More than anywhere else, at a barbershop you will witness men showing one another how to be men; how to understand themselves in a world that uses coded imagery and ritual to explain to them who they are. 


Artist Mark Logan and I chose the new Echo Park barbershop Manly & Sons to be the setting through which we attempted to visually explore masculinity. I hope you enjoy, and that you too reflect.




You can find Manly & Sons Barber Co. at 1200 N. Alvarado St. in Los Angeles. Ring them at (213) 353 - 4784 to set up an appointment or email barber and owner Tony Pin (featured in this essay) at

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[©2020 by Ariel Maccarone]