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Photo: Pascal Duez
Coiffeur, Rouen, France

As a former editor whose favorite thing was to work with a good designer, I appreciate different kinds of typeface and what they convey. My husband and I have actually watched movies on typography. Helvetica was a fun one.

Now from twitter by way of @gwarlingo and @presentcorrect, a funny collection of wildly different typefaces that hair salons have chosen to express their essence.

Photo: Peter Bruhn
Salong Inga-Britt, Malmö, Sweden

The effort to collect these reminds me that somewhere I have saved my list of hair salon names that are a play on words. For example, I used to be a client of Mr. Robert (now retired) of the Hair After. Across from that shop today you can book a cut and blow-dry at the Mane Escape. Then there is A Cut Above and Shear Elegance.

The website Bellatory has a much more comprehensive list, in case you are going into the hair business and are stumped for a pun.

The signs here are from the website Fleurs Coiffures Liqueurs, which has also gathered numerous signs for liquor stores and florists. See all three themes here.

Update 9/14/17. Oh, boy. I found my old, old list of salon names, collected over several years: Undercuts, Hairs to You, Grand Strand, Prime Cut, Head Hunters, Shear Delight, Shear Magic, Hair and Now, Great Lengths, Hot Heads, Heads Up, and Head Start.

Photo: Florian Hardwig
Coiffure Strauss, St. Gallen, Switzerland

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I was reading about the community outreach of the artist chosen to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale in 2017. How inspiring to see a once-disadvantaged kid reach back to help others after he meets with success!

Sebastian Smee writes at the Boston Globe, “The next artist to represent America at the Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious contemporary art event, will be the Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford. And his exhibit for the US Pavilion will be presented by the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. …

“The recipient of a 2009 ‘genius’ grant from the MacArthur Foundation, Bradford grew up in South Los Angeles. He worked for many years in his mother’s hair salon, which later became his studio. …

“Bradford, 54, is known for his tough, large-scale abstract works made from layers of paper, much of it salvaged and repurposed, and bound together with clear shellac. Using power sanders and other devices, he then works back into the surface, exposing the layers underneath. The results are some of the most beautiful, raw, and inventive works in recent art. …

“Bradford and his partner, Allan DiCastro, along with the collector Eileen Harris Norton, established a private foundation called Art + Practice, which combines an exhibition space with the provision, among other things, of job training and other forms of support for children transitioning out of foster care.”

More at the Globe. Check out Bradford, Norton and DiCastro’s nonprofit, Art + Practice, here.

Photo: Caitlin Julia Rubin
Christopher Bedford (left), director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, with artist Mark Bradford at the Rose in 2014.

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