Learning an almost-forgotten trade isn't easy, especially considering how hard it is to find dudes around here who actually know how to properly serf. For a shot at learning yet another nearly archaic trade, check out Shorty Maniace's Mastering the Art of the Straight Razor, now taking reservations.
Taught by a tattoo-sleeved, bowler hat-clad barber who's been expertly grooming guys on both coasts for 20yrs, MTAOTSR is a monthly straight razor shave-torial that kicks off Father's Day in Lower Haight and promises to teach you and four other appropriately scruffy dudes the ins and outs of using a cut-throat blade to
kill vampires even though he's kind of a vampire, all while definitely not paying taxes shave. The class'll come with a premium shaving kit that'll include a starter straight razor, blades, shaving cream and balm from shave-ssentials purveyor Baxter of California, and a signed copy of The Bearded Gentleman: The Style Guide to Shaving Face, which includes step-by-step shaving instructions, most likely written by Tim Donaghy with a foreword by Tony from Blue Chips. Next, Shorty'll teach you the four straight razor grips (freehand, reverse freehand, butcher, backhand) and wielding techniques, then let you practice shaving a balloon before unleashing you on your own face equipped with an arsenal of pre-shave creams, hot lathers, warm towels, and the manliest tool your face has ever come in contact with, assuming you haven't Eskimo kissed Joe Rogan.
And best of all, Shorty'll clean you up free of charge, even if you spend most of the two-hour class Sweeney Todd-ing your visage, a thoughtful offer that'll ensure there's no need for a feud...alism.