If you’ve ever visited Oakland, you may have noticed an anomaly of barbershops around town. We’re not talking the franchise kind that gets you in and out in a couple of snips and a buzz of their clippers. They are independently owned shops offering the full treatment that lends itself to the craft. The diverse city is home to a large African-American community and photographer Brandon Tauszik feels this could be one of the reasons why these shops have been able to continue. 

Capturing the essence of these family-oriented businesses with his camera, Tauszik’s latest project offers an intimate look into the world of the barbershop. A series of GIFs showcases his work, titled The Tapered Throne, that has seen him delve into their realm getting to know each barber on a very personal level.

While we’re on the topic of hairstyles check out these illustrated classic Hip-Hop dos curated by Ibn Jasper.

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Words by Jane Fayle
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