Video Fix: Ai Weiwei Gives Someone a Bowl Cut

Rihanna isn’t the only one getting a side shave. Watch Ai Weiwei give a haircut (ok, maybe it’s more of a bowl cut than a side shave) last week to blogger Anthony Tao of the website Beijing Cream. It was filmed at Fodder Factory restaurant, also in Beijing, while the famed Spanish chef José Andrés talks excitedly about lobster and while an instrumental version of Hotel California plays in the background. It’s weird and wonderful! Apparently AI gives many such haircuts, for reasons we’re not clear on…


It’s not all the Chinese artist and dissident has been up to. He recently revealed plans to record a rock album with his friend, the singer and guitarist Zuoxiao Zuzhou, inspired by the 81-day incarceration in a Chinese prison that shot him to international fame. During that time, he says, his guards would request that he sing songs to them, but he “felt so sad I couldn’t sing any except the revolutionary ones we had to learn when we were growing up. After I came out, I realized I had never really listened to music or sung, so I decided to make an album. I know so many artists and musicians and they were really supportive.” One of those supportive musicians was Elton John, who’s agreed to advise him on the project. That’ll be interesting!

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