If there were ever a place to trust a twitchy man with a straight razor, it would be at the workstation of Tomcats Barbershop savant David Arce.
Arce has Tourette’s Syndrome, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming one of the most skilled and respected barbers in Brooklyn.
In this mini documentary by Michael Byhoff, Jon Sarlin, and Jason Basso — who all work together at HLN, CNN’s sister network — Arce touches on everything ranging from being perceived as a drug addict to having a cult following, though he doesn’t like the word “cult.”
At 27, Arce has already refined his arsenal of techniques (and then some). In the trailer for “I AM D Razorz,” yet another profile on Arce, he is credited for being one of the primary trendsetters for the undercut. You know, the “Brooklyn hipster look” (but maybe don’t call it that).
In case you’re wondering, Tomcats owner Renee McCarty says there have been accidents before in the shop — “just not with David.”
“It’s not like a terminal illness, you know what I’m saying?” says Arce. “It’s just, you know — forever dancing.”