Barber Puts Famous Faces On People's Heads

San Antonio's Rob Ferrel cuts lifelike celebrity portraits in hair

Facebook/Rob FerrelBarber Rob Ferrel puts Bruce Lee's face on a customer's head.
Can a haircut be a work of art? It certainly can if the man behind the scissors, razor, and eyeliner pencil is Rob Ferrel. A former carpenter, he found his talent in creating lifelike celebrity portraits on people's heads, according to the New York Daily News.

Ferrel cuts and draws images of such people as Albert Einstein, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Nelson Mandela. Barack Obama, Johnny Depp (appropriately as the character Edward Scissorhands), and rapper Tupac Shakur have all been subjects. He's even done Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame, which speaks to the irony of creating an image of a shaved head on a shaved head.

During the World Cup, Ferrel was busy creating portraits of famous soccer players on the backs of people's heads, as Time reported. Most of his customers asked for images of players from the US and Mexico teams. The image of goalie Tim Howard, with a full-color flag in the background, was particularly spectacular.

Ferrel doesn't discriminate against sports, however. He did a portrait of San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili after the team its fifth championship.


It's not easy work. Ferrel likens it to "trying to draw on a baseball." He starts with one section and then keeps adding pieces, working with a smartphone in hand so he can work from an existing picture. Here's an example of how he recreated Heath Ledger playing The Joker.


Of course, the face doesn't have to be a celebrity. Here's an image of a man who had his son's face put on the back of his head.


Ferrel found his calling in 2008, when he experimented on his 14-year-old brother, as he told the Daily News. He had been doing designs on hair at local barbershops, but others were copying his designs. Getting a face right is a lot more challenging, and that's before you try to show reggae musician Bob Marley and comedian and actor Tommy Chong fame in 3-D.

You'd not likely to see Ferrel's work in an art gallery (although you can see a lot of it on his Instagram page). However, unlike a more conventional artist, his work eventually grows back in. Call it a form of job security.

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JAMES

Trash!

July 24 2014 at 6:30 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
trueduckfan101

Great artistic talent but looks very stupid on people's heads... And too bad there a bunch of Hispanics. I reallyddon't care much for them anymore to say the least. Tired of them conning in and taking over our great little one was clean town with lots of work oppuratunity!

July 24 2014 at 1:06 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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starryeyehunter

Your an idiot.

July 24 2014 at 1:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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paulandrewlanger

you're illiterate

August 19 2014 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
John

Are you saying you no longer have a job because they do it better?

July 24 2014 at 2:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dookofhurl

Someone should have him put their own face on the back of their head....
Really creative guy!

July 23 2014 at 11:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wildflowers1646

: ))

July 23 2014 at 10:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wildflowers1646

oops..commented on wrong page...was meant for the soda cans all over the persons house who did not like the new construction being built across from him

July 23 2014 at 10:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wildflowers1646

Very immature behavior...passive aggressive..unproductive

July 23 2014 at 10:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kensucharski

This is not the message I want to convey to my customers at my business.
You're fired !

July 23 2014 at 9:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dyshoes68

watch this 1000000000000000000000000000000000 times
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hclODDBnkTI

July 23 2014 at 9:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dyshoes68

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hclODDBnkTI

July 23 2014 at 9:42 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
No Name

I don't like it. I would never do it. I think it's weird. But--if they like it, who am I to say they should not do it? It harms no one and at least it's not permanent like a tattoo! All generations have done weird things to get attention when they were young. The problem is that as time goes by, things must get weirder and weirder to get any attention. Remember the long hair at the time of the Beatles? Parents all over were predicting doom! Now, no one really knows what the fuss was about. In 50 years, people will look at the pictures of these haircuts and probably say "What's the big deal?" Have fun kids. Getting old will cure you of wanting to be different and innovative. Unfortunately.

July 23 2014 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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