FEATURED BARBER - AARON LIDGETT
Our first ever collaboration is with Mansion Park Barber Shop and we wanted to support our day one homie who helped make this collab happen! Aaron has always been apart of BOX 125 and the lifestyle we represent. Aaron is also a barber at Mansion Park Barber Shop, so we asked him a few questions about cutting hair.
+ Tell a little bit about yourself.
My name is Aaron Lidgett, I’m originally from Morrisdale, PA, currently residing in Altoona, PA where I live with my wife Becca and our 2 dogs, Mia and Harper, Netflix is my #1 hobby, i follow just about every sport, anything related to horror I’m here for it and I make a living by cutting hair.
+ How did you get into cutting hair?
After high school I went to college without knowing really what I wanted to do. I studied and played baseball for 4 years, graduated and still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. So I started working as a janitor at a hospital to pay the bills. I don’t really know where the idea of cutting hair came from but my wife asked me one day what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and cutting hair just came to me. So then I looked into it and it just fit my style, my personality.
+ How did you become a barber? Are you licensed?
So to become a barber, you have to do so many hours of barber school and take 2 tests. I worked full time during the day, doing my custodial job in State College then I’d hop in the car, drive to Huntington where I attended barber school, and then drive back home to State College, PA. I did that 3-4 times a week for 18 months. And I had my job lined up at Mansion Park once I finished. So I got my hours in, took my state certified written and practical tests and got my license. I have been cutting hair ever since.
+ Would you say being a barber is your true passion? Why?
100%. The diversity, the atmosphere, the style, everything about it fits my personality. I feel like a barbershop is a perfect fit for me. To me, each head is a blank canvas and the haircut I give is my art. I love being able to express myself through my haircuts as well as make a person feel good about themselves in the process.
+ What would you say to your 16 year old self?
I would tell my 16 year old self to think about what you want to do and not what you think you should do or what someone else wants you to do. Don’t let someone push you to do something you don’t want to do.
+ In 5-10 years, where do you see yourself within the barber industry?
The goal is to open my own successful barbershop and have a couple barbers working for me. I have a good/steady clientele but people still travel to come get cut at my shop. I don’t believe in the whole celebrity barber thing but it would be nice to have my name known around the country.
+ Lastly, what is the BOX 125 to you?
I grew up at the 125, it’s where I drank my first beer, it’s a place that will always be a part of me and the BOX 125 members will always be family. I enjoy seeing a couple of our OG members take what we had as kids and turn it into what it’s become. I’m excited to see where the brand goes.
+ What message would you like to send to the world?
Be different. Don’t be scared to be yourself. Be kind but don’t be afraid to say "fuck off" when necessary. Stick up for those who are down. Live the life you want to live.
-- this message sent & delivered by BOX 125FOLLOW AARON ON Instagram TO CHECK OUT SOME OF HIS WORK @LittleLidgett