Podcast Ep. 25, THE STREETS BARBER
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On any given night in Australia 1 in 200 people don't have a roof over their heads. Nasir Sobhani A.K.A The Streets Barber skateboards around Melbourne giving free haircuts and shaves to homeless people as a part of his ‘Clean Cut Clean Start’ movement.
Today, fashion and hairdressing live in the same world, along with makeup artistry, art direction, photography. The hair stylist on a shoot, for example, is just as important as the stylist, model or photographer. But the art of cutting hair is more fundamental, and more universally experienced, than those other disciplines.
Grooming is an animal urge and an ancient art. Razors have been found in Bronze Age and ancient Egyptian ruins. In the middle ages, barbers served as surgeons and dentists; they were literally engaged in wellness and healing.
These days it’s more about counselling, though isn’t it? You know the score. The intimacy of sitting in the hairdresser’s or barber’s chair, the human contact. Who hasn’t told their hairdresser secrets?'
Okay, but this Episode is about way more than a good haircut. It’s a story of addiction and redemption, the journey of an extraordinary man who, with this scissors by his side, found a vocation, changed his life and set himself to task to do some good in the world.
Nas calls The Street Barber Project, a “place where people who believe in the fundamental goodness of human beings can come to find stories, ideas, hope, community & inspiration in order to go out and serve in their own way.”
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