In 2008 David moved his salon to Stone Avenue. His new building turned out to be the former home of the first Jewish Rabbi in Greenville, who was Jeff Zaglin's grandfather. He was completely unaware of that fact until he found out from Jeff. What a small world we live in.
This is a wooden sculpture of the African Hornbill originally from the Congo region of Africa. Once he bought it and had it shipped here David picked it up in his El Camino and drove it through downtown, straight to his salon.
Dave was and has always been particularly interested in collecting primitive art, and more specifically he loves anything that has a face on it. What he is holding here is called an Ugly Face Jug, and is coated with a tobacco-spit glaze.
Anyone that collects face jugs has an ultimate goal to find a slave-made face jug. The first face jugs were made in Edgefield, SC, in the mid 1880's.
David has had three back surgeries due to his cancer, but you would never know it. His face lights up like the sun when he tells the story behind a piece of his collection. Everything he collected had a fascinating story behind had it.
"Symbolism is what turned me onto art. What we are saying and what we are trying to communicate in art, It’s amazing, because every civilization in history has it."
"These pieces were painted and inspired by visions a friend of mine, recently deceased Folk Artist Remy Boxx, had after a trip to Peru."
Going to He & Me salon ends up being so much more than getting a haircut. It's an experience. There is something fascinating to admire and learn about in every corner.
David no longer cuts hair but he still finds ways to work around the salon.
This rock is only found in one place in the entire country, Travelers Rest. It was discovered by his first wife's great uncle, Earnest Gosnell. When it comes out of the ground it's soft and it hardens more and more over time.
Just as there is a story behind every piece of art, there is a history behind every single man, woman, and child on this earth. David's unique story correlates extremely well with the incredibly unique stories hidden behind his art.
Over the course of five years David acquired over 100 pieces from one collector in Greenville. He found his pieces in the most unlikely of places, from flea markets, thrift stores, auctions, to yard sales.
The most interesting man in Greenville, ladies and gentlemen.
Strike up a conversation with David next time you need a hair cut, you will absolutely learn something new and leave with a new appreciate for art and life.