Anyone fancy A Bathing Ape? Or BAPE in short. This Japanese fashion icon of a brand is one of the leaders in Japanese streetwear. The brand is like Fubu, Quicksilver or whatever trendy streetwise fashion you can think of out there. BAPE clothing is flashy, uses original artwork and uses posh materials. Favorite designs feature the famed and iconic ape (from Planet of the Apes) logo is used throughout the whole range of BAPE goodies, accessories, hoodies, jackets, t-shirts and shoes too. Of course, BAPE founder Tomoaki "Nigo" Nagao customizes his own cars to full BAPE specification too. Much to the dismay, shock or joy of others.
According to Nigo, the founder of BAPE, the name "BAPE" is short for "A Bathing Ape In Lukewarm Water" which basically is a reference to Japanese people like taking daily long lukewarm baths as a means of over indulgence. Whatever that means, BAPE has made Nigo-San extreme rich. So rich that he recently (sometime mid 2009) spent a thick wad of cash to do a modernized take on the original 1950s Mercedes 300SL Gullwing but with a BAPE theme.
The classic 1954 300SL has a BAPE camo paintjob, where you can see the head of the Ape as part of the camo pattern. It has an updated suspension running on current spec AMG rims. But the real piece de resistance is that 6.0liter V8 AMG custom made engine specced for the car. Check out the plaque that has been put on the car.
The interior has been trimmed in red leather with some modern amenities like a stonking stereo system and modern air-conditioning. You wouldn’t want a BAPE to sweat now would you?
I suppose if you were as rich as Nigo-San you may, or then again may not be as out there as he is. He not only customized this beautiful classic Mercedes, but a Bugatti Veyron in pink with some BAPE camo on its flanks (still very two tone Bugatti style) AND a fully BAPEd Rolls Royce Phantom in full BAPE camouflage. Check out the pics below.
Only with lots and lots of money can you act so young, extreme and without a care about other people points of view. It’s a bad, bad thing, this thing called money. So bad that I may have to work much harder to earn even more!