The man with Swarovski crystals on his head

By Robyn Rosen, April 14, 2011

An entrepreneur has baldly gone where no other man has gone before - and become the first professional head artist.

Philip Levine, 29, will host his first exhibition of artwork next month, featuring images of his head in a variety of designs. He has even coated it in 1,000 Swarovski crystals.

"I began to go bald in my early 20s and decided I didn't want to be in that in-between stage," said Mr Levine, a member of Belsize Square Synagogue.

"I looked in the mirror one day and decided to shave it off. Then I thought it would be quite fun to create a design where my hair used to be and use it as a canvas."

Mr Levine, who heads a company which supports developing artists, enlisted the skills of body artist Kat Sinclair in 2006 to create a variety of designs, including an underwater scene complete with shipwreck and giant turtle, a butterfly garden and a mirror ball.

"The designs got more eccentric and intricate as time went on," he said. "I regularly go out wearing the designs and like to see people's reactions. The one that makes people wince is 70 acupuncture needles in my head.

"I come up with the majority of ideas - and I sometimes get requests."

He will exhibit the artwork, which includes photographs, busts and video footage, in an exhibition entitled Headism, sponsored by Gillette, at the NL Dutch Cultural Pop Up Space in central London in May.

"I get such wonderful reactions and I thought an exhibition would be unique," Mr Levine said.

"It's a talking-point for people. I've embraced my baldness and am taking a fun twist."

Last updated: 12:50pm, April 15 2011