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Blood and Bandages

Posted by Ryan Bolton / Posted on April 19, 2015

blood and bandagesBlood and Bandages Barber Shop is no longer in a closet. That may sound facetious, but since 2007 Blood and Bandages was holed up in a 97-square-foot spot nicknamed The Cell, until a few months ago. The new space isn't huge as it sits around the 600 square-foot mark, but it's a marked difference.

"I was waiting for the right spot to pop up," says shop owner Roger Janes, in his calm, maybe even lackadaisical manner. "I didn't want to leave the neighbourhood, I like it here [in Little Portugal]. This was perfect. Just down the street and bigger and better."

blood and bandages barberJanes, a no-bullshit straight-talker, has had his hand in the recent barbershop boom in the city. It was in his original shop that Jon Roth, owner of Crows Nest, was an apprentice back in the day.

blood and bandages barberSame goes for Karolina Conroy as Janes was at one point the co-owner of Hastings Barber Shop's original location in Leslieville. He's content to see all the new blood flocking to the barber scene.

"It's inevitable," says Janes. "I feel like there's going to be a barber shop every couple blocks in the future."

blood and bandages barberUp from the original two chairs to four now, there are four full-time babers. Two men and two women. Janes is looking for another barber to add to the mix, based on recent demand. The various taxidermied heads also made their way to the new shop, including a pristine wooden back bar from 1904.

blood and bandages barberThe newest edition is the shop dog, Pappy, a black as night Schnauzer-Poodle mix that just hangs out as we chat. "That's the best part of the new shop, I think," says Janes.

blood and bandages barberPerusing the eclectic shop, you're always bound to discover something new. A hodgepodge of typewriters, old cigarette tins, the aforementioned bear, boar and bobcat heads, a chessboard, Value Village paintings and other odds and ends give the shop its own unique flavour. It all just works together, somehow.

blood and bandages barberKeeping with the intrigue, Blood & Bandages has a no-name, in-house, water soluble paste and pomade that is specially made for the shop. You can't get it anywhere else.

"It's a secret," says Janes.

blood and bandages barberWriting and photography by Ryan Bolton

Discussion

20 Comments

Daniel / April 19, 2015 at 01:46 pm
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Roger and the team are the best in the city. As a happy client for 4 years, I wish them all the best at the new location.
Stupid name / April 19, 2015 at 03:53 pm
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The last thing I want when I get a hair cut is to have red dripping from my dome. Then taped up by the idiot who did it. Fa 'real
S / April 19, 2015 at 05:12 pm
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Prices?
Jamal Smith / April 19, 2015 at 06:07 pm
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$25 for a cut I believe. Had a fine cut here, but won't be back until they get straight blades. You can't call yourself a barbershop if you don't have the equipment to shave the back of the neck.
Dave / April 19, 2015 at 06:46 pm
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Both guys in the picture up above are getting the "Ossington Cut". Totally weird coincidence or maybe they're friends or brothers or something. Maybe they just me out front and said "hey let's get the Ossington together."
Dave replying to a comment from Dave / April 20, 2015 at 12:07 am
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Maybe their the same friggin guy!!!
Jamie / April 20, 2015 at 10:26 am
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Every time I go in to get a cut here, I walk out with not just great hair but a little bit of Rogers' good vibes. Been a customer for 4 years, could not reco more highly.
jameson / April 20, 2015 at 02:38 pm
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pretty good backup place when your real barber is away
luke / April 20, 2015 at 05:16 pm
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This spot is wicked, my barber Mattia gets it every time super consistent and great banter. Love the vibe
glen l / April 20, 2015 at 07:26 pm
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great shop and so happy that it's bigger so I can get in without a wait now!
also, shop pets make any business better.
tim / April 21, 2015 at 09:14 am
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Was there yesterday had the guy Matt, great cut great price will be back for sure.
ben / April 21, 2015 at 10:44 am
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Been a client here for over a year and have had my hair cut from matt and roger and the girls and I must say there all fantastic barbers. Highly recommend
bettername / April 24, 2015 at 12:01 am
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The only thing coming out of this shop are happy customers and good haircuts, it's sad that stupidname doesn't get the historical reference that Blood and Bandages is referring to but anyone can search the history of the barber pole and the connection to barber surgeons and everything becomes clear
basil / April 24, 2015 at 12:10 am
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Vanessa has always given me the best hair cuts, don't know what I would do without her
matty d / April 24, 2015 at 12:15 am
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This shop isn't catering to "the ossington" crowd, whatever that means, I've never even heard that term used in there once! I don't think they think about hair I such a simple way. They have always taken into consideration my natural growth pattern and texture and advised me from there. Truly professional
philip / April 24, 2015 at 08:42 am
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There all pros here, they get the job done and have the best advice. I usually see Matia he's great a mix of classic and new school barber. Definitely no ossington cuts coming out of here just great classic cuts
Chris / April 24, 2015 at 09:58 am
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I went in yesterday and got a cut with Beatrice, and I will definitely become a regular now. Great little space, really friendly staff, a fun atmosphere and a top notch cut. Also picked up some of their pomade and it is terrific, smells great too!
vin / April 25, 2015 at 11:41 am
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I just got a cut from Matt today, great cut I will definitely be back.
julian / May 12, 2015 at 09:28 am
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I was there yesterday had a cut with Mattia on the reco of my friend who also goes there great space awesome cut good chat. That's I all I need Il be back for sure
jessie / June 10, 2015 at 08:36 am
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This place is awesome, I've had every staff member cut my hair, and they are all great! Recommend it to all my friends!

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