Barber, Educator, Host and MC of Major League Barber
Joe Flano is a licensed barber, educator for Major League Barber, Inc., host and MC of beauty and barber competitions and tradeshows across the country such as Americas Beauty Show, International Beauty Show, ISSE Long Beach, Bronner Bros ATL, San Juan Beauty Show, Premiere Birmingham, and Premiere Orlando.
Joe has been involved in the hair and beauty industry since the age of 16. Inspired by his Great Aunt Matilda (Aunt Tillie) Walker, the first barber in the family, Joe grew up with fond memories of her cutting hair at her shop on the south side of Chicago.
“I wanted to become a barber since my young kid days. I always thought of it as a ‘cool job’ and as a barber I could make lots of money. The person that inspired me to cut (hair) was my lovely great Aunt Matilda ‘Aunt Tillie’ Walker. She used to tell me stories and give advice when she had her shop on south side of Chicago. She was the first barber in the family, then I came second. She passed away to the ‘Big Barber Shop in the Sky’ in October of 2012 but I will continue to live the dream she had for me and she will always be in my heart and everything I do to succeed in barbering.”
As a former Team Barber for the Marquette University college basketball team, Joe’s client list is anything from average. During his career, Joe has cut the hair of Maurice Acker, Jerel Mcneal, Chicago Bulls Forward Jimmy Butler, Dallas Mavericks Guard Wesley Matthews, Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams and Jeremy Pargo. And his musical clientele is just as impressive with Rockie Fresh of MMG Record Label, Rotimi of FrontRoSeat, the hit Starz Series “BOSS” also featured in Keyshia Cole’s music video “Trust and Believe” and lastly, former WGCI’S Radio DJ and host, DJ A-OH and WGCI’s current Radio DJ, DJ Milehigh.
“If you want to become successful in this industry all I can say is get out more, meet new people, and build relationships with people. You never know who you’ll come across in the everyday world. You keep that up and one day you’ll get the opportunity to take the opportunity.”