyle obviously wasn’t limited to dudes. And like the male version, this style was equally comfortable moshing to Ned’s Atomic Dustbin (everyone under 35 is like “who?”) as it was rawking out to Metallica. On a semi-related note, I believe she’s a mom now.

Mike Streeter
First off, dope name! With a moniker like that, he could be a rapper along the lines of Craig Mack (whose name is really, yes, Craig Mack). 
Anyhow, yes, the Minnesota (!) Twins were popular back then – or at least their hat was. So was rocking it with a big tuft of hair in front of the brim. I don’t recall enough about dude to recall it was an authentic fitted or not, but I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt.
He was one of those perpetual man-boys – in that he always looked like he was 12 years old, even upon graduation. But that name! That’s the type of handle that’ll take you places, seen? Like if he was an NFL quarterback, that’s a starter right there. Mike Streeter? Are you kidding me? Call this cool-name-athlete-thang the “Tony Romo effect”….

Mike Streeter

First off, dope name! With a moniker like that, he could be a rapper along the lines of Craig Mack (whose name is really, yes, Craig Mack). 

Anyhow, yes, the Minnesota (!) Twins were popular back then – or at least their hat was. So was rocking it with a big tuft of hair in front of the brim. I don’t recall enough about dude to recall it was an authentic fitted or not, but I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt.

He was one of those perpetual man-boys – in that he always looked like he was 12 years old, even upon graduation. But that name! That’s the type of handle that’ll take you places, seen? Like if he was an NFL quarterback, that’s a starter right there. Mike Streeter? Are you kidding me? Call this cool-name-athlete-thang the “Tony Romo effect”….

David Ma
Speaking of fobby hair, heeeeere’s Davey! Dude was on the cover of the Scarborough Recreation & Parks Calendar/Schedule thingy backintheday (mid 80s?) playing basketball. Dunno if he had game or not, though…
We went to grade skool together, too. Remember those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books? We wrote one together in grade 5 called Commando Squad. If you don’t know, the structure of the books was a li’l bit of story, and then a choice: if you pick option A), turn to page 6. Option B), page 12. And so on and so forth. 
Except in Commando Squad, if you didn’t pick the “right” option, you ended up dying in one of many ninja-y/G.I. Joe-esque ways. So really, there was only one adventure to choose from – assuming you actually wanted to read that piece of trash. FYI, the look was heavily influenced by Ultimatum of mid-90s Captain America comics “fame”. 
I always thought ol’ Davey looked kinda extra childish and cute here, like an animé chipmunk or something…

David Ma

Speaking of fobby hair, heeeeere’s Davey! Dude was on the cover of the Scarborough Recreation & Parks Calendar/Schedule thingy backintheday (mid 80s?) playing basketball. Dunno if he had game or not, though…

We went to grade skool together, too. Remember those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books? We wrote one together in grade 5 called Commando Squad. If you don’t know, the structure of the books was a li’l bit of story, and then a choice: if you pick option A), turn to page 6. Option B), page 12. And so on and so forth.

Except in Commando Squad, if you didn’t pick the “right” option, you ended up dying in one of many ninja-y/G.I. Joe-esque ways. So really, there was only one adventure to choose from – assuming you actually wanted to read that piece of trash. FYI, the look was heavily influenced by Ultimatum of mid-90s Captain America comics “fame”.

I always thought ol’ Davey looked kinda extra childish and cute here, like an animé chipmunk or something…

Elizabeth Loh
I dunno this chick personally, but she got around a lot like 2Pac in ‘92. Nothing lascivious here – I just mean she was in assemblies and hallways and yearbooks and shit an awful lot. And it weren’t cuz she was some sports superstar or prom queen (we never had a prom king or queen – did we?)…
This semi-dykey-lookin’ ‘do wasn’t uncommon amongst chicks Asian and otherwise backintheday – another reason why this page keeps yielding some sweet portraits. And I honestly think I’m doing her mad justice here. Trust me.

Elizabeth Loh

I dunno this chick personally, but she got around a lot like 2Pac in ‘92. Nothing lascivious here – I just mean she was in assemblies and hallways and yearbooks and shit an awful lot. And it weren’t cuz she was some sports superstar or prom queen (we never had a prom king or queen – did we?)…

This semi-dykey-lookin’ ‘do wasn’t uncommon amongst chicks Asian and otherwise backintheday – another reason why this page keeps yielding some sweet portraits. And I honestly think I’m doing her mad justice here. Trust me.