Saturday, September 7, 2013

Ironic Hair

Polk Street is an odd San Francisco thoroughfare.  It runs through several very schmancy neighborhoods and yet it manages to be shabby.  Castro is the more well known gay center, but Polk was the original gay ghetto.  We lived near it and I got to know it well enough to realize every block had a liquor store, a dry cleaner, a cheap diner and a gay bar.  Every block.  A very short hop down from the center of what was the rentboy stroll is the front door of City Hall.  It's San Francisco, there's not a lot of room to spread out.

But the last decade of skyrocketing rents has routed pretty much every bohemian or louche or plain old funky neighborhood and Polk Street is no exception.  Almost all the old gay hustler bars have given way to guys with oversized glasses and teeny tiny hats drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon.

It's Hipsterland: expensive, ironic and grimy.

Pretty much I don't care, they got to go someplace, I suppose, but this week my barber called to say his back had given out and I needed my hair cut and somehow I wound up at the People's Barbershop on Polk at Bush Street.

A temple to hipster's fetish of guy-ism with a hearty dash of steampunk thrown in for decor, if it was any more hip, I would have been issued a monocle and a wool vest.  Who am I kidding, if it was any more hip, I would have been barred at the door.

So now I have a $60 haircut I don't like.  The sides are fine, but the top has sort of a poufy roll which, considering how little hair I have to work with, is pretty amazing.  I look sort of like Julie Harris in Member of the Wedding, but not as attractive.  Or butch.

21 comments:

  1. Julie Harris?

    I picture you more as Miss Jane Hathaway from The Beverly Hillbillies.

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  2. too bad you're so distant.
    i would've given you a smashing
    haircut AND the sewing circle discount.

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    1. I'm willing to travel, as long as it keeps me out of The People's Barbershop.

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  3. Oh, dear - there are few things so dispiriting as an unsatisfactory hairdo. I've dealt with that these past few years by simply not having them, but that's not really a comprehensive solution, I suppose.

    And those tiny hat/elaborate moustache/PBR boys are the same ones who in the old days went in for sideburns/tiny kilts/Doc Martens, aren't they (or perhaps their baby brothers)?

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    1. That's exactly who their predecessor were. And the idea of trying to gather my pathetic little wisps into a ponytail is just too sad.

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  4. You and I must have the same barber. Poor guy, he's really in bad shape. I also went to a new shop, and got a very unsatisfactory cut, which, when there's as little as I have to work with, is saying something. Let's hope J's back improves sooner rather than later, for his sake as much as for ours.

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    1. Dear god, J is hard enough to take when he's not crippled, amirite?

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  5. A punk haircut and a bad attitude . . . .

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  6. I'd pay $60 for a hair cut if I had $60 worth of hair. I pay $12 for my balding pate.

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    1. I think the sixty bucks was for the ambience, which I sort of despised. Add it was dirty.

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  7. I don't know what you're complaining about.
    I think his hair is cute.

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  8. I go to Joe's when I'm in SF. If the good man himself is off, I see Ben, who not only gives a good cut, but also sports the most luxuriant beard I have ever clapped eyes on. Nice guy, too.

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  9. Better iconic hair than ironic hair. I've always said that.

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  10. Well I suppose it beats coming home looking like Brandon DeWilde.

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  11. Perhaps he didn't know what Mrs. Skeffington's curls looked like...

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  12. Next time take Saki - and tell them to cut yours to match. Hipsters are a pox on mankind, but the tight jeans cuts down on sperm production so maybe they won't breed

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  13. I went from heavy-metal-head-banger style to the Telly Savalas look a little more than 10 years ago. I saved a lot of money.

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  14. Looks like Kate Bush in the Cloudbusting video.

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