Home' INSTYLE Magazine : INSTYLE SPTOCT 2016 Contents From Sydney's well-known
Chop Shop in Bondi Beach to
Mr Chop Shop in Bondi Junction
and beyond, Dan's always
looking out of the next big
thing. Dan hit the road to find out more.
July 2016: Starting in Venice Beach,
LA, I'd walked all the cool streets and even
ventured down to Santa Monica, finding
only a few female salons. Where was I
going to find a good men's cut?
en I thought about what I know about
the industry nowadays back home: good
social media will lead me to a good shop.
After all, isn't that why we do all the work
building up our followers?
I hit Facebook. 'Venice barbers' went
into the search window and just like that
I had a list of names to choose from. I had
spent hours walking around and in two
seconds I had narrowed my search.
So off I went to check out my final list of
nearby barberias. I walked past the first
one which had a homeless man asleep
in the doorway and hadn't opened for
business yet- next!
en there it was. A massive red and black
building entitled 'Old Glory Barbershop'
in tattoo font. Walking in, I was greeted
by Rob, a very cool tatted up cat rocking a
classic gunslinger moustache and a trilby
hat. I knew I was in the right place.
e owner Shaun also rocked up, a real
born and bred Venetian, with an air about
him that let you know Venice breeds them
tough. e shop itself, located on Main
Street, has great old classic character
mixed with a little Venice hotrod/tattoo
flair, with red glitter vinyl chairs and
vintage cinema seating.
Great chats and banter but most
importantly, an awesome cut. I will
definitely be back in to see these lads again!
A few weeks later I found myself passing
through the famous Nashville Tennessee.
Time for a chop and a defuzz, and what
better place to record an experience!
is time I took my previously learnt
shortcut and went straight to Facebook
to start my search for the best Nashville
sniphouse. Top result was a place called
'Brave Barber and Beauty'.
I thought I'd wing it and see if I could get
a seat, but when I rocked up it was booked
out! And I could see why. is place was
eclectic and the crew were styled up.
e shelves, walls and work spaces were
heavily adorned in collectibles, from Star
Wars figures to deer heads, and posters of
classic stars from yesteryear.
Everything was arty and everything was
kitsch and very reminiscent of a Newtown
experience. I would have loved a cut here,
but it wasn't to be.
Days passed and I was now looking a little
rough and in need of a freshen up -- before I
accidentally got mistaken for a local busker
in our next stop, New Orleans! Learning my
lesson from Nashville, I contacted the guys
at ' e Rooster Club' and booked ahead.
Interesting name huh? Well everything
in New Orleans is interesting. ese guys
were the new kids on the block, creating a
unique men's club experience.
With a completely stocked bar made
from recycled bourbon barrels, an old
leather couch waiting room and a full
female staff delivering services such a hot
shaves and pedicures, this shop was all
about higher-end, gentleman's service.
Next I found myself in Austin, Texas.
What an amazing place. I fell in love with
the culture of Austin as it reminded me
of home, and once again it was time for
a tidy up. I guess with 25 years in the
industry, I can't allow myself to become a
Again, Facebook came up with the goods,
leading me to 'Shed Barbershop & Supply"
just off Sth Congress Ave, a booming area
for vintage shopping. I had to check this
joint out as it had great reviews and a look
that was right up my alley -- a hipster
But just like in Nashville it was booked
out. I did spend some time with the owner
and manager talking about the barber
movement in Austin and local products.
e shop had different focal points of art -
like a wall of number plates and a customer
e most interesting thing here was that
they don't play Spotify, Ipod or CDs here.
e guy on the front desk doubles as a DJ,
and spins vinyl all day!
After grabbing a goody bag of products to
take home, I ventured back to Sth Congress
to peruse the shops. Here I stumbled
across a classic styled barber called Ave nu e
Barbershop. I stuck my head in to find two
guys wearing white coats, empty chaired
and ready for action.
Sitting down, I was surprised and
impressed from the get-go. e young guy,
Emmanual, originally from California, knew
exactly what to do. Fading like a champion
he swapped through his clippers like a
demon. With no time to muck around, he
whipped out a pair of 9-inch barber scissors
and completed my fade. Never had I seen a
pair of scissors so large and I had immediate
flashbacks of my mother trying to cut my
hair as a child with dressmaking scissors.
Afterwards I found out that I had just
had my hair cut at the oldest barbershop
in Austin, and the second oldest in Texas.
Opened in 1933, the shop has been handed
down through the generations and
maintained its quality and style. I'd been
sitting in its original Koken chairs, and
received the sharpest cut I'd had in a while.
So if you're ever in the US, these great
barbershops will keep you looking
sharp on your travels -- in both style and
substance, for you and your business.
So you're travelling to some of the more stylin' places in the US and you need a haircut.
But how do you find out where to go? Well, you'd usually need to do some research to work this out
- but thanks to a recent trip I took stateside, I've got you covered, writes Dan Dixon.
Old Glory Barber Shop
e Rooster Club
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