Tribute to Steve Jobs that’s a cut above

Johan Ruiz/Facebook

After days of tributes to Steve Jobs, I thought I’d seen ’em all. In fact, at first glance, I was ready to chalk this one off as someone who had the late, great Apple co-founder so much on the brain, he pasted the guy’s picture onto his head.

And then I took a closer look and realized that’s not a picture. OK, maybe a tattoo.

Nope. According to the stories about it, from people who say they saw it in the flesh, it’s incredibly just a haircut.

So I did something I hadn’t done in decades — called Warminster, PA, for information.

I started out a million years ago as a cub reporter — or in my case, since I’m partial to dogs, a pup reporter — covering all things Warminster for a little daily newspaper outside Philadelphia.

I wasn’t much older than the young hair artist who created this recent masterpiece: Johan Ruiz, who, it turns out, is in Warminster.

I just had to know: How’d he do that?

With every hair sculpting tool known to man and woman; and a lot of know-how.

Johan, who’s 20, told me he’s been practicing his art since he was 13. The scalp belongs to his brother, who was more than happy to advertise Johan’s intense admiration for Jobs.

The glasses, the apple, and all of the other details that look so 3-D, are the melding of shading and hair textures. Nothing more, he insists.

No Photoshop? No cheating with even a pen or pencil sketch on the scalp to guide the cut? Nope.

The signature, by the way, is obviously not part of the sculpture; Johan did tell me it’s a watermark he deliberately added later.

For more of his work, click here, and place your order for whomever is the apple of your eye.

I would, but I don’t think my head’s big enough to hold both Ben and Jerry…

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4 Responses to Tribute to Steve Jobs that’s a cut above

  1. Valerie Brooks says:

    That is really wild, Laura! The only thing is, in the picture, you can see the artist’s signature across the head. How did that happen if it’s a haircut?


  2. The artist tells me it’s a watermark that he added later. It’s not in the original NYC pic.

  3. hair jobs says:

    Thank you so much for posting about “Tribute to Steve Jobs that’s a cut above”………i never seen same this picture in future……..

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