o when we first came across Tim Dodd at Turnstyles Barbers, it was to promote The Cutthroat Journal. Tim is a great supporter of the barber industry and has been one of our magazine’s biggest advocates and enthusiasts. This guy lives, eats and breathes barbering.

We ran a small feature on Tim in a previous issue and became great mates.

Tim started sending us emails, letting us know he  was going to bring over one of the hottest talents in Los Angeles to Coffs Harbour. He had scouted Timothy Wayne Tripp Jnr, AKA The Real Trippy, so we jumped on board to get involved.

The idea was to share skills with the hairdressing community.

Sure enough he had not only booked the flights, he had booked the University auditorium for an evening show of global barbering skills, music, food and a good old fashioned Q & A.

Tim also booked out The Coffs Harbour TAFE for a Barbers Masterclass.

When we turned up the set was amazing, set out like an old skool barber shop.

Bumping Hip Hop from Trippys collection was creating a great atmosphere.

Both Tim and Tripp came on stage with a slideshow and music, and both told their stories.

Trippy had come from the harshest of harsh backgrounds, and barbering had truly been his salvation. A very humble guy with ultimate respect for the trade.

Not only did he show off and demonstrate those amazing  fades we all see and aspire to, he told us all the trade tricks and tips to achieve this, and afro hair fading skills.

Next was Roddy From Barberco demonstrating a perfect cutthroat shave, amazing to see Roddy carry this out so professionally when the whole audience came down from their seats and surrounded him.

Luke from The Bearded Chap came on stage to give The Complete Beard Education, using Jimbo, our editor, as a model.

The audience was engaged and asked countless questions.There were prizes and VIP bags as well provided by sponsors.

Two days later a Masterclass with The Real Trippy, thanks to North Coast TAFE Hair Department. Featuring hands on afro skills, shaving and prizes. This was really well received, and both events were attended by guests from Queensland to Victoria. Tim has now booked another barber from Seattle, Brian Burt, who will be finishing off a world tour in Coffs Harbour with a masterclass at TAFE in December.

All of this came about from Instagram, how cool is that? Such a great way for barbers worldwide to connect.

The industry needs more people like Tim.

TIm wanted to thank the following supporters: Turnstyles Barbers, The Cutthroat Journal (hey, that’s us!), The Real Trippy, Barberco Barber Supplies, Norris Hair and Beauty supplies, TAFE Hairdressing Department Coffs Harbour, The Bearded Chap.