How would you describe your clientele? We get all kinds of people. On one hand we’ve got artists, musicians, people in fashion. But we’ll get supreme court judges, I have a client who is a transplant surgeon… really we have everybody. I think they just like a different kind of environment to get their hair done in.
How the area has changed since Mudhoney first opened in 1991? This neighbourhood used to be all Italian Mafia when I first moved here. There was a social club two doors down, a bookmaking place around the corner. It was very old school. The neighbourhood used to be really quiet, and now… it’s always busy. I mean, it’s great for business, but in many ways it’s lost that old New York charm. Now it’s just spoilt rich kids.
What’s your favourite part of your profession? Definitely my clients, I get excited when I see their names in the appointment book. I still have my first ever client coming here, in fact I still have most of my clients from the beginning. And now I do all their kids’ hair! You become part of people’s lives in a way.