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YES, THE EDITOR IS A WORKING BARBER

BARBERSHOP? IS THIS A BARBERSHOP? IF WE CAN’T TALK STRAIGHT IN A BARBERSHOP, THEN WHERE CAN WE TALK

Editor

James (Jimbo) Holder Phone 0431 707 443 jimbo@thecutthroatjournal.com

STRAIGHT? WE CAN’T TALK STRAIGHT NOWHERE ELSE. SEE IN MY DAY, A BARBER WAS MORE THAN JUST SOMEBODY WHO

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Helen Gleeson helen@thecutthroatjournal.com

SIT AROUND IN HIS FUBU SHIRT WITH HIS PUBLISHER

DRAWERS HANGIN’ ALL OUT. IN MY DAY A BARBER WAS A COUNSELLOR. HE WAS A

Sean Edwards sean@thecutthroatjournal.com

FASHION EXPERT. A STYLE COACH. PIMP. JUST A GENERAL ALL ROUND HUSTLER.

EDDIE - BArBERSHOP MOVIE

Editor's Ramble JAMES Holder - EDITOR of the CUTTHROAT JOURNAL

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ix months ago, this magazine was just a twinkle in my eye (Oxforddictionaries.com definition: something that is as yet no more than an idea or dream) so to speak. The concept was born out of a desire to make a more tangible connection in the barber industry, an ancient profession that has been passed down for thousands of years. Barbering is even mentioned in the Bible; it totally was, “And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber’s razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thine beard”. (Ezekiel 5:1). How awesome is that! A visit to the barbershop has always been so much more than a place to be groomed. For men it is a place of acceptance, a public forum to talk on any topic from religion to sport to politics and everything in between. An experience. It’s personal. I’ve had customers cry in my arms over the death of their partner, celebrate their impending nuptials with a ritual aer hours haircut and beer session with the groom and his groomsmen, been invited to numerous customers’ weddings, parties, anything. Heck, I’ve even been asked to make a speech at a young guy’s 18th this year ... all because I’m their barber. This is much more than a trade; it always has been. Barbering was introduced to Rome by the Greek colonies in Sicily in 296 B.C., where barbershops quickly became popular centres for daily news, debates and social gatherings for men. Not much has changed, right? In these days of disconnectedness (it’s a word) and discontent, I reckon the barbershop is becoming even more important. In our search to move forward

as a society, we have lost something - connection with each other. So, the barbershop it is ... you may have thought you were just training to cut hair, but really a barber is so much more than that. For some people, we may be the only personal contact they have all day or week. That’s why it’s really important to us here at the Cutthroat Journal to promote men’s physical and mental health issues such as isolation and depression (see the Man Therapy article on page 27). Check out our barbershop reviews (let us know if you want us to review yours), our interviews with some well known musos and sportsmen, fashion stuff and CD and book reviews, plus heaps more. We are not pretending to be the voice of the barber industry. You’re the voice, try to understand that … make a noise, and please make it clear (any similarity to an awesome Farnesy song past or present is purely coincidental). But seriously, we want to be the platform for your voice. Sure, we are part of the industry, but we want to know you, the local barber. What stories have you got to tell? What sick skillz are you synonymous for? What are the issues you think we face as an industry or as a society? Let the Cutthroat Journal be our industry’s own barbershop, if you will - a public forum to share what you want. My personal thanks has to go to Sean, Jay, Joey, The Mil and Rob for helping get this dream off the ground and into your hands. So here it is: issue one. Hope you enjoy! Don’t be a stranger, Jimbo. 5

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Jay Beaumont jay@thecutthroatjournal.com PHOTOGR APHy

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Contributors Sean Edwards - Cafe Culture International Sandy Chong - CEO Australian Hairdressing Council Dean Georgio - Gold Leaf Creative Roddy Donegan - Barber Co. Captain Hornigold Louise Beaumont - Focus Magazine Nathan Green The Nomad Barber S T A Y

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Publisher's note IT WAS AN EXCITING MOMENT WHEN MY BARBER AND GOOD MATE “JIMBO” ASKED ME TO HELP WITH A CONCEPT MAGAZINE FOR THE BARBERSHOP INDUSTRY. HE KNEW I HAD CREATED CAFÉ CULTURE MAGAZINE, THE SUCCESSFUL MAGAZINE FOR THE AUSTRALIAN COFFEE AND CAFÉ INDUSTRY, AND HAD SEEN IT GROW TO WHERE IT IS TODAY, WITH A READERSHIP OF 300,000. WE HAD MANY DISCUSSIONS ON THE SIMILARITIES OF BOTH TREND SETTING INDUSTRY SECTORS AND AFTER A FEW COLD ONES,THE CUTTHROAT JOURNAL WAS BORN.

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It has been a fun start and a perfect fit into my lifestyle, as being a media person in the coffee world I get to travel the nation and globe. This has allowed the Cutthroat Journal concept to be produced quickly, and I’ve met some amazing barbers and looked at their unique businesses during my personal travels. I see the Cutthroat Journal as a real vehicle for all barbers and men’s hairstylists to get on board, treat it as their own and help them to tackle the issues this fast growing, trendy business will put them up against. I used the same principle when starting Café Culture Magazine and had a heavy slant on education, which is still my motivation to go to work excited every day. One issue that I have already come across is the lack of formal college training for barbers, as government hairdressing courses don’t really align well with barbershop businesses and their needs. This is a problem that will definitely affect future growth, and it needs to be addressed immediately. We have had the pleasure of meeting the unofficial movers and shakers in the world of barbering, and this is one area you will 6

see us actively lobbying for with this publication. We have a great team on board at the Cutthroat Journal and are lucky to have pulled in the graphic design skills of Joey Dable and Jay Beaumont - both good mates who have a cool stack of quality publications under their belt. We have also spread the word amongst the nation’s industry and have some pretty clever guest writers already on board, but will always be looking for contributions with pictures and stories about barbering. We have looked at the daily issues that face men, and in future editions we will be supporting men’s health and wellbeing with articles. In this current issue we have a great article on mental health from Beyond Blue, which is only one of the health areas we will be getting involved in. Please sit back and enjoy issue one of the Cutthroat Journal; it has been refreshingly fun to put together, and I believe this journal’s future is very bright as this industry continues to boom. We look forward to supporting a strong team of contributors who will keep you informed and entertained - happy barbering! Cheers, Sean.


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Premium Scotch whisky brand Chivas Regal highlights its association with men’s grooming, teaming up with The Barber Shop in Sydney. A key venue partner for Chivas Regal, The Barber Shop has previously offered “Chivas and a Shave” experiences within The Barber Shop, because maintaining one’s grooming habits has always been the mark of a gentleman and, in turn, the Chivas Regal drinker. The gentlemanly rituals of wet shaves, traditional beard trims and clipper cuts evoke a sense of timeless nostalgia which perfectly complements Chivas Regal Scotch whisky. For more information, visit The Barber Shop on 89 York Street, Sydney or call (02) 9299 9699.

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O N E O F T H E P R O M P T S T O S TA R T T H E C U T T H R O A T J O U R N A L WA S S T U M B L I N G A C R O S S A D V E N T U R E R A N D B A R B E R M I G U E L GUTIERREZ AND LISTENING TO HIS UNIQUE STORIES FROM BARBERING AROUND THE WORLD. HE KEEPS A LARGE GROUP OF F E L LO W B A R B E R S E N T E R TA I N E D W I T H H I S FA C E B O O K S C R I B B L I N G S A N D P I C T U R E S A N D H A S A S E R I E S O F Y O U T U B E A D V E N T U R E S . iguel is an award winning barber who has worked with some of the best hairdressers in the industry on photo shoots and fashion shows, most notably the 2010 Ozwald Boeteng show at London Fashion Week. This involved the cutting and styling of 100 models’ hair and was praised by newspapers and fashion editors alike. Miguel started his career with Europe’s largest barbershop in the centre of Liverpool, where he worked amongst a team of stylists from all over the world. Soon aer he was approached by a family run barbershop chain consisting of seven shops, where he worked his way up to management level in under 18 months. In 2007 Miguel travelled the world before taking on the role of senior stylist in Australia’s largest and most exclusive men’s hairdressers. It was here Miguel got his first taste for photo shoots and session styling, working alongside the owner to create the salon imagery which helped drive the salon to success. In 2009 Miguel moved from Sydney to London to work in one of London’s most exclusive men’s grooming establishments, working between the flagship store in Mayfair and their concession in Selfridges. Here

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he styled clients ranging from actors to high profile executives. During his time there he was approached to work at Salon International, preparing hair on the Babyliss and Fellowship of Hairdressing stages. His work at these shows resulted in Miguel being asked back in 2010. 2011 saw Miguel styling the models for fashion label “Cottweiler” for their new collection, and he worked as the key stylist on the music video for pop duo Mirror’s new single, Broken by Silence. He also teamed up with friend and colleague Dan Gregory to produce their “Decadia” Collection for British Men’s Hairdresser of the Year. In 2012 Miguel Won the 2013 American Crew FACE OFF Awards. Miguel was presented with his award as overall UK winner at a stylish party in Manchester on Sunday 11 November. This qualifies him for the international final and a trip to L.A. While in L.A, he will style a photoshoot with the American Crew artistic team and compete against the FACE OFF winners from Australia and the USA for the title of global FACE OFF champion. Commenting on his achievement Miguel says: “It’s great


news for the salon, especially in a challenging economic climate, and I’m really proud that I’ve secured a place in the global final. To win would be the highest accolade and a dream come true, giving me the opportunity to develop my styling and photographic skills with one of the world’s most respected men’s grooming brands.” The Journey The journey began on June 12, 2013, ten years to the day that the Nomad Barber began his career in the world of barbering. He flew to Athens to discover more about the Greek barbers who brought classic barbering to Europe, and from there he headed to Turkey, the gateway of the Middle East, to begin a pilgrimage over 12 months to learn more about the history of barbering and male grooming worldwide. His aim was (and still is) to talk to and learn from fellow barbers in over five continents, discovering how a trade which dates back to 3500 B.C. varies across the globe, while travelling on a budget. He aims to use the social aspect of the barbershop to talk to people from all walks of life. He plans to set up his stool at any given opportunity, offering haircuts, whether it is on the street side, in parks, on the beach or in other picturesque locations. Setting out to uncover the secrets and stories of everyone he meets, from barbers to locals and other travellers, this is bound to be an unprecedented adventure of a lifetime.

Few Quick Questions from Cutthroat to The Nomad Barber Where to next? I’m currently in the States filming several barbershops, and then we head to South America - most likely Peru, Chile and Argentina. What’s been the most scary experience so far? Probably creating a name for ourselves as documentary film makers while trying to film down by the burning Ghats in the Ganges in Varanasi, India. We were being chased or taunted daily by touts who knew we knew their scams on tourists ha ha! Do you need more sponsors; if so, how can they support you? I’m always looking to collaborate with sponsors, more so on future projects. They can always email me: miguel@thenomadbarber.com What’s your “fab country” so far? Definietly India. I think about it more so now I’m in 17

the comfort of the States and how calm it is compared to the madness. The barbers over there are incredible too. Loved it there. When are you back in Oz? I’m not sure the next time I’ll be back in Australia. I head home to the UK in May aer nearly a year away, and then I’ll start planning future projects.

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thing about playing in a creative space like BarberShop World is sometimes have to travel to complete your work assignments. drag: I had to volunteer to do the first overseas gig on the West the USA, well known for its cool BarberShops. This trip was about completing the task of finding the best Specialty coffee, the juiciest food truck slider, and the coolest Barbershop.

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irst stop was “Bolt” Barbers in downtown LA. A bit of a dark area of the city, but this open planned old barbering business with its bygone nostalgia was a great experience for the historian looking to see how old mixed with the new. The full size timber shuffleboard table was a hit for a quick game whilst waiting for a clip. I was very pleased with my new style up and was looking good for the start of the journey up the West Coast. I had a quick chat with the owner of Bolt, “Mohawk Matt”, and he was excited about his latest venture, with a barbershop on a train carriage in downtown Las Vegas - the first of this concept in the States. Next stop was San Francisco - a city with hundreds of cool barbershops to experience. I was in training for a Fun Run in Portland, so I took the opportunity to push my fitness and walk around the hilly inner city of San Fran and check out the best of the best. Being an upfront Aussie hipster, I pushed my way into a Product Launch in the “Fellow Barber” in the Mission District of the city. This cool space is part of a New York Chain, which has multiple stores

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in the Big Apple and its suburbs. The shop had a very cool fit out; it felt like I was on the set of a Sex in the City shoot, as the drinks flowed freely. My next port of call was a visit to the coolest city in the USA: Portland, Oregon. A good mate I was visiting led us on the ultimate barbershop adventure into the arty

I HAD A QUICK CHAT WITH THE OWNER OF BOLT, “MOHAWK MATT”, AND HE WAS EXCITED ABOUT HIS LATEST VENTURE, WITH A BARBERSHOP ON A TRAIN CARRIAGE IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS  THE FIRST OF THIS CONCEPT IN THE STATES. district of North Portland to check out the Latest of the Modern Man concepts, with a sideshow alley fit out barbershop and the coolest “Speak Easy” basement whisky bar. The bar was like the inside of an old red rattler train, and the screens in each carriage showed a moving train journey - Disneyland for adults,

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with whisky and a stable, sit down ride. The last episode of my journey was to visit downtown Seattle, Washington, where I headed straight to Pike Place to visit the recommend “Squire” barbershop. The fitout was simple/traditional, and the place was set up for the serious hipster wanting to maintain the right Seattle look. I think the guys on the cutting floor thought I was a bit of a freak wanting to do a story on American barbershops, but they warmed to me and my pointing camera lens aer a few accent translations. The trip was very quick, and I saw hundreds of cool businesses that would be the envy of many Aussie barbers. A lot of the businesses I visited were tired hairdressing salons tapping into this growing trendy marketplace. The better businesses I experienced were the original shops that were steeped in tradition, and young, funky entrepreneurs had jumped in to the space and given it the new cool makeover. The top end of the market was very similar to our Australian city barbers and were appealing to a similar growing crowd of men wanting to look good. Another hard day in the office!


Today was a very important part of my American West Coast tour for I had the opportunity to meet the man that commands high respect in the Moustache world and his name is Al Underwood USA Moustache Champion.

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met Al at his workplace in Santa Monica, LA, where he has the role of a shaving consultant at the latest hit retail store in the USA called “The Art of Shaving”. Al has just returned from Stuttgart in Germany for the World Beard and Moustache titles, where he came second in the world for his facial creation of a well grown and groomed Musketeer Mo. Al Underwood’s daily job sees him talking to men about personal face grooming at The Art of Shaving store in Santa Monica Place. The store concept was sold to Proctor and Gamble three years ago, and the chain has now grown to over 100 stores nationally in America. Al has enjoyed the growth of the business and can see trends in men’s grooming growig much more as the barbershop movement gains popularity in the American marketplace. Al has become very passionate about facial hair grooming and is well worth following on social media to keep up with the latest world trends. Al is looking forward to visiting Australia in the future, as he gets to serve many Australians visiting Los Angeles and he has a keen interest in checking out our unique barber culture. W R I T T E N

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AL ONLY GOT INTO THIS HOBBY THREE YEARS AGO AND HAS HIT STARDOM QUICKLY. HE HAS MET PLENTY OF INTERESTING CHARACTERS SINCE HE STARTED COMPETING AND HAS QUICKLY BECOME A HAIR FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH!

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SCHOREM HAARSNIJDER EN BARBIER IS A BARBERSHOP IN ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS. ROUGHLY SPEAKING, SCHOREM TRANSLATES TO SCUMBAG IN ENGLISH.

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Schorem is a traditional men’s only barber shop that attracts a wide range of customers due to their unique style and shop environment. Typically, each day starts with a line of customers waiting for the shop to open - one quote from the owners (Leen and Bertus) really sums it up: “Our clients are not just customers for the haircuts, but to

be part of the thing that is happening here”. While it’s not all about the haircut, Schorem is like any other barbershop and must turn out great work to survive and of course, the tools of choice are Wahl clippers and trimmers. You can follow Schorem at www. facebook.com/Schorem or visit their website at www.schorembarbier.nl

OUR CLIENTS ARE NOT JUST CUSTOMERS FOR THE HAIRCUTS, BUT TO BE PART OF THE THING THAT IS HAPPENING HERE. W A T C H

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remember seeing a barbershop stubble; he already had evil in his eyes, like liquid tiger balm. I only had a few located close to the fish and meat saying every single bristle needed to be small nicks, which he rubbed over with market in a colourful tin shanty. My shaved from this white boy. This was a large crystal, which magically sealed plan was to check out the situation the first time in many years I had gone the blood flow. It was a funny 15-minute and take a few experience, and I paid pictures of the my 50 rupees for the shop and if game ride (which was about a I WA S TO O S C A R E D TO M O V E , A S H E H E R U B B E D TH E B A C K enough, have a bit dollar). It was going to OF HIS ROUGH FINGERS OVER MY TWOWEEK STUBBLE; HE of a trim. On arriving take a long time at those A L R E A DY H A D E V I L I N H I S E Y E S , S AY I N G E V E RY S I N G L E at the barber’s little rates before my old mate B R I S T L E N E E D E D T O B E S H A V E D F R O M T H I S W H I T E B O Y. tin shack, we were would be putting new met by a crowd of tin on his shop front. I onlookers venturing out of the smelly through a full series of travel shots, and stepped out of the chair into a cheering fish market to see the unusual looking my good fortune told me the antibiotics crowd, feeling like a glowing teenage boy Australian who appeared out of the jungle were about to be tested to their full with a smooth and refreshed face. scrub looking for some deep cleansing. I capabilities. Within seconds, the old got some great snaps of the shop and all boy had a dirty old spray bottle and was the proud barber’s tools and aer getting squirting my face with swamp water and permission through my interpreter, I got then lathering up my face with an ancient to sit in the proud barber’s chair for what badger brush. To my relief, he fitted a new I thought would be a few quick holiday blade to his cutthroat, as when I looked snaps. I mounted the old leather steed, around the growing crowd of onlookers, and within seconds the old wrinkled there wasn’t a fellow there I would like barber jumped me, threw a cape around to have shared blood with. It turned out me and instantly drew his cutthroat the old barber knew his stuff and he did a from its leather scabbard. I was too splendid job on my face, providing several scared to move, as he rubbed the back skin conditioning treatments including of his rough fingers over my two-week a powder and a concoction that smelt

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THERE’S NO ONE MAN WHO LOVES HIS BEARD MORE THAN SCOTT MAGGS ALIAS JIMMY NIGGLES. HE HAS GROWN A PRETTY RADICAL FULL BEARD TO RAISE AWARENESS OF MELANOMA AND THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING REGULAR CHECKS OF MOLES AND BLEMISHES.

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Why, Scott (Jimmy), do you do what you do? Back in 2009, our mate Wes Bonny found a melanoma on his neck had spread its way up to his brain. A few months later, he tragically passed away. Wes was safe in the sun and the last person you’d expect to be knocked down by skin cancer. As you can well imagine, it’s been a massive loss for all who knew him, and each year we host a memorial footy match called the Wes Bonny Cup. Alongside this, a few mates and I started growing beards in an effort to spread the word about how important it is to check your skin and know what to look for. We feel there’s plenty of messaging out there about covering up, wearing suncream and so on, but nothing about knowing the signs. This Is W A T C H

Beard has been a great way to get the word out, but we’re keen to step things up. This summer, we’re beginning a campaign for volunteer skin check stations on popular beaches - just as lifesavers save people from drowning medical students, nurses, doctors and certified practitioners could be out there saving people from Australia’s biggest killer. On top of this, all of us should be better educated about what to keep an eye on. You can start by making an appointment through http:// www.cancer.org.au or your local GP. Most appointments are free and if they’re not, they should be. Please stay in touch and share this message with your mates. If you know any contacts or can offer assistance, please get in touch. Cheers, Scott. T H E

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K I N G S THE DIRECTORS OF JOEY SCANDIZZO SALON, JOEY SCANDIZZO, JOSEPH SEMAAN AND JOHN SCANDIZZO, HAVE JOINED FORCES WITH THEIR FORMER STYLE DIRECTOR, AARON CHAN, TO LAUNCH A CUTTING EDGE MEN’S BARBERSHOP: KINGS DOMAIN.

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ombining superior service with the old school charm of barbershops from a bygone era, Kings Domain is a place where men can be men - a place where a “gent” can come in, have a trim or a shave, read the paper, and enjoy a beer and good company. “We wanted to create a space where men can get tailored salon quality cuts and superior service in an environment where they feel comfortable and relaxed,” says Creative Director Aaron Chan. Boasting a unique fit out complemented with bespoke masculine features - which includes a moose head and authentic custommade barber chairs - the Kings Domain vibe is one of part hunter’s cabin, part gentleman’s club, with a modern edge. Borrowing inspiration from the traditional barbershops of Buenos Aires, Kings Domain has merged this old school concept with modern day services to raise the bar for men’s hairdressing in Australia. “About two years ago I found myself in Buenos Aires in desperate need of a haircut. I went into an old barbershop I stumbled across 24

in an alley way and knew I needed to bring this old school experience back to Australia with my own new generation twist,” explains Chan. And so Kings Domain barbershop was born. With services ranging from clips and beard trim to “Royal Treatment” haircuts and straight razor shaves, Kings Domain is the one stop shop for men looking for a good quality haircut in a relaxed environment. All services include a hair and scalp consultation and product recommendations which can be purchased in store, including shampoo, shaving cream, styling products and safety razors. “Our aim is to ensure that every client who enters Kings Domain receives a personally tailored styling experience that goes one step beyond hair. It’s an old school gentleman’s escape for today’s modern man,” says Joey Scandizzo. Kings Domain Barber Shop is located on Toorak Road, South Yarra. For more information about Kings Domain, including Director bios or interviews, please contact Johanna Murray on 0403 740 060 or at joh@johco.com.au.


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Man therapy is about making you feel better. Like meat pies with double layered pastry. Blokes, the number of men with depression in Australia is five times the size of a crowd at the MCG. That’s why I created mantherapy.org.au; a place for men to act on any issues they might be having, in a manly way. Man Therapy isn’t just for men with depression. It’s for any time when a man faces the serious things life chucks at him, like stress, anger, difficulty sleeping, drinking too much or sadness. A man should have a way to deal with that, in his own way. If you don’t think therapy works for you, think again. Some guys have let one bad therapy experience ruin it for them. That’d be like letting bad sex ruin intercourse or a bad slice of pizza ruin the greatest food ever. From recreational activities to my manly mind quiz – there’s heaps of ways to tackle your feelings head on. And don’t forget, Man Therapy isn’t just for men. It’s for anyone with a man in their lives.

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FOR YEARS, DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY WERE UNSPEAKABLE TOPICS FOR MANY MEN  SOMETHING THEYY DIDN’T DARE TALK ABOUT WITH ANYONE. HOWEVER, NOW MEN ARE INCREASINGLY REASINGLY REVEALING PERSONAL STORIES OF DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE, ALL WORKING TO BANISH THE STIGMA SURROUNDING NDING MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS.

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f you’ve watched cricket on TV thiss summer, listened to radio, even been in a public bathroom, chances are you’ve ve seen Dr Brian Ironwood, a straight-talking man’s man who tells it like it is about out depression and anxiety. Of course, Dr Brian Ironwood is a not ot a registered practitioner, but his message to Aussie blokes is very real and aims ms to improve men’s wellbeing and reduce the much higher rates of male suicide in Australia lia compared to women. Dr Brian Ironwood hosts the beyondblue Mann Therapy website, launched in June 2013, which has reached an estimated 1.87 millionn people through TV segments during the summer cricket broadcasts, other sporting events, and print and radio ads. Man Therapy is the first campaign of its kindd in Australia and urges men aged 18-55 “to have the balls to take action” on depression sion and anxiety, while reminding them that a real man looks out for his mates. Plain-speaking Dr Brian Ironwood helps teach ch visitors to the ground-breaking website about the signs of mental health problems roblems through a mental health quiz, the range of treatment options available, and how to develop an action plan. But are Aussie blokes buying into it? Research rch from beyondblue indicates they are, with more than 300,000 unique visitors to the site since its launch, browsing for more than six minutes on the detailed information pages, and one in three completing ting the mental health quiz. beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO said men are much more likely to die by suicide than women, so it is especially ially encouraging to see Australian men embrace the health and wellbeing messages delivered by Dr Brian Ironwood. “The latest Australian Bureau of Statistic’s figures show that in 2011, the number of men who died by suicide de is almost twice the number who died on the roads that year,r, which means suicide is currently the biggest killer of males es aged between 15 and 44,” she said. “Many people don’t realise that one in eight men are likely to experience depression during their lives andd one in five are likely to experience anxiety. These rates are lower than those for women, but Australian men are more than an three times more likely to die by suicide than women. “Research shows that untreated depression is a high risk factor for suicide and with most blokes not wanting ng to talk about how they feel, many won’t take action to discusss their issues with a doctor.” beyondblue figures also reveal men who have ve visited the site are more likely to encourage people to takee positive action when required, with 77 per cent seeking professional ofessional help, 63 per cent having a conversation with family or friends, 77 per cent implementing lifestyle changes, and 199 per cent considering support/self-help. Man Therapy is a multi-million million dollar campaign that has been funded by the Federal Government nment as part of the Taking Action to Tackle Suicide Initiative. Visit www.mantherapy.org.au for more information. formation. 27

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uring this time, Sandy has written and facilitated business management programs for L’Oréal Professionnel, Goldwell, Redken, ghd and Kérastase nationally and internationally. She has won five Hair Expo Excellence in Marketing Awards plus guided her Suki teams to win another six Hair Expo Awards, including Apprentice of the Year, New Creative Force, and also Salon Team of the Year. In 2013 she was inducted into the Hair Expo Hall of Fame. Sandy’s role with the AHC is to help connect our industry, elevate its standards and presence within the consumer landscape and work with salon owners to create better business futures. So how do we do this? The AHC Board of Directors represents stakeholders of our industry, and each board member chairs a sub-committee - these cover RTO Education and Training,

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Salon Select (an accreditation program developed to assist small businesses), YouthWorx, Corporate Governance, Industrial Relations and Human Relations, Media and Marketing, and Finance and Legal. Our directors are salon owners, business coaches, media owners/editors, product company directors, lawyers, accountants and HR/IR advisors … so you can rest assured, the AHC is in knowledgeable, capable hands. The AHC is also a member of COSBOA (Council of Small Business of Australia). COSBOA represents small businesses that collectively employ more than two million Australians. Our alliance with COSBOA allows us to represent the hairdressing industry to Government when discussing issues that affect our Industry. For more information on the AHC: Visit www.salonselect.com.au Phone (02) 4929 6098 or 0407 672 455 Email info@salonselect.com.au


The ahc is your industry association - become a member today!

The role of Australian Hairdressing Council (AHC) is to connect hairdressing professionals, educators and suppliers. Together we elevate industry standards, reputation and image to create better businesses and a better business future. Therefore there are various stakeholders who are our members… and at the moment we would love to have barbers on board as our members. Why ? The AHC is our industry’s national voice. We are aware of all the challenges and concerns that our industry and our businesses are experiencing. One of our goals is to see the return of a barber’s qualification. To make this happen, the bureaucrats need to see that there has been industry consultation (that’s all of you!) and that there is support for this to happen. So far they are putting their foot down and saying: “NO!” With the AHC representation and its network of contacts, the AHC would like to assist in making this happen in the very near future. At the moment there is no other qualification available for you except for a Hairdressing Cert 111, which is predominately womens hairdressing… and of course, all barbers

that we speak to are just not interested in attending so that everyone takes notice of our barbers around college and completing a course which not only Australia. Send us your news , pics and updates costs them fees to attend, but they have no so that you can be showcased, giving barbering interest in ladies’ perms and colours etc a presence to government, careers and … and fair enough! In April 2014 schools, RTOs, clients and potential we will be introducing a barbers’ employees. Do something today membership at $99. What will that your future will thank you for. IN APRIL 2014 WE WILL BE this get you ? Well, first of all the WHO ARE WE? The Australian INTRODUCING AHC would like to represent Hairdressing Council (AHC) is A BARBERS’ you … but this can’t happen a not for profit association that IP MEMBERSH if we get a handful of you ! Tell represents a national voice for the 9. 9 $ AT ONLY your mates who are barbers to hairdressing industry. Its members come on board so that we can include salon owners, apprentices, have the numbers to represent your educators, registered training cause. Become part of our network. The AHC organisations, associate members and product has 6 highly active Facebook pages, Instagram, suppliers. And we would like to see you, barbers, as Pinterest and Twitter. Let us promote you to industry our members also! Foundation Members

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A u s t r al ian Men ' s S hed A ssc o ciat ion The modern Men’s Shed is an updated version of the shed in the backyard that has long been a part of Australian culture. Men’s Sheds are springing up all around Australia. If you looked inside one you might see a number of men restoring furniture, perhaps restoring bicycles for a local school or making a kids’ cubby house for Camp Quality to raffle. You might also see a few young men working with the older men learning new skills and maybe also learning something about life from the men they work with. For information on the Australian Men’s Shed Association, call 1300 550 009 or visit www.mensshed.ord

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DAVID KENNEDY David started his career in retail sales/marketing for a small company in Ireland that sold medical and dental products to supermarket chains. This same company ventured into Henkel Hairdressing products, hence David's introduction to his career in hairdressing product sales.

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A G O O D F R I E N D O F M I N E R E C E N T LY A S K E D M E T O H E L P S E T U P H I S C A F É I N S Y D N E Y, A N D A S PA R T OF OUR RESEARCH WE DID A CAFÉ CRAWL IN MELBOURNE. JURGEN ASKED IF HE COULD BRING HIS D A D A L O N G , A S H E WA S A L S O G O I N G T O B E PA R T O F T H I S P R O P O S E D C A F É P R O J E C T. T H I S I S W H E N I G O T T O M E E T T H E F U N L O V I N G I R I S H M A N D A V I D K E N N E D Y, T H E E X C E O O F W E L L A .

I did the normal introduction when meeting a new person, but what got me excited was that a few years back David was the CEO of Wella Australasia. The timing was perfect for me as the Cutthroat Journal idea was boiling in my head, and having an expert like David to advise us was invaluable and very timely. We agreed to swap business knowledge of my skills in café management for David’s knowledge of barbershop growth. Thirty years ago his Henkel association landed him a job managing the Schwarzkopf brand, which had a massive business growth in the 1980s. When I asked David, who is a Dublin lad, how safe it had been going all over Ireland during the uprising in the mid 1970s, he said they were interesting times and very dangerous. He witnessed several bombings, as many of the explosions were targeted at busy shopping CBDs and train stations, which he frequented in his daily foot sales. He laughed it off as a bit of an adventure for a young fellow, but not really at the time understanding the reasoning behind the internal conflict and the way it would change a nation. He said he became stronger in sales, as they were tough times, with retail sales falling dramatically. His role took him all over Europe and as his product knowledge strength grew, so did

his job role. He eventually worked his way up to become the CEO of Wella Ireland. David married a beautiful German dental surgeon, had two children and got on board with his role in Ireland. He was then offered a choice of two regions in the world, South America or Australasia, and the English speaking region became the chosen option. During his time with Wella, he lived in both New Zealand and Australia. Part of my chat with David was to find out about the growth of the barbershop movement and its future. David informed me it had always been an interest for the large corporate hair and beauty suppliers, but it really only reaped small revenue from this segment. Most of the revenue for hair supply companies comes from selling colours and shampoo/ conditioners, and traditionally women are the ones who will purchase from a salon or a retail store. He agrees as more men start to show interest in personal grooming, the numbers will change in this area. Many men-only barbers still only offer a haircut and a shave, and very few offer hair-tinting services. This is an area where he sees potential growth, with men realising they can escape the greys with some colour added throughout their ageing cycle. One thing we talked about is how W R I T T E N

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QUIETLY RESERVED AND A SELF CONFESSED GEEK, SARA FABEL IS VERY UNASSUMING ONCE YOU MEET HER IN PERSON; IT’S AS IF HER OUTLANDISH AND STRIKING LOOKS DIFFER AND ALMOST CONTRADICT HER HUMBLE YET GRACEFUL PERSONALITY. HER INSIGHT AND DEPTH OF PHILOSOPHICAL WISDOM IS ONE TO BE EXPERIENCED FIRST HAND. IF EVER THERE WAS A TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT YIN AND YANG COULD BE LIKE IN AN INDIVIDUAL, THEN SARA FABEL WOULD BE IT. ara Fabel is a Finnish born artist and model. Originating in Espoo and spending her late teenage years in Helsinki, Finland, at the age of 18 Sara started travelling the world on her own. She has oen been mistaken as an Australian due to her years in Brisbane and Melbourne - her homebase between travels. Sara has appeared in dozens of magazines and photoshoots, as well as music videos. She also models for many companies around the world; however, in 2013 Sara shied her focus to high end fashion aer being signed by Australian progressive modelling agency Vicious Models for the duration of her stay in Melbourne, Australia. Sara is widely known as the alternative model who entered the world of fashion and editorial, rather than sticking to the mould of just a tattooed alternative model. As well as being published in various tattoo ad lifestyle magazines, she has a strong foundation promoting herself as an artist through social networking. Sara has blogged her modelling, artwork and lifestyle, gaining a plethora of loyal followers - making it easy for every single post and update to go viral. Sara Fabel’s look is highly recognised and frequently duplicated through other artists, amateur fan art, street art and tattooing. Art inspired by her looks has been shown in multiple galleries the latest being Kevin Llewellyn’s works displayed in the Kat Von D’s Los Angeles “Wonderland” art gallery.

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Created by Roddy Donegan, an Irish immigrant and a barber for over 20 years, Barberco delivers an online wholesale experience exclusively designed for the trade he loves so much. He is excited about being involved in an industry that is bursting with new talent and fresh ideas - an industry that has stood the test of time and is ready to move forward with a generation of men focused on grooming and proud to take care of their appearance. “Working every day in the barber shop, I see the attitude towards grooming from a male perspective,” Roddy says. “Men are excited to wear the latest style and product. Men have an increased self worth and self respect that wasn’t there in the early days of my career.” From the working class barber shops of Dundalk in the Republic of Ireland to Gowings Barber Shop in Sydney, amongst others, Roddy has plied his trade in four countries and reflects on an ever changing industry. “When I started, barbering was quite niche - a place to go to because you didn’t like salons. Now there is a whole culture emerging and a sense of pride to be involved with an industry that can now stand alone from its unisex counterparts and be taken notice of.” You get a warm glow talking to

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someone who is so passionate about their art, and you find yourself getting carried away on a mystical journey of idealism and become lost in their world for a moment. Roddy is one such person, hopelessly devoted to the world of barbering, from the day in day out cutting on the floor of his barber shop in Tuncurry on the Mid North Coast of NSW, to his transition into barber supplies and his new project: Barberco. “Barberco is the culmination of a lot of research and hard work,” he enthuses. “We are embracing the way business is being conducted now and will be more so in the future. Online shopping has brought about a convenience that we never had before.” At Barberco, Roddy wants to work around the schedule of the barber who can’t get to the phone to make an order during business hours because they are just too busy. “We are here for you whenever you are ready,” he claims. It seems simple: good old fashioned service, quality products, fair prices, and quick delivery. But it’s those very ideals that is giving Barberco the edge over its competitors in an industry that is marching forward with pride. Visit www.barberco.com.au


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Brewery in his honour. Tell us a little more about the new beer you have just released in the James Squire line up, The Hop Thief? The Squire Hop Thief Ale was introduced over seven years ago, using a special selection of hops that I had brought back from the USA. It was initially established as a seasonal release using special hops from all over the world. Our brewers would determine which hops were really special and then brew an ale with them. Last year we offered Hop Thief Five to the market as an American Pale Ale style and only on tap. In a couple of months, Hop Thief Six will be introduced, both in bottles and kegs. We have decided, due to its popularity, Hop Thief will continue as a year around brew, with the hops changing each year.

important in the maintenance of a viable body, especially as it gets older. Hahn Super Dry (of course, I had to recommend that one) is one of the best tasting carbohydratereduced beers on the market and is a very refreshing liquid. The same is true also for Hahn Premium Light. One can drink and enjoy large volumes of either one. However, most of the calories from beer come from the alcohol level, not from the carbs. Consequently, I feel one is better off enjoying a couple richer cra beers, such as Squire or Kosciuszko and feeling satisfied. The other option is drinking large volumes of the refreshing easy drinking, less filling lagers. Squires now has a lower alcohol brew in Constable Copper Ale; it is an English-style ordinary bitter with extra dry-hopping and a 3.4% ABV alcohol level. It delivers

ALTHOUGH JAMES SQUIRE WAS RECOGNISED AS AUSTRALIA’S FIRST BREWER IN 1793, HIS FIRST BREWERY AT KISSING POINT CLOSED DOWN IN 1832. WE “REBIRTHED” HIS BREWS AT THE ORIGINAL HAHN BREWERY IN CAMPERDOWN AND RENAMED THE BREWERY AS THE MALT SHOVEL BREWERY IN HIS HONOUR.

presentation and refreshment. Rather than just slamming down a dozen cold, bland (but refreshing) lagers, many are now also interested in flavour deliverance. The larger older cra brands, such as Squires, can be counted on to deliver consistent quality, and this is important to the connoisseurs. They are paying a bit more, and they wish for that assurance of quality. How many years has it taken to get the James Squire brand to where it is today as one of the most recognisable cra beers on the market? We introduced James Squire Original Amber Ale to the market in 1999. This robust, deep amber coloured English-style ale with a rich creamy head was distinctive as a tap beer. We now have seven beers in the brand family that we brew year round, in addition to a number of seasonal and Mad Brewers releases each year. Although James Squire was recognised as Australia’s first brewer in 1793, his first brewery at Kissing Point closed down in 1832. We “rebirthed” his brews at the original Hahn Brewery in Camperdown and renamed the brewery as the Malt Shovel

I hear you’re a keen skier. Tell us about your next adventure on the slopes? I head off to Colorado this week for a couple of weeks of skiing at Vail and Beaver Creek. Then, in June - August, there are always a few trips down to Perisher and Thredbo, especially as we also operate the Kosciuszko Brewery at the Banjo Paterson Inn in Jindabyne. Who is your barber, Chuck, and do you let him control the styling? I have been going to a guy in Redfern who operates a shop just around the corner from Sydney University, where I try to swim and train early most mornings. It has been pretty much the same style for many years, although the hair seems to be getting thinner. Nothing fancy - just #5 on the sides and a trim on the top. We find the new age man who cares about self grooming also cares about what goes into their body. Are low carb and low alcohol beers still popular, and are there any tasty options? Proper diet, a disciplined exercise program and moderation in everything are all very

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a magnificent hop character at a middle alcohol level. What’s next for cra brewing in Australia? I notice every town now has a small brew house springing up; is this trend going to stay? Beer drinkers are the real winners; choice is available to everyone. Brew pubs are producing a range of different beers and also providing excellent foods to match those beers. Going to the pub is now a real beer adventure and experience. Cra beer volume has doubled in the last five years; we now have almost 200 breweries across Australia, with many producing some great beers. What got you into your love for beer? I love flavour, and beer delivers that. It is a natural product produced from natural ingredients without any additives. It is refreshing, and it creates such a social atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. If you were a beer, what would you be? My favourite would have to be the James Squire Four “Wives” Pilsener. A close second is the Hahn Premium Pilsener. Thanks Chuck!

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he espresso coffee culture has been around Australia for over 50 years, but over the last 10 years we have seen a massive push in technology and innovation in brewing techniques. The consumer expectation now is for high quality coffee delivered quickly, as they would get it from one of our 60,000 café businesses in Australia. The Australian people are now spending over $14 billion a year on out of home coffee purchases, and there are over one million home espresso machines in households nationally. For the last two years the most popular electrical appliance sold in retail stores has been the coffee pod machine, and over $200 million was spent in this growing sector of the coffee beverage market. Having researched the fast growing barbershop movement, we looked at who the consumer really was and their lifestyle choices. Our survey showed the barbershop customer respondent is the guy who frequents a café to drink good quality coffee, drinks cra beer, enjoys good food, lives a healthy lifestyle, follows world trends, and cares about the environment. This has cemented in my mind that if a barbershop business wants to value add coffee into its model, it has to be a high quality espresso service - and there is big “NO” to old instant coffee offerings. Many female hairdressing salons have incorporated good coffee for their customers, and many go out to a neighbouring café to get a client a coffee. Many salons have machines, and some even employ baristas. This all takes money and time to service. Women’s salons can afford to value add to their service, because of the higher end service sale compared to a barbers’ $25 average cut price. Many small barbershops are still time poor, and less chair time means fewer dollars in the pocket. So to keep ahead of the pack, I looked at several coffee solutions to see what would work best in a men’s barbershop to delivery quality coffee quickly and to budget. What’s available? Automatic espresso machines are getting better, but you still pay big bucks to get the good results. Traditional group head machines (commercial café machines) still need some skill to operate and are

quite messy with coffee grounds/milk spills. So, I would not have these processes as my first choice. Small domestic pod systems are cheap but still don’t deliver quantity well and have poor milk heating systems. They’re a good starting point, but will quickly be pushed to their limits. Pour over and drip coffee is OK if you are only selling black coffee, but the coffee still needs to be ground fresh on demand with these systems. Because we know the Australian market wants espresso based coffee drinks and 99% of those drinks are milk based, you need a system that will appease the time and quality constraints and also be cost effective. You need an espresso system that has good milk texturing ability and has a boiler style system to heat milk, not a thermoblock. My Choice! To summarise all this, we know the market, we know the product required and the workings of the barbershop, so my recommendation would be a semi commercial (group head) machine with a pod filter basket. There are companies now that are packing paper pods that will fit directly into a commercial group basket. They hold more coffee than a domestic pod machine, thus giving a far more complete espresso delivery for every cup. The commercial pod systems eliminates the need for a grinder, speeding up the process and is quieter, with no messy loose grinds. The pod also takes out the dosing and tamping steps a well-trained barista does to get the extraction timing right. Pre packed paper pods also come individually wrapped in sealed foil sachets that have been nitrogen flushed for freshness. We did an experiment and set up a pod espresso coffee system on a cart outside a busy barbershop that had no access to a café within walking distance. Within a week, the cart was doing a hundred coffees a day, which equated to $2,000 in extra sales. We paid a barista and costs out, including freebies to customers, and we made around $1,000 profit. Not a bad experiment when you make some extra cash and get the customers talking. Coffee is an easy add on to a barbershop business and a very good point of difference marketing push. I see 45

so many barber businesses that all look the same, so adding a theme that makes money is, in my book, a smart choice. The pod system I have talked about was put in by a national coffee roaster, Peak Coffee Australia, which I have done some consulting for, and I have watched their business grow. They use the same pod systems for small restaurants, hospitals, school canteens, and cellar door/wineries. The system still allows you to texture good milk, which is what most punters want - with the cappuccino still the most popular coffee drink in Australia, followed by the flat white. Being a business consultant, I love seeing businesses succeed, and coffee is an easy solution to produce some extra bodies sitting in the vacant barber chairs. Nothing like a good brew and some man time at the local barber.

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SAM BASTIN DURING HIS TEENAGE YEARS, HE EARNED THE NICKNAME “SLEDGEHAMMER”, DUE TO HIS HARDNOSE STYLE OF FIGHTING AND COMPETING.

working at Allegiance Combat and Fitness Centre, which is where he was introduced to the sport of MMA - a combination of combat sports, boxing, kick boxing, wrestling and grappling. After four years in the ring, he finally took out the featherweight Combat 8 title last year, taking victory over Glen Purvis in a fifth round knockout. But to be one step closer to his dream of making a living out of the sport, he is off to internationally renowned training camp Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand for three months. “Some of the best names in the world train there,” he said. But there will be one thing he will miss when he’s abroad, and that’s a trim at his local barber. “He’s the best in town,” he said. “It’s also a great time to kick back socially and have a yarn.”

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Streets, which debuted at number 7 on the Australian ARIA charts. Dave also served a stint as a radio DJ at MMM FM with his own national show, Rock of Ages and has appeared on many TV shows. The Screaming Jets were regular performers on Hey Hey It’s Saturday and became the house band for The Footy Show (NSW). In 2006 Gleeson appeared as a singing coach for actress Kate Fischer in the Australian television program It Takes Two. He again appeared with TV host Julia Zemiro in 2007.

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We caught up with Dave at his local barber’s to answer some curly questions for us: Favourite childhood memory? My fave childhood memory would have to be our annual trips to Forster. Too many kids and too much stuff for one car! But if you take away the excruciating tent set up and take down, it was 6 weeks or so of absolute bliss. (Forster is on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Dave comes from a family of 8 kids.) Who or what inspires you? I am inspired by so many things in the world, but at the moment, at the risk of sounding totes predictable, it’s my beautiful family. (Dave is married with two children. They live on a family property in the Adelaide Hills.) Favourite album of all time? My favourite album of all time is Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap… Bon Scott at his absolute best. Rude. Crude and Tattooed. (Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap was AC/DC’s third studio

album and was released in 1976.) Favourite men’s grooming product? My fave men’s grooming product is actually an aershave: Polo, by Ralph Lauren. Beautiful scent with just the right amount of après shave burn. What are you reading at the moment? I am currently reading a book called The Quest by Nelson Demille; he and Michael Connelly have been my favourite authors for a long time … Does Picture magazine count? (An earlier, shorter version of The Quest was published in paperback in 1975. In 2013, Michael Connolly rewrote the book and doubled its length.) The last thing that made you laugh out loud? I am absolutely addicted to Family Guy. I am pretty sure you are not actually allowed to say most of the stuff they get away with in real life. Seth Mcfarlane is my guru. I N T E R V I E W

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ow many of you are in the band - and who has the best beard? There are four of us in the band. And as for who has the best beard? Well, I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I would say … that I have the best beard. Describe your beard then. My beard is like, just a big bush ranger beard that comes down to my chest … it’s pretty impressive. So there are four of you in the band. Tell us how you got together and how “The Beards” was born ... Some of us met at university, where we joined a Beards Club. We would just get together and meet and talk about beards. (Laughs.) We’d stroke each other’s beards. And we would try and get more people to join, but there were only three of us in the group. (Laughs.) And beards weren’t very popular back then - this was in the early part of last 54

decade. In the early 2000s, beards were not popular at all; we copped a lot of flak, and we didn’t think that was really fair. So we would stick together in solidarity and eventually we met our fourth member, whom we saw busking on campus and singing songs about beards. We thought we could join forces with him and use music as a vehicle to promote beards. So we did ... and ever since that day, we haven’t looked back. So musically, what are your foundations - are you a rock band? Yeah, we think rock is pretty fair description - that’s a pretty beardy genre. But really, we don’t like to limit ourselves to any musical style, because like beards, music is about diversity, and we like to experiment with different kinds of music and different kinds of beards. So all of your songs are about beards? Yes!


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In the book’s introduction, the author’s opening paragraph sums up perfectly its purpose: “In this age of video games and mobile phones, there must still be a place for knots, tree houses and stories of incredible courage”.

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to adjust to the sunlight as they embark on adventures in building catapults and their very own bow and arrow whilst they discuss the rules of cricket or recite Rudyard Kipling. The Dangerous Book for Boys is a nostalgic return to all that boyhood should involve. Learning through experience, imagination and adventure - not through a computer screen. And there’s something for all boys from scientists to history buffs to builders and explorers, it’s all covered in here. Get your hands on it quick ... before that dreaded “corpse-like pallor” takes a hold of you or your son, or the neighbour’s slightly boy-like acquaintance.

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standing. The Greasers’ main characters are made up of three brothers: Ponyboy, Sodapop and Darry Curtis. Ponyboy’s best friend is Johnny. Ponyboy and Johnny start talking to some of The Socs’ girls one evening at a drive in movie. To teach them a lesson, the Socs find the boys later that night and near drown Ponyboy in a fountain. In a panic, Johnny pulls out a knife and accidentally kills one of The Socs. From here, the story picks up intensity. I won’t spoil if for you, but let’s just say there’s a huge rumble between gangs. And one of the main characters may die - not necessarily in the previously mentioned rumble. You may cry, if you’re into that.

“I’ve been thinking about it, and that poem, that guy that wrote it, he meant you’re gold when you’re a kid, like green. When you’re a kid everything’s new, dawn. It’s just when you get used to everything that it’s day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That’s gold. Keep that way, it’s a good way to be.” - Johnny to Ponyboy. There are so many great quotes in this classic book by SE Hinton that it’s hard to choose the best. If you didn’t study it at high school or since then, the story goes something like this. It is set in 1965 and follows two rival gangs, “The Greasers” and “The Socs”, who come from different sides of town and are divided by their socioeconomic

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It’s hard to believe S E Hinton was in high school, 15 in fact, when she started writing The Outsiders and finished it when she was 16. Mindblowing! I’m just trying to remember what I was doing at 16. Wasting my life not writing an epic novel, it seems. This book is such an easy read, the characters are really well developed and believable and the plot is fast paced. You’ll enjoy a young boy (Ponyboy) born into difficult circumstances and determined to overcome them and make something of his life - so many likes. Or, just hire the movie like all good high school students do to get the general idea of the book they have an exam on the next day.


World gone crazy The Biggest Hits Vol 1

{ THE SCREAMING JETS}

{ B I L LY B E R M I N G H A M }

Billy “12th man” Birmingham is tantamount with cricket in Australia. I remember watching my brothers sitting in the corner of the dining room listening to him and rolling be loaded. Absolutely filthy rich. It’s around laughing, then quoting him still funny. He’s a clever man, that over and over for the rest of the Birmingham. His impersonations day: “Got him, yes” ... “Super catch of Bill Lawry, Tony Greig and Richie that”. They’re all here; all your Benaud are superb favourites. Wendy, and are obviously Bill Lawry’s ill his best work. His mannered and IF I HAD A DOLLAR FOR EVERY TIME I HEARD “PEARCE song Marvellous ill fated pigeon. OFF JACK; GIBBS ON” QUOTED is featured which The Name IN MY HOUSE, I’D BE LOADED. was first released Pronunciation ABSOLUTELY FILTHY RICH. as a single in classes for the IT’S STILL FUNNY. 1992 and features commentators backing vocals to learn the by Jimmy Barnes, Pakistan cricket team’s names. Glenn Shorrock, Diesel and John “Javegimiteformeandad” ... I mean, Farnham. This review comes with a it’s too ridiculous not to laugh, right? warning: do not listen if you’re easily Then of course, there’s the Pearce off offended. Besides Marvellous, every Jack skit. Rugby League commentary track features ... well, let’s just say by Darryl Eastlake and Jack Gibson there is no shortage of swearing. But (super coach). If I had a dollar for you might also just have a good old every time I heard “Pearce off Jack; belly laugh. Gibbs on” quoted in my house, I’d

Aer the success of their multi award winning debut album Moonfire in 2011, Harlequin Dream is the much anticipated second release by local folk/rock icons Boy and Bear. This album has been described as having influences from Fleetwood Mac to Bruce Springsteen. If you love Moonfire, it’s definitely worth paying the $26.95 at your local servo for Harlequin Dream.

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This album seems to have two parts for me. The first part … then the second. As I drove solo for two hours AFTER THE SUCCESS OF THEIR MULTI listening to this, I have to say for AWARD WINNING DEBUT ALBUM the first part I was impressed, but MOONFIRE IN 2011, HARLEQUIN not blown away. It is easy to see the DREAM IS THE MUCH ANTICIPATED where the comparisons to Fleetwood SECOND RELEASE BY LOCAL FOLK/ Mac shine through in the first three ROCK ICONS BOY AND BEAR. songs, Southern Sun, Old Town

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I have to say … it’s no hard ask for me to have to review a Screaming Jets CD. I have been a fan since the band burst onto the Oz rock scene in 1991 with their debut LP All For One. I still own the record. Of course, we probably all know them best from their huge hit, Better, from the album. The single made it to number 2 on the Aria charts, pipped only by Indie band Ratcat’s single, Don’t Go Now (remember Ratcat? Didn’t think so). So in honour of Dave Gleeson appearing in this first issue of the Cutthroat Journal, I am indulging in reviewing my favourite Jets album: World Gone Crazy. It was released in 1997 - the band’s fourth studio album.They had me at Elvis (track 1). This CD for me was the “coming of age” Jets - a band who had by now all experienced more of life and love and loss and stuff. The result is a classic rock album of depth that is still true to the band’s pub rock roots. There are, of course, the guitar driven rock anthems the Jets are synonymous for on World Gone Crazy (notably Strength, In and Out, Silence Lost) but it wouldn’t be a Jets album without those, would it? Track 5 has

become a Jets fan favourite, a killer cover of Eve of Destruction, a protest song first recorded in 1965 by Barry McGuire. “You don’t believe in war, then what’s the gun you’re toting?” A fitting song given the title of the album. Which brings me to track 14: World Gone Crazy. Gleeson’s vocals on this track are so powerful, crying out against the status quo: “You’re marching to death to the beat of the drum”. It’s the acoustic songs on this album that make it my favourite. They add a strong melodic feel and different dimension - the standout track being October Grey (track 10), the Jets’ only single from this album. Don’t skip past Dying to See You; it’ll get in your head. Holding On (track 8) ... outstanding. Bravo. Look out for a new Screaming Jets album in 2014!

Blues and Harlequin Dream. It’s a ‘70s flashback, no doubt. I’m sure I heard a bit of Ganggajang in here as well; is that just me? So, very cleverly, I like to call the first part of Harlequin Dream “The Festival Part”. I can imagine these songs being played at festivals across the world, fans swaying along in a mellow frenzy. This so called “The Festival Part” is not my favourite part, but still definitely worth a listen. Hello second part … I’ve been waiting for you for approximately 20 minutes and 30 seconds. If I was a crazy person, I may have even pulled over to the side of the road to fully appreciate and absorb all the folky melodic goodness of A Moment’s Grace (track 6). This is where the band comes into its own with this

second part ... fall into their rightful place. This is how it was always meant to be for them. “But brother you’re scared and I’m scared when you’re scared coz you ain’t sposed to be”… “I’ve got the animal, I’ve got the beast on a leash these days, so you don’t go wandering back down the black of that awful place” (Back Down The Black, track 8). Dave Hosking is a master vocalist, soothing the soul, calming the spirit. It’s a gi, no doubt. There is a touch of Mumford and Sons in track 7 End of the Line, and the rest of Harlequin Dream continues in the way we know them best ...the second part ... ”The Folky Melodic Alt-Country Goodness Part”. And all is at it should be.


T h e t a l e o f o ur g r e a te s t legend, told by our g re a t e s t s to r y t e l l e r !

THIEF, REMORSELESS KILLER OR CRIMINAL MASTERMIND? HERO, ROBIN HOOD OR POLITICAL REVOLUTIONARY? LOVE HIM OR LOATHE HIM, NED KELLY HAS BEEN AT THE HEART OF AUSTRALIAN CULTURE AND IDENTITY SINCE HE CAME OUT FIGHTING, DRESSED IN BULLETPROOF IRON ARMOUR MADE FROM FARMERS’ PLOUGHS.

Ned Kelly I HAVE NOTICED THE NED LOOK COMING BACK AND MUST SAY THAT ALTHOUGH

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NONE OF THEM CARRY IT OFF QUITE AS WELL AS NED HIMSELF, THOSE BEARDS DO HAVE A CERTAIN JENESAIS QUOI ABOUT THEM! IT IS WHEN THEY START TAKING HORSES UP INTO THE MOUNTAINS, THAT WE NEED TO WORRY ... PETER FITZSIMONS

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ow Peter FitzSimons is telling the story of this most iconic Australian. Hero or criminal? Fitzy’s weighed up the arguments and made his decision! Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of Ned’s brushes with the law. Did he or did he not shoot Constable Fitzpatrick at their family home? Was he a lawless thug or a crusader against oppression and discrimination? Was he even an Australian republican channelling

the spirit of Eureka? Peter FitzSimons has examined this part of Australia’s history and retold it as only he can - with wit, humour and passion - bringing the Kelly story to life! “The legend of Ned Kelly is the most enduring Australian one of all. There has always been something about him, what he did and how he did it that fascinated the people not only of his generation but of all generations since. Why? What exactly is it?”

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T H E NED K EL LY We had a spare few hours whilst doing a photoshoot for the magazine and decided to match our editor, Jimbo, with the famous Ned Kelly portrait from the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV). The comparison confirmed the fact that Ned Kelly did start the “hipster” movement 138 years ago.

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FiT BaR ber with the lionbeard - nathan green So where do health and fitness fit in with the barber industry, I hear you ask? As a barber, you’d know that our work is quite physical and brings along with it the inevitable aches and pains. Nathan will be introducing targeted exercises to strengthen problem prone areas for barbers and stretches to help relieve the muscle strain.

ntroducing our resident health and fitness guru, Nathan Green. Nathan started his fitness journey kickboxing at 15 years old and was fighting at 17. He won a state title in modified Muay Thai at 20. Three years ago Nathan completed his Certificate III and IV in Fitness (personal training). Heard of Crossfit? Nathan is a level 1 Crossfit trainer. He is passionate about teaching Crossfit to the masses and helping to create athletes to become the strongest version of themselves. And beards ... he’s also passionate about beards.

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THE SIDE VIEW

Bent over row In this li, start with feet hip or shoulder width apart and grip outside your knees.

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Keep your back neutral and ensure weight is evenly distributed between your feet.

THE SIDE VIEW Deadlift Start this li with the same grip and stance s width as the row. It is similar to the rrow ow - you’re working the same muscles - but, bein ng a deadli dead ,, being you can move much heavier weight, and more tension will be placed on the hamstrings.

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Do this one regularly while in the shop. Placing your hand on a chair or wall keeping your arm straight, push into the object you are using and turn your body away whilst also looking over the opposite shoulder of the arm you are stretching. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds each side. You can perform these every 2 hours or so or in between your chop time. This is perfect for opening your tight chest and biceps and will allow the muscles we worked in the liing to create a more upright posture, resulting in less back pain and more awesomeness whilst on the scissors. 61

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UNCLE JOE's

Clipper City When we visited Clipper City, an urban barber shop in the heart of Newcastle, it was an early Saturday aernoon. During our time there, the boys, Tim and Jake, were literally run off their feet. It was standing room only as the steady stream of punters filed in, waiting for their sick fade or line up. While they waited, they were kept entertained by urban tunes pumping from the DJ booth while they watched the latest sport updates on the tele. If that wasn’t enough to keep someone amused, there’s always the chance to play a video game or two or grab some merch. The atmosphere at Clipper City is definitely chill. Walking off busy Hunter St into this barber shop with its soothing red walls, dim lighting and soulful tunes, you can really take some time out in this

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place. No one seems to mind the wait, as Tim and Jake put their full attention on the punter in the chair, taking the time to perfect the stylin’ trim up they came for. It’s definitely a boys’ hang out and I’m sure would appeal to lots of young grommies as well. It’s great to see how diversified the barber industry has become. The boys from Clipper City have tapped into their own passions and interests and introduced them to their customers - and it’s obviously working. There has been a string of visiting celebs walk through their door, including Anthony Mundine and NRL stars Willie Mason and Beau Ryan. This year they have opened another barber shop in Cronulla and are opening a third in Bali in 2014 . Thanks for your time, boys; keep up the good work.

When award winning hair stylist Mark Cain and his sister, Marie Cain, looked at expanding their successful salon business, Head Studio, the decision was not to add more seats in the current salon. It was to step into a whole new market: a barber shop and café. So was born “Uncle Joe’s” barber shop and “Uncle Joe’s Mess” Café. The business is in an old warehouse and is styled with a bit of a take on a military industrial look. In fact, it’s more military industrial than the TV set on Mash, which works well in this urban city alley space. Mark found the old warehouse just a few doors down from their popular King Street Salon Head Studio. The design is a salute to cool and is set up as a perfect man space. The row of vintage barber chairs has a constant lineup of waiting punters, all looking to get their hipster’s fade or a blade beard trim. The concept of a barber shop was a bit of a mind bender for Mark, who has been involved in high-end award winning salons throughout his whole career. To spin into a traditional barber shop was a mental challenge, and he undertook lots of research to

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get all the elements right. This new concept complements their Head Studio salon, and Mark now has a large following of new wave men looking for that bit of extra grooming or restyling, all in a cool and comfortable environment. Uncle Joe’s Mess Café is now one of Perth CBD’s most popular go to coffee spots; the well trained baristas are pumping out hundreds of coffees daily. The café is using awardwinning coffees from local Perth coffee roasters Micrology. Micrology is owned and operated by new kid on the block Daniel Ash, who recently won the single origin section of the world’s largest coffee roasting competition, The Golden Bean. The fare coming from Uncle Joe’s Mess is amazing, and it was difficult to make a choice from this unique menu. I went with the delectable “Piggy in the Middle” - a warm bagel filled with cola infused pulled pork and crunchy pickled veg salad. The café’s food cabinets are filled with mouth watering treats. An award winning barber mixed with an award winning coffee roaster: a highly successful combination, it seems.


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THE BARBER SHOP

THE BARBERSHOP BAR HAS CAUGHT THE RIGHT ATTENTION QUICKLY FROM THE MEDIA AND FOOD BLOGGERS, AND THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY NIGHTS ARE VERY BUSY; YOU EXPECT TO BE LINING UP AFTER 9PM TO GET IN.

I was energetically bar hopping along Sydney CBD’s latest and coolest entertainment strip of York Street, when I stumbled upon a cool barbershop that had a crowd of people lining up. It was too late for a trim ... so what was this long line about? I soon discovered that it was one of Sydney’s coolest cocktail bars. The Barbershop was a real working men’s barber in the day, and behind the chairs a door led into a large open bar of one of the city’s coolest new night spots. I went in and had a whisky sour and sat back on the lounges and enjoyed the vibrant crowd combined with some upbeat DJ tunes. Gin was definitely on the menu, with a choice of over thirty different names - Hendricks and Cucumber on the rocks was my second drink choice. I was in Sydney for a few days, so I knew when I was out walking I should come back and check out The Barbershop, as it would make a great review for the new Cutthroat Journal with its unique double revenue business model. When I did get back, I was lucky to catch busy owner Michael Enright (Mikey), who gave me the royal tour and explained his success with this new project. Mikey is well known in the Sydney Bar scene flipping drinks, as he has came straight out of the Merivale Stable to take on this bar project. He formed a small consortium called the Barrel House Group to help him take on this clever concept. He showed me very quickly he has the same passion for barbershops that he has for cocktails, and he has cleverly mixed the two seamlessly. He offers some very cool, house mixed, face refreshing aershaves

that have caught the attention of a few alcohol distributors. On the other side of the wall in the bar he has named a few cocktails like Blood and Bandages to go with the barbershop theme. The Barbershop Bar has caught the right attention quickly from the media and food bloggers, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights are very busy; you expect to be lining up aer 9pm to get in. A good tip is to get there earlier to avoid the crowd and to get a comfy lounge. The food is simple charcuterie meat platters and cheese and olive plates for the vegos. The beer selection is good, with some cool interstate cra beers on offer, like the WA Swan Valley Feral beers. The entire bar staff are attentive and very professional about their cra. Mikey has been lucky to get some great barbers to come into his workspace, and the waiting lines are getting busier as the customers line up for trims and shaves. He has barbers from different countries offering their services, and he has hosted some top UK specialists during the start up phase of the business. The Barbershop fitout is timeless but very compact and open to the busy York Street frontage. This is great marketing and has created many walk up customers for the barbers, especially over CBD lunch breaks. As a business consultant, this is a standout concept with a real point of difference - one with the theme but also another steady income stream in the day when the bar is closed. Best of luck, Team Barbershop, at staying on top of the cool list; we look forward to our next Sydney visit to sip on a few Chivas.

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SHOP 2  72 CLARENCE STREET, PORT MACQUARIE, NSW 2444 0431 707 443

It’s not a hard day of work when you open the doors at Jimbo’s Barbershop and Board store and look 20 metres to where you oen see frolicking dolphins in the beautiful Hastings River. Yes, this is the outlook for one of the best barbershops on the NSW North coast. James Holder started Jimbo’s ten years ago, aer moving his family north from Melbourne. The first store was a modest start with one chair in a quiet corner of a local surf shop. Jimbo quickly built a great relationship with the young grommets frequenting the surf business. He was soon not only cutting hair for them, but he picked up business from the dads and grandfathers through his vibrant personality and quick-witted humor. Jimbo soon outgrew his corner and moved his business into the riverside location in the middle of the town’s café strip. Jimbo now has three chairs which are constantly full with a mixed crowd of blokes wanting some entertainment from the cool crew of male barbers and of course, the latest in men’s styling and shaves. His trusted sidekick, Joshua Cutthroat Corkhil, is the shave master and at 19 years of age is just barely shaving himself - and yet, he has mastered the switchblade. As shaving trends change, Jimbo’s have ramped up the service and have created some great rum based aershaves to refresh their clients. Over the years the business has become very strong through keeping a

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Ever since I was really young, I wanted to cut hair ... and when I scored an apprenticeship at a local barber shop, it was a dream come true for me. He was a great barber and mentor who, upon taking me under his wing, helped shape my future by imparting his incredible knowledge upon me. Sometime later, having completed my apprenticeship and having worked in a number of other barber shops in Ireland, the time came for me to quench my thirst for travel. I had always wanted to travel to Australia ever since I was a little boy, and I couldn’t wait to arrive in Australia and experience its uniqueness and charm. In November 1999 I began working at the iconic Gowings Barber shop in George Street. I was very lucky to experience working in such a historic Sydney landmark and I revelled in every moment, lapping up the stories from the barbers and customers alike of Sydney life, past and present.

A few years later I met the girl of my dreams and both of us seeing a good opportunity, we packed our bags for the beautiful Mid North Coast of NSW. We fell in love with the area and immediately began making it our home. I had discovered Crackers Barbershop was for sale and was immediately sucked in by its old school charm and felt like I belonged there. It feels like such an honour and a privilege to be involved in such an iconic part of the area. Crackers Barber Shop is almost 100 years old, and I love the fact that I am part of its history. If only the walls could talk, I would love to hear their stories. Moving forward to 2014, there is no looking back. Having welcomed a third little boy to the family last September, our roots are firmly planted. Maybe in the future Crackers and sons will form the next chapter of Crackers history. Who knows? But for now, I’ll just enjoy the ride. 65

quality approach to men’s barbershop customs. Jimbo’s recognised the need to keep ahead of the pack in focusing on new hairdressing techniques, combined with old fashioned customer service skills. The business is abuzz with laughter as men sit on the lounge and wait to get their turn in the chair. Lots of friendly banter comes from the team of young barbers. Most of the talk is pretty sacred, and silence falls when a lady walks in for a kiddy cut or looking for a husband. The shop also has a big range of skateboards and accessories and is a magnet for young skaters. The shop sells a good range of local clothing and some hard to get brands from overseas. It’s nice to see a regional town like Port Macquarie having a cool scene through good barbering, and the businesses around Jimbo’s are also thriving - a cool new street food café called “Carlos and Co” is getting a quarter of their business through Jimbo’s loyal crowd. It shows how good coffee and food fits into the model of a trendy barbershop. Jimbo’s prices are very reasonable, and he looks aer the many old timers who have retired in Port Macquarie; they love to come in and tell a few stories, which would put some of the young fellows’ antics to shame. So, travelling north and need a trim and a great single estate coffee? Call in and see the boys at Jimbo’s ... all welcome, even the wife and girlfriend; they can sit next door in the café.


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