Meet the Man Behind Earl’s Barbershop

Earl Clark is a Louisiana-born Army veteran and long-time Northeast Portlander, and for nearly three decades, he’s been cutting hair at Earl’s Barbershop, one of the last black-owned storefronts in the Alberta Arts District.

The shop has survived decades of change in the neighborhood, and it’s given fresh cuts to local legends like Terry Porter over the years, not to mention countless regular Joes.

“Folks come in, you chit chat, and then you find out you have a lot of folks from the south like me,” he told us. “You got your Louisianas, your Texases, your Oklahomans, and there’s a lot of stories.”

Watch our video for the backstory on Earl’s Barbershop — and the community that’s grown and changed around it.