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Anthony Costa
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Hattori Hanzo Shears Stylist Spotlight: Anthony Costa

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 Name: Anthony CostaCity: Boston, MA

Barbershop: Skip’s Barbershop

2 Locations78 Dorchester St. Boston, MA603 Tremont St. Boston, MA


Master barber Anthony Costa, owner of Skip’s Barbershop, knows that everybody wants to look fresh. For over a decade, Anthony has made sure every cut gets the time and attention it deserves. Every client receives good humor and conversation they have come to expect. A friend, confidant, and craftsman, Anthony will leave you looking sharp and feeling good. Anthony has been behind the chair for 12 years. He was inspired to become a barber after his friend encouraged him to give it a try. After barber school, Anthony worked in a shop in the South End of Boston, where a Master barber took him under his wing and mentored him for two years. He then went on a year-long road trip, and when he returned,  he worked at a shop in Southie for five years. Anthony made friends with Skip Scaro, a third-generation barber and barbershop owner who, at 70, was still cutting hair. He told Anthony he couldn’t stop working because that meant his barbershop, which had been in his family for over a hundred years, would have to close. When he passed away at age 79,  Anthony took over his shop, renovated it, and kept the name. The barbershop has kept his legacy alive and let Anthony live out his longtime dream of having a shop of his own. After a year, the business was successful enough that Anthony was able to open a second location in Boston.

Favorite Hanzo Shear: HHP & HHVT1

It’s a tie between the HHP Paimei and the HHVT1 Mamba Texturizer. The HHP Paimei are the sharpest shears I’ve ever used. They hold their edge and give a perfectly straight cut. The HHVT1 Mamba Texturizers are just a game-changer. They let you point-cut on the fly and do quick, precise texturizing work.

Q & A With Anthony

Favorite platform Hair Sylist?

Collin Anthony from Valiant Barber Collective

Who inspires you?

My barbers who, with everything we’ve been through this year, have still stayed upbeat and shown up every day to make their clients feel good

What is your favorite movie?

Point Break

Favorite Ice cream flavor?

Coffee Oreo. Even though I’m lactose intolerant, I fight a war on intolerance every day

The most exciting thing you’ve ever done?

Get married

Favorite vacation?

A road trip across Costa Rica with my wife. On the first day, we got lost in the jungle for 12 hours. Eventually, the dirt road was just totally swallowed by vegetation, and that’s when we learned we could never trust Google Maps. After that, there was lots of jumping off waterfalls, surfing, hiking, canyoneering, zip-lining…

If you were on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would you bring?

Water, food, sunscreen

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

Bringing peace of mind to anyone I touch

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

“I Shouldn’t Have Said That.”

Who would you most like to share a cup of coffee or tea with?

My dad. He died 20 years ago. I’d love for that guy to have a conversation with the man I am today

One thing people wouldn’t guess about you?

I love a good rom-com

Written By: Catie Delahanty

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