You Should Go: PHRESH CUTZ Queer Pop-Up Barbershop Is Back In Brooklyn Saturday

Remember that time Katrina KC Danger cut some queer hair at camp and found her true calling in life and then came home to Brooklyn and assembled Hair Force One, “a teeny tiny collective of queer amateur barbers of various skill levels and gender identities spreading hard love and good looks through Brooklyn and beyond”?

And they started hosting PHRESH CUTZ, amazing chill accepting relaxed fun pop-up barber shop party situations where anyone can show up and have a drink, get a haircut, chat to some cool humans, dance quite a lot, and generally have a fanfuckingtastic time?

this is hair force one via Ronika McClain

this is hair force one via Ronika McClain

Right, well after two highly successful events, Hair Force One is back to ring in 2013 with their first PHRESH CUTZ event of the year, the oh-so-elegant So Phresh, So Clean, a (Formal) Queer Pop-Up Barbershop and Dance Party! Yes, it’s a formal themed bash, and yes, it’s extremely legit, and yes, I think every queer in Brooklyn and beyond is gonna show up, so what I’m saying is obviously I think you should go.

Actually I feel so strongly about it that I wrote you a poem. Ahem.

Twas the night before PHRESH CUTZ
and all through the land
shaggy haired queers were cheering
and clapping their hands.
“Let’s go to Brooklyn,”
they said loud and clear
and to Brooklyn they’ll go
from distances far and near.
They squealed as they told
all their friends the good news:
this would be a place for sexy hair,
dancing, queers and tons of booze.
“And these barbers won’t misunderstand
what we mean when we say,
I want an alternative lifestyle haircut
and I want it today!”
Yes PHRESH CUTZ is scissors and clippers and dancing galore
no more does a bang trim feel like a chore.
So rejoice, my dear queers,
those sad days are gone,
now get ye ass to PHRESH CUTZ
and party til dawn!

And now that you’re all impressed (slash appalled, it’s fine, I’m not a poet for a reason) here are the cold hard shiny facts:

When: Saturday, January 19, 7:30pm – 2am (haircuts end at midnight)

Where: LaunchPad at 721 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, New York (take the 2, 3, 4, 5, or S)

Cover: $7/2 drinks, $10/2 drinks + haircut, $5 flat rate for non-drinkers

Dress Code: Formal/semi-formal. Optional, obviously, but why not dress up? I’ll be reviewing Lizz’s winter fancy fashion tips tonight.

For more info and to RSVP (please try to RSVP) visit the Facebook event.

look how excited shilpeezy is about phresh cutz! how can you say no to this face?!photo by Ronika McClain

look how excited shilpeezy is about phresh cutz! how can you say no to this face?!
via Ronika McClain

Some things to note:

+ I’ll be working the photo booth at this event all night, so please come say hi to me because secretly I’m a little bit shy even though every other Autostraddle staff member will tell you that’s a lie!

+ I’ll also be scouting the scene for crazysexycool kids to feature as Straddlers On The Street, so if you’ve been dying to submit but haven’t gotten around to it, now’s your chance!

+ Today, this very moment, is KC Danger‘s birthday! Yes! It’s true! So when you see Danger running shit like a boss tomorrow, please make sure to say something extra nice to her, because she is quite simply the bees knees.

Happy PHRESH CUTZ eve, everyone! See ya tomorrow.

So Phresh, So Clean, a (Formal) Queer Pop-Up Barbershop and Dance Party! takes place from 7:30pm – 2am on Saturday, January 19th at LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, NY. Haircuts will end at midnight.

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  1. Oh my god. This is so cool. I wish I lived somewhere awesome like NYC and not the Midwest.

    • The Midwest is awesome! You just have to look harder for awesome people and things. And Midwestern people are the nicest.

  2. Getting my hair did at the first A-Camp by KC Danger was one of the highlights of the weekend, for sure. It gave me a huge confidence boost!

  3. ughh I can’t come. but you should post a photo gallery after so I take pictures to a professional hair person to explain how to give me autostraddle-levels-of-perfect hair.

  4. Oh me oh my those JUMPERS!! Also, come cut my hair now! Honestly your the artist, you do what you thinks best…honestly i trust you all, and im a bit drunk. Standard.

  5. UGGHHH I promised myself I was going to go to the next one but I have a stupid test next week. Next Phresh Cutz I’m journeying to NYC. NO excuses.

  6. Let’s have a Bay Area version! Please? I’ll let somebody cut off all my ridiculously long hair… haha

  7. I don’t want an alternative lifestyle haircut. But I reeeeeeally want Katrina to cut my hair anyway!

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