Barack Obama is taking his barber of 14 years with him to The White House!
Zariff tells Us Weekly: “I said, ‘I’m going with you’ [if you win],” Zariff told Obama, according to CBS 2. His reply? “Absolutely. I’m not changing barbers, man.”
Mr. Obama has even mentioned his barber in an interview that aired on "60 Minutes".
Obama: “Well, that’s something that I don’t think I’ll ever get used to. I mean, the loss of anonymity and this is not a complaint, this is part of what you sign up for. Being able to just wander around the neighborhood. I can’t go to my old barber shop now. I’ve gotta have my barber come to some undisclosed location to cut my hair. You know, the small routines of life that keep you connected I think - some of those are being lost.”
This is something that I can directly relate to because I've been Kanye's barber for 13 years now. I remember when Kanye first moved to New Jersey and he would be gone for a few months at a time, and come back with a huge afro smashed underneath his hat. I said "Man, you don't get your hair cut while you're out there?" His reply? "No, I wait until I come back here to see you." He would try to convince me to move to New York so he could get his usual cuts, but I had a very large clientele that was based in Chicago. He promised me that when he got his deal, he would hire me full-time.... He kept his promise.
March 23rd, 2003 I was gone...
This is one of my old clients from Chicago, Johnny. He's Mrs. Michelle Obama's hairstylist. I was surprised when I ran into him @ The Democratic National Convention and found out that he was the person keeping The First Lady's hair so fresh. Johnny is actually the person who schooled me on how this business works on the level that we're on. He told me about getting an agent, setting my day rate, editorial fees etc... Thanks homie!
I just want to say GOOD LUCK to Zariff and Johnny, and get ready for the ride of your life!