Photos: Barbers put skills on display at Cuttin Up showcase in Lawrence

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The Cuttin Up Barber Showcase brought hundreds of spectators to watch many of the area’s talented barbers compete at Venue 1235 in North Lawrence on Sunday.

As we reported last month, Jermaine “Gametime” Jackson cuts hair at Watson’s Barbershop in Lawrence. Jackson, a longtime Lawrence barber, said the idea for the showcase was created out of a need for representation. He said most Black-owned barber shops and hair salons, such as Watson’s, Prestige Hair Studio, and Precision Cuts and Styles, weren’t being considered in town and for recognition awards, such as Best of Lawrence. 

“We want to showcase the guys that don’t get the shine,” Jackson said. “There’s other barber shops out here that people don’t even know about unless you’re one of their faithful clients or something, but we want everybody to shine in this moment, and hopefully it helps everyone’s businesses even more.”

Judges were set to choose the winners for Fastest and Best Bald Fade, Best Comb Over, Best Old School Cut and Outfit, and Best Design.

Photos by Carter Gaskins

Carter Gaskins/Lawrence Times Pastor Leo Barbee Jr. speaks to the crowd at the Cuttin Up Barber Showcase; Jermaine “Gametime” Jackson stands by.
Carter Gaskins/Lawrence Times Jermaine “Gametime” Jackson, right, hands the mic to Janine Colter, along with the “Best of the Best” award to thank her for her service to the community.

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