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carl perkins

carl and elvis "If there were no Carl Perkins, there would be no Beatles."  - Paul McCartney

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hamans chop shop jp

recently our friends at the hamans chop shop won 4th place at the legendary mooneyes 20th annual hot rod custom show in yokohama, japan. congratulations and keep up the great works of art. submitted by: yoshi h.

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Kenton Sorenson Leather Goods

As you know, Grant's is all about good quality products - they should be durable, functional, timeless, and actually worth the money. With that said, we were recently introduced to Kenton Sorenson leather goods. They're handmade in Wisconsin from the highest graded areas of reserve leather sides from a 130 year-old midwestern tannery utilizing unbranded male cattle hides raised by American ranchers, and organically treated without artificial colors or chemicals. The leather is soaked in a tanning liquor derived from oak bark for six weeks and then dried for several days, a process that allows the leather to develop a rich caramel color with age. We also love that leather craftsmen Kenton Sorenson was a classically trained barber.

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The Artist's Barber Chair

self portrait the godfather by al hirschfield

great comedians - w.c. fields, charlie chaplin, buster keaton & groucho by al hirschfield

self portrait

A barber chair just gained legendary status. And it wasn't in a barber shop. It was in the home of Al Hirschfeld.

Albert "Al" Hirschfeld is considered one of the most important figures in contemporary American caricature. He's best known for his simple black and white portraits with exaggerated faces, using a minimum number of lines. Hirschfeld had his quirks, like eating with his left hand, but drawing with his right. But his best quirk of all was that he immortalized these Broadway stars and celebrities while seated in a barber chair. But since his death in NYC in 2003 - just five months shy of his 100th birthday - the legendary barber chair's been collecting dust in his famous studio, and his widow recently decided to donate "his throne" to the Lincoln Center branch of the New York Public Library, where it will be permanently installed, along with his century-old drafting table. His widow said, "I thought this library was the right place for his work. He lived most of his life in New York. His main focus was New York City and the theater . . . his personal vision and style was something I felt belonged in New York."

Mr. Hirschfeld called his barber chair "the last functional chair" because it could go up, go down, swivel, and recline. His widow described his barber chair as "a predecessor to the ergonomic chair."  Since he spent practically every single day drawing, he needed to find the most comfortable chair and found it in an old-fashioned barber chair at a used furniture place on the Bowery for $3, but by the 1990s the chair was falling apart (all that remains of this original barber chair is the base, and is on display at the Manhattan gallery of Margo Feiden). He finally agreed to replace it with a new barber chair that had been used in a shop in the Chrysler Building.

It took eight men to get this barber chair down the four flights of stairs from his East 95th Street apartment while black liquid dripped from the chair, apparently hydraulic fluid leftover from the Chrysler Building shop. Check out this article and video.

It's been years since his passing but his art and the barber chair lives on in new places. If you live in New York, check it out, along with a rotating selection of his drawings now on display. His drawings can also be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Munster Koach Kustom

hermin wrenching in his garage.

george barris and crew building dragula: the koach's sister mobile.

herman with completed ride ready to race.

not your typical american family

One of my favorite sitcoms as a child The Munsters. Featuring the one and only George Barris Kustom: The Munster Koach. The Kustom coffin mobile spanning 18' long, 500 hours to build, blood red interior and able to seat a 7' tall green guy.

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Milton Glaser

You know the iconic I Love New York logo, here's the story and the man behind the most recognizable, imitated logo that's become a part of American pop culture.

New York was crime-ridden and in economic and social turmoil, rightfully earning a reputation as one of America's most unfriendly and dangerous places. So in 1973, the New York State Department of Commerce concocted an I Love New York campaign to promote tourism to the city, and they asked graphic designer Milton Glaser to design a logo, pro bono, to match those words. Glaser created the logo on a scrap of paper while in a cab.

Milton Glaser, one of America's most celebrated graphic designers, was born in New York City in 1929, where he still resides and works today. In addition to the I Love New York logo, Glaser co-founded New York magazine. He's also the first graphic designer to be awarded the National Medal of Arts (by President Obama) and was given a lifetime achievement award from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. He also created the famous Bob Dylan silhouette poster, logos for DC Comics and Brooklyn Brewery, and the interior design for Rockefeller Plaza's Rainbow Room.

Following the September 11th terrorist attacks, Glaser updated his famous logo to read "I Love New York More Than Ever," with a smudge in the "lower west side" of the heart. Glaser said of the new logo "The only subtlety is the wound, which is located on the lower ‘west side’ of the heart. The shaded portion represented the very area in lower Manhattan where the once proud World Trade Center Twin Towers stood until a pair of hijacked passenger jets slammed into them. Showing a wounded heart is important. To attain healing, the first thing one must do is to acknowledge that there’s pain."

Check out this interview with Milton Glaser.

Check out Ten Things I Have Learned by Milton Glaser.

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Kudos to "Ape to Gentleman"

Here's a review of our pomade from Ape to Gentlemen: "Grant’s Golden Brand Pomade is a superior quality, medium weight, water based pomade that gives hair a high gloss with a very strong hold. The weight of the pomade is such that you simply use as much or as little your hair requires. It works well with Cary Grant quiffs, distressed mess or the increasingly popular Don Draper businessman look. As Grant’s pomade is water based, it washes out easily to save you hours at the sink. The beauty of Pomade is that it doesn’t dry out or harden so your hair can continuously be restyled for hours without the ‘Lego man’ stiff appearance given by some gels. Which is very important of course, because as Grant quite rightly says, “Style is everything."

We can't complain about having a pic of our pomade alongside Cary Grant. Check out other product reviews on their site.

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The American Gentleman

Gregory Peck was the quintessential American gentleman. He was known as Hollywood's Great Patriarch - both tough and caring.

As a man well-respected on- and off-screen, he spent his life tirelessly championing for causes he strongly believed in, even if that meant landing him on Richard Nixon's infamous enemies list.

He was a man that embodied to many Americans fortitude and intelligence - the man he was and the men he portrayed seemed to be of the same vein - like Atticus Finch.

Early in his life, this gentleman demonstrated guts, leaving pre-med at Berkeley to move to New York City to become a stage actor. When he arrived to New York, he redefined his identify - first by changing his name from Eldred to his middle name Gregory because he said no one knew him in the city anyways.  You either sink or swim in New York. Well, Mr. Peck won a a scholarship to the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse School of Dramatics, soon after made his Broadway debut in "The Morning Star," and of course the rest is history. He went on to win an Academy Award, but his most prized role was that of family man to his wife and kids.

He did it all with style.

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Pomp Kit

For those who have no hair but want that classic pomp doo. The New Traditionalist's Pomp Kit. Available in Blue or Black. Chin strap included.

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Little Steven

Steven Van Zandt aka Little Steven A Jersey Shore native, Musician and Actor. Member of Springsteen's Original E-Street band followed by a successful solo career. Personal favorite: the cool headed & cold hearted consigliere to Tony Soprano, Silvio.

ps- thats a toupee

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Peace 2 Fingers

If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another. -Winston Churchill

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Pedro of RZB

Still Life Action shot of Pedro, Razorbacks. You are in good hands with Pedro, Jonny, Scott and the rest of the crew. With the likes of our old friend C. Hosoi and notables stopping in for a trim, you are destined for some great entertainment.These quality blk & wht stills taken by our own: Nelson K. Cheers

Cool Hand

Study your craft and know who you are and what’s special about you. Find out what everyone does on a film set, ask questions and listen. Make sure you live life, which means don’t do things where you court celebrity, and give something positive back to our society.-Paul L. Newman

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Duck Rock Walk

"It's amazing how much you can learn if your intentions are truly earnest."-Chuck Berry

"the epitome of what it is to be a rock 'n' roll guitar player, songwriter and singer." - Joan Jett

"There's only one true king of rock 'n' roll. His name is Chuck Berry." - Stevie Wonder

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