Hello everybody in Hairbrained land!
I have a question for you. Would you consider yourself an artist?
The reason I ask you this question is because the other day the lovely people of Hairbrained shared my work via there Instagram page which was met with lots of love from our amazing community of passionate hairstylist who are always willing to push one another in a positive way.
One of the comments however was quite negative stating with awful grammar " that ain't art" even though there was no claim of it being "art". The word "artist" is being thrown around a lot as of late so I thought I would put in my two cents and see where it went.
When I say the names Robert Lobetta, Peter Gray, and Angelo Seminara I think artist. The things that these hairdressers do with hair should be in museums. They look at things in a different light and use a lot of outside sources to develop there looks for the runway or for editorial photo shoots.
That to me is only one end of the spectrum in our vast industry. So would I consider myself an artist? Absolutely not. I follow a set of rules to achieve my end results which takes countless years of continued education to hone my chosen craft starting with a solid foundation. You cannot call yourself an "artist" and keep pumping out the same balayaged fishtail braid mirror imaged look (sorry). You must push the envelope to even be mentioned in the same breath as Robert Lobetta. If not than you are just a hairstylist, and i'm OK with that.
With love and respect,
Todd Da Silva
I dont really think of myself as an artist, but sometimes it all comes together so well that my craft turns into ART if only for a fleeting moment...
Also in regard to negative comments about a hairdressers work we always have and always will delete them... if someone wants to talk shit they can build there own community for people that are into that...
I agree art is subjective to the individuals eye looking at it.... Craftsmen is a preferred term that I Can I.D. with...
Not saying hair can't be art, because yes there are hairdressers who have made art and collections of art in there career and many more to come...
Some of my favorites are Anthony Mascolo, Lobetta, early Sassoon pioneers, Peter Gray, Xpression
Todd. Thanks for this post.
When I am cutting hair I have to agree with Gerard and Adam and consider myself a Craftsman. Maybe, if clients came in and said "do whatever you want, and meant it", I might say artist.
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"he studied art"
If someone thinks and feels like an artist... Let them. If they don't think they are an artist, that is okay too.
I saw that negative post and was sad that an individual would think that their negative opinion needed to be shared or mattered.
With so much negativity in the world it is irritating to see negative posts about someones work when they are putting themselves out there. You don't have to type anything if you don't like it, just move on.
We should celebrate each other and keep a safe place to share and inspire.
The girl should have learned about what or why she didn't connect with the picture to help grow her aesthetic... not be close minded.