How did these spiral signs become so universal for hair cuts? Maybe a trip to Wikipedia is in order. I noticed this one in a back alley of Chugmuro and noticed it had a nice glow about it and figured why not, it’s a bit dirty but still has something unique enough about it to capture. I can tell already that these images from Seoul will last me quite a while still. I have plenty more to share so don’t worry, lots more to come. I would post a pack of them but tI have decided to focus more on individual images more often. There will still be the occasional pack available, sure, but the new format I am using with the upcoming design shift favors the simplicity of single image desktop posts. It will make life easier on all of us. I have been doing my best to get a steadier stream of posts going so come back soon for more!


  1. Carlos Cabezas - July 17, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Yes, you right even en Colombia they uses the same spiral signs, great pic,

  2. Hawken Rives - July 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    If I remember right, the striped signs came about a long time ago, back when barbers were also doctors. They had white poles out front that they would hang the bloodied towels on, and the wind would wrap the towels around the pole, leaving white and red stripes. Not sure where the blue came from, though.

  3. Clive Parfitt - July 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm


    The Barber’s Pole had its origin in surgery. Commonplace in London, where I grew up,

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