'Native Meets...' gives us the opportunity to talk about life and barbering with some of the most exciting, unique and cutting edge barbers. Mr Shilton is the owner of the self titled Mr Shiltons Barber Shop founded in the surf mecca that is Newquay, and situated within the compounds of the iconic clothing and surf store Watershed.
Follow Mr Shiltons on instagram @mr.shiltons
What got you into barbering?
So as my old mum says I've always wanted to be a hairdresser, I loved getting my hair cut as a boy and have never liked change so would often fall asleep in the chair and wake up with a fresh haircut and a new pair of reebok classics, they were the shoes at the time I'll have you know, so the progression goes I walked into my local salon at the age of 15 and started washing hair and making what I was told a bloody good cup of tea.
How have you progressed your style?
My style it's self has never been a set thing I think I've dipped in and out of all eras along the way but have found my self heavily inspired by the way a gentleman should have acted back in the 1920s with a well made old fashioned and the greatest of respects to the women in my family and love of my life, and more of the dress sense of the post war 1940s. I've always had a love of things hand made with history and a story behind it. I guess you could say I'm flying the flag for my grandfathers who were also tradesmen of all things 'hands on' and masters of their craft.
Whats your greatest achievement to date?
I think there has been many along the way, the next one you do always seems to top your last, but most importantly I've always done my own thing my own way and not been strayed by others opinions.
Funniest work story/anecdote or story told to you by a customer?
There's to many to choose one but being a one man band makes me a purest of the barber code and what's said in the chair stays in the chair....at least until they've left the room.
Is there a particular style that is trending within the area you are native to?
We're at a really exciting time in fashion and hair in the fact I don't think there's just one thing that dictates what people wear so it's nice to see everyone's individual personalities. When I did my apprenticeship I was so lucky to be taught a very strong foundation and to keep things very clean and methodic. Something that always sticks in my head was when one of my mentors told me that these advanced haircutting courses are just an advanced way of breaking a haircut down and knowing where to apply the classic techniques.
Where do you think the British barbering community stands on a global scale?
People have always looked up and had great expectations to Britain in terms of fashion but people take influence from each other so it's hard to pin point where it evolves from but hairstylists and barbers come from all over the world to train in the UK academies. As for growth in the community in the past men that wanted something different would more have to go into a unisex salon as I think a lot of the skills in men's and women's haircutting are very transferable and its important spreading your knowledge between the two to be the best stylist you can but its very uplifting to see barbers as barbers and re-establishing their trade as a men's hair specialist.
Ten things you wouldn't have known about Mr Shilton...
I'm a country boy
Egg and soldiers
Redwing, Edwin and Watershed
What is your grooming regime?
Just a splash of moonshine cologne and a dabble of Native Shaping Paste
Who or what inspires you?
How would you describe your own style?
Traditional yet rugged British gentleman
Ive just got a new radio and being by the coast for some reason it can only pick up classical which make
me feel like a serial killer
Number one item to take with you to a desert island?
My captain longboard
Best place you've surfed?
The Cornish coast
Best bar we should pay a visit to in Newquay?
Watershed side walk bar.
Follow Mr Shilton on instagram @mr.shiltons and be sure to drop in at Mr Shilton's Barber Shop & Watershed store down in Newquay.