There are many things that strike up interest in Ruffian’s Shoreditch barber, Tyler but mostly, he’s keen on three things; getting inked, getting dressed and getting fed. Here, our resident Notebook contributor provides a few of his favourite destinations:
One By One
Located in Soho, One By One is studio mid-way down Berwick Street it’s split between two floors the ground level stocks unisex street wear while the basement is home to an open plan parlour featuring traditional, black and grey, fine-line and single needle artists. My go-to guy there is Loz Thomas, the guy’s got skills producing some strong, bold lines and masterful dotwork. I’ve been fortunate to have two pieces by Loz and will most definitely be back for more. Many more.
I’d like to donate my body to this studio, let them all at my skin and inevitably walk out super happy. From Emily Johnston to Adam Ruff, Rebecca Vincent et al – Parliament has a wealth of talent. Situated a short walk from Finsbury Park station, it’s a great, unique open space and runs a strict appointment only studio so be sure to book well in advance for a chance to be seen.
Cloak & Dagger
In my opinion, Cloak & Dagger is exactly what a tattoo parlour should resemble – from it’s exterior to the interior, it houses some terrific artists spanning traditional, neo-traditional to black and grey work. For me, the real key players here are Jack Goks and Al Boy but rest assured, every other artist there is on-point. I’ve had two pieces by Jack and always get great comments from anyone who spots them.
The minimalist, split-level shop for designer male and female streetwear and shoes, PLUS homeware and my particular favourite, stationery is a haven for those who have some cash burning in the wallet and want something that’ll draw attention on your person, in your home or at your desk. Located in on Curtain Road, just round the corner from our Shoreditch barbershop it’s well worth a look in either before or after your cut, beard trim or cutthroat razor shave.
If you’re on the hunt for key standout, staple pieces for your wardrobe, Edwin is the one – Japanese denim at its finest. The premium menswear destination can be found just across the road from Brick Lane and has a decent range of jeans, heavyweight shirts, outerwear and apparel sure to take your fancy.
Dedicated to globally supplying footwear from the likes of Nike, adidas, Jordan, Converse, Vans, Reebok, PUMA, New Balance, Y-3 & many more, Footpatrol is the sneakerhead destination of choice. From footwear, to clothing and accessories, they specialise in new & classic sneakers, limited editions, Japanese exclusives and rare deadstock. based in the heart of London’s Soho district on Berwick Street, the stores understated facade is simply a prelude to what has been achieved architecturally within.
This speciality roaster is as fine an artisan coffee destination as any other. The brand’s Shoreditch location is round the corner from Ruffians and has a comfortable, bright and airy environment to relax in or perk up in. The staff are friendly and make a mean cup of coffee, sell decent sandwiches and snacks for you to sit back and watch the world go by.
With a menu focused on fresh, quality produce that evolves seasonally, Homeslice balances classic combinations with more innovative flavour and texture profiles with 20” pizzas that are enough to feed 2-3 people (or, if like me just myself!), flavours can be split 50/50. If you’re looking for something smaller you can grab a slice of the top three options on the menu. I’m a regular at the East London location not only because it’s close to our Shoreditch shop but the staff are brilliant and really helpful.
Chin Chin Labs Dessert Club
Indulgence at its finest, Chin Chin Labs are the nitro-ice cream specialists and they sure do know how to cater to that sweet tooth. From a ‘miracle’ sugar-free grapefruit ice cream cone to avocado tacos and its Signature Hot Chocolate Pudding, the menu goes on. If you’re in Soho and fancy yourself a unique food experience then this is the place for you.