Feroze Mcleod, tattooist and owner of one of the best barber shops and tattoo studios in Singapore, talks to us about work, ink and creating an alternative community to call home.
Tell us more about you.
I was born in Singapore, and spent most of my childhood here. When I was 14, I moved to New Zealand to continue school till I was 18, then I moved back here. My father is from New Zealand so it was a natural choice for me to finish college there.
How did the barber shop start out?
Hounds of the Baskervilles was mostly born out the frustration of not being able to go to a barber shop with good quality haircuts and hot towel shaves. I’ve always been the type of person that does something about it rather than just sit back and complain.
That’s commendable. You have good taste in ink too, and you’re widely known amongst the tattooed community for your works. How do other people react to you and your tattoos on the street?
I have grown numb to this now. I think that if you choose to be heavily tattooed and be alternative, you have to accept the stigma that comes with it.
True that. How do you handle negative reactions?
I can’t stand people who complain about being stared at because it’s normal for people to react that way. You have to take the opportunity to prove them wrong and show them that we are not all thugs and low-lifes. And even if you are, you’re still a decent person.
Well said. Lets talk about work – what is the best part of your job?
Growing up, I always hated Singapore. But I knew that I had to open Hounds of the Baskervilles here because it would be the first of its kind here. So I built a little community. Vintage lovers, tattoos, barbering, good coffee, and people around the area who are very like-minded – so the best part of my job is being surrounded by the things I love most in life. And I’ve grown to love being here because of that.
Really humbling =)
Hounds of the Baskervilles is an alternative barber shop and tattoo studio in Singapore’s arab quarter. In addition to gentlemen cuts and stylish shaves ($15-35), the boys at the ville serve ink as swell as a good cuppa. If you have a question for Feroze or would like us to hook your groom entourage up, talk to us below!