Haircut In Hipsterbia: Portland’s Bishop’s Barbershop

Throughout recent history, Portland’s urban core has endured quite a bit of change.

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Everything from its populace to its infrastructure have transformed vibrantly in the last thirty years. The Downtown Portland City Plan superimposed a very walkable, short-block grid complete with designated bike lanes, and light rail/bus infrastructure. Ease of intracity travel in Portland rivals that of any city in the States and transcends from European roots. Such investment in the bettering of the urban environment paired with the cheap housing stock (at least in comparison to California) in Portland has ultimately resulted in the attraction of a new creative, young class of people into the city, especially those who opened Bishop’s Barbershop.

bishop's barbershop
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Not to exoticize certain people, but hipsters are everywhere in Portland. The new populace has gentrified their homes and established cool new businesses and eateries, all while maintaining their general consensus on the desire for sustainable living. After visiting the famous “Por que no?” taco shop in Northeast Portland proper, my buddies and I decided to take a seat at Amnesia, a German style biergarten serving local microbrews. I noticed Bishop’s Barbershop sitting across the street and left my friends behind to get a quick clip.

I walked into the shop and they sat me immediately and handed me a cracked beer. Although unexpected, I took it in stride, as apparently it’s standard issue at Bishop’s throughout Portland. I figured that I might as well strive to fit into the local culture and when asked how I’d like my hair cut, I simply pulled up an image of the musician Macklemore on my phone. My stylist indicated that the high fade dew has been so popularized that now it’s too mainstream to be considered hipster, but I decided to go for it anyway. The cut came out awesome and I can only laud the experience at Bishop’s, but this is only one of many of the charming local businesses that contribute to Portland’s unique vibe. Portland is decidedly different – there is literally a wall in downtown that features a mural reading “Keep Portland Weird” – and definitely worth a gander at the least.

bishop's barbershop
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bishop's barbershop
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Louis Alcorn

As a San Diego native, Louis lives by his ultimate travel tip: take a minute in each place you visit to collect your thoughts and write them down. They tend to be invaluable when you look back in the future.

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