Would you trust this guy with a massive blade? We visit his barber shop.
The Behemoth frontman runs his own barber shop. No, really
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”
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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