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Barber Shop Update. 10/10/14

As most of you know, I’ve seen been cutting hair down in the Peninsula (20 minutes south of San Francisco) previously in Redwood City and now (currently) in Belmont. And for some of my San Francisco based clients, it wasn’t feasible to make the trek down to see me… which is perfectly understandable. But for those clients that have stuck with me through the transitions: I appreciate y’all! But… there’s some good news to be had!


Starting October 21, I’ll be splitting my time from my Belmont location with the brand new barber shop in the Dogpatch district, Cream’s Barbershoppe, owned by none other than Chris Eliares. He was one of the barbers I worked with at the beginning stages of my career that helped me progress in this craft, so getting back into the swing of things alongside of him will only lead to more progression! I definitely can’t wait to be back up in San Francisco, cutting hair, no less!

For the time being, I will only be working on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with the potential of being opened on Mondays given the demand.

So, if you’re one of my previous clients from San Francisco or looking for a barber in the San Francisco Bay Area, book an appointment with me at the new location. There’s some fun to be had! Book an appointment with me via email:


Other methods of booking an appointment will be updated in a later date.

Hope to see y’all soon.

Barber Poles.

Whether their stained glass and lit by a candle or they’re plugged into a wall and spinning, it’s always awesome to see em outside of barbershops. I get stoked whenever I drive by a shop that still takes pride in having theirs looking clean, red, white and blue… It’s an added bonus if it’s spinning!

All The Way From London.

This came in the mail, this past weekend. I forgot to mention it.
My sister went and got a picture she took with Mr. Ducktail printed into a postcard. Pretty cool, I think. I don’t travel all that much, let alone send postcards, so I didn’t know you can do this. So suck it.

Good thing that smudge or whatever didn’t ruin his smile, eh? Just fuckin with ya!

Thanks again Big Face.


Choosing a barbershop, is like choosing a tattoo artist. Yes, it’s a pretty drastic example since tattoos are “forever…” But you wouldn’t trust just anybody with your hair, as you wouldn’t trust anyone doing your tattoos, right? Exactly. Today, my buddy Bryan has found the shop he’s been looking for all this time.

He has been contemplating getting a haircut for a little while now. The only thing is, he didn’t know where to go. So as most would do, he went onto Yelp and looked for a barbershop that took walk ins. And there aren’t too many barbershops around here…

He stumbled upon All Star Barbershop, here in downtown San Mateo. I knew the location, but it was a new barbershop which took over the spot of a barbershop that has been there for around 20 or so years. So how was the transition?

Entering the shop, you automatically notice the sports memorabilia from various sports such as baseball, boxing, and football. There are a total of 3 chairs inside, and the first one of the shop was in use. After finishing up the first customer, my friend hopped into the chair and showed her a picture of what he wanted.

A little into the haircut, conversation ensued between the three of us and the character of the shop started to take shape. The barber, also the owner, Gloria was easy to talk to and pretty much felt as if you can talk about anything. Which is awesome, when trying to find a barbershop you can call your own. She was very welcoming and of course, as most barbers would, had a ton of stories to tell.

She definitely knows hair, and how to work with how your hair grows. And my friend happened to have strange hair that grew in every which direction, she was able to work with it and give him the cut he wanted. A simple taper at the sides and back, a little trim on the top, just enough to let it grow in the way he wants it to.

Taken at Target!

The cut was plain and simple, but she knew what he wanted and gave it to him. And that’s what we all want from a barbershop, right?

All Star Barbershop is what you want to find in a barbershop. People who are humble, skilled, and have plenty of stories to tell. The shop seems to still be under construction, as there is only one barber in the shop, Gloria. There are two stations up for rent, and she’s looking for male barbers. If anyone out there has experience and is within the area and wants a spot, come check out All Star Barbershop!
I know I’ll be dropping in every once in a while to talk with Gloria. And maybe in the future I’ll be getting a haircut from her. Who knows ;).

So if you’re in the area, come check her out.

322 East 3rd Ave.
San Mateo, CA.
(650) 579-2070

No more shops like these around…

Here’s a clip from a rockabilly barber, back in the 1990’s.

The only “commercialized” rockabilly barbershops I know of, are Something Hells shop, ran by Mr. Ducktail. And by the creators of Layrite, Hawleywoods Barbershop ran by Donnie Hawley.

Edit: Guess what I meant with the title is, there aren’t shops that do low production commercials, just like any local salon. They’re all up and publicized by way of the interweb.

First Impression: Golden Shears Barbershop.

Ever since having cut my locks, I’ve been yearning to get my hair cut in an actual barbershop, with some older, humble cats that can offer a badass cut and a couple of badass stories. (I use badass a lot, obviously.)

Don’t get me wrong, the guys who cut my hair are great guys. My buddy Shane from Headshots Barbershop and Leonard from Terry De Marcos Barberia. But I wanted to whole feel of things: a humble greeting, a handshake, something… ANYTHING…

I first found this place while walking around Menlo Park, during their Arts and Wine Festival. The first thing I noticed, were 6 original barbershop chairs inside. I had high hopes that this place would be the place where I got a legitimate* ducktail hair cut. Outside, they had pictures and medals of some sorts. And they had a poster showing traditional hair styles, which shown a flat top with fenders. Like the one below…

I thought I was good to go… One detail of this place that I noticed, was that it didn’t have a traditional Barber Pole. They had one painted on the corner of the building. Could’ve meant that the city didn’t want that thing being an “obstruction” on the side walk, or they had “changed” with the times, and aren’t really a traditional barbershop.

A couple of weeks later, my lady, kid and I made a trip down to Menlo Park, JUST so I can go inside and meet the barbers and get a feel of the place. Because, you really just can’t trust anyone with your hair, unless you want to find an Easter Egg…

As soon as we walk in, I notice that it isn’t busy at all. It was a Monday, so it’s surprising enough that they were even opened on Mondays. ( checked on  yelp first;) ) The two barbers who were cutting their clients, were younger than expected. Did not even get a hello, a greeting, ANYTHING for the first 5 minutes I was standing around in there. Not until the first barber (not in the first chair) noticed I was looking at them, did he ask “Did you need something?”
Jeeze buddy. At least greet your guest first…

Stood around, and waited until someone was done cutting, so I can talk to someone. I remembered one name from a yelp review, and saw that they were the second barber who was cutting. As soon as he finished, he just stood around talking to the first guy… He glanced over to see if I were still around… Did not even ask if I needed help or a cut…

Fuck that noise.

I could give them the benefit of the doubt… It was right after their weekend, not the earliest during the day (1pm or so,) etc etc… But still… A simple greeting, ANYTHING would’ve been nice.  I didn’t even want to walk back to take a picture of the awning for the blog.

But here’s a picture of the store front…

Golden Shears

I’m sure they do great cuts, and there are other barbers who probably would meet my expectations… But my first impression, was definitely not a good one…  Maybe in the future I’ll give them my business, but for now and the later time… Shane and Leonard will be handling my hair.

*I said “legitimate” because I wanted to get a barbershop hair cut, in a barbershop. Even though Leonard works out of a Salon, he is from the 50s and 60s era, and knows those hair styles/hair cuts first hand, and has some crazy stories on top of it all. Diamond in the Rough? Just kidding. I’m sure the salon is great…

If only he ran his own barbershop… WITH A FREAKIN BARBER POLE!!!