As soon we landed in New York i felt at home, feels a bit more like real life (spent far to long in vegas)
When i decided to do this trip Franks Chop Shop was top of my list. I came across this place online around three years ago when i was just researching barbershops around the world. What caught my attention first was the name, probably this best and catchiest name i know for a barbers. Then the merchandise, the New Era caps (my friend Kevin Lunchmun bought my one for me b"day last year, safe brother) loads of barbers do these now, not sure if Franks were the original but they were the first i knew of. It also had something fresh about it. I knew then that i had to visit this place.
Haha ugly mug!!!
The shop has an amazing location on the lower East side on the edge of china town opposite some basketball courts, there was a little market going on as well selling vintage clothes and random stuff, the area is buzzing and seems like New York proper! I hadn't told them i was coming just took a stroll down there while Holly was getting her tattoo done.
Mike the owner was outside chilling on the bench, the geezer seems a proper character (my friend from queens told me MIke is a real New York OG). I introduced myself told him about my trip, and to be honest i was really suprised how nice genuine and friendly he was to me. He is an OG for real. The guys doing the Gumball rally from Miami to Ibiza! He plays golf with Raekwon from Wu Tang. We clicked straight away. If ever i moved to New York i'd love to work there.
The shop has a neighborhood vibe about it, with only four chairs its all compact the checkered floor is distinctive to the Chop shop. I love this shop you want a barbershop to have a community vibe about it.....this place definitely has that in abundance.
They have a very big a diverse clientele from movie stars to Rappers to ballers, it's become a New York hotspot. Not many Barbers appeal to all races and ages from all walks of life....Franks does. The barbers seem proud to work there and rightly so. It's a unique little spot of realness.
I really wanted to do some haircuts in there. It's funny i don't think there's many jobs out there where we miss doing the craft so much. No shop has made me wanna cut hair so much except Schorem. Very different places but also very similar in the fact that there Original, true and feel special. New York has an amazing feel about it and Franks captures that in the shape of a barber shop. I wanted to stay and spend the day watching them cut and chatting to Mike but i had an appointment to get a Tattoo with the most amazing artist called Ashleylove (@ohashleylove) at the adorned tattoo shop so i had to literally run up there. Watch this space though Franks Chop Shop has just opened in Cleveland and just might be coming to the UK.