Anthony Mascolo has spent a lifetime inspiring others, sharing his skills as a hairdresser and behind the camera, not to mention appearing in hairdressing shows around the globe, creating collections, videos and writing books. But what inspires him?
Starting this month, on a regular basis, we’ll be talking to Anthony Mascolo about what he has seen or experienced that has inspired him in the previous few weeks.
First up, Anthony and his wife Pat were in the beautiful city of Madrid (inspiring in itself) for the 2020 International Hairdressing Awards®. The Awards were founded by renowned Spanish hairdresser Mikel Luzea with the aim of giving hairdressing the prestige it deserves and showcasing the business in its rightful place. One where talent, art and creativity are recognised and valued, created by a hairdresser for hairdressers.
Divided into seven categories the Awards have a truly international entry, with the best hairdressers from across the globe entering the categories. During this year’s event, Trevor Sorbie was presented with the International Hairdressing Legend Award.
“Early in my career, Trevor worked with my brothers and me, and I have always had a huge respect for his expertise. He has certainly been a true inspiration to me over the years. It was great for him to receive this award” said Anthony. “The International Hairdressing Awards are a unique and exciting event; Pat and I had an amazing weekend and I came back feeling very inspired.”
Whilst in Madrid Anthony and Pat also had the opportunity to catch up with hairdressing icon Robert Lobetta (who was on the judging panel) and his wife Kay, who are very close friends of the couple.
“It’s always fantastic to catch up with Robert. He’s an incredible hairdresser, but he’s also a creative genius. He just doesn’t see the world like other people do! Robert has continually inspired me since I was in my early 20s. We love hanging out with Robert and Kay; the four of us always get creative. You can’t get more inspiring than that!”
It’s not always hair that inspires Anthony. He’s a bit of a ‘foodie’ especially if it’s Italian or Japanese. A couple of weeks ago it was Anthony and Pat’s son, Josh’s birthday so they took him to Araki London. This is a unique dining experience. Only 10 seats are available per sitting with one set menu based on raw and cooked fish and shellfish. The aim of the restaurant is to provide the most intimate and luxurious dining experience, with the utmost pride and care placed on preparation.
“I love the whole concept of Araki” says Anthony. “The doors are locked 30 minutes before service starts for the tasting menu. Mitsuhiro Araki is an ‘oyakata’ (a sushi master) but this isn’t like any sushi you will have tasted before! The whole experience is incredible. There’s a lot to be learnt from the way you are served.
I am not sure ‘inspiring’ is a strong enough word to describe the experience. It was amazing!”