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Incredibly Detailed Portraits of Celebrities Reproduced into Haircuts

Some innovative artists use things like feathers as their canvas, while others might paint on small pieces of candy. But for Rob the Original, it's the scalp. The San Antonio, Texas-based master barber creates incredible artwork on his clients' heads in ways that you've probably never seen before. He cuts, shaves, and colors hair into celebrity portraits, video game characters, and superheroes making them instantly recognizable. 

Rob begins by defining the boldest features of each subject and later uses vibrant pigment pencils to enhance the details. He's recently completed portraits of famous World Cup soccer players, Edward Scissorhands, and the loveable Yoshi. It seems like there's no limit to his creativity; he can reproduce whatever his clients have in mind.

With skills like these, it's no surprise that Rob has a background in drawing. He says that as an aspiring artist he never imagined himself as a barber, but once his two interests were combined a new passion was born.

Rob the Original website and Instagram
via [Neatorama]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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