The 2014 Brazil World Cup is a time for Bolivian barber Ricardo Mamani to show off his scissors skills, as he cut the design of a World Cup trophy in the back of soccer fan Diego Velasquez's head on Monday (July 7).
Mamani's barber shop, known as Maroyu, isn't only known by La Paz locals as a place to get a new do -- it's a place where the World Cup spirit is alive, complete with posters of soccer stars Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Messi on the walls and doors.
Soccer fan Diego Velazquez says his desire to have the iconic World Cup image on the back of his head brought him closer to the games, even if they are thousands of kilometres away.
"This design of the World Cup is taking me to the games, allowing me to be there, and be a part of it. I won't be there physically in the stadium, but I'll be there in my heart and spirit," said Velazquez, who showed an image of the design he wanted to Mamani from his cell phone.
Mamani then had to sketch his haircut plan with pencil and paper, before putting his razor to work, which he says isn't so easy.
"Kids today are getting tattoos with the names and last names of the players, and the different soccer teams, for example now youngsters are fans of Brazil, Argentina, Holland, and also Germany, and these are the designs that they are doing now. So for example, this design of the World Cup trophy, it was tricky to do, but you've got to have a steady hand to manage the blade," he said.
While Velazquez may wear the World Cup on his head, it will only be a few more days before the real-life champion takes the trophy on the Brazil pitch.
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