It’s been one heck of a trip for Sal Commisso. The sensational snipper has been creating beautiful haircuts since March 9, 1972 at Vital Image, where he worked side-by-side with his late brother
“My dad advised him to open his own shop, my brother didn’t want to be tied down,” said Sal.
So his dad talked him into going to barber school.
“I was working at Paul McGregor’s in the Village and got my training there,” Sal explained. “Then we opened up Vital Image and started a dynasty of our own.”
Forty years on, Vital Image is getting its own new look.
“Recently I remodeled the whole place, it took about a year to do it right,” he added. “We still give the best cuts around. People move away, but they still come back to me for their cut.”
Ain’t that truth, many years ago Standing O had her locks sheared and proudly showed off her own Farrah Fawcett wings sculpted by the brothers.
But Farrah wasn’t the only cut the snipping sibs did, there was the Wedge, the Gypsy and the ubiquitous shag, which is still around today.
“I create art,” Sal said, “My brother was a master colorist, and an artist too. His paintings are all around me, they adorn the walls here.”
Sal has even added a few more chairs. So if you have a desire to join this iconic establishment give Sal a call. It’s vital.
Vital Image [160 Ave. U between W. Seventh and W. Eighth streets in Gravesend, (718) 946–7484].