An artist in every aspect of his lifestyle which is represented expressively to the community through hair.
Defying rules and constantly questioning commonly accepted standards has been a huge part of creating the personality behind the chair. You will find tastes of this in every detail of what is offered here as a collective package whether you're interested in learning about cutting hair, artistic styling, meticulous service quality, importance of creating a work/life balance you love, or even experiencing first hand a high end grooming service tailored specifically to you and your lifestyle with consideration of your own personal preferences and styling habits.
JAKE PUTAN began cutting his own hair in 2009 designing "tracks" (hair art) where he adopted the notoriety as "Tracked Barber" - with not a clue as to what would result, this hobby turned into an apprenticeship some 3 years later, then another 3 years went by before jumping entirely into the unknown, moving away from home (Taree, NSW) to the other side of the country to a barbershop in the desert (Karratha, WA). Returning home later in 2015 he began running his own self employed business, plus teaching at TAFE and also simultaneously working full-time for a barbershop in Newcastle. Making the move to Sydney in 2017 was yet another dive into the deep end, starting from scratch with no clientele and no reputation not to mention having a whole city to compete with.
2 years later, stepping away from two very exciting positions - a stable job at a high end salon and an education contract with a leading clipper brand (WAHL) - to focus on what his true passions were. Jake mentions "Outside of our jobs that require the entirety of our focus, being constantly fatigued and questioning our purpose, the things that really matter are often pushed aside and forgotten about. It's important we take the time to listen to these desires that truly fulfil us, rather than someone else's pockets..
After spending a few months travelling to connect with other barbers, experiencing culture and everyday life from entirely new perspectives, jumping into so many discomfort zones, I have learnt some of the most powerful lessons. I believe the best teachings come from experience, and I'm glad I've had so many, I'm thankful for every single one - The good and the bad.. In hindsight, I don't even think they were bad, in fact they were greater than the good. Those were the ones that pushed me to do something so outrageous that I became myself."
Jake says although it is easy to base someone's value on their achievements and the things they've done, he believes it is more important to note the things a person says NO to, and this speaks much higher volumes about their character than any amount of trophies can describe. In saying that, some of his defining moments come from saying YES to the things that have scared him most, one of those in particular would be walking onto Main Stage at HairExpo 2019 for an hour entirely unscripted.. (for someone who more than often was quietly fighting and overcoming major anxiety before classes let alone stage sessions).
Some highlights include cutting backstage at concerts for artists such as RUFUS Du Sol, AMINE, featuring in magazines such as HairBiz, InStyle, GQ and more, working on various movies and TV shows including Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, Pacific Rim 2, educating for WAHL Australia, merging a men's barbering experience into a dominating high end women's salon (Edwards & Co), cutting hair at FACEBOOK HQ, being requested to cut multiple international sports stars, DJs, social media entertainers, actors and celebs such as Baz Luhrmann, Hugh Sheridan, Jessica Veronica, Rob Thomas, Aldis Hodge, Jackson O'Doherty, Isaac Butterfield, RUFUS Du Sol, WhatSoNot, YolandaBeCool, Amine, Melo Ball, Mitch Starc, James Mathieson, Andrew Nabbout, Dane Gagai, Valentine Holmes, Cameron Munster, Matt Gillet, Darius Boyd, Matty Johns and many more!
"I can't wait to share all the things I've learnt, with those in and around our community to help raise the standard and challenge the status quo."
"My greatest dream is to teach more men to love..
To love and accept themselves..
To love and see others..
To love and see our women in all their divine beauty.
Through learning to connect, listen and trust,
being vulnerable and compassionate,
I believe healing is truly possible!"
- Jake Putan
"During a moment of self reflection, I thought to myself - who were the best barbers in Australia, and why? - was it their talent?.. their reputation?.. how many haircuts they could do in a day?.. or what they were contributing to the industry? It was in that moment I began to wonder what I was actually doing myself apart from just cutting hair in a shop.. What was I using my platform and influence to actually contribute to not only my clients or other barbers, but to the community and the world in general?
This brought up many questions for quite some time. Fittingly, I was called to take part in a wellness retreat, diving into self exploration and the initial discomfort of addressing suppressed emotion.
What I processed was a bunch of experiences within past and present relationships, allowing healing through forgiveness of myself and others by creating perspective and understanding.
It occurred to me in this moment that as a barber I could share this experience with my clients in hope that they could learn this power of love, while I hold space for them just as they do for me. I felt a huge passion ignite to put this vision out into the world, not just for me and my clients, but for as many people as I can reach. I dream to see men learning to love. My own experience has shown me in the past multiple clients opening up but mentioning they don't have anyone else in their lives that they feel they can speak to. No space to be heard. No connection. No love.
Poor mental health is such a contributing factor to the quality (or lack of) in almost EVERYBODY'S lives.. Why are we afraid to communicate? Why do we often run from having those conversations?.. I believe much of this has everything to do with not feeling safe within our friendships/relationships, because we're afraid of being seen, and afraid to see others.
I realised quite quickly how important this issue was and how much we need to work together to allow people to feel okay about speaking out, listening to and loving others, as well as ourselves. It's about swallowing our pride, acknowledging our faults, our fears, our emotions, and sharing the knowledge that it is okay to admit our weaknesses. Understanding that we become far stronger by doing so.
A friend of mine told me once that shame only exists in silence, so when it is spoken on, it no longer exists as shame, and so begins the healing process. This becomes our duty to offer our friends/family/clients a safe space in our lives (and our chairs as hairstylists) to acknowledge their emotions so they're no longer hidden. Because through acknowledgement comes transformation.
Let's stop ignoring this issue, let's have these conversations and encourage vulnerability with each other, let's raise the standard of the community together, by carrying ourselves in a way that respects, loves and shows up for those around us. Let's be aware of the effect of our actions and how that message speaks to others. For the barbers and stylists, let's ensure to always offer a service of high value that is more than just a haircut, it's a safe place to talk and be heard!
We can each only do what we can, one moment at a time, but together we can make a change and be a light for those around us by connecting, collaborating and sharing with one another.
If you can relate to this and would like to get in touch, I'd love to chat further through the 'connect' button below.
We need everyone to make this move,
as the saying goes - it takes a village!"
Throughout my entire life I have always had a burning desire for answers, to understand things on the deepest level. So it’s natural for me to share these learnings with those around me.
In my own experience I have been able to reflect on many scenarios to understand so much more about the world, people and myself. I have been fortunate to hear many people’s stories and provide them with insight and reflection which has given them a sense of connection and allowed them to have felt understood. This has developed to now offering intuitive guidance, providing support, structure and direction, helping people create peace within their minds and love within their hearts.
In a time when we’re so overwhelmed and overloaded with excessive information, constant notifications, work, stress, fatigue and not enough free time, I would love to chat to you about providing ways to let go of all of this, creating true happiness as a way of living, and finding success in the simplicity.
It is demonstrated that we must become rich in having money, build safety and comfort in a house, and find love within another.. but what if we could first become rich in our hearts, build safety and comfort in our minds, and find love within ourselves.. what is it then that we would ever need?