IAN WOLFE (PROFESSIONAL BARBER)
1.) Tell us about yourself and your childhood.
My entire childhood took place in Grimes, Iowa. I am the second of three boys in my family and we are all quite creative minds. Growing up, my brothers and I were always trying to outdo each other in everything whether it was music or drawing or whatever. I felt like music was my strong suit and I really took a liking to guitar. I began playing by ear around the age of 11 and by the age of 13 I had decided to start lessons. In high school, I taught the theory of guitar for beginners and sparked my entrepreneurial spirit. I always wanted to be my own boss and guitar lessons were one way I felt like I could achieve that. After graduating high school I pursued music performance at Drake University. Although I did not graduate college I did find my true passion for barbering.
2.) Tell us about a challenging time in your life and what lessons you learned from it.
One of the most challenging times in my life was during my year at Drake University. Upon entering I really had no idea what kind of career I was going to get into with a music degree, but I knew that I really liked music. As months passed I felt like playing guitar at a collegiate level was becoming a chore and I was beginning to lose my drive. I wanted to continue to play but the classes, the pen, and paper— it was all too much for me. I was about halfway into my second semester and fell into a full blown depression. I didn’t feel like I was in the right place and something needed to change. I decided that I didn’t need to do what everyone else was doing and that I would finish the school year and take a hiatus. A weight had been instantaneously lifted off my chest—I was able to get my drive back, and ultimately I was able to transition my hustle into something bigger and better. If I had to summarize the lesson learned from this time in my life in one quick sentence, it would be “Listen to your gut.”
3.) How or what started your passion?
My passion for barbering began when I was a senior in high school. I had a couple of friends that I started a noise band with and we were really into obscure fashion—especially hair. When I first saw Skrillex with that half shaved head thing going on I thought it was the most hardcore look ever and I had to jack his haircut. I had my mom cut my hair in the bathroom and the next day at school my two bandmates wanted the same haircut. I took both of them to my driveway and shaved a panel off both their heads. I didn’t know what a good haircut looked like at all then, but I knew that it felt right. The haircuts kept up and got a little more questionable as time went on, but I never really got passionate about it all until I quit college and started barber school.
4.) What motivates you to pursue and follow your passion?
The greatest motivation for me in barbering is friendship. Barbers hold a sacred trust between all clients and it can really pull you closer with some individuals. Some of my closest friends started as clients of mine years ago when they were new to the city and I was the only person that they would get personal with on a regular basis. It’s humbling to be the best part of some people’s days. I hear some folks say that going to the barbershop is their favorite part of the month—and I get to be there almost every day! Just like any job, cutting hair can feel a little more like work some days, but the friends that I see in my chair are what keep me going day after day.
5.) What advice would you give to new and upcoming barbers?
The best advice I can give to new barbers on the scene is don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Trial and error will teach you what works and what doesn’t. In barbering its hard to find two people that use the same exact techniques and the same exact setup, so find out what is natural for you and ride with it
6.) What is the best advice you would give to your young self?
The best advice I would give to my young self would be not to be scared to do something that goes against the grain.
7.) How do you contribute to the community?
I like to give back to my community a number of times a year. For the longest time, I have been working with my wife and CityScape Church to give out back-to-school haircuts to children who might not otherwise have fresh cuts for a new school year. The event also hands out backpacks, school supplies, and so much more.
8.) Who do you look up to?
I look up to all the barbers that paved the way for the trade today. Without them, there would be no us. When I started barbering I worked at a shop near the Waveland Cafe and became quick friends with a barber Lannie Hale of Waveland Barbershop. He is the epitome of traditional barber and he’s truly a character. He is keeping old school practices alive and sets the bar for professionalism in our trade. Every now and then, Lannie will pop into Loyal Sons Barbershop to check up on me. He is always dropping off clippings of newspaper articles that have to do with barbering, finance, and or sort of motivation to keep me on track for the years to come.
9.) What are your goals for the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years, I want to be cutting next to the same 4 barbers that I started cutting with when we opened up Loyal Sons Barber Shop. I’ve been going on a really good rhythm and I could see myself being in Des Moines for a lifetime.
[ Photo credit: Michael Watson ]
10. What is your motto in life?
"The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is NOW!"
11.) How did you find out about Made4Mankind Clothing?
I found out about the company through social media—I had been seeing a number of people wearing the gear and talking about it on Instagram. I began to gain a lot of interest when I found out my friend was working with Made4Mankind doing video work.
12.) What do you know about Made4Mankind Clothing?
I am new to Made4Mankind Clothing and stepped foot in the store for the first time earlier in May. I never realized they carried such a wide range of gear, including some great vintage stuff. I was immediately taken by the quality of the M4MC tees and their eye-catching logo.
13.) Describe Made4Mankind Clothing in one word.
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Name: IAN WOLFE
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