𝐌𝐢𝐤𝐞𝐲 𝐇𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫

mikeyyyyyyy_

Love eternal.
Lust infernal.
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Photo: @lea_lost

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

They say the beast inside of me's gonna get ya
Photo By: @lea_lost

Come with me and you'll be
In a world of pure imagination

I cry out for magic
I feel it dancing in the light
It was cold, I lost my hold

To the shadows of the night

Oh baby, Lily Munster
Ain't got nothing on you

To Hell with the Devil

It’s no secret I’m an old soul, I think that translates into my craft and myself as a brand- I used

to stage these haircuts during my classes and posts, almost manifesting the style to become popular again. Now they’re about 69% of my clientele. Do what you love to do- when you want to do it, not what everyone else tells you to do. - it’ll eventually be what everyone does.

And on the 7th day I created the link in my bio

Dear Father, forgive me
I know just what I'm doing

shout at the devil

I remind your mom of the good ‘ol days
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Photo by: @lea_lost

Diary of a Madman

Eat your heart out

Hungry for love, and it's feeding time

They’re only noodles, Michael.

Eyes are windows to the soul
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Photo by: @lea_lost

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

Toxic Masculinity
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Photo by: @lea_lost

“Welcome to my home. Enter freely of your own will and leave some of the happiness you bring.” Bram Stoker’s Dracula 1992

And whiskey seems to be my holy water

Indoctrination by a twisted desire
The catechism of an evil messiah
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Photo by: @lea_lost

Love eternal.
Lust infernal.
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Photo by: @lea_lost

International Women’s Day - Thank you to all the women who have let me create over the years.

Reach out and touch faith
photo by: @lea_lost

I get more tips on onlyfans than I do haircuts.

Feel my heat
Takin' you higher
Burn with me
Heaven's on fire

Many people turned down buying the church because of their first impression walking in.

I’ve always been able to see the potential in things that others do not.

When I first purchased the church, the entrance alone was very discouraging. Holes in the floor, unstable steps, roots coming in through the foundation, the list goes on... many people thought I was crazy for pursuing the project just by walking in the front door.

After months of hard work and help from a few people, the restoration is finally done. Not set in stone, but done.

Much more to do, but I’m proud and grateful for what has been accomplished during such a difficult year. Thank you to those who have helped in some way, your support is and always will be greatly appreciated.

Welcome to the red room
Photo by: @lea_lost

Father of Controversy

Modern Day Burt Reynolds, link in bio.

2021 Dirk Diggler

Disco shit.

You said I tasted famous,
so I drew you a heart
But now I'm not an artist

I'm a fucking work of art

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it

Want to change the world?
There's nothing to it

What year is it again?

I’ll make you a believer
Photo by: @lea_lost

My dirty dreams are filled with ghosts
Drowning in a shallow puddle

An image burning in her mind
And between her thighs
Photo by @lea_lost

Hellboy.

Its always been more than hair for me, it’s been a lifestyle.

As I evolve through the years I will always be grateful for the base of my platform. So here is a little reminder that I ain’t goin nooooo where.

You'd better get yourself a garlic T-shirt, buddy, or it's your funeral.

Great Sunday read for those who didn’t make it to church this morning.

Hey lol

I’m up in heaven but I came from hell @darbyallin

There’s no place like home.

You have to be saved to get into heaven, you only have to be you to get into hell.

She likes the dark
On her milk white neck.
The Devil's mark.

Photo by: @jbaby.photo

they say the beast inside of me is gonna get ya
Photo by: @jbaby.photo

Fit to do confessions.

Taking confessions and doing hair is the same thing and you can’t convince me otherwise.

I’ll never grow old and I’ll never die. Bless you all for the birthday wishes.

If you conjure the devil
You better make sure
You got a bed for him to sleep in

Reach out and touch faith

Was always told that giving held more value than receiving, so I’m giving the people something to believe in.

I'm a confession that is waiting to be heard

What is it that you truly desire?

“Damn me Father, for I must sin”

Never grow old. Never die.

What should my Only Fans name be?

I'm the hand up Mona Lisa's skirt. I'm a surprise. They don't see me coming.

Sometimes I sit and think how far cutting hair has got me.

I’ve traveled the entire world just because of this craft. It has given me a platform to build upon that I’ll forever be grateful for. Even though it is a big part of my life, and my actual career, i try to show you all the many aspects of me as a person. I never wanted to just be looked at as a hairstylist or barber, and you all know i hate labels, well except for daddy or father. Just wanted to say thank you to my clients that continue to support me, and every salon,barbershop, and event who has had me there for educational appearances. I may evolve but I will never abandon what got me to where I am. - side note this cut i did reminded me of horns so felt it was on brand for me. Enjoy.

Vanity, definitely my favorite sin. †

“You'll never grow old, Michael, and you'll never die. “

I don’t really talk about my personal life. -
About 15 years ago we got a dog.

I didn’t want one, maybe because I don’t do well with being attached to things. He came at a time where I had many friends and life was easy. Everyday people came in and out of my house and included this dog in the crew. He wasn’t looked at as an animal but more as a friend of everyone. As years went by I lost most of these friends, my family started slowly falling apart, but he somehow was always still here. The things this dog saw could of had it’s own television series. Anyone that knows my household can understand what an accomplishment it is to have been around all these years. Friends, family, clients and anyone else who step foot in this house knew how important he was. Basically he was the only thing holding everyone together and the one thing, if not only thing we cared about collectively as a family. From laying under the barber chair getting hair all over him, to stealing my food and turning into a demon if you tried to get it back, he had such a personality. I always would joke that he was immortal when old friends would come by and ask how he was still here. This last year he has been suffering a lot, like the rest of my family. I just didn’t want to accept it, no one did. Even though he could barely walk, he always would push through and never give up. I felt like he was always setting an example of how the rest of us should look at life. He may be the only one who knew me as who I really am and the things I was going through at all different times of my life. This morning we had to say goodbye to one of my only friends who has always been there through it all. Although I’m happy he isn’t suffering, I guess I realized how much he meant to me and my family. There will never be another Lucky, or whatever name he answered to since he had about 100. He will always be my best friend and a huge part of my family. Things will never be the same, but you’ll never be forgotten. Thank you for always being my best friend, and to me you’ll always live forever. I love you.

Daddy is home and I hear you have a lot to confess (or maybe I should say Father)

I feel like I never upload pictures of my friends, so here ya go.

When you reserve a public pool to yourself for a stranger things tiktok. Who wants to be my Mrs.

Wheeler?!

“Toxic Masculinity”

I'm that bitch
Been that bitch, still that bitch
Will forever be that bitch

Not banning TikTok without me going down fighting!

“A strong spirit transcends rules.” Prince

“make them react - do whatever's in your power to move the audience, and if that's where it is, and there where it is with America, sex and violence, then I say project it.” | Alice Cooper

¹ ⁹ ⁸ ⁵

Death By Stereo

“You need people like me so you can point your fuckin’ fingers and say, “That’s the bad guy.” So… what that make you?

Good? You’re not good. You just know how to hide, how to lie. Me, I don’t have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.”

“You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." | Batman

I’ve been overwhelmed by all the Fathers Day wishes.

It really isn’t easy being Daddy to you all, but I do the best I can. Thank you.
Photo | @vntmelito

These new regulations are a bit crazy and stressful.

My clients, like my cousin seen here, are using @budweiser as masks. In combination with a mullet you have 99.9% immunity to the virus. Some may say 100% if you add 80s hair Metal in the background but you didn’t hear it from me.

Amsterdam 2018 - but more relevant than ever.

In love with this artwork by @marika_szwal thank you. ♥

I mean, don’t call me a head of my time but I had my clients incorporating masks LAST YEAR.

I kinda felt like this looked like a still shot from a porn - but I’m going to post it anyway because I like my hair.

I take almost all of my own pictures. I Bluetooth my phone to my camera.

This is in front of a door in my kitchen. - I’ve takin pictures of my clients in front of toilets in a bathroom that have been in some popular magazines. Moral of the story, you can create anything you want to where you’re at. Don’t let anyone try to convince you otherwise.

Last night I got some great feedback from my story about how I won’t take a test to get a certificate saying that I know how to be sanitary while I work.

That’s why I paid too much for a license. - I’m also sanitary as fuck bitch, please. Hope y’all start working again soon!

We live in a society where confidence and self love is looked at as arrogance and condemned, while hating yourself, and being fake humble is idolized.

Especially for males.- I’m an advocate for loving yourself, which you can never love yourself enough. By doing so, it will enable you to love others and share your confidence with them. Don’t be soft, because the only soft thing worth having is ice cream. Hating is for the weak.

What if I told you @bmanheimfilmco was 5ft (not 6ft) away from me when she took this because it completed the mood.

I can’t get Five Finger Death Punch out of my head..

the REAL “Magic Mike”

Don’t call it a “rebrand”.

When @darbyallin and I went to Castle Bam and I did my last haircut before quarantine on that @kentuckyasshole

Can’t wait to get back in the gym, the only thing I’ve been lifting are y’alls spirits.

Well, since I have no new hair content- here is a throwback to when I kicked it with @adtr and cut @therealjeremymckinnon

Really pisses me off when social media “influencers” ask questions they don’t really care about to get engagement attempting to boost the algorithm...but anyways what pisses you guys off?!

You don't even know
what I've been through
You don't gotta like me
ya bitch do.


Photo | @jbaby.photo

Me vs Quarantine.

Castle Bam | @darbyallin

Really been eatin’ this past month, now I’m gothicc.

L0STB0I

Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?

Straight shootin’

I’ve lost my mind. | @larszivus thank you for being a cool ass muthfucka

Even my mama thinks that my mind is gone

Plain haircut pictures get old after awhile, so here I am takin’ a piss with some of them.

I could sit here and list al the things I’ve accomplished this last decade, most I still can’t wrap my head around.

I could sit here and tell you my goals for the next decade, but honestly, I’m the only one that needs to know those. All I want to say, especially about 2019, is that I learned a lot. I’m grateful for the people who remain, those who I’ve gained and also for those who have left. Most of all, I’m grateful for those who took the time to know me more than what you see on here and those who have supported me through the years and in my careers. Have a great new year, it’ll be what you make of it.

Not your Daddy’s mullet.

I hate labeling myself. I hate calling myself an educator, hairstylist etc.

Im not better than anyone else. I don’t like being contained. A lot of people in the industry get off on labels or titles. I do what I want, when I want, and how I want. I don’t like telling people how to do something, I prefer to tell them why I do it. If you don’t know why, you’ll never understand how. A goal you all should have is not to be different, but to be yourself. In return that will translate into your message and work, and indirectly make you different. Unfortunately, everyone is telling people how to do something, instead of why. Not sure if people just want to be on stage these days or what but In return everything becomes repetitive. This isn’t only in the hair industry, it’s in many other crafts. I always wonder how I’m able to keep going or how I’m still here. Well here is the secret, I’m not trying to be someone else.

My vision behind this haircut was basically if a modern mullet fuccked a retro mullet.

I believe this could be one of the results.

Proud of my friend @cmpulisic great game today brotha! Even better hat trick. Keep pushin’

Throw back to a few months ago with my good friend @finnbalor -inspiration in and outside the ring.

Had a good time in philly tonight at AEW Dynamite. Nice to see my friend @darbyallin kill it.

Thanks again brotha, glad you’re still in one piece.

Could poke an eye out to be honest.

Falling is just another way to fly or whatever Lucifer said..

When I got into this industry I had no mentors. The term “influencer” didn’t exist yet, but everyone that was on that path was laughed at.

No one ever took the time to show me a technique (because clipper cutting was frowned upon at the time). I used shitty tools, barely any product, and a shower towel as a cape. Took pictures on my iPhone, before it was looked at as more of a camera. Posed most of my clients in my bathroom next to a toilet for pictures that would eventually be used in magazines throughout the world. Was made fun of for choosing to do hair for a living. - moral of the story, from day one I had a vision of my life. I was not the best, but I always wanted to be one of the best. I didn’t read positive quotes in memes to inspire myself, i did the work. I never gave a fuck about doing things the right way, I did them my own way, and for a long time...I did them alone. I created my world, without the resources we all have now. People want a story, so give them one. I’m rewriting mine everyday.

“It’s October 3rd” and I turn 28 years old today.

Passion is important. When you find a way to incorporate all of them together in your life, that’s success in my book.

..even my mama thinks that my mind is gone

A little late but wanted to say Happy Birthday to my friend @cmpulisic keep killin’ it brotha 🍻

Time to turn things up a notch.

Black and white pictures defined my brand when I first started.

I moved away from it, but I feel its time to bring it back from the dead. Who better than the king of black & white, my friend @darbyallin #AEW

Added two new pieces to my collection recently from my friend @mike_lemos As I get older I prefer to collect art that I generally love instead of trying to always have a meaning behind it.

Although, I can always find a meaning for anything in my own mind.

“..the decapitated bishop picked up his head and walked several miles while preaching a sermon on repentance. He is venerated in the Catholic Church as the patron saint of France and Paris”
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The Fall of Lucifer, Gustave Doré, 1866, for J. Milton’s “Paradise Lost“

Tattoos: @mike_lemos

Hard work pays off, dreams come true. Bad times don't last, but BAD GUYS do.

Ready for @chelseafc | Always a pleasure catching up with my good friend @cmpulisic kill it this season brother!

Trying to get my bro @cmpulisic ready for preseason at Chelsea but damn, I am rusty!

“A model poses, the villain gets shit done.”- Marilyn Manson | Video by: @brittmanheim

All I have in this world is my balls and my word and I don’t break them for no one.

Recycling some content because I’m too busy with my real life lately

“Sometimes a camera sees more than the naked eye. Some Native American tribes hated to have their pictures taken because they thought the camera captured your soul.

And maybe they were right.” | Are You Afraid of the Dark “The Tale of the Captured Souls”

Keep your heels, head, and standards high.....or something like that, right?

Education is the key to success in any business, and I take it very seriously.

It’s been a pleasure traveling the world sharing my knowledge with others. Looking forward to continuing it for many years into the future. Thank you all for the support. Oh yeah, and the customer is never right. Quote me on that. Love what you do. Who’s next? #haireducation

@cmpulisic

Great cuttin’ and catching up with my friend @cmpulisic tear it up at @chelseafc brotha!

That look when your ex’s new man sees you walk into the bar

As Danny Zuko said in Grease “chicks'll cream for grease lightning” — helped me justify not washing my hair.

There is one secret to success. It doesn’t matter who you work for, what brand of tools you use.

It doesn’t matter what technique you choose. Do good work, that’s not a prediction, it’s a spoiler.

Walkin’ into this weekend like.. #wrestlemaniaweekend

We all have our inner demons | @finnbalor #demonking #finnbalor #wwe #roadtowrestlemania

One of the looks from yesterday’s show. I’ve been playing with different ways to incorporate mullets lately.

Was feeling a bit retro sleazy with this one, never a bad thing baby. #redken #redkenbrews

The hair and the wrestling industries share similar aspects in my point of view.

We are all characters and we all have a story. Some gimmicks get over and some don’t. The only difference is, in wrestling, I get to actually do things I imagine myself doing in the hair industry. | Photo: @jbabyyyyyyyyyy

The lost aren’t always meant to be found, and the wild aren’t meant to be tamed.

There are two paths you can take in this industry, other industries, and in life:

go with the current or against it. Even though everyone likes to pretend they support what’s different and promote individuality, the moment you stray away from the popular opinion, you become the bad guy. If you want the numbers and the positive engagement, I suggest you tell people what they want to hear. I recommend drinking the kool-aid, hell, even add the sugar and stir that shit. If your idea is to build a community of support that may not be the largest but are loyal, then I suggest you take the kool-aid, set it down, and take a nice piss in it. Industries aren’t meant to be filled with leaders, but those who choose to lead need to withstand the heat of the fire of being real. I’ve experienced a lot in a short amount of time, and something I learned is that you will never please everyone. Having a voice isn’t about pleasing though, it’s about being heard. You either whisper, repeat, or tell it how it fuckin’ is.

“Sex Sells”
Photo by: @jbabyyyyyyyyyy

The Devil worships me

You need people like me so you can point your fuckin’ fingers and say, “That’s the bad guy.” So… what that make you?

Good? You’re not good. You just know how to hide, how to lie. Me, I don’t have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.

Girl Scout Cookies Are Trash

Always cute, never deleting later. #thecutthroatkid

As a kid, I always wanted to do this. It has always been a dream of mine.

Last night that dream became a reality. As one of the greats said, “Hard work pays off. Dreams come true. Bad times don't last. Bad Guys do” I may have been eliminated, but this is just the beginning. | I wanted to thank all my friends and supporters who attended my debut. I also want to thank @ppwentertainment @anthonymckeegan @johnnymoran_ @mikeywhipwreck_ @realtommyfarra for the opportunity, and the rest of the professionals I had a chance to work with. One of the greatest moments of my life. #thecutthroatkid

I always love when people ask me what I do for a living, because honestly, sometimes I don’t even know what I do for a living.

I’ve basically combined everything that I love into one occupation, which is being myself. It’s kind of a weird “job” but I built a brand around who I am whether it’s behind the chair, on stage, or in the ring. A lot of people think you should put everyone first before yourself, but I believe in putting yourself first in order to be capable of helping or inspiring others. Respect those around you who respect you, but never humble (that word can suck it) yourself to degrade what you worked so hard for. People will love you, people will hate you, but the key is to have them never forget you. Everyone will view you as the character they want to see you as. Some people think I’m a hero, some people think I’m a villain. I see myself as the antihero, because being conventional is boring. #redkensymposium2019 #redken #redkenbrews

Some of you never cut hair in a custom made studded leather jacket with no shirt on....and it shows.

#womenshair #womensfashion

When I started my hair career I perfected my craft in my kitchen.

I think it’s only fitting and somewhat ironic to perfect my wrestling in an old grocery store. #prowrestling #training #thecutthroatkid

This is where the big boys play huh? The measuring stick just changed around here, buddy -- you're looking at it.

#redken #redkenbrews #redkensymposium2019 #prowrestling #hairworldorder

Killing the industry norms and bringing life back to the art| I wanted to give you all a glimpse of raw footage I received from different people at my show before I get all the produced content.

I did this six times in two days, plus six 45 min “promos” explaining my industry views and techniques. I came into this year prepared to not only change the industry but the world, erasing what is expected and delivering the unexpected, this is only the beginning. #redkensymposium2019 #redken #prowrestling

||When you’re booked to do a Hair Show but you’re The Cutthroat Kid || What a week!

As I look back at the past few days it really was such a BLUR. Model prepping for two days, shooting content behind the scenes, SIX shows, three each day. Creating an entrance that mixed Goth, Punk, Church, Wrestling, and Kid Rock. I could never thank my team enough for the success we achieved this week. From the Redken brand, the assistants, the production, the models...we all worked together to stir the industry pot and produce one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my hair career not to mention pave the way for others to embrace whoever they want to be, most importantly themselves. Thank you to each and everyone of you who showed me love, there was so many of you and I’m very grateful for that. Stay tuned for tons of content from the show. THANK YOU. #redkensymposium2019 #redken #redkenbrews #thecutthroatkid

I don’t look up to too many people but this man right here is one of my biggest inspirations and one of the most OVER guys in the business.

Always great seeing your hard working friends get the love and support they deserve! Motivation. #finnbalor #balorclub #royalrumble #toosweet

While everyone is so concerned with what everyone else is doing or the hair they are cutting...I’m more worried about what jackets I’m going to wear on my stages throughout 2019.

#haireducation #hair #menshair #womenshair #haircut #redkenbrews

Wanted to say congratulations to my friend @cmpulisic on his move to Chelsea.

The amount of respect I have for this guy on and off the pitch couldn’t be put into words. Excited to see you achieve even more in your career. Well deserved. #pulisic #chelseafc

2019 | Cuttin’ Hair & Cuttin’ Promos | It’s a cutthroat business baby #thecutthroatkid

Felt cute, might delete later. #NewYearSameMe #ThankUNext

I’m the king of talkin shit and then backin it up

People think my life is easy but try balancing haircut pictures, pictures of me in my underwear, and wrestling posts.

Here is a haircut I did while I was in NYC for all of you that only follow me for this reason. Eventually I’ll just cut hair in a ring in trunks to solve this problem. Trying to please all you S.O.B’s this holiday! #menshair #hair #haircut #mensfashion

“Do your clients come to you with a set idea for their hair, or do they just let you do your

thing?” I never really tell the secrets of my brand in social media because I believe it’s not fair to those who invested and spent hours with me in my seminars, but I’ve decided I’ll give this tip away here.- - -The truth is, when a client comes to me, I sit them down. I let them explain what they like, what they don’t like. Then, referring back to this photo, I gently hover my hands over their head, usually slightly above the parietal ridge. Then I use my power, some of you may say “force” (but that’s a little violent for me) to influence their mind, the end result being anything I want to do. This is a great technique to try, but remember fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. You must unlearn what you have learned. #menshair #mensfashion #menscut #guyshair #haireducation #barber #hairstylist

My Nan is 95. I can’t imagine being that old. She’s seen it all, and I always enjoy the story about her turning down Frank Sinatra.

She still walks everywhere, and still cleans house at bingo. You know those Italian women from the Bronx, they just never stop. Here’s to many more years. Sorry about all my tattoos, I wore the turtle neck just for you Nan!

I started cutting hair in my kitchen, now I travel the world doing that exact thing.

I went from cutting my best friends for fun to being in front of hundreds of people screaming my name cutting hair. I worked hard, I studied my approach, and I put the time in. I sacrificed a lot for the platform that I have now, especially mentally. Currently, I’m pursuing MY dream. I’m putting all my energy that I can without walking away from the hair industry into this. This isn’t a joke to me, I’m not doing it because i see others doing it, this is my life. I’m doing this for my supporters who have been by my side through everything but most importantly I’m doing this for myself. Talking the talk is one thing, but I built my platform by walking the walk. It’s a cutthroat business baby and I’m excited to have you all along for the journey. | Special Thanks to my friend @finnbalor for the motivation. Thank you to @themanjohnnymoran @mikeywhipwreck_ for helping me make it happen. #prowrestling #training #thecutthroatkid

They say love what you do. I liked bridging the gap between barbers and hairstylists....but I LOVE bridging the gap between hair and pro wrestling.

A few events left this year, one being Vegas in a week. With an even more limited/exclusive schedule next year because of my new career path, I’m excited to continue helping others get better behind the chair, or give them chair shots..you just never know! #haireducation #hairstylist #barber #prowrestling #heelofhair #OVER #cutthroatkid #cutthroatchronicals #rosewasaheel

A lot of people ask me what’s the best advice I would give to anyone thinking about getting into the beauty industry.

I could probably talk to you for hours about the do’s and dont’s, but there is one thing, that I even have to be constantly reminded of. You absolutely need thick skin. You won’t please everyone, and you shouldn’t try too. I honestly ask for it quite a bit, and I enjoy putting trolls in their place...it’s kind of entertaining. The truth is it does effect some people. We live in a world where we only acknowledge people that have visual problems or difficulties and we brush aside those who always look like their fine. Maybe these people are popular, attractive, rich, very talented. Many people think “why would they possibly need help.” Moral of the story is this. I can take being called an ass, a dickhead, a douchebag....hell in recent times maybe even the antichrist(haha), I grew up with criticism but I want some of you to remember that not everyone can take that. Think about others not by what they look like but by the fact that they are human just like you. I always invite criticism, because I’ve taught myself that to be successful in the line of work I do and the new career I’m pursuing (professional wrestling), I need to be able to handle that mentally. The only opinion that matters is your own, but use other opinions as fuel, negative or positive. There is success to be found with any publicity, you just need to know how to channel the feedback.

Here is a haircut I did in Monterey, California today.

I explained the importance of not degrading or devaluing your fading process. I also explained the technique I use that was inspired by photoshopped pictures. I always notice how much attention people’s faked haircuts get by people who actually purchase the services (clients). If you ever notice the only people who bitch about it are other people in the business, not those paying you. Therefore, I developed a way to mimic that soft look with actual hair instead of a program, because personally, I’m the farthest thing from fake in any aspect. It’s all about supply and demand. With that being said, being artistic and business minded is the key to success. This is my take on being business minded using negative aspects of the industry to inspire a positive outcome. Also, for those people who bitch about fades etc I got two words for ya.. #menshair #hairstylist #hair #menshairstyles #mensfashion

The eyes only see what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

Lately I’ve been the happiest I’ve ever been. It’s taken years of evolving to build the platform that I have today. Ive worked on who I am mentally and physically a lot recently. I discovered how to have fun again. A lot of people think that this is a character or some type of gimmick, but to me it’s hard work, focus, and dedication. Focusing on pleasing everyone around you invites failure, the moment I realized that finding happiness within yourself is the key, everything changed. It’s taken awhile but I realized that not everyone will like you, and they certainly won’t always understand you. I’m a tough personality to understand, and I think it’s because I now know who I am. I’m from a small town, I’ve built a brand and image from absolutely nothing. I’ve had to develop thick skin over the years just to make it to where I am in the careers I’ve chosen, maybe that’s why I have all these tattoos now. Just because every post I make isn’t me helping my grandmother cross the road doesn’t mean I’m not compassionate. I focus my energy on helping those that are overlooked, mainly those who only need help on the inside. There is a method to my madness. I’m generally an open book, but I’ve learned that the people who really want to know who you are will always make the time to do so, no matter what social status they are....and I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the shock factor anyway. I’m not normal. My life isn’t normal. My career isn’t normal. My goals are unrealistic. This is who I am. Call me crazy, but when I want something, I want it. Always fight for what you want and your happiness. Follow your dreams instead of accomplishing someone else’s. Be your biggest fan.

Thank U, Next

Growing up, I always strived to be known. Being known never seemed like a logical career choice.

You can’t really study how to get people to be interested in your life. I was made fun of a lot, still to this day, for wanting this. I always was different in some shape or form. Even at my lowest of lows I never walked away from this goal. Every move I made was strategically calculated. If you sat down with my original best friends, they would tell you how I always had some kind of motive to get myself out there into the world. Most of my ideas were crazy and not practical. I think this thought process is something that kids these days need to understand. No one knows your path, only you do. For me, picking up a pair of clippers has taken me all around the world. My platform has enabled me to pursue journeys that I only dreamt about as a kid. Whatever the future holds, whether it be on stage cutting hair, or in the squared circle, I am a performer. From the days on the soccer(football) field to where I am now....I enjoy entertaining. I will never please everyone, but one thing I’ve learned is to chase happiness within yourself.....everything else will follow. #mensfashion #hairstylist #barber #moscow #russia

Despite popular belief, I still do hair. Haven’t started my in ring career full time yet.

Look, It’s November, I got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, haircuts — YOU NAME IT! | @octaviaplach #womenshair #shorthair #pixie #mohawk #women #tattoos #hairstyles

MARILYN MANSON| Halloween ‘18. “People only hate what they see in themselves.” |Church:

@joshbalz MUA: @kaseykochanski VideoEdit: @ryanchisesi #marilynmanson #halloween #manson #disposableteens #fashion #makeup #goth #rockandroll

“lǝpoɯ ǝloɹ ɐ ʇou ɯ,I
I'm a role villain” | Marilyn Manson @marilynmanson #halloween #marilynmanson #manson #costume #disposableteens Makeup:

@kaseykochanski

Happy Halloween Everyone, sorry not dressing up this year....

#BDE #HeelTurn #Dick #imactuallynice #fuckingthecompetition #screwingthebusiness

Having the opportunity to witness the first ever women’s ppv lastnight was amazing.

These women deserve all the support and recognition they get and more, what they do in the ring and outside of it isn’t easy and I have a ton of respect for it. As a lifetime supporter and someone who is pursuing a future in the same business, I’m happy to see the direction it’s going. It was great to see a few friends in action, as well as being surprised by another one in the crowd! Great job ladies! #wweevolution

The love I have for Russia is real. The love from my supporters is my motivation.

I wouldn’t be anywhere if it wasn’t for you. | Video by my friend: @ryanchisesi #russia #moscow #russianbarberweek #menshair #womenshair #hair #fashion #prowrestling #heelofhair #cheappop #OVER

I could sit here and write paragraphs about this girl, but I’ll keep it short and simple.

Hands down one of my best friends in the industry and in life. So proud of what she has done, and she’s always there when I need to bitch, which is a lot. Always a pleasure working with you, thank you always for the support. @staygold31 #moscow #russia #fashion #barber #hairstylist #dadshoes #fila

Just landed in the beautiful city of Moscow. This lady decided to photobomb my picture so my foot decided to superkick her in the face.

#heelofhair #russia #moscow

Ladies night, but I’m the real Diva! @thefoxxyone @joshbalz @themickiejames

“If the eyes are the windows to the soul, you're not going to like the view.”| The Undertaker #judgementday #americanbadass #lifesawork #harleydavidson #sportster #mensfashion #fashion #undertaker

So instead of stating the obvious like grunge styles are in, or the fact that a nice taper

complements crazy movement just like a moth complements a lamp....Whats really impressive is the fact that at the ‘98 Royal Rumble Cactus Jack gets eliminated but then he comes back as Mankind! Then, when he gets eliminated again, he comes back for a third time as Dude Love. I don’t care what haircut it is, it will never top that moment. #menshair #mensfashion #guyshair #tattoos #inkedmag #grunge #90s #hair #prowrestling

I’m gonna make a post and tell my followers about how the number of followers doesn’t matter but if

my followers don’t engage with my post about how the number of followers doesn’t matter then does this post really matter at all? #fuckhair #allthatbullshitisforthebirds #stopdevaluingyourself #stopdevaluingothers #followersarentbad #dontapologizeforsuccess

All I’ve ever wanted in my life was to be recognized. Love or hated, I just wanted to be known.

It may seem like a silly goal, but there is nothing better than being acknowledged for who you are. Not many can relate to that or understand, but the feeling is what keeps me alive. I’ve always been inspired by so many things outside of my actual industry. Rockstars, actors, pro wrestlers. In a perfect world I wish I could be all of those. I guess you can say I found a way to create my own version by taking little aspects of each and wrapping them into my image. This picture says a lot about me, interpret that as you wish. I am my biggest critic, and I am my biggest fan. It’s easy to stand with the crowd or group but it takes courage to stand alone. As I stand on stage I hope to give courage to others to do what THEY want, not what someone else tells them to do. Smoke symbolizes a lot in my message. This industry likes to hide behind it, or blow it up each others asses, I prefer to start the fire and let you all do as you please with it. It’s always been more than hair, it’s a lifestyle. #brazil #saopaulo #hairstylist #barber #menshair #womenshair

Sex is great, BUT have you ever heard your favorite wrestler’s music hit after they were gone for months?

#markforlife #croptop #wrestling #hbk #razorramon #tattoos #menshair #mensfashion #bde #daddyknowsbest #corvette

That “big dick energy” featuring my girl @dirtyunclemo #justahardworkingdad #cloutcobain #fatherfigure

A common trend these days is giving the people a look into reality.

People complaining that everything on here is premeditated and staged, the best of us. While that may be true let me speak for myself for a moment. I grew up in a small town, still live there. I grew up in a house where I’ve seen things that could ruin a lot of people mentally, well I guess I’m a little insane, oh well. My family always struggled to get by, financially and mentally. I don’t parade that around, but if you listen I mention it from time to time. My real friends know and have witnessed what it’s like, I’m talking about the friends who i used to make tree forts with, ride around on bikes and shoot things with B.B. guns, piss my initials in the street type friends. I say the same outlandish shit that I say on here to my own mother, which she usually has better one liners than me. I never really fit in, I still don’t. I don’t work a “normal job” but I’m constantly working, which is hard for small minded people to understand. I don’t work to please anyone but myself, call it selfish, but I also know that you have to put yourself first to be able to be capable of helping others these days. I do care what people say, I just have the career to back myself up now and a witty mouth that I can articulately tell someone to fuck off. Moral of the story is this. Being real isn’t a trend. In the SOFT industry and world that I’m in, I pride myself in stirring the pot. Am I 100% transparent? No, because the world can only take me in doses. Stop thinking there is a formula, if we all follow the same formula, none of us will differ. I don’t hide the fact that not only did I grow up with a lot of love and support, but I grew up in Hell as well. Nothing has changed. Im still in hell, with even more demons, I just have the tools to handle the heat. Being able to walk through the fire and at times stand right the fuck in it is what makes me who I am. I enjoy the fire, it kills most people, but keeps me alive. In this life you’re either doing the fucking or getting fucked. The one you choose will dictate your life forever, pun intended.

Hi I’m your host Mike Henger and welcome to “Who runs the hair industry anyway?” The show where everything is made up and the votes at hair shows don’t matter.

That’s right, the votes don’t matter just like getting reposted by a repost page. They don’t matter like a certificate from a hair class. They don’t matter just like a social media class from someone who posts other people’s work. They don’t matter like getting paid in exposure. (Let’s continue this in the comments, I want to see the best you guys can do)

Wrestling is Real. The Hair Industry is Fake. #prowresting #training #wrestling #hairstylist #barber #mensfashion #menshair #heel #heelofhair

“In any story, the villain is the catalyst. The hero's not a person who will bend the rules or show the cracks in his armor.

He's one-dimensional intentionally, but the villain is the person who owns up to what he is and stands by it.” Marilyn Manson #tattoos #mensfashion #inkedmag #menshair

@saltlakebarberco thank you so much for such a great time.

The whole group was so engaged and made me feel at home. It was nice to see all different salons and barbershops under one roof. As always I hope you all could take atleast one thing away, even if it was this segment. #prowrestling #haireducation #saltlakecity #barber #hairstylist #wrestling

I think people get confused with my “fuck you” mentality. I care about everything I do.

To the way I look, to the content I produce, to the way I treat other people. I respect those who respect me, and I’d give the vest off my back to someone in need(except for this one because it’s vintage). The fuck you comes in as protection. It’s important to realize that you are worth a lot in your own way. Everyone has value. The moment someone tries to take advantage of that or down play it....that’s where the fuck you comes in. My life may not be normal but i worked very hard to build the name I have. Some of you in your respective careers have done the same and should know how valuable you are. In relation to myself, there is more to me than just hair. To many of you there is more to you than what you do for a living. Never be afraid to express that. I post things so that the people interested can, In a way, have a glimpse into my thought processes and life. Neither are perfect, but that’s the beauty of it. All these people running their mouths about how instagram isn’t real blah blah you’re just telling yourself that. To me social media is real, it has helped set up my life a lot quicker than any other outlet. Im just as extra in life as I am on here. I never put on an act, do, or say something that I wouldn’t do in reality. People that are fake on here are fake fucks in real life as well. People must like to run their mouths on here to remind themselves, but the only thing I’m on here to say is thank you for fucking with me, and fuck anyone who doesn’t fuck with you. 🤘🏻

A few years ago I used to love doing designs. Most of my idea’s were always based off of tattoo influences, as you can tell here.

This one in particular got me in Elle Magazine a few years ago, I guess because no one really was doing that at the time (times change huh). It was nice to do something like this again. I’ve gotten away from doing things that look good in pictures and don’t really last....but this looked really good in person and my client doesn’t really give a fuck about the grow out. That’s the important thing, explaining the process to the person in your chair. They are the ones that matter, not your picture. I would try to give you some super “professional” sounding description of what I did, but I just made a cross out of left over hair from the fade I did. Didn’t even really cut the top, just scrunched it up a bit. I always like combining clean with crazy. A lot of people will be like “that shear work though” but to be honest I didn’t even really pick them up because I didn’t fucking need them. It’s important to not do irrelevant things for the sake of acting like you’re talented. I do what I need to do, not what professional standards want me to do. It’s about the hair you leave on, not take off. It’s about the client, not the picture. It’s about the lifestyle, not the haircut. Remember you don’t need some encouraging quote from Pinterest to be good at what you do, all you need is to love yourself. #mensfashion #menshair #guyshair #haireducation

Father to none, Dad to many. 🦅🇺🇸 #harleydavidson #fortyeight #sportster

Times are changing. Social media is changing. This year, so far, has been an enlightening year.

I’ve realized that the people who you should care about are the ones who truly care about you. Social media was created to connect with others, but it has turned into separating ourselves from others. Now, personally, I’ll always find myself being the outcast and that’s ok. I feel like this picture is a good example of the point I’m getting at. Here is my real good friend @jaywesleyolson one of the very few “industry people” I’ve actually cut and someone who has been in the scene a lot longer than myself who I have a lot of respect for. Most of the people in my chair, whether that be an actual chair or a makeshift one in a hotel room, are not from the hair industry. I want you to think about your own life and clientele. The industry itself probably makes up about 10% of your actual hair income unless you’re into education. As for the hair itself, we strive so hard to impress others in our industry instead of the people in our neighborhoods or throughout the world who actually use our work as references and help us have a successful career. Moral of the story is this. Cut the strings from the puppeteers. Don’t use a follower count to separate who you care about or not. Don’t strive to be apart of shows, organizations that YOU created. Focus your energy on what makes this craft so great, making others happy about themselves. Just don’t forget to keep yourself happy while doing it. I lost that mentality for a short time, but I’ve found it again......and I can assure you I’m one dangerous motherfucker since.

Cry

Forgot I had this picture from a few weeks ago. Wanted to congratulate my friend @cmpulisic on reaching over 1mil followers.

Looking forward to seeing you tear up the pitch this year for club and country. Always appreciate you having me cut your hair when you’re in the states. Until next time! We will compare our tattoo progress next time I see ya haha #pulisic #christianpulisic #usmnt #soccer #dortmund #menshair #mensfashion #barber #hairstylist

Leading up to my Brazil trip, I was probably at the worst point mentally that I’ve ever been career wise and more so personally.

I reached a point where I questioned why I even do what I do and was about to walk away from everything I’ve worked so hard to create. In recent times I’ve hit the lowest of lows, basically lost everything I truly care about, most importantly my smile. Looking back at moments, this is one that played a big part in me not walking away from my career and helping me find my smile again. I was on stage in front of a few hundred people, I had a translator since I can’t speak or understand Portuguese. Like every class, I ask if anyone has any questions. When I looked out into all the bright lights and yelling, I noticed this kid, out of all the adults, on the mic asking me a question. I thought to myself man, when I was his age I always had a smile on my face just like he has that moment looking at me on stage. I looked at him and didn’t even answer his question. I motioned for my people to get him up on stage with me in front of hundreds. I put the clippers in his hands and said help me finish this haircut. You know why I did that? Because I couldn’t see the hair with the stage lights, no (jk). Not for a publicity stunt, but because the kid didn’t know he helped me. People these days are always too cool for the people who can’t do anything for them in the social world, I’ve been guilty of that. This kid gave me flashbacks to myself when I had no idea who I’d become, but I always had a smile. I was at the point where a smile was worth all the money in the world, and giving a kid a platform and a little neck duster was the least I could do for basically saving my life. I care about the future because I want the future to remember me for who I truly am. Obrigado Artur. @artur_dias_cabral #haireducation #hairstylist #barber #menshair #mensfashion #inspiration

I’m sure I’m going to post some cool edited videos in the next few weeks from this Brazil trip like most people do, but I figured I would show some raw behind the scenes footage.

To me it’s important to make my supporters feel like they’re apart of my life and journey. This little clip, I hope, will make you feel that way. I’ve been told what I do isn’t a real job, I don’t know what work is, and my life isn’t realistic. You know what? I completely agree, I created my own world, and I’m really fucking proud of it. The World Is Yours 🤘🏻 #barberweek #brazil #barber #stylist #menshair #womenshair #mensfashion #behindthescenes #redkenbrews #redkenbrasil #barberstreetboy

I love speaking to people. The thing about me is you don’t need a camera and a microphone for me to tell you how I feel.

I express myself to anyone and everyone. I would say the same thing on camera that I would tell a new barber coming up in the game. There is nothing to hide. This platform I have can be used for many things, but I always try to use it to promote respect, not professionalism. I don’t care if you’re a beginner, a veteran, the press, or not even in the hair industry, I will always do my best to give honest down to earth answers. I don’t try to be socially or politically correct, I pride myself on being myself and will continue to promote that through life. I love the Brazilian people, and I was asked if I did multiple times. The answer I always gave was not to worry about what other people think, just worry about what you think about yourself. As long as you’re happy with yourself, the people who appreciate that are the ones that are important to you. No matter who you are.

I never in my life thought I would be signing a hat in front of a mural of myself in another country.

The love & support in Brazil is REAL, and came at a time where i needed it most. This picture is so “Mike” that I had to make it my first post from my trip haha! Next up Rio! #stylist #barber #brazil #saopaulo #menshair #womenshair #redkenbrasil #redkenbrews #inked #tattoos #fashion #KINGOFEXTRA

First I cut my sleeves, then I the cut hair, then I cut the promo.

#haireducation #publicserviceannouncement #hair #menshair #womenshair #nwo #prowrestling #barber #stylist #fashion #barbervideos

It’s been a long time, I’m a little rusty. This was my first love which led to what I do today.

I’ll never forget my past. It also is the reason i have 7 Y’s on my name. #football #soccer #tarzan

Do you all want to hear something comical?

Imagine you all creating content to be apart of something made up of content you all created in the first place just to be acknowledged by what, quite frankly, you created. It would be even more comical if what you actually created made money off you to engage with the content you created. Wow, It would be crazy if that happened. I hope it never does because that’s when a lot of people lose site and forget how much power they actually have as an artist and professional, alone. Phew...

When you hit the “like” button on my haircut some people hear a voice come out of their phone that says “laurel” and others will say “yanny”.

Let me know if it works, when I like my own photos for self love and encouragement I hear a majestic voice say “Too Sweet” but that’s probably a one time thing. #menshair #guyshair #haircut #barber #stylist #fashion

Don’t let this killer mullet distract you from the fact that in 1998, The Undertaker threw Mankind off Hell In A Cell, and plummeted 16 ft through an announcer's table.

#mullet #menshair #retro #fashion #barber #stylist #guyshair

Sick and tired of hearing all these people talk about.

What's the deal with this barber life and when is it gonna fade out?
The thing you got to realize, what we doing is not a trend. We got the gift of melody, we gonna bring it 'til the end
It doesn't matter, Bout the car I drive or what I wear around my neck. All that matters, Is that you recognize that its just about respect. It doesn't matter,
About the clothes I wear and where I go and why. All that matters, Is that you get hyped 'cause I’ll do it to you every time #menshair #womenshair #barber #stylist #hairstylist #prowrestling #education

“Mike, honestly there is no way you could possibly piss any more people off this year!” Me:

“Hold my Gin & Tonic.” (I don’t like beer) #keepinitkayfabe #mark #prowrestling #wrestlerintraining (Disclaimer: Please don’t dm me about God. I went to catholic school my whole childhood and have him tattooed all over my body. Not to mention I asked him if I could post this and he said go for it man. Thank you.)

I Remember when this beard was only a child a few years ago.

I watched it grow, I watched it evolve, from the hot summer days on a motorcycle to the cold winter days filled with snow. It feels like just yesterday when I barely had to put beard oil in it. I’m proud of what it’s become. There are drawings of it around the world, hell I saw a shop using an image of him for their logo and not even giving @stuntlife23 Or myself credit....but hey, wouldn’t be the first adult being used with no credit for financial gain. Overall, as a tear runs down my face, I just wanted to say how proud I am of @stuntlife23 beard. Thank you for having me in your life to watch you grow. #beard #guyswithbeards #beardgang #menshair #mensfashion #guyshair #guyswithcoolhair

Virginia it’s been real, I appreciate you having me come explain my views and techniques.

I wish you all continued success. It was a pleasure meeting you all! #haireducation #education #hairstylist #barber #menshair #womenshair

I make a lot of friends doing what I do. To be honest looking back a year ago hanging out with @lisacimorelli she kind of inspired me to show my funny side.

Not only is she consistently good hair inspiration for any woman looking to go short, shes HILARIOUS. Oh and she can sing angel like as well. So thanks Lisa for never taking yourself too serious, and thanks for letting me cut your hair that one time on the toilet, until we meet again in a bathroom or something..keep being you #lisacimorelli #cimorelli #shorthair #hairinspo #womenshair #pixie #throwback

Haven’t had much down time lately from all my traveling but I used my day off today to take the time to speak to some students from the school I attended.

I know how it is in school and how pointless it seems. A lot of people lose confidence at this moment and it ruins them for the future. I wanted to take the time to explain what’s truly important in the industry and how to prepare for obstacles they may face. I care about the future of our industry because the better they become will enable me to be better as well. People don’t need to be homeless, for you to help them. A lot of people that need your help are just like you and me. Just because on the outside they’re fine doesn’t mean they’re always ok on the inside. I hope that what I said today will give them confidence so one day soon they will be exactly where I am and use their platform to continue to better ALL people. Good luck everyone, remember you get out what you put in.. #haireducation #empirebeautyschool

It’s always so mind blowing to me that will all this education people are still struggling (actually not really that surprising).

When I began, I really had no “technical” training, I taught myself. I was able to teach myself because I concentrated on the meaning behind what I was doing. I think if you have confidence mentally and an understanding of why before how, when it comes time to technically execute something you’ll have a lot more success. People are too worried about what clippers people are using or what shears they’re flipping around instead of understanding the purpose of what they’re doing. That’s why in my most recent education I focus on the why’s, they are what got me to where I am today. I don’t fall off, I raise the bar, and people around me. #haireducation

Here is a model from my last class. I demonstrated a fading technique in a room of talented barbers.

More so than just explaining the technique, I talked about the value and purpose of it. I was always kind of inspired by the work most people talk shit about (photoshopped haircuts, color enhancements). Personally I don’t give a fuck what people do. For me, I came up with a way to achieve a photoshopped and enhanced look with just the hair that I was given. This can be achieved when you realize how important each hair is and you worry less about being the quickest. It’s the hair you leave on not take off. In a room full of established barbers, I knew that it wouldn’t be easy speaking about certain topics, but what I did want to get across was the value of fading. Everyone is so quick to downplay it. A lot of people talk about how easy it is in the barber world. Even if it’s easy for you, I can assure you most students and over half of the industry still can’t do it and aren’t being taught it. Moral of the story, acting like it’s simple or downplaying how much time and thought goes into it devalues your product. If you want your product to have the value of a dollar general toy, that’s fine, but remember, when you devalue yourself....you not only fuck your own business, but you fuck everyone else’s as well. People wouldn’t be complaining about 50-100 dollar haircuts if some people weren’t charging 10-15. This is not easy, and it takes a lot of invested time to achieve. There is a difference between smarter cutting and devaluing. Think outside the haircut, think like a business to get business. #haireducation #menshair #menstyle #mensfashion #hairstylist #barber

There isn’t just one way to do something. We all are individuals because we do things our own way.

I always strive to leave a little piece of me with others so they can add a little to what they already do, not completely change their techniques. It’s important to build confidence in what you do, and it’s even more important for me to promote confidence in others. We can tell people who don’t agree with to suck it with different tones, and different speeds....but at the end of the day, those two words all have the same purpose. Some people say suck it quick, some say it very slow, but the only thing that matters is the end product, did you get the point across? My technique I usually book out about 6 seconds, I tend to do the directional point instead of the X symbol Incase some people are confused with what I’m trying to say. Never forget to “love what you do” and most of all, love yourself. If others aren’t down with that well....... #haireducation #stopbeingsoserious #youjustputhaironthefloor #calmdown #weareallequal #suckit

Today was a bit different for me because this was one of the first classes that consisted of all barbers and no hairstylists.

I have a lot of respect for these guys because they all took the time to see how I do what I do. I explained how important it is to put value on what you do, not devalue it (by saying things are easy, or that you can do it the fastest). It’s nice to see the barber community come together and realize that the only way to true success is building this movement as one. Thank you @albertelbarbero and @thegoodbarberjohn for having me out there, and thank you everyone else for making it too sweet #haireducation

I broke up an entire presentation into short videos for my followers.

As you know I don’t upload my hair techniques for free, but inspiration and motivation is priceless. I hope you all are ready for these haha. Tag your friends if you feel like they need to hear some real talk, which is hard to come across these days. Enjoy🤘🏻 #haireducation #hairvideo #menshair #womenshair #hairpromo

“I’ve been cutting for 30 years” “Pay your dues” “Fades aren’t everything” “Hairstylists can’t fade” “Barbers can’t do long hair” “Be professional” “Be humble” “social media isn’t real life” “I’m an influencer” “I’m an educator” “I’m ___ trained” Photo: @jim_jimthetrim_williams

Just cutting promos at hair events, what else would I be doing.

I think she asked if I was really retiring from hair. Obviously I’m in this 4life but hitting people with chairs will be just as important as putting them in one. #haireducation #hairstylist #barber #promo #toosweet

So yesterday I cut on stage. I did a mullet and talked about the industry.

After I got off stage many people came up to me and thanked me for the things I said. So today I had a personal class. There was a stage but I stood off it. I didn’t even bring my tools. I stood there and spoke to people who wanted to hear. This was the first class I ever did without cutting hair, and I felt like it was a huge success. Moral of the story, in an over saturated industry, people need to learn about more than hair....they need to learn about themselves. I hope that my confidence and story can be passed on to others. I strive to better those around be and to inject confidence In them, not belittle them. It’s always been more than hair.

I never dreamed I’d grow up to be an asshole.....but here I am, killin’ it.

Where were all the independent educators when I started doing hair?

I would have done anything to learn from someone instead of cutting hair in my kitchen trying to learn. At that time people were busy barber battling or working for someone teaching from guidelines that a marketing team created instead of teaching on their own. Makes sense though, always monkey see monkey do, and to be honest it’s not easy being your own boss. Fast forward to now we have independent education for almost anything, maybe even how to wipe your ass correctly. All this education, but the same problems exist that were around when I began in this industry. I don’t have all the answers and I am not perfect, but I do have some thoughts. Maybe people need to learn less about how to do a haircut and more how to embrace who they are. Maybe they need to learn why they should want to do good hair before actually learning how to achieve a well executed haircut. When I started educating I taught people haircuts, now I teach them how to grow as a person. Doing good hair takes time, repetition, and passion, learning to stand up for who you are and grow as a person instead of a label just takes different thinking. This is in no way “shots fired” at anyone even though you all know I’m good for unloading a few rounds, but it’s 2018 and people are still being labeled, still undercharging, still being categorized, still causing division. I know what I’m teaching, so ask yourself what are you? Don’t strive to be an educator, strive to help. My goal is to make everyone the best version of themselves, not another me, ones enough. If everyone wins around me, I win too. #education #haireducation #pipebomb

I’ve try to always have a good caption to go along with my pictures, I feel like they give everyone a look into my thoughts and serve as inspiration.

So here is one for you: When I used to play Rollercoaster Tycoon as a kid, I used to pick up the park guests and drop them in the water. This has nothing to do with hair but I felt like all of you should know that. #menshair #mensfashion #guyshair #tattoos

*Caption this picture*| let’s make this a group effort.

The winner gets 1000 imaginary points equivalent to the value of “exposure”you get when you do something for free in this industry while people use you. We will call this game “Who’s brand is it anyway?” #menshair #womenshair #fashion #hairstylist #barber

Here is some inspiration from my “possession” collection from the archives for you all who can’t sleep...

Sound on.. Not even Satan himself can move my fringe 🤘🏻 #pixie #womenshair #womensfashion #fashion #style #shorthair

When I have a class I don’t tell people how to do something, I show them how I do something.

I don’t tell them what product they need to use, I show them what I use. I don’t tell them what clippers they absolutely need (unless theirs are complete shit), I show them what I use. This is because I’m not trying to push some secret agenda, I educate on being honest and real which will out weigh being professional any day...unless unfortunately, people have alternative motives. Everyday I think to myself that I’m very grateful to still do this in an over saturated market of people doing things for free, sponsorships, or cheap. Then I remember why I do this, and it’s because my supporters respect ME not just my follower count or my work. I wanted to say thank you to everyone in Nova Scotia for taking the time to learn how I work, it was a real pleasure and just TOO SWEET. #education #haireducation #menshair #womenshair

The best thing about traveling the world is finding these hidden gems.

One of the models from yesterday’s class, and in my opinion, the future. @adamavfraser #menshair #education #menscut #mensfashion #guyshair

There are a lot of quotes from A Bronx Tale that I live by, even have tattooed on me.

This one though....I remember every day of my life. Think about who you help, who you put energy into, who you worry about all the time. Care about yourself first, and the people closest to you. Exposure doesn’t pay the bills and a lot of the people we put our energy into don’t either.| “Mickey Mantle? Is that what you're upset about? Mickey Mantle makes $100,000 a year. How much does your father make? You don't know? Well, see if your father can't pay the rent go ask Mickey Mantle and see what he tells you. Mickey Mantle don't care about you, so why should you care about him? Nobody cares.”

Do you want more videos, or do you want more pictures? I want to give the people what they want.

Here is a little look at my friend @ryaustinhair while i was in NYC lookin’ handsome as usual. I feel like everyone is trying to look like a “snack” these days....I’m out here making people look like full course dinners. Ya feel me? #menshair #hairvideo #mensfashion #guyshair

Recently was told from an event that I could only do men’s haircuts because that was the target market.

I forgot that when you add a vagina into the equation that it changes the hair growth patterns and texture. I learn something new everyday. On a positive note, can @jennikrez13 ever not look cool as fuck?! #womenshair #women #pixie #shorthair

Think about this..You’re back stage about to cut a very well known band you’ve never met or cut before.

They’re going on stage in a few hours. You basically are seeing their hair for the first time up close. They’re about to perform in front of thousands of people and get professionally taken photos of them the whole time. For me, I thrive in these situations. Shitty light, bad chairs. I always say that cutting hair in my kitchen growing up prepared me for cutting high profile clients. It’s funny how careers come full circle. I’ll still always be the kid cutting his neighborhood friends on a kitchen chair with a towel. We changed @therealjeremymckinnon from A Day To Remember ‘s hair up a bit from his normal look. Not only is he super talented but he’s a very down to earth guy. I always like to put my spin on things no matter who the client is. I respect art, which can be presented in many ways. Seeing a haircut I did perform in front of thousands of screaming fans was something I’ll never forget, what a killer show and even greater memory. #adtr #jeremymckinnon #music #tour #menshair

I had the pleasure of cutting two really down to earth guys last night.

I wanted to thank the very talented @therealjeremymckinnon and @kevineffinskaff from @adtr for having me there and the whole band for the hospitality. It was a great show and a pleasure meeting you. Shout out to @johnthebarber for the recommending me. More pictures to follow.. #adtr #jeremymckinnon #menshair #guyshair #barber #hairstylist

Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in your career, like you want to grow and you don’t know how?

It’s important to think in a positive manner. I always try to motivate others in my profession through my classes and social media, but sometimes helping so many others I lose motivation myself. Something I always tell myself is this, and I think it will hold great value to a lot of you: Phil Collins didn’t have to go as hard as he did on the Tarzan soundtrack, but he did that, he did that for us all..REMEMBER THAT #education #haireducation #menshair #guyshair

Take a look at your book. What is your clientele made up of?

I’ll place a pretty big bet on it not even being 50% hairstylists or barbers. The fact of the matter is this, people strive their hardest to impress others in their own industry, even though most of our actual industries aren’t our income. I pride myself in learning and understanding markets outside my own. After cutting my friend @finnbalor a few times and a few other superstars, I learned how hard his actual work is, I found a new respect (after being a lifelong fan) for his industry and what they do (especially after taking a few bumps myself). Moral of the story is this, learn about other networks. Don’t concentrate on just the hair industry or the industry you’re in. Art is found in a lot of industries, could be pro wrestling, tattooing, music, and many more. The more you get to know and put yourself out there the more you will grasp the fact that your real support might not come from within your industry, but from the outside. Working with all kinds of artists have made me a very open minded and well rounded one myself. Cages are for the ring, not for your career, you can’t grow without stepping outside of your comfort zone. 🤘🏻 #menshair #guyshair #finnbalor #balorclub #mensfashion #wwe #toosweet #wahlpro

Women’s day...wanted to take this time to thank all the women I’ve had the pleasure of cutting in my career, especially because most of their haircuts fight the norm of “women’s hair”.

It’s important for women to realize that they are valued in this industry, not because they are women, but because of the work they put in, and how they wear the art some of us create. You don’t need a ton of hair to be beautiful. You know me, I hate saying “womens” hair or “female barber”, hell I hate even separating gender in the hair Industry as it is....but wanted to say thank you to my women friends and followers who I admire and have had the pleasure to cut. #womensday #womenshair #shorthair #hairstylist #barber #wahl #women #womensfashion #pixie

When you do a haircut, people will always see it the way they want to see it.

No two people will ever really see it the same. When I cut hair, I picture it in society. I imagine how it will look on a person when they perform, go out with friends, or even laugh. I used to cut hair to look good or grab attention on social media, but when I realized people weren’t walking around with their head bent certain ways or every single hair perfectly placed...I began focusing on what was the real task, making your client happy. I’m in the process of changing up my brand, mixing the old me with something new. I want people to see my life in motion, because in the real world it’s never stationary. On a side note, hey @lisacimorelli I miss ya, what’s your hair look like now you goddess?! Hahaha #lisacimorelli #womenshair #pixie #womensfashion #cimorelli #music #shorthair

I remember about a year ago or so in the states all you would see were these styles.

Taking inspiration from many of my UK friends, which I’m not ashamed to say, a lot of us over here really attempted to kill them off with more textured styles. As I look at this photo, I see why cuts like these are just classic. I feel like they could suit just about anyone, that’s why I still do them from time to time. Social media has created a situation where a “trend” can be in during the day and out at night. It’s important to keep many looks in your clientele, personally I like to mix and match them to keep my clients and myself fresh. For example, this style can be roughed up and pushed forward for that I give a fuck but don’t give a fuck look, which is usually my cup of tea. #menshair #menshair #mensstyle #guyswithbeards #hairstyles #hairstylist

Fading, a topic that “triggers” a lot of people. Does it make a person a barber? No.

Does it make someone a shitty hairstylist if they can’t? No. Is it a technique that should be understood? Yes. Do you work with fading techniques in a lot of other ways in the beauty industry that’s not necessarily a “fade”(makeup,hair color)? Yes. Is there a good fade? Yes. Is there a bad fade? Yes ( sorry if that triggered some of you). This technique is something that I have put countless hours into understanding through cutting, positioning, lighting, bone structure, and photography. As someone who educates thousands of people, this topic is something that I drill into my classes. I concentrate on growing others and using their success to grow myself. Don’t devalue something because you can’t do it well enough, the industry has done that for too long. Instead, take time to understand all techniques. Learn why people skin fade with shears, I’m still
Trying to understand that shit (just being a smart ass). Learn why people use clipper over comb, and try to look at guards as tools not guides. Hell I don’t care if you use a spell from Hogwarts, the force, or dick over comb....it’s important to understand them all. Studying all these techniques will help you create your own because there isn’t one way to do something. Most of all, make advances, not excuses.

People trying to outsmart the Instagram algorithm like :

“Here is a haircut I did, so what did you eat for breakfast this morning? Comment it below!”

I always get asked about my fading technique.

You can ask anyone on Instagram and everyone will probably tell you something different, rightfully so because there are always multiple ways to do something. Something that I always keep in mind is that it’s not a race for me. I don’t really care about quantity, I care about each client like they are my last, celebrity or just an average person, but in my opinion not one of my clients is “average”. I think understanding hair texture, bone structure, and how the light hits the gradient will help you understand a fading process, photos of your work really assist this. For example fading up to a “1” on a light haired client can be done almost effortlessly and almost always looks good. Fading up to “2” or heavy weight on a dark haired client takes a bit more finessing. Don’t be fooled by misconceptions about fading, yes some of us make it look easy all the time, but understand that tedious work comes before the shortcuts. Having a standard for yourself, and concentrating on quality over quantity will make you better at your craft. Don’t get wrapped up in the next “technique” concentrate on whatever works best for you. When I educate I always say, “I’m going to show you how I do something, you don’t have to like it, you don’t have to do it, but I’m not here to create another me, I’m here to create a better you.”

I heard a lot of people’s Direct TV went down, so here is a Super Bowl for you to look at..

Circa 1977| When I close my eyes, I see this thing, a sign, I see this name in bright blue neon lights with a purple outline.

And this name is so bright and so sharp that the sign - it just blows up because the name is so powerful..

Honestly, I’m the happiest guy in the world. There’s really nothing more to say.

Thank you to my friend @finnbalor for inspiring me in more ways than one. Pleasure cutting and meeting Bo Dallas and @wwecesaro as well. The even more exciting part of this was turning @marinaandthesummerday into a new fan! I owe you all my life for that one! Thank you @wwe

She had to stand in between a toilet and a wall so the light would hit the haircut well while I stood on top of the toilet to capture the picture.

Who wants to learn this picture taking technique? I don’t want to be biased but it’s kind of the shit, pun intended. Oh and I’m fucking around, I can’t really educate you on standing on a toilet. Thank you @jennikrez13 for always making my job fun.

I don't pay for suits. My suits are on the house or the house burns down.

We are living in an interesting time in the social media world.

Many of us can remember when doing a haircut like this on a man broke the internet. It wasn’t normal seeing men embrace their hair and it wasn’t common to see cuts like these everywhere. I’m talking like this was like 10 years ago, but I’d say about half that. Currently, the men’s hair care industry is still soaring, women are embracing styles like these throwing a curve ball into marketing and labeling. Everyone is an educator, if you don’t know how to wipe your own ass I’m sure there is an educator for that as well. Your phone isn’t enough anymore, you need a whole production team to showcase a haircut. People are just recycling old styles and making them sound more complex. The fact of the matter is this, if you dwell on all the bullshit that comes with this life it can really fuck with you. I’ve learned that sometimes adapting and changing isn’t always the answer. The best advice is to know the hand your dealt and never show your cards. If we all keep adapting the same ways everything becomes boring (ringlights etc) Stick to your style and perfect it, don’t go with the flow. There will always be people who support you for being you. We all started following each other in the beginning because we all stuck out in our own way. No “social media class” will teach you how to be you, only you can do that. Go against the current, not with the flow. Stir the pot, sip the soup, turn it sideways, and shove it straight up anyone’s ass who tells you otherwise..

Just living the life I always dreamt of living, still can’t believe it. Just TOO SWEET.

Who would of thought that a pair of clippers would get me to meet and cut these guys who not only have I watched for years but are huge inspirations to me. Big thank you to my friend @finnbalor as always, also it was a pleasure shaping up @mikethemiz @wwesheamus great meeting you guys. See you all soon 🤘🏻 @wwe

Social media is an interesting place. Having a platform is even more interesting.

Building these personas we all have, comes with a lot of consequences. For example, every time I meet someone they’re like “Wow Mike I expected you to be a lot different!”. The truth is, I am a dick, I am an asshole, but social media gets that more than real life. I always felt if people really wanted to get to know me, they will. If they respect me, i respect them. If they disrespect me, I’ll stold cold stunner them directly on top of a steel chair. Looking back at my time I spent with my colleagues for Project X in Rotterdam, I reflect on the fact that we were all so different. Having so many individuals in one place teaches you a lot, but the main thing is that the only way you can live YOUR dream is by being YOU. @the_bloody_butcher @schorembarbier miss you guys.

Let’s see who recognizes this theme...ain’t that the truth though, everybodys got a price.

Seeing your work through different lenses is very important to your growth.

Normally I only see mine through my iPhone and my eyes, so when you see it professionally photographed it’s always interesting. A lot of people always talk about checking their work in mirrors, for me, I let the lenses talk. I owe my whole career to pictures, because without them I wouldn’t be able to do what I do. Ps looking at this hard part is really bringing me back to the days when people started to give a fuck about men’s styling again haha aka a few years ago..

First class of 2018 in the books and it was TOO SWEET. Thank you Chicago

Always funny seeing my work captured not on an iPhone..

You know those clients you’ve watched evolve over the past few years?

I always enjoy reflecting on old pictures. I enjoy making new people out of my clients, especially for photos, because then I can repost them forever haha! I spent the other day looking over past looks of my great friend and client @stuntlife23 and we both agreed that we loved this shot. Viking meets the modern man! If you dig it drop a “too sweet” for me because the right combo of I give a shit and I don’t give a shit is my recipe 4 Life🤘🏻

This is who I am. This is where I started. I didn’t have the best tools, I had no mentors, fuck, I didn’t even have a cape.

Being in the position I am now, I always reflect on these days for a few reasons. One is it keeps me motivated. Another reason is because this is what young people need to see entering this industry. This is how a lot of us learned. A lot of people message me and say “Hey Mike I hope to be in your position one day!” Or “Hey Mike what tools do you use?” Or my favorite “Mike you’re so arrogant why don’t you humble yourself”......Let me tell you something. I spent years not knowing what I should do. I spent years wasting a lot of money trying to become things i thought I should be. I created who I am and what I do from the ground up with nothing but support from a few friends and family. I respect those who respect me and will continue to do that. A client told me today that when he came to my kitchen when i was in high school for a haircut he felt so important. What’s that say? It says it doesn’t matter where you are, or what you use....all that matters is why you’re doing what you’re doing. I guess you can say I’ve always had a “club”. I never handed out business cards, I never recruited people, but if you’re a part of it, you know you are. The club lives on, and I don’t care where I am in the world i will never forget where I (we) started. Don’t strive to be anything but the best version of yourself, and trust me, you won’t always please everyone....so put yourself at the top of the list. A confident you, is a confident client. The world is yours.🤘🏻

Different year. Different look. Same mantra. | photo by: @vntmelito

Beauty's where you find it
Not just where you bump and grind it

Today, it will be me dead or you. But whoever it is, he’ll wake up in hell tomorrow. Photo by:

@vntmelito

Circa 1920: What are you gonna do? Nice college boy, didn't want to get mixed up in the family business.

Now you want to gun down a police captain. Why? Because he slapped you in the face a little? What do you think this like the Army where you can shoot 'em from a mile away? No you gotta get up like this and, badda-bing, you blow their brains all over your nice Ivy League suit.

We all know how important that first haircut of the new year is...I actually never take new clients on the first day back because I have to get in my rhythm haha Now I’m good for the rest of the year...

Funny how life comes full circle. From always wanting to be a professional player to cutting one of the best professionals in the game.

I wouldn’t change a thing in 2017 and I hope 2018 will push me even further. Life is mind blowing sometimes, thanks again @cmpulisic

Not everyone knows how much soccer/football means to me.

I pretty much got into hair because of the sport and it was my first love(still is). I wanted to thank, in my opinion, one of the best players in the game right now @cmpulisic for having me cut his hair. It has always been a goal of mine, no pun intended, to do hair for the players in the sport I love. What a way to end the year. Good luck with the rest of Dortmund’s season and the US.🤘🏻

I was watching this video and just came to the conclusion that when I had a mustache I looked like a completely different person haha on another note, this was a fun one with my friends at @redken @barbersandbrews | Music: ZZ Top - Sharp Dressed Man

Looking back at this year, I’ve done a lot of things that if you asked me even two years ago, I probably would have never imagined doing.

As a wrestling fan, cutting @finnbalor , for me was one of the most motivational things I’ve ever done in my career. It came at a time this year where I as pretty fed up with the industry. Ill always look back at that time period as not only gaining an awesome friendship but also as an inspiration that has propelled me this year and surely OVER to next year. Too sweet 🤘🏻

A haircut like this is probably one of the most under valued cuts in the industry.

You can go to many barbershops and get this for like 10 dollars. With that being said, and if you agree with that statement, I want you to ask yourself why? I can sit here and justify why it shouldn’t be undervalued but im not sure I can justify why it should be. I’m a cosmetologist, I’m not a barber. I know many barbers who do flawless fades, I know even more barbers and cosmetologists who can’t. The question that I always ask myself about this industry is why are techniques that at least 75% of the industry can’t do comfortably valued so low? This isn’t a price rant, this is a value rant....there is a difference. Traveling the world teaching these types of techniques i realize how many people need help in this department, which isn’t their fault because it’s still not being taught consistently in schools and it’s almost 2018. If you feel like this is just a fade or just a “buzz cut” I want you to sit, think, and understand that a lot of people cannot do this.....then look at your prices. Where in the business world does something that is hard to come by valued so low? Look at the entire industry, not just your shop. I think an open mind and knowledge about business will help us all prosper.

Two rolls with a side of butter, call me Chef because I’m always stirring the pot

Smokin' in the boys room...Teacher don't you fill me up with your rules.

Everybody knows that smokin' ain't allowed in school

The HeartBreak Kid Lays Down For absolutely... NOBODY!

The Showstopper, the main event, and if you ain’t down with that....well then I got two words for ya!

This is how I think about haircuts and how to value them.

When I look at this haircut, I remove every barrier associated with it. For example....it’s not a “men’s cut”, it’s not a “clipper cut”, it’s not a “scissor cut”, it’s not a “basic cut”, and it’s not a “special cut”. Hell, I don’t even describe the type of fade it is. This is why...once you give something a name, you put a barrier around its growth and value. Removing labels saves time from always having to justify what you’re doing. If you and the person next to you are both doing a “drop fade” and you charge twenty dollars more, now you have to justify why they’re coming to you. With no labels, increasing value is endless. With no labels, it give people one less thing to compare to others. It becomes more of a “I go to him/her/they/or whatever you wanna call yourself because I respect their talent and time” situation instead of a “they’re a better value” situation.Your time becomes the product available for purchase, and time is the most valuable product you can sell. This also helps newer stylists establish a brand instead of putting their selves down because they’re comparing their “men’s cuts” to others they see. We all are different (except for a few people/person that tries to rip others off day in and day out)...so without labels we become our only competition. This is how I’ve always looked at things and I think it stems from myself personally. I’m always changing so frequently that labeling myself would stunt my growth. That’s why I’m just who I am, and the products I provide are my time....two things that I’m in control of.

People who don’t understand me or my humor : “Mike, you need to be more humble!”

One of the most important things I tell new people in the industry is exactly that, they’re NEW.

They’re not less skilled, and they’re not less knowledgeable. I don’t label them as students for one reason and one reason only. We all are students. You can work one day in the Industry and be better than someone in it for ten years. Now, don’t get this mixed up with being humble, because it has nothing to do with that made up word. Looking at yourself as someone new to something gives you more value than making you think that you’re less than someone else. Being new gives you room to grow without devaluing yourself. When I left hair school, I knew my value, and if I made a mistake, I never counted it as a loss. When I was a “student” I treated it like I was already licensed in the industry. Don’t ever “put your time in”, just put the correct amount of time in. People outside the industry think differently than people in it...the important thing to ask yourself is where does your money come from? For me, i worry about people outside my industry because they are my income. With that being said it’s important to realize that people coming to your chair my look at terms like “student” as “i don’t have any fucking idea of how to do my job yet”. The moral of the story is...Believe in yourself, most importantly your brand....that will bring more value to you as well as your workplace.

“I wanna be an airborne ranger, I wanna lead a life of danger.

Before the day I die, there’s five things I wanna ride..bicycle, tricycle, automobile, virgins mother, and a Ferris wheel.” | The Breakfast Club | Photo by @vntmelito

No one respects a talent that is concealed. It’s important to share it with the world and be proud of what you do.

Don’t let it be unseen. You can “love what you do”, but caring about what you do will go a lot further. | Collaboration with my friends at @redken @barbersandbrews | featuring Marilyn Manson: Say10

Party in the back, party in the front, party on the left side, party on the right side, but I deff gave it the business..

When your friends at @redken want you to be involved with the @barbersandbrews project and it turns into a movie.

Here is a behind the scenes look of me just being myself. Some would call it working, I call it having fun. What’s work without some play? Stay tuned. | Feat Marilyn Manson: Kill4Me

New Age Outlaw | Photo by @vntmelito

Part of my “Back in Black” collection. It’s actually not a collection but calling it a collection makes it seem important to the people “cooler” than me.

To be honest I just really think that when I used to upload hair like this the pictures were timeless. Yeah black and white masks somethings, that’s no secret to most people that don’t fall for bullshit..but I think I’m past having to prove anything. I look at this social media game as an art gallery not a battle. So now I’m bringing my focus back to the timeless images that I owe my life because they built my career. It’s important, especially when your job is to inspire others, to make sure you keep yourself inspired. Mullets and cool images keep me going...if you smell what im Cookin’

Time to bring it back to when I started. I’m back, back in black..

Looking back on this years accomplishments. This will always be one to remember.

@barberevo | Photo by: @vntmelito

I’ve seen more shit in my life and career than this stall has. Photograph by: @vntmelito

I️ remember when I️ used a towel as a cape in my kitchen while my mom made sauce.

Using a Walmart home clipper, not even a trimmer because I️ didn’t know they really existed. I️ had no one to look to for cutting and styling techniques. Independent education was too scared to exist then. I️ would do haircuts that weren’t completely blended, lines that weren’t always straight, but I️ kept working. I️ always evolved. Instead of following trends, I️ tried to stay ahead of them. Not only was I️ creating my techniques but I was building up my confidence which is key. In a world where people drill the word humble in your head, always strive to be proud of your accomplishments and not be scared to show it. The moral of the story is we all started somewhere. We all are good at something, but no one is a master. We all learn each day and if you think you don’t then you should find a new job. Don’t pay attention to followers (I lose them and gain them everyday because you can’t please everyone). Don’t pay attention to what other people are doing or saying. Stay focused on your own dream instead of building someone else’s, and get people interested in who YOU are not what you do.

I hate labels but I don’t think many people know or understand that I’m a LICENSED COSMETOLOGIST.

I’m not a barber, I don’t really claim to be one because I respect the barbering lifestyle so much. Fading is not barbering. Short men’s hair is not barbering. Short women’s hair is not barbering. Most of all, barbering is not a trend. I think this is important to know for students or people looking to further their education. Hair itself has no gender and ends up on the floor whether you’re a hairstylist or barber. Fundamental techniques should hold the same value in both licenses, including fading, which is fundamental. This is why I educate, to teach hair on a universal standpoint. I paid 20,000 for a piece of paper (license), but I give my life to educating others on being better. Fuck what you heard, and tear down the barriers. Hair is hair, you just need to understand it. Focus on being a better you instead of a better label.

Circa 1984 | Worked with @vntmelito on some totally tubular photos. Stay tuned🤘🏻

Shot of me back in 1977 looking for some fucks to give, needless to say I didn’t find any.

| photo by: @michaelbelardi

It’s the most wonderful time of the year | Happy Halloween Everyone @marilynmanson

Sweet dreams are made of this | Happy Halloween @marilynmanson

It was an absolute pleasure spending some time with @mattwmurray and @ryanmrray on our trip to Salem.

Not only are they some of the most talented artists I know, but they’re some real down to earth guys. Thank you for the “fresh sick tats” 😜and looking forward to seeing you guys again sometime soon 🤘🏻🕷

Victorian Harvest Moon 🌙🕷| I figured since I got the front of my neck done yesterday, might as well get the back done today..thank you @mattwmurray

Spent the day with new friends today at @blackveiltattoo | Thank you @mattwmurray for this killer piece.

Checking the runway strip to make sure my plane can get to Colombia and back, we should be okay..

photograph by: @michaelbelardi

‘Tis the season featuring my friend @hair.by.aliciamarie we need to do this again. 🖤🌙💀👹

About time to put this back in the cave. #corvette #1977 #454 #bigblock #c3 #americanmuscle

No one here gets out alive

Leave The Gun, Take The Cannoli | photograph by: @michaelbelardi

Thank you @samsbarbersireland and @barbercutdublin for having me take the stage this past

birthday weekend of mine | I may be the Hair Trimming, Chair Spinning, Limousine Riding, Jet Flying Son Of A Gun but being the dirtiest player in the game isn't always easy. In a world of cliques, and divisions, it's always important to have fun and enjoy yourself. I use my platform to educate but even more so to give everyone a good laugh. I wanted to thank @ricflairnatureboy for inspiring me in more ways than one. WOOOO! #theheeloftheindustry

Norway's Finest Barber Brothers and Myself. I almost blend in....almost.

Funny thing is we all have c3 corvettes, how crazy?

Brooklyn|Circa 1977: "Stoop Kids Afraid To Leave His Stoop"

Wanted to thank @hair_by_bea for having me come out to Monterey to show how I do things.

It was great meeting everyone and I had a great time. Hope to see you all soon!

Why do you cut hair? If you say because you "love what you do" put down the fucking koolaid you're drinking.

For a lot of people this is how you pay your bills, provide for your family, and survive. All of those things are very serious. This industry is not a joke and should not be treated like a hobby or some rap video. Barbering and hairdressing is not a trend, it's a very important occupation. A few years ago when I started to look at hair as a profession (since I looked at it like a joke before) times began to change. Artists started standing up for their work. They started to throw away the gimmicks, and the bullshit. People started educating not because they wanted Instagram followers but because they wanted to create better people around them. Fast forward to now you can have an educator for just about anything, maybe even to wipe your own ass. Mens hair in particular is one of the highest grossing industries in business. Times change, and I'm happy to see such attention being brought to our craft don't get me wrong. Now more than ever we need to remember to promote honesty and cut the bullshit. We need to be professionals, not act professional....there is a difference. We don't need to be humble, but we need to know our worth and educate others on theirs. We don't need barber battles or hair shows, we need to actually know how to cut hair and make real money. Better yet, we need to figure out how to coexist. If you're not an educator don't feel left out even though situations make you feel like that these days because when I started.....I was an outcast too. The only way you become successful for the long run is to generate something authentic and different. To be honest with you I'm abandoning the educator title, which was the only title I still held on too. I'm not an educator, I'm just myself, and I'm happy/privileged to guide others into a path of their own and learn some hair cutting instead of a path that's watered down and shit on by sheep daily. I want even more success, and it starts with creating success around me.

1976 | "Forget about it" is, like, if you agree with someone, you know, like "Raquel Welch is one great piece of ass.

Forget about it!" But then, if you disagree, like "A Lincoln is better than a Cadillac? Forget about it!" You know? But then, it's also like if something's the greatest thing in the world, like, "Minghia! Those peppers! Forget about it!" But it's also like saying "Go to hell!" too. Like, you know, like "Hey Paulie, you got a one-inch pecker?" and Paulie says "Forget about it!" Sometimes it just means "Forget about it." | Photo By: @nathanzondlo

I remember last year when I was educating in the states primarily, continuing what I have been

doing for the last couple years because this isn't a hobby for me I was kind of exhausted, since I do this almost full time for my income. I told myself that the following year I would push myself to conquer the world, not just where I was from. I never left the US, not counting Canada. Working mostly alone and for myself, opportunities overseas seemed to be unrealistic. Fast forward to this year I've been to Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and The Netherlands all in a few months. Sometimes I don't realize where I am, or what im doing. When dreams become a reality sometimes reality actually looks like a dream (blurry, no sense of time, direction, or places). I'm not from LA, I'm not from NY, I'm from a little town in Pennsylvania where people didn't know what a real haircut was 5 years ago. The moral of the story is stop listening to other people. As long as you have a brain, a heart, and a talent IT DOESNT MATTER where you're from (I said that in The Rock's voice). You don't need to kiss ass, you need to kick it.....don't let anyone stand in your way.

Spoiler Alert: I just left that hair for the picture because I felt like it was embracing the head in an act of love, just kidding.

After I realized that he would never style it like that, I snipped those babies off. That's how I kill two birds with one stone (catch two birds) for you people who get offended. I got my cool Instagram picture, and also gave my client a practical look that he wanted.

Yeah, were runnin' a little bit hot tonight

Here is the discussion of the day. Well, it's actually not a discussion, it's more so my opinion , which has brought me success, so I thought I'd share.

I don't believe in separate Instagram pages business wise, in any career. Now since I'm in the hair industry, let's focus on that. When a client sits in your chair and you have two separate pages because one page is "you" and the other is "your work", who is the client speaking too? Are they talking to you, or "professional" you? I always will substitute "real" for "professional" because professional can also be fake. In my opinion separating yourself into two different pages sells a false narrative. For example, I have one page. That page represents who I am as a person. It has my work, it has me working, it has my cars, my friends, my girlfriend, and myself. My page gives people an idea of who I am and who the face is behind what I do. That is the difference between a brand and a worker. Do you want to be known for hair pictures, or who you are? In a time where everyone has a cool camera and takes pictures the same way with a ring light etc (not how it was in the beginning), I'd rather be known for who I am. If tomorrow I wanted to retire from doing hair and become something else, I can. When your brand is actually you and not what you do, the sky is only the beginning, because the success is limitless. I show people my story so they get a sense of who I am, so they respect my time and what I do. If people don't know your journey, they will never understand your price. Educating others isn't always a hair tutorial, it's showing them who you are. If people don't sit in your chair because they don't like what you post on social media, then you don't want them in your chair anyway. Don't be afraid to express who you are, the right people will come your way. The people who want you, and not just a haircut.

Let the back of my hand explain to you how to be humble.

Love what you do, love yourself, and be fearless. photo by : @nathanzondlo

Got my girl @staygold31 cleaned up this past weekend.

Blending on a tattooed head is probably one of the most difficult things, but if you trust the process anything is possible. I wanted congratulate her on her award, but most of all thank her for being one of my closest friends in this industry. She has stuck by my side for years now, and continues to do so no matter how much recognition she gets. Very proud of her. Thank you for always keeping it real with me and dealing with my crazy self, you're a true friend.

I do it for all of you. I'll be your voice in the times people are afraid to have one.

Power to the rebels, the underdogs, and the he'll raisers. It doesn't matter your following, embrace what you do and love yourself. Don't let anyone ever try to stop you from speaking up for what you believe in. My brand is my brand and I will protect it and stand up for everyone that has supported me for as long as I live. Followers won't change who I am, they only create a platform for me to help others. Oh helllllllllll yeah!

My dude @finnbalor ready for SummerSlam. Always a pleasure.

One of the coolest people in and outside the ring. I had to conjure a few demons to supply that fire 👹🤘🏻 #balorclub #finnbalor #demonking #wwe #summerslam

Supporting my friends is just as important as servicing them. Balor Club 4 lyfe 👹🤘🏻 @finnbalor

Had the pleasure of getting my friend @finnbalor ready to kick ass at SummerSlam.

He's the only client I have with a scar on his head from a guitar, too sweet 🤘🏻👹🤘🏻 #finnbalor #wwe #summerslam #demonking #balorclub

When I first started in this industry, I was a loose cannon. I wouldn't take shit from anyone.

It was a if you support me, thank you or a if you don't like me, fuck you. As time passed I quieted down, I was worried about what people would think. I saw the people who got a lot of credit and thought maybe I should be friends with everyone and support everything like them, it seemed to work for them? Everyone likes a humble, support everyone no matter what they say, and say yes to everyone kind of person. Then something happened. I woke the fuck up. I realized that my antics, the things I say, and my ability to not give a fuck no matter who I was dealing with spoke more volume than me getting in line with everyone else. Now, I smile when people don't like what I have to say. This may not be wrestling, but whether I'm the heel or face...me being who I truly am will show others it's ok to not conform. People can dress like you, talk like you, act like you......but there is only one you. I worked way to hard to keep my mouth shut, the real mike is here to stay baby, so buckle up. Never be afraid to have a voice.

Here is one from the other day. It reminds me of what I used to do everyday.

Sometimes it's nice to take it back a bit!

The iconic beard. Honestly I struggled trying to fit it in the picture..

Circa 1977 | This is Grade A 100% pure Colombian cocaine ladies and gentlemen... Disco shit...

Pure as the driven snow. | Photo By: @nathanzondlo

Not every day I do a class in my home state. Thanks for the great day ladies! It was a great class!

@lookshairdesign

Can you dig it?

If I told you we did this haircut in a bathroom the size of a closet using the toilet as a chair...would you believe me?

The similarities of when I began to where I am now in my career are surprising spot on. Some of my favorite haircuts I've done happened in a kitchen or a bathroom. This haircut will go down as one of my favorites for sure. @lisacimorelli

It's funny how the internet works these days. As soon as I saw @lisacimorelli I had to get my hands on her hair, and I knew life would bring us together somehow within all of our traveling!

She's one of the most talented and genuine people I've ever met. The respect I have for her can't be put into words and I'm happy to call her my friend. Can't wait until she writes more songs about me...just kidding, actually I wish she would, so I'm not kidding.

I've done a lot of sweet things in my career so far, but I have to say this opportunity was 2 SWEET!

Thank you @finnbalor for having me cut your hair. Glad you liked it because I don't think I would of survived a running dropkick off the balcony,looking forward to linking up again brother! #balorclub #finnbalor #demonking #wwe

The great thing about traveling the world is being introduced to different cultures.

I always say my cuts consist of white, black, and brown techniques. I like to take a little bit of spice from each culture and sprinkle it onto my styles. The fusion of techniques used on different ethnicities all combined into one cut gives it something special. It's not only about the hybridization of cosmetology and barbering......it's about the hybridization of cultures. I'm not worried about the present, my mind is in the future.

Thank you for featuring my work @esteticausa

Thank you Bill and the staff from @gqbarberlounge especially @dinhdynasty for having me out to Denver and everyone else who attended.

It was nice to have barbers and stylists under one roof. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to show you how I do what I do and why I do what I do. I hope you all took away something to add to your own brands you've already created, because remember if we're all the same, this industry would be boring as fuuuuuck. Glad to be back doin' what I do!

Oh, you think the hair industry is your ally. But you merely adopted the craft; I was born in it, moulded by it.

I didn't see success until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me!

Life is a movie, pick your own role. Climb your own ladder, or dig your own hole.

When I close my eyes, I see this thing, a sign, I see this name in bright blue neon lights with a purple outline.

And this name is so bright and so sharp that the sign - it just blows up because the name is so powerful

The key to success is to always evolve. I'm up to somethin'...stay tuned.

Staying alive featuring my brother @the_bloody_butcher

Today I got to be interviewed for project x here in Rotterdam by two absolute legends and friends.

Having the platform that I have to share my beliefs and story is something that is very surreal to me. What was even more of a dream was having the opportunity to listen to my colleagues from around the world explain their views. Different languages but the same message. Sometimes, with all the traveling and education I do, I don't have time anymore to learn. This experience has made me a better artist and an even better person. All the followers and fame aside, there's nothing better than having a drink with some friends that do what you do. I also said I was "bigger" than Ron Jeremy on camera so you have an idea about how that interview went...

There is the Justice League, there are the Avengers, and then there is all of us.

Americans, Italians, Canadians, Dutch, Japanese, Brazilians, British...we would use United Nations but that one is taken already. It's amazing that not all of us can communicate through words but we all can understand each other for one reason. Hair. #projectx

The secret is out. So honored to be here with all my friends around the world at @schorembarbier stay tuned to see what we're up too!

Always fun to educate in my home state. Had a great time in Philly.

Thank you @hairdemarco for being my model.

It's always been more than just hair for me. Another one in the books, literally.

Dreams do come true with hard work and the right moves at the right time.

The Stylin', profilin', limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin' dealin' son of a gun and I’m having a hard time holding these alligators down!

| Photo by: @renjtown

It's become a signature technique of mine to stretch my fade.

This topic has become front and center when I educate. The softness is pleasing to the eye, the grow out is even better. Works fantastic on men and even better on women.

I usually throw shade but this time it just fell over. | Photograph: @rosematatics

The New Age Outlaw | Getting my nightly reading in..

Last week i got to share the stage with many talented individuals across the pond at @thegreatbritishbarberbash I went there with one message, don't be afraid to be who you are.

Who you are is more important than any haircutting technique. I always wanted people to know who I am and what I stand for over just my haircuts. I do things people normally wouldn't do, I say things that people normally are afraid to say. I give everyone the real me, not a "professional" me. Professionalism and realism need to go hand in hand or you're selling a false image of yourself. I always say fuck being professional, I'm just going to be myself because if people don't support you for who you are, then they aren't worth your time anyway. Here I am not giving a fuck shirtless with a kilt, fringe leather jacket, and heels. Don't let this industry change you, change the industry.

The World Is Yours | Thank you @barberevo for the cover and story.

It's crazy to think that I started cutting hair in my kitchen for fun and now I'm on the cover of a magazine. It's not about where you're from or what you do, it's about your mentality and how well you do it. There are no limits to success when you're career is based on who you are as a person. Keep it real, and never be afraid to be an outlaw.

Back it in the basement baby!

It was a pleasure sharing the stage with my good friend @alan_beak here in Manchester at @barberbelow with @thegreatbritishbarberbash | In the states I do most of my education alone, but sharing the stage with like minded individuals really changed the game for me. I have so much respect for this man and everyone else I got to showcase with this past week. When you do what I do, you realize how small the world actually is. People you follow on social media from around the world can end up turning into one of your best friends. I'm very grateful to be surrounded by such talented colleagues. Thank you Manchester, now I get to spend one more day here and then it's back to the states for me....for a short time.

Just landed in Manchester. Devastating what happened here a few days ago.

My prayers go out to all the innocent people and families affected. The show must go on as they say in order to promote positivity and love in this incredible city of Manchester and in our craft. Excited to be showcasing along side my long time talented friend @alan_beak at @barberbelow tonight. Also glory glory @manchesterunited ✌🏻❤

I don't own one business card. For me, I feel like they aren't needed.

I put my work out in front of me. My work is my business card. You are only as good as your last haircut, so for me it keeps me consistent. If I don't do quality work, I don't work. Social media and pictures aside, your biggest marketing tool are your clients and models you work on. Always do your best, never settle for anything less. The day you're okay with just a "good" haircut, you should find a new job.

Another shot from a cut the other day. I remember when I got into this industry and I was a minority because I specialized in short clipper cut hair.

I was cutting in my kitchen, I taught myself everything that I know when it comes to that topic. I went to hair school to actually learn how to do long hair and color because at the time cuts like these were a joke (to the cool people)and people said I wouldn't go anywhere. Now, fast forward a few years, cuts like these are always the topic on men and women. One reason may be because they still don't really teach how to do them in schools, another reason is because the process you need to take to achieve these styles were frowned upon by the "elites". The truth about short hair is it may be the only type of haircutting and styling that gives the client and artist instant gratification. As the industry becomes saturated with education (not a terrible thing), don't get caught up in doing "more". Concentrate on simplicity and quality. Those characteristics aren't a trend, trust me. They can be applied to any client short, or long hair. #behindthechair #btconeshot_haircut17 #btconeshot_fade17 #btconeshot_men17 #btcbigshot_haircut17 #btcbigshot_men17

What's your name? Who's your daddy?

You really can't sit in on one of my classes and have an undercut.

It's like my duty to fade that shit. Thanks for sticking around after @areilajaupi

The World Is Yours

I fly with my own wings| Photograph by: @rosematatics

To be honest, I'd throw a fade in just about anything..

#behindthechair #btconeshot_fade17 #btconeshot_haircut17

On my way home from a great week with @schwarzkopfpro in Hamburg, Germany.

After a a few days of creating and shooting I was stopped by a magazine here at the airport in Hamburg highlighting interesting people. Thank God I'm never really "dressed down", you never know who you will meet traveling the world.

When I close my eyes, I see this thing, a sign, I see this name in bright blue neon lights with a purple outline.

And this name is so bright and so sharp that the sign - it just blows up because the name is so powerful... | Boogie Nights

Here is a shot from my presentation at the @schwarzkopfpro trend lab in Germany.

For me it's about showing the importance of short hair and the hard work that goes into these styles. As you can see, and as I always preach, hair has no gender. Being a lone wolf has its positives and negatives like everything in life. If youve followed me for awhile, attended my classes, or know me personally, you know I'm anti corporate thinking. When @schwarzkopfpro asked me to be involved with some projects as a guest, I was very surprised to say the least. I'm a loose cannon. I have no filter, I stir the pot, I push boundaries, I tear down labels, redefine "professionalism"...and I don't do this because it's trendy to be that way. I do this because that's who I am. I believe it's important that people like me use our platforms to not only change hair, but to change society. I'm an artist, but I'm a business...man. It's refreshing to see people start to wake up. Being real and being who you truly are isn't a trend , it's the future of successful business. I'm very thankful to all my friends here in Germany in every department for understanding my message, letting me be myself, and broadening my platform. From seeing how the digital world is run, how looks are created,product creation and testing, marketing, and even managing, you understand the the hard work in every department. I started by wanting to change my little town I grew up in, but now, the world is in my sites. Thank you to everyone that stands behind me and continues to support me for who I am, even beyond my work.

Had a great time with the beautiful @polalaola collaborating once again with @schwarzkopfpro in Germany.

Circa 1977

"I mean, you say I'm an outlaw, you say I'm a thief, but where's the Christmas dinner for the people on relief?

Huh? You say you're looking for someone who's never weak but always strong, to gather flowers constantly whether you are right or wrong, someone to open each and every door, but it ain't me, babe, huh? No, no, no, it ain't me, babe. It ain't me you're looking for, babe." | Photograph by: @rosematatics

I actually love heavy weighted haircuts. The tricky aspect of them is achieving weight with out it looking bald, then hair.

I create a foundation beneath the weight to help support it. I do this by using a few guards as surgical tools to help create a blueprint. Every section is a separate haircut to me. Every great structure has a strong foundation. In my opinion, this thought process translates great to hair cutting. There are many ways to achieve this, this is my way. You will never hear me say my way is the only way or the best way. Now to keep it real with you I think some techniques are just showboating or stupid but hey that's ok, whatever you feel comfortable with. As artists it's good to achieve things differently, if we all did the same thing.. life would be boring. Quality over quantity, build your brand not your book, express your visions, but have standards for yourself. No excuses. #behindthechair #btconeshot_haircut17 #btconeshot_fade17 #btconeshot_men17

Had a great time out in Pittsburgh today at @fluhmeglambar it's not everyday I do a class in my home state.

The drive was worth it! Sorry I didn't get everyone in the picture, thanks for having me. It's not just education, it's the New World Order.

Working in an industry that promotes self expression, I still find it crazy that in some places hair is priced according to gender.

If your response to this is "well I do more work with women's hair." I challenge you to understand your men clientele more. The more you educate yourself on techniques and understanding both genders, the more you will gravitate to genderless pricing. This shouldn't be a "trend" this is just good business. #behindthechair #btconeshot_fade17 #btconeshot_haircut17

Not my usual style but sometimes you just have to go crazy. Thanks Portland!

#behindthechair #btconeshot_fade17

Basically walked into Portland with flared pants and started fading everything on site.

Thanks for having me out to educate, and thank you @luisatorres.hair for being a cool ass model! #behindthechair #btconeshot_haircut17 #btconeshot_fade17

For @schwarzkopfpro X my lovely friend and model @polalaola | looking forward to heading back to Germany soon.

The Lone Wolf

To me, time doesn't exist. When I work on clients I don't time myself.

I respect their hair as if it was my own. Quality has longevity, quantity is temporary. #behindthechair #btconeshot_fade17 #btconeshot_haircut17 #btcbigshot_haircut17

From my "I'm going to curl up this one hair for a picture" collection.

#behindthechair #btconeshot_fade17 #btconeshot_men17 #btconeshot_haircut17 #btcbigshot_men17

Heavy weighted texture paired with a soft fade.

Preserving the gradient level in the fade gives support to the massive weight level on top.For example if I did a high fade, the top would like like a toupee, if I did a very low fade, it would look like a huge weight line far away. Yes I care about pictures of my work, but I care more about how people will see the cut in person from different distances. Understanding this cut involves 50% hair knowledge and 50% light knowledge. Anyone who takes pictures of cuts like these understand how lighting or different angles of light can make or break your fade. That's what my mind focuses on while I cut, I cut like I'm taking a picture. Oh and this was done with guards and if you're not down with that I got two words for ya...suuuuck it. #behindthechair #btconeshot_fade17 #btconeshot_men17 #btconeshot_haircut17 #btcbigshot_men17

My beautiful model @polalaola x myself for @schwarzkopfpro

Thank you everyone from @paisleyandstripe for being such great hosts and friends.

I had a great time spending a few days with you all.

And on the seventh day I said "Let there be education.."

When I did this cut on @lifteddouchetruck at the end of my class yesterday, I basically did it for fun.

I didn't feel like coming up with some kind of scientific explanation for everyone to learn how to put a line in someone's head, I don't like to degrade people's intelligence. I did enjoy combining some of my favorite styles at the moment, a little bit of a cropped hawk. The fade wasn't even needed....one, because she looked beautiful just like this, and two, after 4 hours of standing I was like helllllll no not on this thick hair! Very happy with the decision I went with, thanks everyone for having me!

Thank you @jensenandcosalon for having me in Reno, Nevada this weekend.

It was great to start off a busy rest of the year with such a great group of people. I hope you all enjoyed the education as well as my jokes, I put a lot of effort into each equally haha! Remember you have to walk the walk if you want to talk the talk, quality over quantity, build your brand not your book.......and most of all BE YOUR FUCKING SELF. Thanks everyone!

Circa 1977

Circa 1977: American Muscle

Took the day off before a busy next few months to speak to the students at Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School near my hometown.

It's important for me to never forget where I came from. I didn't go there to do a demo and show off. I didn't go there to push a product on anyone. I went there to show them that it doesn't matter what age you are, where you're from, or where you're at in life, it's never too early to become successful. When I was in high school, kids used to make fun of tech schools, that's why I never chose that path. Now looking back, most people I know that went with a trade over a degree are making a lot more money and live very stable lives. It's important to let young people know the truth and not bullshit them. I don't care what age you are, I treat everyone with the same respect they give me. These future professionals don't need the latest trends, they don't need to learn how to flip their shears all over, they need to know that they are important. They need to know that they have the power to be whoever they want to be. Like I always say, I want us all to win together. I want the future to be better than the present, that's my motivation and it allows me to always grow. Thank you to all the students and teachers for having me come speak, I had a great time.

Still obsessed with this cut on the beautiful @lickthawitch This is a direction I want to go with men and women.

I'm not going to sit here and preach how texture is on trend or in right now....I just love to fucking do it. I apologize for not showcasing the product or tool that I used on her head in the picture, but in order to do that I'd probably have to cut my brain out and rest it on her ear...that'd be a little much. Some of you will get my humor haha.

So funny story....Every two weeks, @stuntlife23 comes to me for a haircut.

I never knew him before cutting his hair but we've built a solid friendship over the last 2-3 years. He is one of my favorite and most respectful clients I have who drives an hour to get a haircut. You probably recognize his beard from past posts. Every time he comes we say "Today is the day we cut the top knot off." (Which was, at this point, to his shoulders). Every time we said it, it never happened. Tying your hair up everyday isn't the healthiest thing, which I can vouch for, and he started to realize this after finding some broken strands. So, today we said goodbye to our good friend man bun. It had a great life, but all things come to an end. I remember trimming its ends, braiding it, @marinaandthesummerday coloring it. Those are memories we will never forget. Here's to the last of the man buns in my clientele, you will always be remembered. As for the beard, that shit ain't goin ANYWHERE....I refuse to cut that, people drew portraits of it over seas for God sakes..oh and I styled it with a "wet look" because I don't see much of that on here.. #behindthechair #btconeshot_fade17 #btconeshot_haircut17 #btconeshot_men17

So here is a funny fact. When my clients are wearing shirts I'm not really fond of I make them wear my jackets to take a picture.

It's kind of a joke between me and my clientele, but I figured I'd let you all in on it. I become one with my clients. #behindthechair #btconeshot_fade17 #btconeshot_men17

It's a lifestyle. I want to experience every aspect of what I do. I want a hand in every thing.

If I'm going to put my work in front of a camera, I want to be in front of it too. If I'm going to teach others about hair care and style, I'm going to take care of mine too. It's easy to talk the talk, but you need to walk the walk. Be an example. Build your brand, not your book. | For @schwarzkopfpro X @gerdbayer

Hair is a small portion of our industry. I never wanted to be known for just hair.

I'm not a hairstylist, I'm not a barber, I'm not an educator, I am myself. I am whatever I need myself to be. Where there are labels there are limits, and personally, I have no limits. This isn't an occupation to me, it's a lifestyle. My work and who I am as a person go hand in hand. I don't hide behind my work, I walk right out with it. | My lovely model and friend @polalaola for @schwarzkopfpro

The beautiful @gia_escobar for @schwarzkopfpro | What other stylist do you know that ends up actually "in" the shoot...

I do many haircuts. Some become routine, some inspire me to do more.

Each client becomes a personality to me, almost a character in my story. This one right here was something different. This cut is the future of my career. People like @lickthawitch inspire me. When a woman has natural beauty and confidence it adds a whole new variable into the haircut. This is a perfect example of that. #behindthechair #btconeshot_haircut17

Other side of the recent cut I did. When I do a haircut, in my head I'm creating an entire image.

I'm looking at a photo before I take one. I've seen many of my colleagues speak about how important taking pictures of your work is and they're exactly right. It's ok if you can't afford a camera, all my pictures are taken on my iPhone. The important thing is training your eye to lighting, angles etc. This in return will start to show in your cuts. Building your brand is way more important than building your book despite popular belief. Developing images that represent YOU is very important to building a name. It will help people recognize YOUR work without slapping your name all over it, and maybe someday help bring to light people who may copy you or flat out steal your work. When people can associate a name with an image it is one of the best marketing tools to have in your arsenal. I hope that helps some of you trying to build your own image. Remember, be you, be original, and take pride in what you show. Not every good haircut you do is marketable, learn the difference between doing just great work and doing marketable work. Most importantly, show what you want to do. If you post them, they will come.

This is my favorite technique to do when I'm fading. It's my way of coping with changing times.

I don't fade in levels because I don't know how to blend, or because I need a guide, it's ok if you do though. I break up my fades into levels because I adjust them to support specific parts of the head, a blueprint if you will. The results usually consist of a stretched gradient that takes the shape of the head. In my opinion this style is very flattering, especially for women. With that being said I also do it a lot on men because it's edgy but conservative at the same time. It's not the only way, but it's my way. I am looking forward to continue discussing it this year in my education a long with how I achieve texture in many of my new styles. #behindthechair #btconeshot_fade17 #btconeshot_haircut17

"When I close my eyes, I see this thing, a sign, I see this name in bright blue neon lights with a purple outline.

And this name is so bright and so sharp that the sign - it just blows up because the name is so powerful" Boogie Nights X @vntmelito

Roses are red. She's got a fade and face tat. Aren't down with it? Cash me ousside HOW BOW DAH!

#behindthechair #btconeshot_fade17 #btconeshot_haircut17

Rain Drop, Drop Top......Crop Top.

Since I first started my portfolio on social media, I've always used my phone to take pictures.

I continue to use it to this day. Sometimes I'm not sure why because it actually is very hard to get a good picture, but I like the challenge. I've learned a lot about the way light reflects your work. I pay attention to the way the hair looks in my pictures, especially the fade. I pay attention how everyday shitty light will show my work. I honestly think that studying your pictures, no matter what camera you use, will make you a better professional. I've gotten to where I am by pictures and I will continue to grow through them as well. #behindthechair #btconeshot_fade17 #btconeshot_haircut17 #btconeshot_men17

Blessed @__dusty tonight | I've said it so many times, it's all about placement for me.

I actually am not a fan of doing design work, but simple things I enjoy. The question I ask myself when I'm about to do something like this is, if this was a tattoo, would the spot look good? Even though it will only last for a short time, I pretend it will last forever.

This year will be a movie.

#YESFADE #behindthechair #btconeshot_fade17 #btconeshot_haircut17 #btconeshot_men17

Shear work, razor work, clipper work. All used together in perfect harmony to create a style suitable for this person.

Not for a woman, not for a man. Categorize yourself and your clients if you want to limit yourself. Keep your styles and yourself uncategorized to see your career and your mind flourish. The possibilities are endless when you have no boundaries. #behindthechair #btconeshot_fade17 #btconeshot_haircut17 #btcbigshot_haircut17

Beautifully undone. #behindthechair #btconeshot_haircut17 #btconeshot_fade17

1977.

I still do a few cuts like these to keep things interesting even though I do see them phasing out.

I try to stay away from styling things "perfectly". I like to pair loose styles with fades. Just because it's a "loose" style doesn't mean it's completely undercut. The back and opposite side are blended to the head, so he has the option to style it clean. For me, it's important to incorporate a few different techniques to create the entire image, and the entire image is what matters. Even if I need to make them wear my jackets......

Circa 1926. For my Harry Potter fans | Credence inspiration from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

This is pretty much me walking into this year if anyone needed a visual..

Everyone has their own philosophies on what hair should be.

Men should be squared off, rounded shapes are more feminine. You know what I think about that? Turn that whole idea side ways, and stick it straight up your candy ass. Haircuts don't have genders. That's one of the key elements of my styles, gender neutral. I try to incorporate all of my skill sets into a haircut, fading, texture, precision......and in try my best in every department. I prefer to have them work all together in harmony. That's my style. Fuck rules, but understand them so you can have an answer for the sensitive people.

Walking into 2017 like...

Texture is back. You know why I love texture in haircuts?

It's the perfect way to say I give a fuck and I don't give a fuck at the same damn time. @wildcatinthehat

"Crazy people don't know they're crazy. I know I'm crazy, therefore I'm not crazy, isn't that crazy?"

@lukedoliver ladies and gentlemen #artist #process #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #mensfashion #menstyle #menshair

@lukedoliver is more than an artist. Thank you so much much for this! I love it.

#menshair #menstyle #mensfashion #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #art #artist

This year was a very successful year. Through my education I got to help many people and create many new friendships.

My education is a movement. It's not about the tools you use, it's not about how cool your business card is( I don't have any), it's not about product. My education is about you, the people. The voice of the stylist or barber is back. There is a misconception in this industry. People think you need to discount, over work yourself, charge less, not help others to find success. That is not the case, success comes in this industry not when one person wins, but when we all win. We don't all have to like each other, I don't care if you hope I jump off a fucking mountain, but we are a team...indirectly. We need to rise together. I want to be surrounded by winners, that makes me better. That's why this isn't a hobby for me, it's my career. I want to make people better versions of themselves. It was never about changing people's techniques, I don't want clones of myself (TRUST ME). My goal was always to show what I do, so you can add to what you do. Let me say this, I am not fucking around next year in 2017. I'm taking this movement even further. If you think I just didn't give a fuck! (In my Connor mcgregor voice) this year, next year won't be anywhere short of 0 fucks given. The realism is back and growing. Thank you everyone who made this year a success, and thank you to everyone who already gave me an overwhelming response to my education for next year (I'm already booking up, with some surprises along the way)! 2017 i'm coming at this industry even harder. As one of my favorite actors once said in The Wolf of Wall Street-"I'm not fucking leaving! The show goes on! This is MY home! They're gonna need a fucking WRECKING BALL to take me outta here! They're gonna need to send in the national guard or the SWAT team, 'cause I ain't goin' NOWHERE!" #behindthechair #barbershopconnect #hairbrained #americansalon #modernsalon #cosmoprofbeauty #mensfashion #womensfashion #menstyle #education

Schemers trying to control their worlds...I’m not a schemer.

I try to show the schemers how, pathetic, their attempts to control things really are. #behindthechair #americansalon #barbershopconnect #hairbrained #cosmoprofbeauty #menshair #mensfashion #education

Good luck to my friend @ryanashleymalarkey on the Finale of Ink Master tonight!

No matter what the outcome is you're the best in my eyes. Get that shit giiiiiiirl. #inkmaster #inkedmag #inked #tattoos #tattoosofinstagram #ryanashleymalarkey

The King of Controversy #behindthechair #americansalon #modernsalon #mensfashion #hairbrained #menshair #menstyle @vntmelito

One of the models from today's class at the @fittingroomtoronto in Toronto.

#education #behindthechair #barbershopconnect #modernsalon #americansalon #cosmoprofbeauty #menshair #mensfashion

Thank you @fittingroomtoronto for having me out to the 6ix!

You all were some of the most talented professionals I've ever had the pleasure of educating. Happy to call you all my friends! #barbershopconnect #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #education

These two are some of the nicest and most talented people I've ever met.

Honored to call them friends. Congratulations @ryanashleymalarkey on making it to the Ink Master final! #inkmaster #peckvsnunez #inkedmag #motionlessinwhite #tattoo @joshbalz

Let's take a moment and check out how talented @lukedoliver is. Can't wait to see this finished!

#behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #hairbrained #barbershopconnect #portrait #art #inkedmag

Today, on my day off, I decided to go speak to the students at Empire in the Wyoming Valley here in Pennsylvania.

I remember, not too long ago, when I was a "student". I wasn't always the best student, but that's what makes me want to give back. Sometimes in the beginning a little motivation goes further than a "how to". These people are the future of our industry, and we we all were there once. I educated on some hair tips, but mostly life. It's not how long you do something, it's how good you do it. It's not how many clients you have, it's how you utilize and take care of the people you do have in your chair. It's not building a book, it's building a brand. Its not all about being an artist, it's also about understanding business. Its up to you, and only you, to make your life what you want it to be. I want to see the future be better than I am, because that's what keeps me going. Thank you Althea for having me in, and thanks to the students for listening. Until next time.. #straightoutofempirewv #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #hairbrained #barbershopconnect #education #motivation @empirewyomingvalley

It was nice to do a class close to where I grew up today.

Pretty cool to have my little brother and his friend as models as well. I never really have the opportunity to teach local, but I've been trying to make some time for the area. Thanks DejaVu Salon for hosting everyone. I had a great time! #education #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #barbershopconnect

“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” Making movies with my brother @jaywesleyolson #behindthechair #barbershopconnect #americansalon #modernsalon #menshair #mensfashion @carlosmongecmfilms

I've known @ryanashleymalarkey for a few years now and I can honestly say she is one of the most talented, humble, and nicest people I know.

She might kill it on Ink Master every Tuesday, but she never lets me down every time I see her. I'm honored to call her a friend. #inkedmag #inkmaster #guyswithtattoos #mensfashion #tattoos #tattoosofinstagram #inked #ryanashleymalarkey

I do a lot of classes. I meet a lot of people. This class was special for me because I got to kick it with someone I've respected for a very long time.

@jaywesleyolson has respected me since day one and it's an honor to call him my friend. There are many talented people in this industry, but when someone of his talent takes time to hear me I truly admire that. Thank you to him and @cindywatwood for being great hosts and thank you to everyone at the class. Arizona was great! #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #barbershopconnect #education

Very old haircut, but very relevant message.

There have been many moments in this industry when someone approaches me and either says "I've only been cutting for a year, how'd I do?" Or "I've been in this industry for over 15 years...". The truth is, IT DOESNT MATTER! (in my Rock voice) Effort is what matters. Heart is what matters. I know students who are better than people that have been in the industry for 30 years. Do what you do to the best of your abilities and don't worry about the time you spent doing those things. Success isn't measured by time, it's measured by how well you capitalize on your supply that's in demand. #behindthechair #barbershopconnect #americansalon #modernsalon #menshair #menscut #mensfashion #art

I always think to myself, what does social media think of me?

I've educated for a few years now, and taught probably a thousand people or more. Every class the topic comes up, who am I? I always joke with everyone and call myself a "walking dick" ( I enjoy making people laugh), but it's true. I post pictures of myself, I post my cars, I post my beautiful girlfriend. I write captions voicing my opinions which everyone doesn't always agree with. I take stances on topics that usually aren't the "accepted stance". I barely smile (even though people enjoy it), I don't post many pictures with friends, which I can probably count on one hand anyway. I say so much, but actually keep a lot to myself. I grew up in a small town. Hunted, trapped, fished, and made paths in the woods until my mom told me to get my ass inside. I left my first love, soccer, because I lost a purpose in it (can still break and ankle or two). My parents struggle, and bust their asses just to pay bills. My brother is trying to figure his life out and I can't really help him. I lost pretty much all my childhood friends for one reason or another. I started cutting hair in my kitchen, went to school, used social media to my advantage, and saved my life in a few short years by creating a brand. The moral of the story is, you don't know me. Sometimes I don't even know myself. Hell, I'll probably look like a different person next week. No one knows what I see through my own eyes everyday. I post pictures of things that I think would have motivated me when I was a "nobody", not to be arrogant. I'm a real person, not a character in a movie. My career focuses around helping others and elevating them, even though I don't do that for the people closest to me, which is something I'm trying to work on. All I ask, is that you understand that we are all people. We aren't characters in a movie, even though sometimes I feel that way. I don't always want to explain who I am because I feel that the people who want to know will take the time too, and the ones that don't, can kindly keep moving. I don't give a fuck what I say, I don't give a fuck who I offend, but I do respect others as long as they respect me.

You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend:

Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig. | Clint Eastwood-The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1967) photograph by: @vntmelito #menshair #mensfashion #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon

Thank you Bryan, Texas for the hospitality. Had such a great time talking about some hair with you all.

It was great having you guys as one of my last classes of this year! Hope to see you all again soon! #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #barbershopconnect #education

The creative adult is the child who survived #behindthechair #barbershopconnect #menshair #mensfashion #americansalon #modernsalon #hairbrained

Viking Chic #behindthechair #americansalon #modernsalon #barbershopconnect #menshair #mensfashion #hairbrained #beard

I don't do this for the title, I do this for you all.

#barbershopconnect #behindthechair #americansalon #hairbrained #menshair #mensfashion #modernsalon

Tune in to this season of Ink Master to watch my friend @ryanashleymalarkey do the damn thing!

#inkmaster #tattoo #tattoos #inkedgirls #ink #inkedmag #teampeck #peckvsnunez #ryanashley

One of my favorite pieces I've done so far this year.

I combined all different techniques to achieve this look. Not because I needed all different tools, but sometimes an educator needs to educate himself. A part of my job is bettering myself to better other people. I want to get out of my comfort zone. Being comfortable stunts your growth. Mixing razor, shear, and clipper cutting helped create a dynamic look. Working for myself, im not afraid to mix different tools or thoughts. A lot of my cuts have to be seen in person because words alone can't explain my process. A perfectly structured unstructured process......can you dig it? Practice is the only tool that will work for you forever. #barbershopconnect #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #menshair #mensfashion #fashion

Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos.

I'm an agent of chaos. | Photograph by: @vnt2x #mensfashion #menshair #vintage #fashion #tattoos #americansalon #modernsalon #behindthechair

Another look at the previous haircut. I have been transitioning this into a more blended haircut.

From side part, to undercut, to the present style. I really like how the disconnection isn't exactly completely disconnected. A little combination of old school and new school, just how I like it. Tapering the long hair in the back is always a fun challenge when doing a skin fade. Being able to create support with the hair is the key, it's not about the hair you take off, it's the hair you leave on. I like to tailor my fade to support the client and the haircut. #barbershopconnect #behindthechair #americansalon #modernsalon #menshair #mensfashion

Hair is always changing. Trends come and go. Personally when I see a lot of a certain style, the artist in me tells me to start trying different approaches.

In recent times, I've been doing less and less hard parts, and slicked over side parted hairstyles. Not saying it is out of style, but when everyone has the same haircut....no one can be themselves. I'm trying to challenge myself to work with more texture, shape, length, and volume. I've been more UK/European influenced lately. Slight disconnection into a blended down top, a little more combination to support the length. To be honest, I'm just trying to make the cuts harder for myself from the fade all the way to the style. That's how you grow. #behindthechair #modernsalon #barbershopconnect #hairbrained #americansalon #menshair #mensfashion

And.....ANOTHA one #womenshair #undercut #hairbrained #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #womensfashion #barbershopconnect

ANOTHA one. #womenshair #womensfashion #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #hairbrained #barbershopconnect #undercut

Let's take a trip down memory lane tonight #womenshair #undercut #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #hairbrained #barbershopconnect

It's amazing when you get to see your friends and fellow artists accomplish so much.

So happy for @ryanashleymalarkey and how far she has come in such little time. I'm honored to be a client of yours and to call you my friend. Good look on the rest of this seasons Ink Master. Everyone tune in and show her some support! Now I'm going to give this to my Nan to hang on her fridge.. #inkmaster #inkedmag #tattoo #tattoosofinstagram #peckvsnunez #womensfashion #mensfashion #blackandgreytattoo #spike

It was great hanging with you all today! Nothing better than educating professionals that are hungry for even more success.

Thanks for the great time in Georgia. #education #menshair #womenshair #behindthechair #americansalon #modernsalon #barbershopconnect

Lone Wolf | thanks to my beautiful and talented friend @ryanashleymalarkey #inkmaster #tattoo #tattoos #inked #inkedmag #guyswithtattoos #mensfashion #menstyle #wolf #necktattoo

When you get to spend the day with one of your most talented friends @ryanashleymalarkey make sure to watch her on Ink Master #inkmaster #tattoo #tattoos

Circa 1977 | Photograph by: @vnt2x

I call this one "A moment off my iPhone" #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #hairbrained #barbershopconnect #menshair #mensfashion #tattoo #inked

Hump Day | Photograph by: @vnt2x #mensfashion #menshair #menstyle #vintage #tattoos #americansalon #modernsalon #behindthechair

All in all you're just another brick in the wall | Photograph by:

@vnt2x #mensfashion #menshair #behindthechair #americansalon #modernsalon #menstyle #vintage

My first class in a long time without a hat. It was a huge moment in my life haha.

It was great to be back in Birmingham, Michigan. Thank you @danielladushaj and @maseman313 for being such great hosts and friends. It was a pleasure being at @baus_bham thank you to everyone who was there! #barbershopconnect #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #education #hairbrained

The world is yours. Photograph by: @vnt2x #mensfashion #menstyle #menshair #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #vintage

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our souls

There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold | Photograph by: @vnt2x #mensfashion #menstyle #americansalon #modernsalon #bigblock #corvette #1977 #vintage #behindthechair

You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your fucking fingers, and say "that's the bad guy." Photograph by:

@vnt2x #mensfashion #menstyle #menshair #americansalon #modernsalon #behindthechair #fashion #vintage #1977 #corvette

Thank you ELLE for sending me a few copies of this months issue.

It was an honor to have my work and myself featured in it. Go check it out everyone! @elleusa @emilydougherty #elle #mensfashion #womensfashion #menshair #womenshair #americansalon #modernsalon #behindthechair #hairbrained #barbershopconnect

Chi Chi, get the yeyo.. Photograph by: @vnt2x #mensfashion #menstyle #vintage #americansalon #modernsalon #behindthechair #menshair

Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

Photograph by : @vnt2x #mensfashion #menstyle #menshair #fashion #americansalon #modernsalon #vintage

Be cool. Photograph by: @vnt2x #mensfashion #menstyle #vintage #americansalon #modernsalon #menshair #fashion

A lot of people ask me what my secret is.

I actually do the complete opposite of almost every educator I've took a minute to listen to on Instagram, especially a few concentrating on short hair or men's. Not out of spite, but because I don't try to teach people ancient platforms, or a certain number of haircuts. I teach them how to combine every single loose end of our industry into one art piece. Too much of one ingredient will spoil the recipe, that's why you need a little bit of everything to spice that fucking shit up. Goodnight ladies and gentlemen. #americansalon #modernsalon #behindthechair #barbershopconnect #menshair #mensfashion

When ELLE reached out to me to tell me they are huge fans of my work, that was enough for me.

To be published in the August issue of their magazine is a huge achievement for me. Starting out in this industry everyone told me I had to leave this small town to become something, because that's what everyone does. Now the only reason I ever leave is to help others better themselves. It's not where you are, it's where your heads at. The grass isn't greener anywhere, the real strength is in your mentality. To think that an iPhone camera, a wall, and some clippers got me into one of the best magazines blows my mind. It shows that it doesn't matter where you are, what you use, or how different you are....if you want it, you can get there by not only working for it, but by being smart. If you are yourself, the right people will acknowledge you for it. Thank you ELLE. #Elle #modernsalon #americansalon #behindthechair #barbershopconnect #mensfashion #womensfashion #menshair #womenshair #hairbrained

Smoked out. #barbershopconnect #americansalon #modernsalon #behindthechair #menshair #smokeshop #primal #mensfashion

Usually hard lines are associated with masculinity. Usually softness is associated with femininity.

Usually to have a "clean" cut, it can't be messy. See, the thing is, I don't give a fuck about what people usually go by. I mix everything, because it's art......art has no rules. #modernsalon #americansalon #barbershopconnect #womenshair #womensfashion #undercut

What a class we had today in Salt Lake City. Thank you everyone at @lunaticfringesalon for making my time very enjoyable.

Such a great group of people. Hopefully I will see everyone again! #saltlakecity #education #barbershopconnect #americansalon #modernsalon #behindthechair

Had a great class today in Salt Lake City, looking forward to the second one tomorrow.

Nothing better than brining together barbers and hairstylists...I mean hey, we all cut the same thing. #education #saltlakecity #barbershopconnect #modernsalon #americansalon

Well, Depp basically looked through my soul and threw a guitar pic at me.

I didn't catch it, the dumb bitch next to me did. Scratch that off my bucket list. Such a great show, they all killed it. #hollywoodvampires #johnnydepp #joeperry #alicecooper

Took some time off, but now im back at it. Haven't done many local classes but I had a great time in Tunkhannock, PA today.

Nice to see some motivated stylists from near the hometown I grew up in. It doesn't matter if you're in a big city or small town, talent always prevails. Thank you everyone, I had a great time meeting you all! #education #americansalon #modernsalon #behindthechair #barbershopconnect #pennsylvannia

The haircut is one thing, the picture is another. Sometimes I sit alone at night and reflect on past haircuts I did.

I think about what I like about it, what I don't like about it. I think about what I can improve on and where my strengths are. Sometimes, when I lack inspiration and motivation, my photos are the only thing that keeps me going. #americansalon #modernsalon #barbershopconnect #menshair #behindthechair #mensfashion #undercut @brookegerhart

In honor of the rare full moon tonight, here is a throw back to one of my original pieces.

#theoriginal #americansalon #modernsalon #behindthechair #barbershopconnect #menshair #mensfashion #art #moon

If people aren't laughing at your dreams, they aren't big enough.

One of my recent favorites. A little bit of everything went into this haircut and style.

It's always good to mix the old school and the new school. I prefer the best of both worlds. In all of my haircuts I actually style them first then cut the style to the head. This is one of my ways I actually "craft" a haircut instead of "producing" one. To me there is a difference. Tailored hair if you will. #americansalon #modernsalon #behindthechair #barbershopconnect #barbersinctv #menshair #mensfashion #vintage

Not finished, still need to add Satan, but loving the progress so far.

Thanks to my friend @ryanashleymalarkey #inkmaster #temptation #jesus #tattoo #guyswithtattoos #mensfashion #tattoosofinstagram #inkedmagazine

Got to spend the day with my good friend @ryanashleymalarkey so proud of what she's been up to lately!

When I educate, I don't always just talk about hair. I want you to all think about something.

If you go to Burger King and want a cheese burger for 99 cents, but you only have 75 cents, will they sell you the cheese burger? No, they won't. That's just a cheese burger made of fake meat, so don't short or attempt to short stylists or barbers on hair services. I don't care where you work, you've all spent a lot of money to be a professional. You need to respect yourself, and your clientele needs to respect you. #behindthechair #barbershopconnect #barbersinctv #hairbrained #womenshair #womensfashion #undercut #facts

"A batman to our industry"....I like that.

Thank you to all the stylists who showed me a great time in Dallas this weekend.

The class was great and it was a pleasure meeting all of you. #education #realeducation #americansalon #modernsalon #barbersinctv #barbershopconnect #behindthechair #hairbrained #dallas

A woman doesn't need hair to be beautiful, all she needs is confidence.

#btcbigshot_haircut16 #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #barbersinctv #barbershopconnect #womenshair #pixie #womensfashion #cosmoprofbeauty #hairbrained

Had a great time doing some semi-local education today here in Bethlehem, PA which I never really do much.

Thank you everyone who was at Eskandalo, you were all such a great group to be around. #education #americansalon #modernsalon #barbershopconnect #barbersinctv #menshair #womenshair #cosmoprofbeauty #pennsylvania

I usually like to take all the weight right off in cuts like these, but because I don't like to cut cookies for a living, sometimes you need to change it up.

In this case I leave a bit of the longer weight on the sides to balance his head shape. I know, I know, some of you are thinking well duh, that's obvious, you should always do that. The sad thing is, not everyone thinks it's common sense that the area below merging the two gradients together should at least be blended. Now, in my world, I have to fade most things, my eye looks at it as fucked up if I don't. I feel like you can either not blend it at all (which still has to be a very clean edge or line), you can blend it so it appears that you actually went to school and studied how to cut hair, or my favorite, you can fade it in areas creating different levels of weight to support the huge mass hanging over from the side of his head. Now, some people may call me crazy, but for god sakes......if you're not going to fade, do your best, and work towards at least blending it. It takes practice, it takes understanding....but if a doctor did a "decent" job on your surgery, I don't think you would be too pleased. I'm not the best but I strive to be better than I was the day before. Remember that, you want more? Do more, and do it well. #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #behindthechair #barbershopconnect #menshair #mensfashion

A little soft blend on @alexis_warrington undercut from today. Simplicity is Sexy, remember that.

#americansalon #modernsalon #behindthechair #barbershopconnect #womenshair #womensfashion #undercut

Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes...

the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.
#btconeshot_men16 #btcbigshot_haircut16 #btcbigshot_men16 #behindthechair #americansalon #modernsalon #barbershopconnect #menshair #mensfashion #menstyle #mizutani

Still one of my favorites of my recent styles. Can't wait to do another rendition of this.

Thank you to everyone doing their own versions! #btcbigshot_haircut16 #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #barbershopconnect #womenshair #womenstyle #pixie #cosmoprofbeauty

To some people, the hair is the most important part of the picture.

To me, the entire person is important. I always try to create an entire image instead of just a hair picture. All I use is my iPhone. To me, my clients aren't just heads of hair. Each person is a celebrity in their own right. I always try to showcase my work but I also like to showcase my client. Without my clients there would be no work to show. I want my followers to remember an image not a haircut. This happens to be one of my favorites so far. #btcbigshot_haircut16 #btcbigshot_avantgarde16 #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #barbershopconnect #barbersinctv #hairbrained #womenshair #womensfashion #pixie #undercut @jennikrez13

When I first created this original piece it really had no point other than being an inspiration from one of my tattoos.

A lot of people have done replicas and gave it their own meaning or name...but the original never had one. The interesting thing is, as time went on, no pun intended, it began to have a purpose. This piece is for everyone that was told to put their time in. It's for everyone that was given a time frame on when to expect success. Let me be honest, I never wanted to put the time in, and I never wanted to have a time frame either. I didn't believe in it. It doesn't matter hot long you've been doing something, it matters how well you do it. If you have what it takes and believe in yourself, you don't need someone to tell you it's time to be successful. You don't need to bust your ass. You don't need to put in countless hours and drain yourself. Time isn't real. It's whatever you want it to be. If you do the right things, at the right moment that's all that matters. Take advantage of your gifts and follow your own path. Don't let your life or career run on someone else's watch. You'll be surprised that when you run on your own "time" somethings may come quicker than you could have ever imagined. Success. #btconeshot_men16 #btcbigshot_avantgarde16 #btcbigshot_men16 #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #barbersinctv #barbershopconnect #stylistshopconnect #menshair #mensfashion #cosmoprofbeauty #inspiration

Touched up one of the lovely stylist's undercuts today in class to give everyone some extra tips.

I was going to show everyone how to make lines all over, but I opted out of that brilliant idea and decided to explain how to tame her unruly hair line by using the gradient in the blend to reconstruct her natural hair pattern. I like to relate it to makeup, a nape contour if you will. #americansalon #modernsalon #cosmoprofbeauty #behindthechair #barbershopconnect #stylistshopconnect #womenshair #undercut #womensfashion

She's back. Wanted to thank my friend @jennikrez13 for always giving me something to work with.

#latenightcut #americansalon #barbershopconnect #stylistshopconnect #hairbrained #behindthechair #cosmoprofbeauty #womenshair #womensfashion #pixie #tattoos #btcbigshot_haircut16 #btconeshot_precision16

Late night tonight #americansalon #modernsalon #behindthechair #hairbrained #barbershopconnect #barbersinctv #menshair #mensfashion #beard #cosmoprofbeauty #btconeshot_men16

Now correct me if I'm wrong.....actually don't because I'm not wrong.....but the back of the head is one of the most important and looked at sections of a haircut.

When you are walking behind someone, even if you don't do hair, you look at the nape. I teach in my classes that the front of the haircut is your client retention and the back of the head is your business card. I don't believe in handing out real business cards, I just let my work attract my clientele. By clientele I mean people who want me to cut their hair, not people who need a haircut. There is a difference. #americansalon #modernsalon #barbershopconnect #barbersinctv #cosmoprofbeauty #womenshair #undercut #womensfashion #btconeshot_haircut16

Reminiscing on some old styles I've done. #americansalon #modernsalon #barbershopconnect #barbersinctv #hairbrained #cosmoprofbeauty #menshair #beard #mensfashion

Shape & Shade, in my world.....you need both.

#btcbigshot_haircut16 #behindthechair #americansalon #modernsalon #hairbrained #cosmoprofbeauty #barbershopconnect #stylistshopconnect #barbersinctv #pixie #womenshair

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary. Photograph by: @vnt_iii

People are always so worried about offending someone or making someone mad.

They're so worried about saying the wrong thing, or how others will look at them for their opinions and what they say. If you created your own lane, and got to where you are because of yourself, how other people feel about you is irrelevant. Welcome to my life. | Photograph by: @VNT_III #mensfashionreview #mensfashion #menstyle #americansalon #modernsalon #menshair

Another view from the last haircut I posted. I'll be honest, I always find it harder to blend this type of gradient over blending a bald fade...but as I said before, I'm expanding my looks.

I don't like easy. #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #behindthechair #btcbigshot_haircut16 #barbershopconnect #barbersinctv #mensfashion #mensfashionreview #menshair #vintage #btcbigshot_men16 #btconeshot_men16 #hairbrained #cosmoprofbeauty

If you covered the face and body of your client and just left the hair exposed you would realize it is the same on each person.

Well sometimes fried, box colored, or fucked up....but generally the same. A haircut is a haircut. I always say in my education that in no situation, should a service be charged based on gender. A man can have any style he wants and so can a woman, a body part or a few shouldn't change the price. One shouldn't take more time than the other if you care about them equally. Cuts like these on women show confidence and power. I'm blessed to have the women clientele I have. #btconeshot_precision16 #btcbigshot_haircut16 #behindthechair #americansalon #modernsalon #cosmoprofbeauty #barbersinctv #barbershopconnect #womencrushwednesday #womensfashion #womenshair #pixie

Every class I get this question. How do you cope with a client who prefers more weight in their blend?

I always stress how difficult this cut is. For me I compare my cut to building a house. You don't just walk in a field and start building, you have a sort of plan, or blueprint if you will. I work with the gradient levels beneath the weight to help support it. If you don't have a good foundation the house will crumble, or just look like shit. I use plastic guards and clippers, my shears are my fine tuning tools...but to be honest I didn't even use them during this haircut because i didn't have good ones at the time. It's all about the hair you leave on the head, not the hair you take off. Shape, shade, and using your fucking brain are all key parts of this. Always strive to care about every single hair. Remember, it doesn't matter how you get it done....just make sure it's a product you and your client are proud of. #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #barbershopconnect #barbersinctv #hairbrained #behindthechair #cosmoprofbeauty #menshair #menstyle #MensFashionReview

They always say I make it look like magic. So I guess "Magic Mike" makes sense.

Thank you to the crazy bunch that came out today. Always great being back in Canada. I had such a great time sharing laughs, jokes, and inspiration. #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #hairbrained #behindthechair #barbersinctv #barbershopconnect #menshair #menstyle #education #cosmoprofbeauty

I always see signs at educational classes of companies highlighting important points of the class.

Usually pretty colors, saying encouraging things like "love what you do" "be confident" "strive for greatness". That's not really my cup of tea, so since this paper was already up on stage, I wrote something that represented my education..... #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #hairbrained #barbersinctv #barbershopconnect #education #menshair #menstyle #cosmoprofbeauty

Thank you Iowa for another great experience. Every time I say I'm going to Iowa to educate people are like, Iowa!?

Well I'll say this, I've met some of the greatest people from this state. I appreciate you all having me here and I'm looking forward to coming back, thank you @clean.safe.beauty #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #hairbrained #behindthechair #cosmoprofbeauty #barbershopconnect #stylistshopconnect #barbersinctv #education #menshair #menstyle #iowa

Some of the group from the first day of education in Iowa at @refineryhair.

Can't wait for tomorrow's class! Thanks everyone. #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #cosmoprofbeauty #barbersinctv #barbershopconnect #education

I dedicated my whole hair career, so far, to helping others.

Whether it's education or just behind the chair. Anyone who has met me, in person, knows this about me. If you're at one of my classes i take the time to answer anything, I don't care if you're a student or if you've been doing hair for 50 years...I help you to the best of my abilities. The love, sadly, gets overshadowed by negativity I receive on social media for some of the things I say. Yes, I do invite it, but now I realize why so many people put on an act or are fake. People can't handle realness,or at least everyone. Everyone wants to have huge amounts of followers but no one sees the negative or understands the side effects. With love comes hate and I think people forget that just because some of us have a decent following doesn't mean we aren't human beings. I tend to not let things get to me but after so long they do. As of recently I'm pretty fed up with a lot of sides of this industry and almost people all together. My life isn't perfect, I have almost zero friends, I spend most of my time flying from city to city to get by in life. I am human. I have feelings. I grew up with a family who struggled to get by and still does. Just because I have a following does not make me invincible and it doesn't make anyone else that either. I will never please everyone. You don't know everyone just because you follow their pictures. This is not a pity post. This is me finally saying that I am done with people's negative vibes, I grew up with that and I won't continue in that direction. I can't make you like me, but all I ask is if you don't...then just worry about your own life. If you do appreciate me, I thank you for the support because I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for my following and clients. I do this for myself, I do this for the people close to me in my life, and most importantly, I do this for you. Don't look at this caption as me being soft, look at it as awareness. Even the strong have a limit. Oh, and by the way, in case some of my supporters were worried, I still will say whatever the fuck I want and if you don't like it,I got two words for ya....

Thank you Oklahoma! Had a great time meeting you all.

I still didn't get sucked up by a tornado so that's good. #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #behindthechair #barbersinctv #barbershopconnect #stylistshopconnect #menshair #mensfashionreview #mensfashion

You know that one client that lets you do anything to their head?

If you have one of those you should thank them. Yes, this is all the same person. I'm not much for designs, but I like to base my work off of tattoo influences. I always try to do something original, and I never like to give it a name. To me it is just art. I just like to put a little thought behind it, just like everything else I do. Challenge yourself, create things that make people think. #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #behindthechair #barbershopconnect #barbersinctv #menshair #mensfashionreview #menstyle #hairbrained #cosmoprofbeauty #art

You know everyone says "love what you do". Sometimes I feel like it gets thrown around in our industry as a cliche term.

I will tell you what though, If i didn't love helping others, I would not be an educator. Yeah the money is great, the site seeing is cool, but if you knew what all went into the travel life (some of you do) you'd really understand how hard it is. I don't half ass anything I do in life, when I'm in, I'm all in. Sometimes it really takes its toll on me. My patience becomes minimal, my fitness and eating patterns are messed up, my sleeping suffers. Not to mention my brand I have to withhold on social media and back home between clients, inquiries, and some bullshit I get day to day. The truth is, everyone wants to say they're self made. I am self made and I will stress that it's not always the easiest road. At the end of the day when I have people come up to me and thank me for doing what I do, it makes up for all the nonsense I deal with day in and day out. So thank you everyone who has supported me from the beginning and those who just have started. You keep me going. #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #barbershopconnect #stylistshopconnect #barbersinctv #behindthechair #hairbrained #educator #education

Thank you Austin, Texas. Today's class was great and I'm looking forward to tomorrow's.

A smart,open minded, determined group is always very much appreciated! The weather was definitely better than at home! #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #education #barbershopconnect #stylistshopconnect #barbersinctv #hairbrained #austin

Haircuts won't last forever, but pictures will. I always say the picture is sometimes more important than the cut.Sometimes it's even harder to achieve.

My clients understand this. I don't use business cards, I use my work. All I need is an iPhone. People find it hard to understand that you can be the best in the world at what you do, but if no one knows, the only one who may think that is yourself. I post for three reasons to inspire, market, and learn. Pictures show me what I can work on and my progress. They show others my ideas in hopes to expand their thinking, or to sit in my chair/take a class. When I'm feeling like I had enough of what I do, I resurface these pictures to remind me to keep going. #btcbigshot_haircut16 #behindthechair #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #barbershopconnect #stylistshopconnect #barbersinctv #womenshair #womenstyle #womensfashion #pixie #undercut

One of my favorites. #btcbigshot_haircut16 #behindthechair #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #barbersinctv #barbershopconnect #womenshair #womenstyle #womensfashion #WomensFashionReview

One of my favorites #AmericanSalon #behindthechair #btconeshot_men16 #btcbigshot_men16 #btcbigshot_haircut16 #barbersinctv #barbershopconnect #menshair #menstyle #mensfashion #hairbrained #modernsalon

Color overwhelms content. People always say they know my work by just looking at it.

That's why I don't watermark it. Even if people steal it, people know who's it is. I've built my brand around this style, but I didn't just do it for no reason. My content focuses a lot on the cut itself and its detail. I feel that the color of the hair or objects in the photo take away from the detail of the actually haircut. This is why I use black and white. It's timeless, and allows the eye to focus on what I truly want to represent with my work. #behindthechair #btconeshot_men16 #btcbigshot_men16 #btcbigshot_haircut16 #modernsalon #cosmoprofbeauty #barbershopconnect #barbersinctv #menshair #menstyle #mensfashionreview #mizutani #hairbrained @behindthechair_com

I was really inspired by Satan with this look, I don't know if he had a mustache, but if he did, I feel like it would be this one.

#AmericanSalon #modernsalon #cosmoprofbeauty #barbersinctv #barbershopconnect #stylistshopconnect #mensfashion #mensfashionreview #menstyle #mizutani #hairbrained #behindthechair

Over the years I've made decisions based off of people's opinions for me, not necessarily my own.

Most of those decisions have resulted in money wasted and most importantly time. Life is not about hard work, despite what many will tell you. This era doesn't aid the hard working person. Life is about realizing how hard work can be and coming up with a smarter solution. That's the mind set of a leader, an entrepreneur, but it isn't the mindset for just anyone. This is a look into how I think, the mind behind the art. Self-made success. I hope this idea will help many that are struggling, feeling like quitting, or just starting. Believe in your own dreams, not someone else's. #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #behindthechair #hairbrained #cosmoprofbeauty #barbershopconnect #barbersinctv #mensfashionreview #mensfashion #education #inspiration

I'm still in love with this from one of last year's classes.

I still can't believe how many woman models I've had compared to men in my recent classes. This goes far beyond hair. It's a great example how women are embracing who they are, even if social norms work against those beliefs. Let's hear it one time for all those women with short hair! #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #cosmoprofbeauty #barbersinctv #barbershopconnect #pixie #womenstyle #womenshair #womensfashion #WomensFashionReview

The good 'ol days....

As I sit here on the plane, I think back to the beginning.

I remember people making fun of me because of the time I put into my social media. "Why do you post so much?" "Why do you take pictures of your haircuts?" "Why do you let everyone know your business?" I dealt with a lot of negativity, even from people close to me. "It's not real life, worry about reality and actual work!" "Followers aren't real people!" "Work your way up Mike, it's not your time yet, put in your time!" I've heard all these things regarding my career and social media. The funny thing is, ironically, social media created my career. It gave me a platform that would take years to achieve the traditional way. You can be the best in the world at what you do, but if no one knows, you're talent will remain unseen. I've made many friends and been to many places, sometimes I even forget some cities I've been too. You know what else? I look back at those people who said those discouraging things and laugh at them. The funny thing is, most of them are now trying to do the same thing and struggling. So remember, for the sake of someone just beginning, never hate what you don't understand. Just because you're not on the same page doesn't mean you're not reading the same book. #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #behindthechair #hairbrained #barbershopconnect #stylistshopconnect #barbersinctv #menshair #education #cosmoprofbeauty

Thank you Mobile, Alabama! #education #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #behindthechair #cosmoprofbeauty #barbershopconnect #stylistshopconnect #barbersinctv #hairbrained

"Oh my God I love her tattoo!" It's actually hair, that I left on her head, so I could make a cross out of it..

#AmericanSalon #modernsalon #bar #barbershopconnect #cosmoprofbeauty #behindthechair #hairbrained #pixie #womenshair #womenstyle #womensfashion

From my "Cut random hair with no rhyme or reason" collection. You know why I do it?

Because I like the messy, uneven, textured look. It contrasts the smooth fade very well. Oh and I do what I want. #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #barbersinctv #barbershopconnect #menstyle #menshair #hairbrained #cosmoprofbeauty #mizutani

Tonight's topic. I don't educate as a hobby. Education is my career.

Most of my bills, students loans, and everyday necessities are paid with that income. I don't think many people get that. What I'm getting at is this: I get many private messages, comments etc asking me questions about my techniques or what I use. I see almost all of them because anyone who says they don't are just ego riding. I answer what I can when I can, but I don't answer everything. I don't do this because I'm an asshole, I do this because I protect my business as a professional. Anyone who says, "oh mike you can say all your techniques and what you use, do YouTube videos, people will still attend a class", don't understand business. Why would I tell people things for free when others pay good money for the education? It's not being an asshole, it's business, and it's fair to my clients who book classes. For example "What clippers do you use?" I get that question every five minutes. Recently I told someone what I use, which I don't get paid from the company, even though I probably should. I told this person what I use, just because it was one of those days. After awhile I get asked again, "I got the clippers you use, and I can't cut like you, plus they're cutting people." Side note, they never attended one of my classes. Moral of the story, it's not what I use, it's how I use it. I pride myself on my technique. That's what I educate on, since I don't sell products. I can't stress enough, stop looking for the latest product, or latest tool, and just concentrate on hair. When you understand the hair, you can improve your career. Product and tools don't do the haircut, they just aid in the process. Thank you to everyone who is understanding and respectful. #AmericanSalon #modernsalon #barbershopconnect #mensfashion #menstyle #menshair #education #hairbrained