URBANA — For Aush Knox, being a barber is a bit like being an artist.
“The heads are the canvas,” he mentioned.
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 gentle opening on the store and gallery from 4 to six p.m. Sunday.
The opening will function the paintings of Knox’s dad, Jessie Knox, and an in depth household good friend, the late Alonzo “Beets” Mitchell.
Knox, a graduate of Urbana Excessive College and Japanese Illinois College, has labored for each Urbana and Champaign college districts, has been a instructing assistant and coach and left the Champaign college district after serving as its director of after-school applications.
He went to barber college in 1999. One in all his sons, Ausharra Knox II, can also be a barber, and each father and son beforehand labored for the previous Rose and Taylor barber store in Champaign.
The title of the brand new store and gallery displays the recognition of beards, Aush Knox mentioned.
“Watching the person’s beard has turn into a phenomenon, everybody sporting beards,” he mentioned. “I observed we’re form of like a fraternity of types. You see different guys with beards and acknowledge one another.”
A man with a substantial beard who focuses on grooming beards, Knox mentioned 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 mentioned, and “we wished to piggyback the barbershop off that.”
That merchandise is offered 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 might be booked by way of the Booksy app. Knox mentioned he’s seeking to rent one other barber and a stylist knowledgeable in braiding and dreadlocks.
Aush Knox, a father of six, mentioned 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 mentioned.
Extra from Knox: He and a good friend, Ken Jenkins, do a barbering podcast known as “I Lower My Approach Out.”