Sit back in your chair, and enjoy the smooth and relaxing experience of entering Hawleywood’s Barber Shop & Shaving Parlor. We talk to owner Daniel Lloyd.
The 1940s were a time when tattoo machines and inks were of low quality, forcing artists to create tattoos made up of simple lines. A time that saw both men and women don austere clothing until the end of The Great Depression, until once again femininity showed its face with bright lipsticks and women’s pin curled hair. As women’s fashion became about the ‘new look’, with softer shoulder pads, narrow waists and full skirts, men’s fashion became about elegance and style. The end of strict rationing meant the return of double-breasted suits, longer jackets and wider trousers. Colours reappeared and men wore ties – the ultimate self-expression. This look wasn’t complete without undergoing a hot towel, straight razor shave and a high and tight haircut.
Recently there has been a renaissance in the 40s styling and when you step into Hawleywood’s Barber Shop and Shaving Parlor you’re transported back to a time where you can imagine that you’re sharing a space filled with old mobsters.
Daniel Lloyd opened up the first – and only – Hawleywood’s shop outside of California, located in Newtown in Sydney, nearly two years ago. This men’s sanctuary came about due to Lloyd’s friendship with owner the American owner, Donnie, and with their shared appreciation for the style and what it stands for, they knew it would be a solid relationship. Their aim has always been to recapture the “time when you could go down to the local barber shop, get a straight razor shave, a nice tight haircut and enjoy the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of a real men’s sanctuary”. And it’s back in our very own backyard. Best of all gentlemen you can leave yer ol’ lady behind because there are no women allowed in this joint.
Lloyd grew up hanging around barbershops and says, “I think it needs to stay around [the tradition of barbershops], just so that men have got somewhere to go to get their hair cut and be groomed and to be comfortable, in an environment…And yeah, without the ladies, because a lot of guys are self conscious about their balding or certain facial hairs. They don’t like being groomed in front of women. No one looks good half way through a haircut.”
Linked to the image of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s – and playing a part in the atmosphere of Hawleywood’s Barber Shop & Shaving Parlor along with the haircuts – come the cars, the music and, of course, the tattoos.
Lloyd’s career was set from the age of 15 when he started cutting his mates’ hair – admittedly into Mohawks. It wasn’t for many years that he found his way into a world where Dean Martin continued to play loud and proud and moustaches, like tattoos, were worn even louder. Lloyd muses, “I’m pretty sure that the first tattoo parlour was in the back of a barbershop”.
Lloyd admits that the whole gangster badass vibe has been something he’s always had a fascination for. “I suppose I first started getting tattooed because I’ve got a bit of an obsession with gangs and prison shows.” While being a ‘badass’ seemed like something of interest to a kid who listened to punk and loved the ethos of what they preached, his interest in tattoos grew beyond that TV, bad guy image. His reason has changed greatly and grown into a lifestyle, but he admits what it boils down to isn’t far from where he started “that’s why I do it. I just really like the whole old school [tattoo], badass kinda image.”
While his punk and hardcore mates started with band tattoos when he was 17/18, Lloyd first ventured into a studio to get a comic book tattoo of his beloved Spawn, by Wayne Cartright at Soul Expressions in Thirroul. Choosing the artist has always been important to him and he has since gathered friends and customers who are also amazing tattooists. Does he get free tattoos? He admits it’s one of the perks of business, but above all he loves the time to “hang out with mates while I’m getting tattooed, having a chat.”
As the crew at Hawleywood’s start their day with some Carl Perkins purring away in the background, they make their customers feel at home, with some even falling asleep in hot towels in the old style barber chairs. Pulling out the Layrite pomade, they’re dressed to the nines and make sure that everyone that walks through the door gets “a good haircut, good service, yeah… and a nice place to relax for an hour”.
Hawleywood’s Barber Shop & Shaving Parlor is at 432 King Street, Newtown Sydney, NSW 2042. Phone (02) 9557 6290.
Photos by: Lisa Tolcher
Jewellery by: Debstar Design