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In Moscow, New Barbershops Trim Away Old Notions Of Russian Masculinity
"Here in Moscow, it's still not very typical for people to wear head
tattoos and piercing and beards," says barber Artemy Zolotarevsky.
"When people see me, some are amazed, some give me mean looks.
And so I think I'm a bit of an outlaw."
Lucian Kim /NPR
Back in the olden days – maybe five years ago in Moscow time – the Russian word for barbershop was rather quaint: parikmakherskaya, or literally, "wig shop."
While women could tend to their coiffures in ubiquitous salony krasoty, beauty salons, men had to content themselves with surly babushkas delivering awkward, cookie-cutter haircuts in spartan halls.
Today, the Russian capital is experiencing a boom in American-style barbershops, where bearded, tattooed hairdressers style their all-male customers with the latest shadow fades and pompadours to the sounds of hard rock and screeching espresso machines.
The rest at NPR.
I think they have a different concept of what constitutes a "barbershop" than what I have.
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