Michael Render aka rap artist Killer Mike recently opened up a barbershop called Graffiti’s Swag Shop in Southwest Atlanta in an unassuming strip mall. It’s been his dream to open a shop for a long time now — he stresses the importance barbershops have in young men’s lives. A place “where men can just be men…everybody’s Al Capone in a barber’s chair,” he says, nestled in a vacant barber chair against the candy land colors of his shop.
These photos were made for a feature in Creative Loafing about his new album, R.A.P. Music. The final photo is of a photo by Jonathan Mannion of Mike and his grandmother just after he won a Grammy with OutKast for “Whole World.” It hangs at the entrance of his shop, across from the a wheat-paste of Martin Luther King Junior.