“If you sit in my chair and I accept you as my client, I have to give you my best possible work because that’s my face.”
People often talk about “falling into” careers, going down a path forged for them, not by them. In some ways, that’s Taylor Perry’s story—unknowingly working toward something that would slowly reveal itself to be not just a profession, but also a life’s passion.
Taylor’s career began when he was 15...
an intrepid young man who, strapped for cash, taught himself to cut hair. He practiced on his friends, diligently honing his skills until one day, someone took notice and hired him sight unseen to work in his barbershop.
By the next year, Perry was enrolled in cosmetology school, simultaneously working toward a license and servicing clients.
It was around this time that Perry also picked up tattooing, buying equipment and teaching himself how to draw, mix colors and shade designs like the artists he’d admired.
Tattooing only lasted a couple of years, finding himself distracted from his true ambition—cutting hair—Perry committed to being a barber full time. He spent years working at South Florida’s most well-known and highest-rated shops while he gained a following and grew his clientele across South Florida. It was a steady climb propelled by an unwavering work ethic and a very important lesson instilled in him early by one of his peers. “If I accept the task, I have to do it to the best of my abilities,” Perry recalls. “If you sit in my chair and I accept you as my client, I have to give you my best possible work because that’s my face.”
The move to SMP...
Taylor began training people in the art of SMP, teaching everyone from barbers to tattoo artists to regular people eager to learn everything they need to know in order to become an expert in the field.
He’s mentored people from across the U.S. in the fundamentals, from the highly important task of mixing colors (Sadly, I fix botched work on a weekly basis, he says) to the time-earned skill of blending blotched spots and color-correcting.