Mario Ybarra Jr and the art of the barbershop



In amongst the galleries at Tate Modern you might come across a barbershop, complete with barber’s chairs, checkerboard floor and striped red and white pole at the entrance. This is Sweeney Tate (2007), an art installation named in homage to the legendary demon barber, and modelled on a real barbershop in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. We filmed artist Mario Ybarra Jr as he launched a one-day barber’s competition at Sweeney Tate.