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Meet Oceanis McCarthy of Licorish & @tearsfor.shears in Glassell Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Oceanis McCarthy.

Oceanis, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up with a very artistic background. My dad is an artist and musician, and my mom an aspiring fashion designer- so that heavily influenced my artistic inclinations. From a very young age, I began painting, drawing, sewing, and writing, and was always heavily drawn to music. I started learning guitar when I was 10, and piano at 13. My childhood was pretty isolated, so I spent it with books, painting, makeup and hair, creating clothing, and music. My true passion for music began when I first heard bands like Nirvana and Hole, who heavily influence my musical and personality style. At 12, I began attending Rock and Roll Camp for Girls in Los Angeles, where I met some of my closet friends- including Lily Noise (@lilynoise), another artist here in LA.

That is when I really began writing and playing. Playing music casually with other friends I met at that camp, and briefly playing with my boyfriend Dustin Hollenbeck and his project “Rejecter”. Last year my friends Chris Allen, Jeremiah Page and I formed our band Licorish, where I play guitar and vocals. This project has been the most driving source of musical motivation for me. We haven’t released anything yet but we hope to soon. Our band Instagram is @licorishofficial ! I am also newly a hairdresser and currently building my clientele and skill. I knew I wanted to do hair probably since I was about 13- when I started cutting and dying my own hair all kinds of colors, and doing my friends’ hair as well. My hair Instagram is @tearsfor.shears where you can check out some of my work.

Has it been a smooth road?
Definitely not. It began in my childhood in a dysfunctional household. I struggled throughout school socially until I graduated high school- overwhelmed with anxiety and depression. I was kept isolated from a lot of the outside world so it was very lonely. Facing my depression, anxiety, and self-confidence issues have been the hardest things I’ve ever had to do but I’m very proud of where I’m at now and how much I’ve overcome on my own. Once I turned 18, I began attending Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy. This was a huge adjustment for me. I was completely freed from the strict rules and fears that held me back as a child and set off to do my own thing and become the person I am. I finally met people who thought similarly and had similar interests, including my boyfriend. This was an amazing and life-changing shift for me but it took me a long time to adjust, it was the opposite of anything I’ve ever known or experienced.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Currently, my main focuses are in music and hairdressing. I’ve been doing hair professionally for about 2 1/2 years now. I’ve worked as an assistant in a couple of salons but unfortunately those haven’t worked out so I’ve been doing lots of house-calls. I’ve always loved doing color since I began by coloring my own hair, but I’ve also recently learned that I love cutting just as much! I love doing vivid color and blondes, and love choppy shaggy fun haircuts. In music, I’ve been working a lot with my band Licorish. We’re a shoegaze/dream pop/Brit pop inspired band (among other influences). I play guitar and vocals. I also just bought my first synth and am excited to began learning that and making my own solo music, influenced mainly by darkwave electronic bands such as Boy Harsher and Void Vision; shoegaze artists Tamaryn, My Bloody Valentine, and Slowdive; and post-punk bands and new wave bands of the 80s. With elements of punk and grunge.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Being in LA is a great environment for musicians and hairdressers. There’s so much diversity and so many options and opportunity. However, it is VERY competitive, especially in the creative field, so building an outreach can be really tough. Despite this, I love LA and wouldn’t rather be anywhere else. To make it you need to be very motivated and completely dedicate yourself to your field- because there are countless others trying to do the same things.

Pricing:

  • Haircuts $60
  • Color services (touch ups, all over color, and color corrections) $70-180
  • Extensions $200

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 3104259811
  • Email: oceanismccarthy@yahoo.com
  • Instagram: @drowns0da

Image Credit:
Jiselle Kamppila @hollow.of.the.hand / @pitch_a_fever

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