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Direct Quote: Not Fade Away

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Jen Reel was an Observer intern before joining the staff in July 2010, first as Web Editor, and most recently as Multimedia Editor. She received a Masters in Journalism with a concentration in Photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was co-chair for the student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the Peruvian-American Medical Society and has been published in Utne Reader magazine, the Village Voice and Pitchfork Music.

“Usually people say something like, ‘Hey, I’m going to the Drake concert and I’d love to have a Drake portrait on my head, what can you do?’ I take my iPad out and we look for an image and then I transfer it to their head. It lasts between five and seven days before the hair starts growing out, but it’s real distinctive still. I use hair dye to help. If you’re going to pay $75 for a haircut you want it to last."

Joe Barajas is a 33-year-old co-owner of Kardzmatic Barbershop in San Antonio. He is also The Texas Observer's Direct Quote for our January issue.