Would you trust this guy with a mas­sive blade? We visit his bar­ber shop.

The Be­he­moth front­man runs his own bar­ber shop. No, re­ally

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Contents - words: ali cooper

A BAR­BER SHOP?! SE­RI­OUSLY THOUGH, HOW DID THIS HAP­PEN?

“Four years ago, I was sit­ting with a friend in a beer gar­den in War­saw and I said I had some money I’d like to in­vest some­where, and she sug­gested open­ing a bar­ber shop. I had no idea what one was, so I im­me­di­ately grabbed my phone and started in­ves­ti­gat­ing and I was hooked right away. I was in­stantly over­whelmed and im­pressed by how cool the cul­ture is!

It’s not like a hair­dress­ing sa­lon; a bar­bers in­cor­po­rates so many el­e­ments of an ex­pe­ri­ence that you’re sup­posed to en­joy to the fullest on ev­ery level. It starts with the vibe of the shop, then the mu­sic in the back­ground and the cer­e­mony and rit­ual of the ser­vice. It’s a re­ally com­plex and multi-di­men­sional ex­pe­ri­ence that’s sup­posed to be en­ter­tain­ing, highly re­lax­ing and en­gag­ing.”

WHAT MAKES YOUR SHOP SPE­CIAL?

“We were the sec­ond bar­ber shop to open in Poland and we’re now the big­gest bar­bers chain in the coun­try. It’s called Bar­be­rian which is a cool play on words I came up with, and we’re dif­fer­ent from ev­ery other shop be­cause we play qual­ity mu­sic. When you walk in, you’ll hear our theme of clas­sic rock’n’roll with Black Sab­bath, Clutch, Ju­das Priest and Slayer – the first and only Bar­be­rian com­mand­ment is no shitty mu­sic!”

JUST HOW IN­VOLVED ARE YOU IN THE DAILY RUN­NING OF THE SHOP? ARE YOU TRAINED WITH A CUT­THROAT RA­ZOR, TOO?

“I’m not a trained bar­ber but I’m a huge fan of the cul­ture. In the be­gin­ning, I wanted to do a guest spot at a class but be­com­ing a good bar­ber takes se­ri­ous ded­i­ca­tion and I wouldn’t like to be just an av­er­age bar­ber – life’s too short do things in a shitty way. My face is the face of the shop be­cause I’m phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally in­volved. Even if I don’t have a rea­son to be there, I’ll be hang­ing out in the War­saw shop and talk­ing to clients, plus we serve amaz­ing cof­fee and I al­ways need my cof­fee! The cool thing is each of our bar­bers un­dergo a barista course to learn how to serve cof­fee prop­erly.”

DO YOU HAVE ANY­THING A LIT­TLE STRONGER THAN COF­FEE?

“We serve a wide range of al­co­hols, wine and whisky, plus the Be­he­moth beers which are so pop­u­lar we’re hav­ing to re­stock them a lot. We’re also plan­ning to re­lease Be­he­moth gin this year so we’ll be sell­ing that in all Bar­be­rian shops. There’s so much po­ten­tial and we’re still

“WE SERVE BE­HE­MOTH BEER AND PLAY BLACK SAB­BATH”

ex­pand­ing.

It’s a busi­ness I run with pas­sion and peo­ple see it’s gen­uine, so they trust us.”

WHAT DOES YOUR SHOP GIVE BACK TO THE BAR­BER IN­DUS­TRY?

“Bar­be­rian started as part-train­ing academy be­cause Poland was re­ally new to the bar­ber cul­ture, so we wanted to be pioneers and lead­ers. We drew from al­most no­madic bar­ber teach­ers who travel across the world to teach oth­ers; now, af­ter four years, we’ve gained the ex­pe­ri­ence to teach our­selves. We run pop­u­lar day classes and we’ve had great re­views, plus our academy is usu­ally sold out be­cause it runs on small groups of around eight peo­ple; that way ev­ery­one has the chance to pay at­ten­tion to how to im­prove and man­age their tools.”

ON A SCALE OF 1-10, HOW METAL IS RUN­NING YOUR OWN BAR­BER SHOP?

“I don’t care about cat­e­gories and how metal my life is. All I care about is how gen­uine I am to my­self and I am 100% hon­est run­ning Bar­be­rian – no bull­shit, no gim­micks, you get the real shit here!” BE­HE­MOTH’S NEW LIVE DVD, MESSE NOIRE, IS OUT NOW NU­CLEAR BLAST

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