- Episode 9 - MIKA
Let's hear what he had to offer:
RAG: Thanks for having a quick chat today Mika. So you have been with Rocket for a while now...
MIKA: Yeah I started in Rocket four years ago. On and off because, er, I've been on some other adventures. But they've always been very kind to take me back all the time.
R: But you have been more on than off?
M: Yeah more on than off and I'll be now staying on for a while...
R: So the customers will hear your interesting accent. What is your background? Where are you from originally?
M: Well I grew up in France as my Mum is French. And my Dad is from Newcastle which gives me a little Geordie mixed with posh south of France I guess.
R: So you've been on a few escapades but now you seem settled in London...
M: Yes I love London. I live on Brick Lane...
R: Good good. Why do choose to live on Brick Lane then out of everywhere?
M: Oh man. Listen I have lived in a lot of places in London and there are a lot of tw@ts. But the tw@ts that live in East London are actually pretty funny so it's entertaining.
R: We think we know what you mean. So have you been a barber the whole time you have been in London?
M: Yeah I started when I came here in 2008. But I only became, how to say, a superstar barber when I started here at Rocket.
R: Kind words..
M: Yeah I worked at some other cheap barbershops but Rocket showed me the proper way to do it.
R: Cool. I will put you on the spot now. So what is the proper way of barbering according to Micky Steel?
M: The proper way is to treat the gentleman like he is having the fucking haircut of his life.
R: Not just for the special customers?
M: No. Every time. All the time. Make all of them feel special. And can I just add an extra little comment?
R: Sure. Go ahead...
M: Sometimes I may have like a cross bitch face and I may come across to some customers as being a bit bitchy sometimes. I'm having a great time. Honestly. I'm just concentrating. I'm not a bitch. If I seem rude sometimes, I still love you.
R: I'm sure the customers won't mind too much if you scowl now and again if they get the haircut of a lifetime. Any more comments you'd like to share with the crowd? About what you get up to away from the shop maybe?
M: I can't say all of that. I can't tell you say 20% of things I do in London. Let's say I move around a lot and meet a lot of new people.
M: Oh no. There's something I'd like to point out too. I'd like to point out I was the first queer working for Rocket Barbershop alright. I came here first. No discussion. The queer who became the Queen of Hackney Road.
R: Heard loud and clear. Say no more.
You can find him and follow his adventures on Instagram: @micky_steel
Until the next episode,