It’s not a new story: the barber who’s been making papermaking for decades in New York City’s West Village is getting the attention of the NHL.
Barba Bradleys, whose real name is Barbara Bradley, is a New York native who has a background in barbering and art.
She’s not the only one: Barbas’ signature style, which she shares with the great David Byrne, is often seen in professional hockey teams.
Barbarella is known for her signature line, “The New York Papermakers,” a line that includes “The Papermakers Hockey Schedule,” “The Hand Papermakers” and “The Barber’s Guide to Barbers.”
In her own words,Barbès’ style is so distinctive that it was once called “the New York papermakers” in a New Yorker article from 2006, but she’s since changed her title.
“The new name is going to help me attract more attention,” Barba said.
The NHL is getting in on the action, too.
Bradley is a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization and a member the NHL’s official photographer, and her work has been featured on the team’s official website.
Barbara Bradleys’ work is so well-known, in fact, that the NHL is using her name to promote its own team of barbers.
“We are very honored and grateful to Barbara Brads team, which is the team of The New York papers and her name has become so iconic in hockey,” NHL spokesman Rob Manning said.
“Her unique style and ability to deliver professional barber-style papermaking has been recognized by the NHL, and now we are using her image to help us promote our team and our league.
It’s a great honor and privilege to have a professional athlete in our organization.”
While the NHL has yet to announce a name for the team, the NHLPA has suggested the name “The Brooklyn Papermakers.”
“We’re thrilled to have Barba in our league,” the NHL said in a statement.
“She has been a part of the organization for many years and we know she will continue to contribute to the growth of the league.”
Barbas has made some impressive-looking paper.
In her own Words, she said that she uses a brush and paper, but that her work is “the result of a combination of imagination, creativity and experience.”
You can read more about Barba’s craft and her signature style here.