5Qs with Global Matrix Artist Marcus Shamin

The day before he was to hop on stage and teach his Matrix Destination 2016 Men’s Street Style class to over 2,500 salon professionals, Marcus Shamin carved out a portion of his afternoon for our 5Q interview. This is the first time we got to meet him in person. To say he was a charming and insightful delight would be an understatement.

Who: Marcus Shamin

What: Matrix Global Artist

Where: Manchester, United Kingdom

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Marcus Shamin

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Our site/publication is called Industrie and we spell it with an “ie” on purpose – it’s the French way of spelling Industry and was once defined to us as an artisan who works with their hands to create things of beauty and substance. So tell us, how do you define beauty and substance?

How do I define beauty and substance? Wow, that’s a really, really good question. Let’s see, beauty can be several different things. It can be aesthetic and it can also be inner, and substance can be both as well.

What other creative outlets besides hairdressing do you explore/practice?

I don’t really explore or practice anything outside hairdressing or this industry, but I am really into fashion and that’s where I get a lot of inspiration. A lot of the looks I create are very editorial. One of my favorite designers is Martin Margiela. I love his symmetry and the geometric shapes for menswear.

What’s your personal motto/favorite quote?

My personal motto is “never give up,” and my favorite quote is actually from the movie Scarface when Al Pacino’s character says, “Don’t get high on your own supply,” which I think is great. It’s all about keeping it real.

When have you felt the most vulnerable in your career?

When you’re getting up on stage and standing in front of a crowd, that’s vulnerability. We always fear the imposter theory and that somebody is going to stand up and say, “That person is an imposter!” It’s our inner fears and our inner voice that make us doubt ourselves. Self-doubt is probably our biggest enemy.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

To keep it real.


What’s one thing most people would never know about you just from looking at you?

My knowledge of wine.

What’s your favorite part of every day?

Seeing my wife and children.

What is your theme song in life?

I just think it is a brilliant song and I’ll have it played at my funeral. It’s called “Fool on the Hill” by Lennon–McCartney.

If you weren’t a hairdresser, what would you be?

I would be in the fashion industry.

Name the top three things that make you happy.

That would be my family (including my parents), my industry and my business partner (we’ve been together for 30 years).

Are you a side, back or stomach sleeper?

I’m a side sleeper.

Do you like a hard pillow or a soft pillow?

Definitely a soft pillow.

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

An espresso from Starbucks. That’s normally how I start my day.

If you were a superhero, what would your special power be?

It’s a cliché—invisibility.

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