Last year on Halloween, I received a "treat"...when I was approached while sitting in the barber chair, and asked if I would pose for some photographs...that were to be used on two signs adhered to the barber shop mirror for a "Flattop With Straight Razor Sides". I was honored and happily agreed...where they took some photographs of my barber shaving the sides & back of my scalp and a picture of my finished Shaved High & Tight Flat Top haircut. Upon my request, they kindly sent me copies of three of the photographs that were taken of me at the barber shop. Naturally, I sent them a thank you note...but also mentioned that I was sorry that there wasn't a picture of my barber & I together and that I didn't think to ask if they could take a photograph of my barber flattening me out...as I feel that a picture of a barber performing the clipper over comb method in sculpting a Flat Top is the ultimate Flat Top Barber Shop photograph. Although I didn't receive an email response, when I visited the barber shop a few weeks later, a comment was made to me that it was too bad that I didn't call them on the telephone a day earlier...as they would have brought their digital camera to the barber shop that day to take the photographs that I mentioned in my email message. I replied that I had my digital camera in my car...and to my surprise, they took 18 photographs of my barber flattening me out...beginning with clipping the couple of weeks hair growth off of the left side of my scalp to my barber flattening me out...ending directly before my barber was to shave the sides & back of my scalp. Thus, if you add the two Flat Top Barber Shop Photo Ops together...you will have a series of photographs that is the equivalent of one Shaved HnT Flat Top haircut.
Although I swore for months that I would never ever submit my photographs on a public website, the kind requests from a few Internet friends and the encouragement from a couple of email buddies changed my mind. Considering that a series of photographs displaying a barber flattening out a customer is not something that you view that often, I figure that I should share them with others. Please keep in mind that I'm not the best model...as I am thin, have a high forehead and a receding hairline. Thus, please don't have your expectations too high before witnessing what "Flat Top Jeff" looks like.
While I'm very grateful to have experienced this flat-top-portunity to possess these pictures...the unfortunate thing about these following photographs is that after a barberette was hired in this formerly classic masculine barber shop, she convinced my barber to make a lot of changes to this traditional barber shop...most of which took place the day that the second set of photographs were taken...the traditional solid burgundy barber capes (that matched the leather on the vintage 1950s Belmont barber chairs) were switched with 1980s style Andis blue capes, the classic blue barber smock that the barbers at this barber shop had worn for the past 50 years was suddenly changed to them sporting these black smocks that beauticians wear today, the butch combs were removed from the vintage glass sales case and replaced with salon products, the cable television was turned off because the barberette preferred to listen to some nauseating music that only women enjoy (leaving the loyal male customers bored for 90 minutes waiting for their turn to sit in the barber chair)...and directly before the first photograph was taken, I read on the updated price sign that "women's haircuts" were now being done at this shop, turning it into an overpriced unisex salon...to now coincide with the sudden price increase of particular type of haircuts, in a barber shop that formerly only charged one price for any type of haircut. Needless to say, my feelings on the subject matter were unfortunately shown by my facial expression in the first couple of photographs.
In this first photograph, the barber is just at the beginning stage of the haircut...removing a few weeks growth on the sides & back. You will probably note that my arms are on top of the blue cape. Although I usually always have my arms properly tucked under the cape, I had adjusted the setting on my camera for the photographer...and the picture was taken before I remembered to tuck my arms back under the cape. I decided to display this photograph, in order to showcase one of the four matching vintage Belmont barber chairs at this 50 year old barber shop. December 4, 2008
Please take note of the photograph of the three barbers wearing the classic blue barber smocks, which up until this date had been the traditional outfit this particular barber always wore for the past 45 years. If you notice on the barber shop mirror, there is a blue price sign advertising "Flattop With Straight Razor Sides $2 Extra"...which features two of my photographs on the sign.
Ah, the butch wax is being applied...and my mood is beginning to change to happier thoughts! December 4, 2008
Yes, the clipper-over-comb method is starting...my grin is beginning to appear, as I'm being properly flattened out...the way my hair was always meant to be sculpted. December 4, 2008
Clipper-over-comb in flattening out the top! December 4, 2008
December 4, 2008
December 4, 2008
Much to my surprise, this photograph turned out to be one of my personal favorites. December 4, 2008
My barber shaping the right side of my flattering Flattie. December 4, 2008
Tightening & shaping the back of my flat-tastic Flat Top. December 4, 2008
Yes, he's making my Top as Flat as a board!!!!!!! December 4, 2008
Shaping the left side of my flat-bulous Flattie. December 4, 2008
"Jeff, I'm gonna flatten you out! From now on, you will be sitting in this barber chair every couple of weeks, and be given a Flat Top haircut. Do you understand me boy?..." December 4, 2008
..."You mean I have no choice, and you are going to keep me in a Flat Top from now on? Wow, this is a dream come true!" December 4, 2008
One of two of my photographs that appear on the "Flattop With Straight Razor Sides" price sign, adhered to the barber shop mirror. October 31, 2008
October 31, 2008
The second of two photographs included on the "Flattop With Straight Razor Sides" price sign, adhered to the barber shop mirror. Even though this photograph was taken of my right side that has the most recession, it doesn't look as bad as I thought it would. I like the fact that the traditional burgundy barber cape was used for this haircut picture...although the white neck tissue & clip had already been removed by the time the photograph was taken. October 31, 2008
My two photographs are shown on the left side of the sign and in the center photograph of my barber shaving my scalp (which was reversed from the original photograph taken, as the barber was actually shaving the right back portion of my scalp). Can you imagine anyone wanting to pay $2.00 Extra to look like me? Don't answer that question! LOL! October 31, 2008
Thank you for viewing my Flat Top Barber Shop Photo Op, as I just celebrated my 1 1/2 Year Flattopperversary in Flattop February!
Buzzed Wishes & Flat Top Dreams!
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