This month marks the launch of new bi-annual magazine INFRINGE – a showcase and celebration of hair as a culturally significant and highly artistic medium.
Created by Anthony and Pat Mascolo (the founders of Toni & Guy) the inaugural edition curates stories about hair from around the world, offering a considered study of how hair and the process of cutting hair shapes communities, defines identities and carries traditions from one generation to the next. As the Mascolos note: ‘Through hair we express our individuality, conform to uniformity, or show our dedication to a specific subculture, tribe or lifestyle.’
Given the success of the ‘Hair by Sam McKnight’ exhibition last year, it’s evident that there’s a strong appetite to elevate and affirm hairstyling as equal to that of the rest of the creative arts. In fact, this movement is long overdue, and INFRINGE magazine looks set to start new conversations.
Culture Trip gives a sneak peak of what’s on offer below.
Born in 1911, 106 year old Anthony Mancinelli was just 12 years old when he started as a barber. Born in Italy, Mancinelli’s family moved to Newburgh in New York when he was eight years old. Having owned his own shop for 60 years, he has gone on to work for a range of salons. ‘I keep going because I like to do the work,’ he told INFRINGE. Read the full story here.
Photograhed by Panos Damaskinidis, INFRINGE’s ‘Cult Hair Series’ is dedicated to celebrating diverse hair from around London. Shot against brightly coloured backgrounds, the series is a homage to the eclectic and creative approach Londoners have towards their style.
This article explores the barbershop as a centre of community, honing in on Denny Moe’s store in Harlem. Moe starting cutting hair when he was 14, and has since gone on to become a renowned barber with clients that include Eddie Murphy, Mike Tyson and New Edition.
INFRINGE is launched June 8, and you can visit their website here.