September 7, 2015
When you were a young boy, haircuts meant a trip to the nearby barber who would do a decent job at keeping you lookin’ neat and tidy. As long as your parents were happy, you were happy. And of course there are those who would just end up kicking and screaming all the way to the barber. But really, who did we think we were going to impress when we were that young? Today, it’s a whole different thing altogether. Men’s grooming is completely different from what it used to be in the past, and it’s no longer overshadowed and looked upon as feminine. If anything, it takes a real man to actually care about the way he presents himself. We’re not gonna say that there’s been a rise in upscale barbershops in our little city because they’ve been around for quite some time, and they’ve all made their mark ever since their inception in one way or another.
And to add on to that list of revolutionary barbershops catering to mainly men, is this two-storey garage themed barbershop on Mayo Street. Grease Monkey Barber Garage (GMBG) relishes itself as our country’s first and very own Biker’s lifestyle barbering garage. If we could have our very own man cave in our very little HDB apartments, this is what it would look like. The shop adopts an industrial aesthetic for its interior, matching a monochromatic colour sceheme with gritty details like metal plates, grills and chains.
The second floor, of course, lays the shop’s unique selling point. Here, patrons are welcome to display their bikes by hoisting it up from downstairs using a winch and chain mechanism.
Of course, while you’re there, you may as well get that neat and slick haircut you’ve wanted to try for the past few weeks. GMBG has a whole range of barbering services for you to indulge in, including The Whole Nine Yards, which is an experience of their fully rendered services – cut, wash, and blow dry – starting at $34. You don’t even have to go elsewhere to purchase your hair products as GMBG shelves top-selling hair products from Japan.
This truly local experience was the brainchild of four old time friends who wanted to put their various expertise to good use to create a community with this lifestyle concept. Besides leaving their fellow brethren with a place to chill and to get a good haircut, Augustine Nezumi, KC Meals, Jeremy Tan and Marc Mah are passionate about showcasing and promoting local craftsmen from a myriad of trades, and are looking to expand to include the art of tattooing, leathercraft, and an apparel line.
Grease Monkey Barber Garage is located at 15 Mayo Street.