OBSCO’s 2017 Barber Bash
Last Sunday (November 19th) was OBSCO’s Barber Bash. The Bash is a cozy affairs where some of the local Barber’s come together to compete, educate and learn.
Being a “product” guy, I initially felt somewhat like an outsider being accepted into a private family party. But this being such a down to earth and friendly affair I felt at home very quickly. Not being a Barber myself why would I go to such an event, you might ask? Simply put, just for the fun of it and since I am writing about the Barbershop experience and related products, it seamed like the logical progression to partake in this event and maybe even learn a few things.
The day session was $100. Never having attended one of these I have no reference is this is pricey or inexpensive, but I don’t regret going as I had a great time.
The OBSCO store was totally re-suschuffled in order to accomodate this event. The section where they usually have their Salon chairs was setup for the presentation, while their warehouse was made into the competition room. The competitions where held simultaneously with the presentation and I moved back and forth between the sections of the store to take in as much of everything as I could.
The morning started off with 2 fades with hair tattoos. Hair Tattoos are designs shaved in the hair. This was a big thing way back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. At the time is was an underground/punk kinda thing, but now-a-days, it has reached more acceptable levels while retaining some of its rebellious appeal. The two gents getting fades with hair tats got impressive and fun cuts. I also witnessed something I never though I would see, a Barber using a double edge blade with his fingers in order to achieve the right curbature with the blade to do the said hair tattoo. Phenomenal dexterity!
Some of the folks that were there:
- Jeffrey Rafuse, the Barber behind the Hard Butter brand was also on site to give a straight razor presentation. Jeffrey is an entertaining presenter and watching him do the shave was fun and informative. He now works at the Riccioli Salon.
- Jay from Fresher Studios. Jay ended up walking with 2 prizes from the Barber Battle in the “Fades” and “Classic Cut” categories.
- There were also folks from Imperial Barber Shop. One Barber was competing and others from the shop came to support him.
- William Biney from Quality Cuts in Montreal gave a detailed step-by-step presentation of a classic cut. Check out his scissor belt in the pictures below.
- On the product side of things, the Jeremy, the Sales director from ELEGANCE was on site to introduce their full product line.
I was obviously interested in what was being used, how it was used, performance and so on. But although “products” where part of the event, this was clearly more about the Barbers and their skills. Kudos to all of the competing Barbers for your impressive work and class. In any competitions there are winners and losers. This was extremely civil and classy. No freak out of melt-downs. This speaks volume about the type of people you guys are.
Here are some of the pictures taken during the day.
The Fade and hair Tattoo:
Jeffrey Rafuse doing a straight razor shave:
The Barber Battle:
William Biney’s demonstration: