Just recently, we had the pleasure to sit down the the Portland Mercury to talk about Oak, what set Oak apart, and what Augustus's inspirations and aspirations for Oak Barbershop were. "This summer Portland acquired a new barbershop, one that should appeal to those who don't necessarily identify as nostalgic or in need of pampering. Artwork by Klutch and Logan Hicks hangs on the walls of the modestly sized but cheerful and bright space, next to copies of old set lists from notable hardcore bands a Triumph motorcycle parked just outside the window. This is Oak Barbershop, a new venture from Augustus Bowman, whose heavily tattooed hands have been cutting and shaving the heads of Portland men for about three years.
Like most people, Bowman's career path was not a straight line. Originally from Baltimore, Bowman studied graphic design after high school, eventually dropping out and moving on to freelance design work. He'd always had barbering in mind, however, and when he made the trek to Portland with his girlfriend, he finally decided to go for it. He studied at the International Beauty School (now known as the Bella Institute), and worked for a couple years out of school at Akemi Salon on North Williams, before deciding it was time to do his own thing. "
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