Phil Stone BIO
Phil Stone never really wanted to do hair. Instead, for several years, Phil lived as a starving artist in the underground comic book industry as an illustrator. He illustrated graphic comic books that were not only rejected by the editor, but absolutely abhorred by the distributor. After nearly eight years of becoming infamous through police records and overdue bar tabs across the country, Phil reluctantly crawled out of his hole of an apartment and attended a hair show in Detroit with his mother, who is still a stylist today.
Phil discovered Irvin Rusk on stage and was entranced by the way the hair fabric was manipulated into a three-dimensional animated form. Inspired by the creation of living, breathing art, Phil decided that day he was going to be a stylist. For two years, Phil went through a rigorous apprenticeship under his mother and long-time friend, quitting every Friday out of frustration, and coming back to the training every Tuesday out of determination to succeed. It was a long two years. Six months before graduation, Phil went through his RUSK training and became a RUSK Designer. It was exactly what he was looking for. To Phil, RUSK was like Andy Warhol's Factory on a global scale.
A sharing of ideas and opinions to achieve a certain goal through art. Being the gung-ho manic depressive artist that Phil is, spiced up with ADHD, Phil dedicated himself not only to RUSK, but also to his salon and the Detroit fashion scene (if there really was one). Doing hair for local fashion designers for runway events, photo shoots, and fine art photography allowed Phil to express himself relentlessly. Within two years, Phil had worked at two salons and then built his own, only to close it a year later after becoming a full-time Education Manager and full-time International Guest Artist for RUSK.
For several years thereafter, Phil traveled the world on a full-time basis to far away places like London, Dubai, Paris, Australia, Toronto, and Paducah, Kentucky. Phil also became a New York fashion week stylist for four years, styling hair for designers such as B Michael, Sabayashi, Obedient Sons, Buckler, and Nicholai, to name a few. Tired of the snobbery and ego-maniacal facades, Phil went into doing the hair for the people he really loved, playmates for Playboy.tv, and Maxim Hometown Hotties.
Phil has always, and still does, believe in the grass-roots policy of RUSK: To not only do a fantastic haircut, but also have the passion to share it with others. Like Jackson Pollock, Phil stumbled upon his medium of expression through circumstance and found true artistic success through hair.
The fear of being stagnant and artistically dead motivates Phil to continue learning and discovering new ways to express himself through hair.
And now the Professional resume......
2001 – six months before graduation from my apprenticeship, RUSK INC. signed me on as an independent contractor for education
- 2002 Employed at Salon Dion Day Spa as a stylist. Continued as an educator and platform artist for RUSK INC.
- 2003 Self Employed at Lynn Gordon Salon Continued as an educator and platform artist for RUSK INC.
- 2004 Opened ReWired Salon. Continued as an educator and platform artist for RUSK INC.
- 2005 Closed ReWired salon after receiving a full time position with RUSK INC. as an International Guest Artist and Regional Education Manager.
- employed at BIANCHIS salon and spa (www.bianchis.com)
2007 - Employed at BIANCHIS salon and spa. Part time International guest artist for RUSK INC.
RUSK – Within a 2 year period, acquired a full time position with the company as an international guest artist and regional education manager, creating “looks” and educating hairdressers in London, Paris, Dubai UAE, Australia, Mexico City, Canada, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Orlando (and every city in between)
REGIONAL EDUCATION MANAGER
As an education manager, I was responsible for several territories and the professional hairproduct distributors within. I was responsible for the management, organizing, manning, and set up of the individual distributors’ hair shows.
As an education manager I was responsible for the training and education for the RUSK DESIGNERS in each territory (around 40 total), Maintaining and updating them regularly on the seasonal “looks”.
As an education manager it was also my responsibility to test new products and cutting/coloring techniques, then to pass the results along to the RUSK DESIGNERS in my territories.
INTERNATIONAL GUEST ARTIST
To pass on inspiration and motivation through creative cutting and coloring on a “stage” setting and performance at major international hair shows. To demonstrate leadership within the industry through creative thinking and the sharing of knowledge to other hairdressers.
NEW YORK FASHION WEEK
2004- FALL Fashion Week, NYC. Styled hair for the following designers:
– SPRING Fashion Week, NYC. Styled hair for the following Designers:
2005– FALL Fashion Week, NYC. Styled hair for:
– Spring Fashion Week, NYC. Styled hair for:
NICHOLAI (nicki Hilton)
Multiple Detroit Fashion shows for SCAILLES.COM
Personal Stylist for the band CELLDWELLER. Establishing “looks” for video and tours for the last 3 years to present.
Personal stylist for BRIAN SCHRAMM, Columbia records.
Personal stylist for JIMMY EDGAR, warped records
Stylist for Detroit Pistons basketball dance team AUTOMOTION
Multiple Detroit Fashion Shows featuring hair by Phil Stone
Participant in the REAL BIG HAIRBALL Detroit
Created “looks” for SEASON 2 of the CHRIS ANGEL MINDFREAK show on A&E television 2006
2003 TIFFANY AWARDS EDITORIAL 1st place
2004 TIFFANY AWARDS EDITORIAL 1st place