Check out our interview with James Hicks aka The Bearded Barber and help us congratulate him on his new barbershop!
Name: James Hicks
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Who: Owner of Hicks Barbershop
Mr. Pomade: What inspired you to become a barber?
James Hicks: Cutting hair in the Marine Corps and my old barber, Gene Blevins R.I.P.
Mr. P: How long have you been a barber?
James: Just over a year.
Mr.P: What do you enjoy most about the barber culture?
James: The many different styles and people. The willingness to share techniques.
Mr. P: Why do you think gentleman continue to come to traditional barbershops?
James: They want clean classic hairstyles. It's a place where men can be men.
Mr. P: What do you think sets you apart from other barbers?
James: My beard!
Mr. P: What do you think gentlemen enjoy most about the atmosphere at a barbershop?
James: The comradery amongst men and knowing you will walk out feeling good and looking good.
Mr. P: What qualities do you look for in other barbers that might be cutting your hair?
James: Simplicity. Being able to do a classic taper.
Mr. P: What do you make of the recent popularity of barbering and looking clean as a sort of revival?
James: Men get weary of the Super Great Cuts and how they are treated like a number. Get in, get out.
Mr. P: What is your message to other barbers?
James: Keep it traditional and stay humble. Remember what it's about, the client. Barbering is not a hustle.
Mr. P: Where do you see the barber industry in 10, 20, 30 years?