Josef Stempinski - Milwaukee Hair Stylist and Barber

A barber is a very personal relationship. I’ve personally had the same hairstylist for going on 15 years. But on occasion I wander into fun new establishments and meet wonderfully interesting people. I met Joesf at Beard MKE, a new local gift shot that specializes in mens products and, as you’d assume, beard care. I was in need of a quick trim before my brother’s wedding and Joesf’s warm and welcoming personality combined with my love of good conversation was hit. Next thing I knew, a few short weeks later I’d be photographing him in his current salon space to capture a glimpse of his talents at work.

One odd thing that I always take notice of are the tools of the trade for any professional. Its always a great talking point for me, not just because I am a bit of a gear hoarder, but there is a certain care and adoration of professional tools that no matter what industry one can always appreciate. Things with a local tie like this Oster Clipper (company started in Racine, Wisconsin in 1924), his Wahl Peanut (a favorite among pro’s by the Illinois company), and the little things like combs and shears. Does the gear matter? In the end not always, but it does make the process easier and thusly more enjoyable for both the artist and the client.

Very excited to see his new salon in the coming months, and even more excited for our next creative projects and collaborations together.