PLGRM's "The Streets' Barber" Owns the Heart of the Streets

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Recently PLGRM, film collective focused on sub-cultural content based in Melbourne, Australia, featured The Streets' Barber, Nasir Sobhani.

There, they follow Nasir on his weekly adventures as he hunts the streets to give homeless brothers and sisters a sweet, new haircut. PLGRM writes on their website, that they are "committed to connecting people with real stories of our generation".

He is a perfect poster child for the big misconception of people with tattoos thought of as convicts. Nasir may not have the cleanest record, but his tattoos are marks of his forward progress. Less of the man he used to be, but who he's becoming.

Eye tattoos
Eye tattoos

Nasir Sobhani narrates his personal experiences in this cutting PLGRM documentary. He explains why he does what he does, and what led him to do it. The 'Clean Cut Clean Start' project is Nasir's way of giving back. He's been doing this for at least a couple years.

Hand tattoo
Hand tattoo

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Living by '1>1000' which stands for 'one is too many and one thousand is never enough', relating to his past substance abuse. It was a very dark point of his life.

Nasir Sobhani
Nasir Sobhani

This particular tattoo often gets mistaken for a prison tattoo when they see Nasir with his shirt off. It's actually a reference to the greatest prison as the prison of self. He got it in rehab.

Hand tattoo
Hand tattoo
PLGRM
PLGRM

On his left palm, Nasir got the world on his hand. A globe, at least. He can't find the words to describe how awful it was to get the palm tattooed. On his right palm, he keeps track of all the years he's been sober. He wants to fill it up for the rest of his life.

PLGRM
PLGRM

He shows the poster where "DON'T GIVE UP!", "Slow Slow/Day by Day" and "BARBERLIFE", the words he live by, are scrawled on. Nasir understands the concept of progress and growth. He relates these with his career and his past with drug addiction.

THE STREETS’ BARBER
THE STREETS’ BARBER
THE STREETS’ BARBER
THE STREETS’ BARBER

The 'Clean Cut Clean Start' project is pretty much known around Nasir's area and he's met and made friends with many people through it. He's been doing this for a couple years and he's shown no signs of weariness. It only goes to show that compassion knows no rest.

Streets Barber
Streets Barber
Streets Barber
Streets Barber
Streets Barber
Streets Barber

PLGRM perfectly captures the emotion reflected in the faces of Nasir's street clients. There is so much inside every empty eyes Nasir's lay upon.

Different stories, same pain.
Different stories, same pain.
Streets barber
Streets barber

Placing ourselves in Nasir's shoes, it must have been very difficult to see familiar emotions all over these guys faces. He knows that he can't save them but he might as well give them a little 'head' start.

PLGRM
PLGRM

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Xavier

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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