Discontent with his career as a baker and his original plans to go to law school after college, Erik decided it was time to make a drastic change and he entered the beauty industry at 25, never looking back. Working in multiple art forms throughout his life, from drawing to pottery to music to stand-up comedy, Erik discovered his calling was hair and fashion; allowing him to combine his love of art and personal aesthetics, all while getting to share his passion with his guests. Erik enjoys custom cutting, coloring, styling and dreadlock artistry on women, men and everyone in between, and he specializes in transgender, androgynous, and gender-versatile hair as well as natural texture. He loves working runway, photoshoots and editorial work, and is inspired by the newest trends in everything from old-school barbering and classic glamour styling to textured bobs, flirty pixies, lived-in beachy waves, avant garde fashion looks and edgy punk and goth styles. The ever-changing nature of hair and fashion means that nothing is off-limits or “out of style” and of course NOTHING is impossible. Passionate about education and growth, Erik is always looking for more classes and opportunities to continue learning and teaching in this constantly evolving industry. He loves getting to know his guests and working with them to find that perfect custom style and to have fun doing it. He’s a firm believer that creativity hinges on diversity, and he celebrates and draws inspiration from the different cultures, backgrounds, stories, lifestyles, and interests that make us who we are. When he’s not bouncing between Seattle and Fort Collins behind the chair, Erik is usually doing hair somewhere else – be it a photoshoot or a runway show – or he’s sewing, modeling, doing makeup, designing clothes and wigs, cooking, playing guitar, hanging out with his girlfriend and his kids or going out to eat in the amazing Seattle restaurant scene. He’s a huge fan of live music, comedy, burlesque, drag, and any and every art form, and he loves to collaborate with other artists whenever he can squeeze in another project.