Gene Allen is
a fixture of Pacific Grove. The barbershop he
shares with his brother, Gordy, is lined with
the traditional trappings of tonsorial splendor.
Walk past the porcelain and glass electric
barber pole and you've stepped into a piece of
Americana that never grows old.
guitar-playing prowess probably grew from his
association with Smiley Burnette, one of
filmdom's famous Western sidekicks.
plays the clarinet, holds a pilot's license, has
worked as a private detective, collects barber
memorabilia, and absolutely loves movies.
art attracts attention whenever it's exhibited.
He is perhaps best known in the art world for
his 3-D representations of roadside America and
homages to pop culture. His cartoon send-up of
Pacific Grove, Colossus
of Gold, can be seen in
the window of Gene's Barbershop at 610
Also known as
the man inside the giant lobster suit, Snick is
not in fact a barber. The newscasters at KSBW,
Channel 8, joking refer to him as "the
Snick 's brain
retains an uncanny amount of cinema and
Gordy Allen's wields his
scissors alongside brother Gene, and gives the
best buzz-cut on the Peninsula.
An accomplished musician whose
career included a tour of duty with the Air
Force band, Gordy plays a number of instruments,
including the banjo, ukelele, and trumpet.
Gordy is known to play a tune
and croon an old standard as part of his
televised review on KSBW's Live at Five