Young Nigo in Blackface


I promised this earlier: on the right, a very young Tomoaki Nagao — aka Nigo from A Bathing Ape — posing in Cross Colours, fake dreads, and semi-blackface in the October 2, 1991 issue of Popeye. I knew that Nagao used to work on the “Pop Eye” pages in the front of the book, but I never knew he showed up as a model.

W. David MARX
August 15, 2009

7 Responses

  1. francesco fondi Says:


  2. lauren Says:

    More like taupeface.

  3. Raccoon Says:

    Why has my comment been deleted again and again?

    I just asked if you have a contempt for Japan out of curiosity.

  4. W. David MARX Says:

    Your comments read like spam.

    No one writing this blog has “a contempt” for Japan.

  5. Raccoon Says:

    Oh, I see. Blocking spams is no laughing matter, isn’t it.

    Well, I should’ve asked what your general opinion on Japan is.

  6. Chuckles Says:

    Ah – I get it now. You guys delete comments that read like spam? Is it the stilted empathyless pseudo academese that sets your spam detectors going?
    That pic is funny though; pace Augustine: Gawd, make me black (and cool) but not quite yet.

  7. W. David MARX Says:

    So it was you!