Photographer Brandon Tauszik's new documentary project Tapered Throne uses GIFs to share the sights and stories of black barber shops in Oakland, California.
"This is one of the necessities that's hands-on. You can't get no haircut on the internet. Here we call people by name." —Dave
"You can come here in this mothafucka and be who you really are. Because out there in society, you can't be too black out there." —Yay
"When I moved to Oakland, I wanted to know who had the best reputation of serving in the black community. When I come here I learn about what's going on in the area, and I learn about who's doing what." —Don
"A cut is a cut, but the social aspect is almost more important than the hair. You never know what someone's going through in their life." —Charles
"Everybody comes to Oakland to get their haircut. It's just a 'get it like you live' type attitude, that's the demeanor we carry out here." —Beanie Man
"You get two or three generations coming in here sometimes. I just crack up how they come and say, 'Hey, you used to cut my hair when I was a little fella!' I say, 'Yeah, maybe.'" —Kenneth