Antique Barber Bears are a gang of cool looking bears with human characteristics who willingly “pose for the camera” while at work in the shop. We have Teddy, Pola, Black, Pandi, Grizzy , Koali and Honey B the first lady, all dressed up in barber smocks and apparel as they are busy styling their bear customers with tools such as the razor, clipper, scissor and shaving mug in hand.
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Last week, the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta GA was amazing. The creative and colorful hair art left me speechless at times. I would suggest this event to all barbers and stylists at least once in a lifetime. Our booth was #508 and we were well received by the public. Attendees cluttered around our booth at times we thought we would run out a garments to sell. We also gave out free hair cuts to attendees and they really appreciated that. We didn’t get to see everything because we were working as well but what we did get a chance to see regarding the hair styles and barber battles were phenomenal. I would like to mention a few stand outs and hair show regulars, Major League Barbers, there booth was crowded every time I took a stroll, Curtis Smith of exotics, great products and P Diddy’s barber, Ivan Zoot, Andis Educator, Rodrick Samuels, Profile Barber Institute and Andis educator, G Whiz, Whal educator and platform artist.
The night life is all the same being from New York we already know the club seen. First night we went over to the Velvet Room, really nice club music was so loud it reminded me of the sound factory in NY. Saturday night we went to the BOM Magazine release party at Legends Barber shop, we even had a table there selling our product, work never stops. I would like to send special thanks to Craig Logan AKA MR. TAPER, B.G. CUTTA and VINNY BARBERINO thanks for the BARBER LOVE, also JAY OUT of TEAM LEVELS, he performed a cut, design and dye on the spot, got to love it. Last but not least TEAM LEVELS held a cutting class in room A403 that was filled to capacity and the Q&A was off the hook, thanks for coming out guys see you in February peace.
On November 8, 2008 I took a trip with my assistant and first cousin De Norval. We headed down to Tunica Mississippi for the third annual Barbers International conference. The trip to the airport was hectic, we were hard pressed to catch a cab that would take us to the airport with one wheelchair and 8 bag of luggage. Once we pulled that off we had to make a few changes in the weight of our bags because if they exceeded 50 lbs the price would jump to an extra $50 per bag. When we finally got to our seats on the plane everything went smoothly, the flight was quick and easy. We touched down in Memphis around 12:30 and ran into about ten barbers at the baggage claim, it must have been my Antique Barber sweat hood that gave me away. I made two sales that morning, thanks guys. We all introduced ourselves and stated our place of residence. De Norval and I met our surrogate bother Scott Sales from Iowa that morning, what a funny guy.The car service was nowhere to be found so after an hour we got lucky with a fella by the name of Issac, he and his associat had two vans and drove us to the Sam’s Town Casino. Thank you so much Issac.
There was nothing to do day one except register meet, greet then get something to eat. The buffet was our best deal for the weekend. I think I must have gain about 5 pounds at Sam’s Town Casino. I can’t believe Hotels have to throw away all that food at the end of each day because there are laws that will not permit them to give away the food.
Sunday morning we got up and headed to the conference room to set up our table for The Antique Barber. It was good to see so many warm professionals of the barber industry all in one place. We met barbers from all around the country such as North Carolina, California, Mississippi,Iowa, and Memphis just to name a few areas.
The panelist were entertaining and informative. The stand outs were Ivan Zoot spokesperson for Andis, Rodrick Samuels of Profile Barber Institute and Ronald Hampton of H42. Ivan holds the genius book of world records for the fastest haircut (55 seconds), the most haircuts in an hour (34) the most haircuts in 24 hours (340). Rodrick Samuels from Profile Barber Institute, who was most energetic, entertaining and interactive gave a shaving demonstration and coloring demonstration. The most memorable panelist was Ronald Hampton of H42 which is a EPA approved virucidal anti/bacterial that kills all viruses and bacteria. Ronald talked about Staphylococcus witch is a group of bacteria familiarly known as staph that can be spread in barbershops if barber’s and there tools are not disinfected properly. For more information visit www.medicinenet.com
There were a few barber competitions going on simultaneously in an adjacent room but I didn’t really get a chance to see it because I was working myself. Shawn E. Boston from BosMan’s Barber-world was crowned the champ of the most creative cut. As you can see he hit the nail right on the head literally with the Barak Obama piece less than a week after his presidential sweep.
The Antique Barber (TAB) had one of the most creative booths at the event, If I do say so myself. The reception of (TAB) was more than expected, attendees really took to the idea of a clothing line geared toward barbers. They also liked the creativity and quality of the garments. The black designer barber jacket was the star of the show and the studded barber pole cape came in second.
To sum up the weekend I had a great time, there’s not many if any other events out there like this one for barbers. I would like to thank Don Fagan and Charles Kirkpatrick of Barbers International for setting a president in the industry. Please let’s all work together to build up the profession of barbering. In closing,” take your time leaving but hurry back” Antique Barber.
IVAN & DE NORVAL
Two weeks ago, on Sunday October 5th I attended the 2nd annual ALL BARBERS LEAGUE held at Baruch College. Malik Morris an associate and friend is the founder of this event. A barbers basketball league wow, this is something that has been talked about for a long time but finally someone had the gusto to put it all together, thanks Malik. I wasn’t able to stay until the final whistle but I must say competition was on an all time high. The competitors goes as such Matrix Barbershop, Against The Grain, Harlem Unisex Salon, Diamond Cuts, The Shop and Leos Barbershop. I may have missed a few so forgive me like I said I didn’t stay until the end. Now back to the action, I’m not trying to burst any bubbles but these guys looked like they play ball for bread and meat if you know what I’m saying. I’m a barber and I’ve played ball in my day but if I played like that I would have had to choose the latter.
The entertainment was stellar as well, music by DJ Big Ray, guest host Sharlamain from the Wendy Williams Experience 107.5 and performances by a few up and comming artist for the halftime show. All in all it was a great day for barbers to get out there and cheer for there fellow brethren in a game played by few watched by many.