Barber Commentary: Barbering app??? “The Barber Game is to be sold and not told”, what do you think?

23 Mar

One of the barbers that I work with, told me about  the Pacino’s app.   Pacino’s, is the brain child of celebrity barber and wahl educator Eric Pacino aka Pacino the Barber, a fifteen year vet  who has in impressive A-list cliental. The iPhone and android app that gives step by step instructions on how to do the latest hairstyles.  While some barbers would be excited to get pointers, not all barbers feel the same way. My fellow barber ( who will remain nameless) said, “Yo, the game is to be sold and not told. I had to learn this the hard way. This dude is gonna teach everyone, and then everyone will know the game , cheapen the trade, and make it harder for us to eat. Look at what happened to hip hop”. I said, ” The game is sold right, he’s selling the app isn’t it he?”  He replied, ” for 99 cent, it’s damn near free”.

First  of all, always do you research, the app is actually $9.99 on iTunes and Android Market place. I say that to say this… While the game is to be sold, understand there will always be buyers and there will always be sellers. There are millions of people joining new industries, in hopes of becoming a professional and barbering is no exception.  So, stay on top of your game, while keeping in mind that competition in barbering is relentless.  Don’t slack. Don’t Sleep. Don’t take your clientele for granted, because they have more options then you think.  As long as you are professional, work with passion, build relationships and master your craft; you won’t have anything to worry about.  My collegue falls in this category, but one could understand why he feels threatened. While my colleague’s point is poignant and  is likely shared by others,  I have to say that I don’t share the same presumption. The purpose of this blog other and other websites is to promote the trade, the craft, and the culture of barbering. Barbering might introduce a youngster to the profession, that gives him a reason to stay off of streets. With the jobless rate around 9-10%, barbering might give a parent who is down on their luck, renewed hope and a way to provide for their family.  Barbering might give a parolee a way to earn his place back in society and be a productive citizen in the world.

Barbering is the reason why you’re reading this post, and it’s the reason why i’m typing it. While considering that $9.99 is the price of the app, barbering with all that it can do for one’s life is priceless.  So, if you’re an experienced barber,  teach who wants to learn and pass on the knowledge.  You might be doing more then you think.  If the game is to be sold, and not told; i’ll break the rule this time and go against the grain.. Shout out to Pacino, bloggers, video bloggers, and websites that genuinely promote the culture. #barberlife #barberlove #barbergang


6 Responses to “Barber Commentary: Barbering app??? “The Barber Game is to be sold and not told”, what do you think?”

  1. Martin Herzig July 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Hello….i think these Haircuts are great, i would like to have such a Haircut with the Portrait of my Daughter…

  2. BLACK MENS HAIRCUTS August 14, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    I remember when me and Pacino were talking about how the barber game has evolved. There are more barbers online with websites now more than ever before. Love this post and this blog. Great job…Alex Campbell

  3. BLACK MENS HAIRCUTS August 14, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    I remember when me and Pacino were talking about this topic at the Bronner Brothers Hairshow. Barbering has definitely evolved into a whole different level of hustle and backstabbers. Crazy……..Alex Campbell

  4. Dan Brown "The Barber' August 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Yes Pacino is definitely doing his thing. His work is an example of boundless this industry is. As vetreans in the field it’s our responsibility to pass on the knowledge to those who seek it. Eric doing this and monetizing it at the same time, because we do live in a capitalist society! Great insight on the blog. ! Dan Brown “the Barber”, #TEAM XOTICS #BARBERLIFE #EXODUSBARBERSHOP

  5. Dan Brown "The Barber' August 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    Pacino is an example of how boundless our industry is. As veterans in that industry it’s our responsibility to spread knowledge to those that seek it. Eric is doing this while at the same time monetizing his activity. We do live in a Capitalist society! Good blog, keep it up! Dan Brown “the Barber”

  6. levans7 April 28, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    I was just telling someone the other day how the barber game has changed. Barbers are being inspired in new ways. We launched a site that promotes the profession and encourages the newbies to treat the game as a career @

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