Comfortably Off-Course With...

Comfortably Off-Course With Michael Portman, Co-founder of Birds Barbershop

If you’ve ever been in need of a new ‘do in Austin, chances are you’ve heard of Birds Barbershop. Started in 2006 by Jayson Rapport and Michael Portman with the goal of offering affordable salon quality cuts in a casual environment, the duo have met incredible success in the following years.

As proper masters of the 19th hole, they offer customers a proper experience by serving up complimentary Shiner Beers with their cuts. And as an iconic Austin business, each of their shops is adorned with a large-scale mural (painted by a local artist), and a stage for live music.

We sat down for beers with Portman.

What are you watching right now?

I like the old man shows like Sunday Morning, Antiques Roadshow and Hill Country Reporter. Captain Fantastic about a family off the grid was the last best movie I saw.

What are you listening to right now?

Musically, I’m really into the spooky shoegaze bands, especially Chromatics and Brightblack Morning Light. I never miss an episode of the How I Built This podcast.

 What are you reading right now?

I’m a sucker for a literary page turner like The Most Dangerous Place On Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson or Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. Shoe Dog, Phil Knight’s account of the early days at Nike, is up there on my business books list.

What’s your favorite 19th Hole?

In Mexico, on a boat I’m not steering, with a half dozen friends, a cooler and some ceviche we’ll make at the sand bar.

Michael Portman, Birds Barbershop Co-founder Michael Portman, Birds Barbershop Co-founder Michael Portman, Birds Barbershop Co-founder