When I was 19 I was working in retail at the mall. This guy came in and he was spending a lot of money and everyone knew him. I asked him what he did for a living and he told me he was a barber. I asked him if I could apprentice under him and he told me no. I didn't think about barbering again until I was about 24. I was in a not so great place in life and wanted a change. I knew I wanted to do something creative. so I came up with two options. Those options were either becoming a chef or a barber. I started researching the chef process and by research I mean I watched a lot of food network while trying to cook for anyone willing to eat my food. Lost interest fast. So it was option two. Barbering. I enrolled myself into Austins barbering program and realized immediately I loved it.. to learn everything that is barbering then became my top priority. I soon became the barber for my class. Before graduating I had already landed myself in a shop and that's when I realized I still had more to learn. Once I graduated I went to another barbershop where I would spend the next 5 years soaking up as much as I could. Barbering became my passion and I loved it so much I no longer worried about the money I was making. Once I became confident in my abilities I started feeling like I could do more. I came across a quote by Muhammad Ali that would change my outlook forever, "Service to others is the rent we pay for our room here on earth." So I packed my tools up and brought my talents to the street. I was homeless for a large portion of my life so it became a priority for me to give back to the men, women and children living in our streets. I would call my mission Shaving Lives and I would give away free haircuts to anyone in need. It got so big I ended up on news channel 13. After 5 years in the shop I felt it was time to spread my wings. At this point barbering had become so much more than just a haircutting service. There's a unique artistry behind cutting hair as well as a similar uniqueness to the bond you form with the person receiving the haircut. These are the things I wanted to focus on so I left to open my own shop called Thē Art-Class... it was a small one chair shop that served almost like a studio/lounge. I loved it but i missed being a part of a team. When i found out my teacher/friend from barber school was opening up grayscale i knew i wanted to be a part of it. I shut down my shop and joined the team! Barbering has changed my life and I'm extremely grateful to be able to share my art with you all.