SAN BERNARDINO, CA- We are half way through the Living a Life of Purpose: Art & Rhythm series, and as we continue we will dip back into the art segment, and will be showcasing someone who is a big inspiration to other youth and young adults his age. When it comes to getting youth back on the right track, sometimes they have to see their peers or someone close to their age who is doing good for themselves.
As stated in part four of the series, art comes in a variety of elements. Not only is art seen on a canvas or on a person's body, but art can also be seen in one's hairstyle or haircut. Art is also a form of keeping one busy and out of trouble, it keeps the mind pre-occupied so that it is not distracted by what may be going on within the community that is not beneficial. This individual that I'm about to introduce is a young barber out of Southern California that is striving to make a difference in his community.
Aaron Pitts, 24, is a barber based out of Rialto, California. He currently works out of Alfred Parker's shop, Artistically Yours Barbershop in San Bernardino. Pitts started cutting hair at the age of 16 and since then it has kept him out of trouble. With the negative things that are happening within and around Rialto, cutting hair saved Pitts. He cut hair throughout college, and after his last job he decided to attend barber school.
"I love cutting hair and putting smiles on people's faces like there's no better feeling than getting a fresh cut and walking out of the barbershop to go on a date, to school, or anywhere," Pitts said. "I love to be the one to give people that feeling."
What do you have to say to the youth who are out there using their artistic talents in negative ways (i.e. graffiti)?
What I have to say to the youth doing graffiti is to stop because number one, people work hard to build whatever it is that you are destroying, and two there are other ways to show your artistic and creative talents outside of tagging on things. You can go to an art school, you can become a tattoo artist...there's just a lot of doors that can be opened if you just apply yourself, and go to school.
So outside of work, what are your hobbies?
I cut hair in my spare time. I'm also a big football fan, so I play flag football and intramural basketball. I engage in a lot of sports and activities. And I'm a domino player (smiles).
What are you passionate about in life?
My passion would be to see people grow, and to see change in the inner-city, urban communities. I want to change the idea of sports and music being the only way to make it out of your area. I don't like to see people down or sad, so if I can brighten up your day any kind of way, that is what makes me passionate.
So do you plan on opening up your own business?
Yes! I do, but it may take awhile because San Bernardino isn't flourishing. I'd have to move away if I try to open up my own business.
What kind of business would you open?
A barbershop! Maybe a youth center, to give the youth something to do. Something in the recreational/tutoring area, possibly. But we'll see.