We’re very happy to announce that DUEL DRINKWARE will be creating some cool items for Rev. Billy’s Chop Shop in Chicago. If you haven’t gotten your hair cut at the Chop Shop, then you’ve never gotten your haircut! Billy and the entire crew is phenomenal, and we love this opportunity to build something for them.
You can find the Rev. Billy’s Chop Shop Collection at our primary site www.dueldrinkware.com.
We caught up with Billy to ask him a few questions…
When and how did you start cutting hair?
BS: In 1991, I was writing music and recording for an artist that was on RCA records, finishing the 2nd record, the label was releasing us from a contract breach they said. What seemed so cool was ending. I had no idea what to do or where to go. My sister was working for a huge company as a platform cosmetologist/artist and suggested I step away from music and attempt hair. I didn’t understand…I mean hair, really? But my sister had a good point, there were so many parallels between hair and music. I graduated from cosmetology school in 1991 and started doing hair at Planet Hair in Wichita, KS.
When did you do your first haircut & How did it go?
BS: I don’t really remember, probably giving friends Paul or David a Mohawks in 1986/7. They were passable. It was a Mohawk, punk rock, and fucked up.
If you were given a chance to give a haircut to anyone who would it be?BS: Einstein. Man, that cats hair was RAD!!
What do you like better Beer or Whiskey or something else?
BS: Lately it has been Mezcal. My friends Bingo and David own Rancho De La Luna Mezcal. The Idea of your friends making something is so cool. Amanda and I have also been digging “Fat Pug” from Maplewood here in Chicago. Our client and friend Adam, co-founder of Maplewood is always bringing along some new things to taste when he visits for haircuts.
What’s your favorite brand?
BS: Straight to Hell Apparel. Converse. Fred Perry. Fender. Marshall.
What’s your favorite brand of alcohol?
BS: Probably Rancho De La Luna Mezcal and St. George Absinthe.
What’s your favorite bar in Chicago?
BS: Liars Club or Delilah’s. Both are and have always been great!
What do you look for in a bartender?
BS: That’s a slippery slope, we know too many people who currently or used to bartend, including ourselves. Creativity. And a real interest in what they’re serving and who they’re serving it to. That’s where the fun and artistry begins.
What’s one thing about Chicago that you would like to keep secret and vice versa, what’s one thing about Chicago you’d like the world to know?
BS: If I tell you the secret it won’t be a secret anymore, so I’ll keep that secret. What I want the world to know about is our diversity and how each different neighborhood, as unique as it may be, is still somehow tied together by what we all have in common, no matter what. That is Chicago.
Where’s the Chop Shop and how can anyone find you?
BS: You can find Rev. Billy’s Chop Shop in the North Center Neighborhood of Chicago. Lincoln & Montrose. BrownLine – Western or Montrose &/or Montrose bus.
REV. BILLY’S CHOP SHOP
4314 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60618
Website (Book Online): revbillyschopshop.com
Instagram: @revbillyschopshop & @revbillys_artgallery