Monday, July 2, 2007

The Barbers of Milano

I thought it would be good karma to take a print back to the barbers that I shot last time in Milan.

They thought it was very nice but also very suspicious – they kept trying to ask if it cost money, they actually looked a little annoyed at first.

One of the customers who spoke better English finally explained to them that I was giving it to them as a gift.

I hope they enjoy it but as I write this I realize if they don’t put it in the shop then they have have to choose which one gets the print – sounds like the basis of at least one episode of every sitcom ever invented.
I’m guessing the print ends up ripped right down the middle with each one framing their half. Maybe some yellow tape is put down the middle of the shop alla Brady Bunch. Finally their wives talk some sense into them and they agree to tape the print together again and leave it in the shop.

I think I might need to take them another print next time just in case.

ps – I realize now I watch way too much tv.


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  1. Janky Swanky

    July 2, 2007 at 1:53 am

    hell, i’m only 26 and i know what brady bunch episode youre talking about! thanks of course, to nick at night.

    i’m not really sure what the point of this comment is. i guess that the episode is a classic and not necessarily an indicator of too much TV consumption.

    those guys seem chill though, i doubt they’ll deface or destroy your photograph in any manner.

  2. Anonymous

    July 2, 2007 at 1:55 am

    Lol, Sart! Maybe you do watch too much TV! That’s such a cute story, though…hopefully they’ll leave it in the shop!

  3. gila

    July 2, 2007 at 2:29 am

    that’s funny. :) all of it.

  4. Anonymous

    July 2, 2007 at 3:04 am

    You should send The Barbers a copy of this photo of them holding your photo!

    (Did you get a haircut?)

    – desertwind

  5. Elle

    July 2, 2007 at 4:37 am

    haha, don´t we all?

  6. Amy

    July 2, 2007 at 6:08 am

    The shorter man seems much happier to have received the photo than the taller one.

  7. Anonymous

    July 2, 2007 at 7:50 am

    I fail to see why you find these barbers so fascinating.

  8. Anonymous

    July 2, 2007 at 8:54 am

    Funny scenario. I Love Lucy also had a “divide the apartment with tape” episode.

  9. cronista sentimental

    July 2, 2007 at 10:06 am

    i was going to comment the same desertwind commented. Bring them a copy of the photo of them holding your photo, take then another photo, give it to them, take another photo and so on and so forth. it would be a borges like thing to do.

  10. MacGuffin

    July 2, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Very amusing post and a really really nice thing to do.

  11. Anonymous

    July 2, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    if you bring a second copy, they’ll definitely think it’s suspicious and will call Carabinieri for help :P

  12. Alice Olive

    July 2, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Um, I recognise that Brady Bunch episode too, ahem.

  13. Anonymous

    July 2, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    I watch next to no TV, so The Sartorialist can be my replacement. :)

  14. Candid Cool

    July 2, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Cute. I’m w/ Anon 3:04, giving them a copy of the photo of them holding the photo, would be funny. But then I think they would get really annoyed.

  15. Anonymous

    July 2, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Cute story.
    You are such a thoughtful guy!

  16. rollergirl

    July 2, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    Hilarious, love your Curb Your Enthusiasm-esque scenario…

  17. Anonymous

    July 2, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    take them two other prints, in case they have already ripped the initial print.

  18. JO

    July 2, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    LOL! GREAT Post! Thanks for that laugh – I don’t think they will damage your pic… :-)

  19. Anonymous

    July 2, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    haha sart you should listen to anonymous 3:04am. that’s a really good idea to send them a picture of their holding the picture you gave them. it can go on and on…..

  20. Mandy

    July 2, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    hahah yes you definitely are!

    by the way, I sticked with my barbar once I found “the one” and luckily I found it 2 years ago. Changing hair style and trying new things on just like fashion to me and does do effect to total outlook!

  21. Asian Models Blogger

    July 2, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    I think they were suspicious because a lot of “photographers” tend to take people’s photos at touristy places and then charge them an arm and a leg for them.

    Nonetheless, it was a very nice gesture you did even though they probably don’t know what to do with it.

    Imagine, 50 years from now, someone will find the photo in the attic of an old house and had it appraised. The museum declare it a Sartorialist original print and it will be on exhibite in the museum.

  22. Alek

    July 3, 2007 at 12:05 am

    I needled my boyfriend into going to a old-timey Italian barber (stripey light on the storefront and all) in my largeish North American town. I said I bet it was going to be the best haircut he ever got.

    The guy turned out to be a Sicilian in his 80s with a modest but efficient little shop and great stories. And yes, for the last 2 years those have been the best haircuts he’s ever gotten. Nowhere too long, nowhere too short, just the perfect frame for his nice face! And I love to hear him retell the stories when he comes home! (Once a month, the lilac water smell is intriguing, too.)

    All this to say I understand your fascination! I like your barber stories also.

  23. Blaise

    July 3, 2007 at 12:33 am

    The guys don’t seem to know what else to do with the photo.. I’m sure they are grateful but it’s such a wonderfully unexpected gift..

  24. PAULO

    July 3, 2007 at 12:43 am

    Scott, you are too funny!!! And it was so sweet of you to bring them a print of their photo.

  25. kiarella

    July 3, 2007 at 8:04 am

    Simple solution: you should give them a copy of the photo of them holding the other photo of them and then let them discuss for the rest of their life about who should keep which photo! May be I watch way too much TV too!

  26. Missy

    July 3, 2007 at 11:54 am

    This just warms my heart. THEY warm my heart.

  27. Anonymous

    July 3, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    But the tall guy looks cross on every photo, so I think he was happy too…

  28. Anonymous

    July 5, 2007 at 10:11 am

    They thought it was very nice but also very suspicious – they kept trying to ask if it cost money, they actually looked a little annoyed at first.

    Very milanese attitude… (Italy here!)


  29. Maria

    July 6, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    This is funny in deed.

    I guess that by them being “romanticized” does not make them part of a past with less economic struggles and perhaps even no cynicism…
    Perhaps their assumptions reflect, how your affection for them is merely yours (ours now)…they don’t necessarily think they embody all that we see in them.

    The exotic is allways a two edge sword.

  30. Anonymous

    July 8, 2007 at 11:10 am

    Cute story!
    But send them one more copy just in case… :)

  31. max

    July 11, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    hello sartorialist! i live in milano and always in bad need of a good barber, why don’t you let me know where’s their shop, so i can go and check in how many pieces is the picture now hanging on the wall?…

  32. bluespana

    June 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I took a photo of an old time barber shop in Rome and went back to Spain to see the same place in a painting by a local artist. Italian barbers mean more than hair it seems.

    A good eye for bad TV too.

  33. Anthony C.

    February 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm


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