UPDATE 5.19.14: Out of 1100 entries to the American Crew All-Star Challenge, a men’s styling and photo shoot competition, only 14 stylists were chosen to compete for the global title. They came to Lisbon, Portugal for two days of photo shoots with American Crew founder and photographer, David Raccuglia to realize their vision. Jerome Kantner of Germany was crowned the All-Star Global Champion on April 28, 2014.
The final photo that was created in Lisbon is the first displayed here while the second photo was the winning country entry and the image that secured the stylists a place in the global challenge. Brief interviews were conducted at the photo studio.
Meet Ireland's Country Winner and competitor, Paul Mac:
It was a hair-raising moment when Paul Mac’s razor stopped working and the clock was ticking. He needed to charge it in but didn’t have the proper adaptor to plug it into the wall jack.
Speaking to Mac after his shoot was wrapped, Mac said, “This had never, ever happened. I had been charging my razor all night but it just stopped working. I guess it’s a better story to tell with that little bit of drama. “ He did get what he needed to plug back in and set to work.
Mac, the only barber on the Irish Hairdressing Team, was down the line for model selection. “I was fifth but he would have been my first choice. When we walked in and I saw him, my face lit up but I thought, sh*it, what are my chances of getting him?” Very good, as it turned out.
“I came here wanting to do something very similar to my entry . The model, who was an absolute gent, by the way, had more of an Irish look to him so it worked well. Typically Irish men aren’t known for being that good looking.”
His technique, however, created an extremely good-looking finish, something he has been doing a lot of lately. He entered his first competition six months prior and has won three out of three, as well as being recognized by MEN’S HEALTH editor Sandra Nygaard with the Men’s Health Award at the American Crew competition.
“I did a fade with a zero around the very edges and I put in the shaved parting. Tight fades are my strong point and my trademark. I wanted to put my own stamp on it and I would rather fail going all out than have someone who took a risk beat me. In the past, people who were more experienced told me to go the safer route but I went with my gut and I won.”