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Owner & Founder
CARLOS "C-LO" TAQUES
I am Carlos Taques, also known as C-Lo, and I am the CEO and founder of 88 Barbershop. I am a professional barber since 2010 but have been cutting hair since the age of 12. Barbering is my entire life, but when I'm not at the shop, I'm simply dad. I am a father of three beautiful children who inspire me to be the best that I can be, and alongside in this journey of mine is my most-amazing partner that I could ever ask for! When it comes to barbering, I am a barber by its true definition. I eat, sleep, and breathe barbering and plan on one day to leave my mark in the barber industry forever! Like I always say: "Good Looks Bring Good Luck!"
Co-Owner & Shop Manager
ERICK "BAM" AGUILERA
What's going on! My name is Erick, but everyone knows me as Bam and I'm the co-owner here at 88 Barbershop, my home away from home! A little about myself: my top hobbies are cars and sneakers. I grew up around sneaker-heads and car people my whole life. It's funny because that eventually led to me discovering my love for barbering. I have been cutting hair since I was a teenager and ever since I picked up that clipper, I never wanted to put them down! For many, this may seem like just a job, but for me, it is way more than that. The art of barbering feels more like a hobby for me since every time I cut hair it never seems like I'm at work. Like they always say: "find something you to do and you will never have to work a day in your life!"
BRANDON "B-REP" AGUILERA
What's up! I'm Brandon or B-Rep as most like to call me. I'm a professional barber at 88 Barbershop and have been cutting hair for numerous years, but officially been in a shop since January 8th, 2018. My favorite hobbies aside from barbering are gaming/live-streaming, and working on my car. I want to achieve a lot in my career as a barber and hope to one day leave my mark in this industry as one of the greats! My passion for barbering parallels with a passion for wanting to mentor up-and-coming barbers and assist them in their journey to career success.
SARAI "SARY" RIVERA
Hey! My name is Sary. I am a certified and licensed barber from Puerto Rico and have been working at 88 Barbershop since 2018. I have around 25 years of experience in barbering and take pride in perfecting my craft while learning new skills. I always want to make sure that I am providing the best experience to my clients by staying up to date with trends and providing fresh haircuts. Aside from barbering, I enjoy eating out with family, visiting new places, and watching my favorite TV shows. For me, the family is always first. I am passionate about working towards building strong personal connections with my clients and always assure a smile on their faces. My goal is to be the best female barber in the state of Illinois!
JAVIER "CHINO" HENRIQUEZ
What up! My name is Javier, but I preferably go by Chino. A little bit about me, I graduated from Mario Tricocci University back in 2018 and began my career at Salon Bliss later that year. From thereafter, I moved on to work at 88 Barbershop in July of 2019. I'm a Chicago native, born and raised! I always had an interest in the barber game growing up, as well as other interests such as sneakers, and video games. A unique thing about me is that I love motivating and pushing people to do and be better. I like to be a positive influence in everyone's life! I love my career as a barber and giving everyone fresh clean cuts is why I love what I do.
ANTONIO "TONY" MARTINEZ
Hey! My name is Tony. I was born and raised in Lake County, Illinois. I have been barbering since 2018, servicing my hometown at 88 Barbershop. For me, barbering is my passion because I love cutting hair. Aside from barbering, I love playing and watching basketball, playing video games, and watching movies in my spare time. In all honesty, I never thought I would be cutting hair growing up, but over the years, I have developed a love and passion for it. My goal is to one day own my studio for barbering and hopefully become a barber instructor and teach the next up-and-coming barbers.
JOHNNY "JC" CAMPOS
What's up! My name is Johnny, but you can call me JC! A little about me so you get to know me better: I love barbering and have been cutting hair for years now and love it as my passion! For me, barbering is everything, and the satisfaction I get from seeing the spark of confidence my haircuts give to my clients is truly fulfilling. Other than barbering, I also enjoy other hobbies such as video games, cars, and editing videos of my content for all to enjoy!
Hello! My name is Axia and I am a barber & braider at 88 Barbershop. I have been in the industry since 2018 and have been passionate about my career ever since. My goal is always to provide a good, clean, quality service that will leave my clients feeling their best. I always believe in if you look good, you feel good. That is my main priority! Aside from barbering, I enjoy spending quality time with my family and making new memories with any opportunities that come my way. I want to continue to grow, learn, and build my knowledge in barbering and cherish every encounter I have with every person that sits in my chair!
What's up everyone! My name is Marco, and I can't wait to serve your next haircut! When you book with me, you book with confidence. I bring talent and client experience and that is evident when you sit in my chair. I'm a family man and enjoy this career path and show it with my hard work and dedication to the craft.
ERIC "TWIN" ASCENCION
My name is Eric, but everyone calls me Twin. I love barbering and it is a career field I am most passionate about. I get to express my craft and skill with all walks of life and every conversation is a great experience. Getting to know my clients and making them feel good after they get a cut from me is what keeps me going and motivates me to work every day.
EZEQUIEL "ZEKE" GABRIEL
Who is Ezequiel Gabriel you may ask? Well, let me tell you! I'm a 17-year-old upcoming barber! I love the shoe game, cars, basketball, luxury, and other hobbies. Currently, I am in cosmetology school, but I have been cutting hair for 3 years now. I started cutting hair when I was a freshman in high school. I'm very social and like to make people's day! To know more about me and to get a cut by me, book with me below! I would love to have you as my next client!
Yo! My name is Carlos and I have been barbering for a long time now! I bring experience and passion to every cut as well as great customer service. Book your next appointment with me and get to know me better! I promise you will love your next cut by me.
What up! My name is Alex, and I have been cutting hair since I was 16. However, I actually have been cutting hair professionally at a barbershop for 9+ years. In my spare time, I like to kick it with friends and family and especially my daughter. I genuinely enjoy barbering and this profession has taught me a lot about my career and the endless opportunities it brings. Book with me to know more about me and experience a quality haircut!
My name is Lexi, I've been doing hair since the age of 16. I got professionally licensed in 2017 as a cosmetologist but shortly after converted to doing men's hair. I love the passion it brings to my life. It truly is an art, a masterpiece. I really enjoy what I do. Behind the scenes of being a barber, I have a beautiful daughter to tend to. She is my light. If it wasn't for her, I would have never chosen this route in my life. I have every thanks to her!
MIGUEL "MIKEY" SAMANO
What's going on! My name is Miguel, or Mikey as most people like to call me. A little about me so you get to know me better: I am a 19-year-old upcoming barber I have been cutting for 1 year now. aside from barbering I love fashion, shoes, and gaming. I also love playing and watching soccer. growing up I never thought I'd be cutting hair but I developed a passion for it and it has led me to meet an amazing team here at 88 this is just the beginning so follow the journey!
I'm obsessed with being a barber. In 2023, When I joined this established team of barbers, I soon realized my potential for growth. I aspire to be as respected and experienced as my colleagues; every day I come in to work with the goal of achieving greatness. One good haircut can change a person's life, hopefully, today I can change yours for the better.
Hey everyone, my name is Alexis and I have been barbering for some years now and hungry to keep growing and learning. Barbering is my passion and I always strive to become better every day. My competition is only myself, day in and day out. Come get cut by me and I will make sure you leave satisfied with your haircut!