She plopped everything she had into her tiny new room that consisted of a mattress on the wooden floor— 2 suitcases full of clothes, a laundry hamper full of hangers, and a big ikea bag full of shoes. She immediately hung up what she felt were her nicer clothing items and let the rest sit in the suitcase. She took some little things out like her toiletries and vitamins and set them against a wall, but it was very clear what her most valuable items were. On the window sill where there was a clean white ledge — the only place to put anything but the floor— sat 3 items: a picture of the girl smiling with a boy, their cheeks pressed up against each other, a speaker for the beautiful melodies of her life to flow from, and a very special necklace, which she wore often. She knew that none of these things could touch the ground the way everything else did.
Heading into the NBA Finals with Hair Art by @robtheoriginal
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Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) was working at a barbershop in Texas eight years ago when local kids starting bringing in requests for hair art. “At first it was simple patterns and designs, but now if they bring me any image, I can replicate it in their hair,” Rob says.
Today, Rob is a professional hair artist and founder of Rob the Original Barbershop in San Antonio. As the local San Antonio Spurs (@officialspurs) enter a rematch with the Miami Heat (@miamiheat) in the NBA Finals tonight, requests for his popular basketball-themed styles continue from Spurs and Heat fans alike.
Rob’s toolkit includes standard barber clippers and razors, but also colored eyeliner for the finishing touches. “I create every shape and shade on the portrait—like a puzzle,” Rob says. “You can only do so much with hair, so the eyeliner perfects the picture and makes it look realistic.”