Hair stylists are artists, but this salon takes it to the next level: it doubles as a stylish salon and hip art gallery. Here, we chat with co-owner and PeerSpace Host, David, about his history with hair and his inspiration for a multi purpose San Francisco artist venue.
Tell us how you got started in the beauty industry.
I’ve been cutting my friends and brother’s hair since I was eight or nine years old. I discovered I had a passion when I was still in high school and went to visit an older friend in beauty school. After several years working for other people, I decided to open my own salon in Marin and bring in my closest friends who’d also become hair dressers. After that became successful, we opened the second location in San Francisco.
Outside of cutting hair, what are your passions?
I enjoy taking photographs, riding motorcycles, and being in water. I would love to say that travel is one of my biggest hobbies, but I haven’t been able to do it nearly as much as I’d like so I hope that changes in the future. I’ve tried to incorporate my passions into the art you see featured throughout the salon.
What led you on the path to own your own business?
My parents were entrepreneurs who encouraged us to pursue our passions growing up. My path from salon employee to owner is just a natural part of the game. You work at a place, see how things operate, and when things aren’t changing for the better, you have to go out and create the changes yourself.
As a new PeerSpace Host, what excites you about sharing your San Francisco artist venue?
I can’t wait to hear the feedback from the folks who use the space. I also think it’s super important to maximize usage of things – whether it be an unused salon, or parked car. It’s in the same vein I think as recycling clothes, toys, and other objects to make the world a more efficient place.
What types of Guests would you hope to have utilize your space?
This space is suited really well for small artistic events and photographers. I’m open to anything really but I think it would be nice to see other hairdressers who want a great environment shoot things for their portfolio that they can showcase on social media.