Davis, CA: This is a shop on the corner of 3rd and G Streets, a corner under threat from the winds of change. The building is scheduled to be demolished, forcing the businesses inside to relocate, including my own barbers, Razor’s Edge, just down the block. It was to be replaced with something more modern, taller. So, I took my sketchbook down one lunchtime and recorded the building for posterity. And then… that very evening there was a meeting in the city chambers to discuss this building’s fate, and the building has been saved! Well, not saved, but it has received a stay of execution. Many of the barber's customers came to speak up for a him, I don't know if anyone threatened to grow their hair in protest but it would have been funny. Demolition is probably still coming, but it has for now been paused (Davis Enterprise article). Now I have often sketched buildings that subsequently I have learnt were closed or demolished, leading me to think I am in some way cursed (it's happened too often for me not to be a little superstitious), but in this case, maybe the opposite is true? I don’t know about that, but I specifically didn't sketch the barber shop because of the 'curse'; I want that place to stay! He's been cutting my hair for years. So instead, I sketched the shop on the corner, which is called "Tibet Nepal", and sells odds and ends to do with Tibet and Nepal... and it’s not going anywhere just yet.
by Pete Scully