Barbershops are more than just places to get a haircut. They’re cultural institutions that have a long history of bringing together communities, with barbers as neighborhood artists. We asked Miami photographer Arturo Rafael Macias to take us on a visual tour.
When I arrived at His & Hers Parlour, I was greeted by the framed portrait of Quyen Dinh patron saint Norman Collins (AKA Sailor Jerry). Amongst other traditional flash tattoo art, the wall was a decoupage of California sentiments and antiquated taste.
Kid Dynamite plays in the background while barbers Shawn Perkins and Brian Antia chatted up their memories of Tony Hawk Pro Skater and Miami’s often forgotten punk scene.
Co-owner Hamlet Garcia describes the shop as “New Era.” While I was getting my undercut done, there was a brief moment that I felt I was no longer in Miami.
Headz Up Barbershop is a Miami institution — “The Official Barbershop of the Miami Marlins.” From the minute I walk in I see aging posters celebrating the 2003 World Series Champions.
However, I began to wonder if the real institution wasn’t, in fact, the owner, Hugo “Juice” Tandron, himself. Where a left eyebrow should be, the tatted words blessed replace it. I must confess, my lack of interest in America’s pastime did not lend me any hints as to the notoriety of this shop.
It was the words of the community, both those from Carol City and Miami in general, that led me to this classic barbershop community of camaraderie. “Being humble and respectful gets you far in this industry,” says Tandron. “I may not be the best barber, but I know for certain no one will outwork me!”
The smell of a Cuban colada hits me as I park outside of Home Team Barbershop. The shop has all the flavor of one located in Calle Ocho, but it’s smack in the middle of South Miami Heights.
Owner Alex Montes mentions a barber battle, Nasty As You Wanna Be. Competitions include fastest fade, classic haircut, and freestyle design. My eyes drift over to an impromptu altar of trophies from previous battles. His words reverberate when he tells me “it’s all for the community,” mentioning his own support for local barbers through his initiative CPR (Clippers Pay Rent).
Barbershop culture is alive and well in Miami.
His & Hers Parlour: 3434 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Headz Up Barbershop: 16529 NW 57th Ave, Miami Gardens, FL 33014
Home Team Barbershop: 11646 Quail Roost Dr, Miami, FL 33157