NIGO has taken to Instagram to announce the end of his association with A Bathing Ape, the brand he founded and established as a leading name in street fashion. Since selling A Bathing Ape in January 2011 NIGO has been the creative director of the label and as of April 30, 2013, his term ended. The comment for the picture read:

As of 30 April 2013 the term of my contract with I.T Limited (the new owners of A Bathing Ape since January 2011) as Creative Director has concluded. This brings to a close my 20 years of work creating and designing A Bathing Ape. From now on I will continue to work as a freelance creator in many different fields. I thank you in anticipation of your continued support. BAPE GENERAL NIGO® (1993-2013) painting by ©KAWS

BAPE GENERAL NIGO® (1993-2013) / ©KAWS