Julien Howard’s barbershop is wherever you need it to be.
A recent summer afternoon found him in lower Manhattan at the corner of Lafayette and Howard streets trimming one customer’s hair from the seat of a parked Citi Bike.
He used the bike basket next to him as a makeshift counter.
For more than a decade, Howard has been cutting and coiffing the hair of some of the city’s most fashionable residents, but you won’t usually find him at a salon.
Howard, known as the Vélo Barber, brings his craft to his customers, biking whenever and almost wherever they need him.
“Life is short,” said Howard. “Do what you love and you never work a day in your life.”
His work takes him to some exotic locations.
“I was once in a dental lab where they do all the teeth stuff, but I was cutting someone’s hair,” Howard said. “Tomorrow I have a client at a funeral home, so I might cut hair next to dead people.
“I’ve cut in Tokyo in the middle of the street.” he said. “I’ve cut hair in Monaco looking over the pier, right there looking at the sunset.”
The 27-year-old Bronx native started cutting hair when he was just 14. He has since styled NBA star Kevin Durant, singer Josh Groban and actor David Oyelowo, to name a few.
Howard’s cuts now cost $ 100, with beard trims $ 50 in normal hours.
“Money is great, but the experience and relationships you build is what really matters,” he said.