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Multi award winning Barber and entrepreneur, Pat Barry,is a second generation Irish Barber. He started working at the age of thirteen, sweeping the floors in his uncle’s barbershop, Gavin N Moore of Limerick. Those early years were a priceless experience, not only learning from great barbers, but also getting an education on life. Pat later went on to work with American Crew Allstar Brian Hackett. Those three years introduced Pat to up-to the minute fashion work and instilled in him the ethos of constantly learning about his trade and the industry. 2001 saw Pat living in United Kingdom. He trained in photogenic barbering work and collaborated with some of the leading male fashion publications during his stay. After almost a year in the UK Pat, aged twenty four, returned to Limerick to open Babylon, his first barbershop.
“They were tough years, but rewarding, and I was able to build up a loyal following. I learnt a lot.”
5 Other Things That Happen At Black Barbershops (Besides Getting Your Haircut)
We all know what going to the barbershop basically entails: you show up, sit down in the barber chair, get your haircut, pay the barber and leave. Well, in a black barbershop, getting your haircut is only the warm up act to what really goes on in the shop. Everything from the how to deal with relationships to shaping and molding future black leaders of America happen daily.
Here, to celebrate Barbershop: The Next Cut – which hits theaters April 15, are five things that happen in the barbershop other than getting a haircut:
Talking about relationships
Men (black men in particular) rarely open up to talk about questions/observations about their relationships with women to other men. Most just internalize the problems and go at it alone. At a black barbershop, the audience usually includes men from all age ranges, social backgrounds and experiences to weigh in on any problems. Admittedly, some of the conversations can get raunchy and explicit, however, most of the ‘advice’ and encouragement is very positive and (mostly) helpful to the person seeking out the advice from the barbershop. Positive encouragement and advice from other black men is something that can keep a black man going back to the same barbershop and barber for years.
Keeping current on the newest released movies/watches/music/trends
One of the most memorable characters from the hit sitcom ‘Martin’ starring Martin Lawrence was named ‘Hustleman’ played perfectly by comedian Tracy Morgan. Anything that he could try to make money on, he would try to sell it. Every neighborhood barbershop has one of these. If its hot in the street, the…
By Christopher Burke,
There was an article I came across about 5 years ago that permanently redirected how I see the past, present and future of barbering. It was written by Douglass Bristol and published in Enterprise & Society (Volume 5, Issue 4, December 2004), a business journal that tracks certain trades and individual businesses in order to study them as they relate to the timelines of American history. This article gave me a much more true understanding of the role African Amercans played in who and what it was to be a barber in early America than anything I was taught or studied while in barber college. It was in this article that I learned our foundations of the American barbershop, and barbering as a trade in the US, differ drastically from the image of the traditional barbershop we are all exposed to with Floyd the Barber, Andy Griffith and the ‘made for television’ town of Mulberry, USA.
Bristol discovered that in the years between 1750 to1915, African Americans had been thriving in the local small business arena, carving a particular niche in the service industry, and that Black barbers and their barbershops were right at the heart of it all.
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High school students will soon be graduating; many will be preparing to begin college this upcoming Fall. Our society dictates that successful people graduate from college. Therefore, to be successful, students should go to college to obtain the skills needed to live a comfortable lifestyle. But how is this true? The average college graduate in 2012 earned a starting salary of $44,455. I’m sure this figure sounds appealing to many people (including myself), but how much does the average person actually need to live comfortably (or, successfully)?
The average cost of living in the United States is $58,627; this includes costs for childcare, housing, food, taxes, transportation, healthcare and other necessities. Add the yearly amount the average student will be paying on their student loan for the following 30 years, the cost of living jumps to $61,531 – and that is assuming the…
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