URBANA — For Aush Knox, being a barber is a bit like being an artist.
“The heads are the canvas,” he stated.
Now Knox is combining his barbering abilities and his longtime curiosity in artwork multi function new place — Beard Tradition Barber Store and Gallery, opening June 1 in Lincoln Sq., Urbana.
There can be a tender opening on the store and gallery from 4 to six p.m. Sunday.
The opening will characteristic the paintings of Knox’s dad, Jessie Knox, and an in depth household pal, the late Alonzo “Beets” Mitchell.
Knox, a graduate of Urbana Excessive College and Jap Illinois College, has labored for each Urbana and Champaign faculty districts, has been a educating assistant and coach and left the Champaign faculty district after serving as its director of after-school packages.
He went to barber faculty in 1999. Certainly one of his sons, Ausharra Knox II, can be a barber, and each father and son beforehand labored for the previous Rose and Taylor barber store in Champaign.
The identify of the brand new store and gallery displays the recognition of beards, Aush Knox stated.
“Watching the person’s beard has grow to be a phenomenon, everybody sporting beards,” he stated. “I seen we’re form of like a fraternity of kinds. You see different guys with beards and acknowledge one another.”
A man with a substantial beard who focuses on grooming beards, Knox stated he and his spouse, Tanaca, have additionally had their very own Beard Tradition attire line that includes T-shirts, hoodies, headgear and beard butter.
The attire line has been rising, Knox stated, and “we wished to piggyback the barbershop off that.”
That merchandise is bought domestically and on-line at beardcultureapparel.com.
The paintings within the store gallery, which options Afrocentric oil work and pencil and ink items, can be each on show and on the market.
The barber store a part of the enterprise can be open by appointment, which will be booked through the Booksy app. Knox stated he’s trying to rent one other barber and a stylist skilled in braiding and dreadlocks.
Aush Knox, a father of six, stated this new enterprise enterprise is a household enterprise.
“I simply went from form of doing the company factor to betting on myself, and betting on household,” he stated.
Extra from Knox: He and a pal, Ken Jenkins, do a barbering podcast referred to as “I Reduce My Approach Out.”