My name is Michael Petrolini, a 24 year old guy from Italy. Today I would like to tell you about how I made more than a thousand euro in the four months I spent traveling around Japan and Taiwan with just my hair.
It may sound bizarre, but laughing and joking I got 1346 US dollars.
Dating a Taiwanese girl for almost 2 years, I got to know many people from Taiwan and I found out a lot about their culture and traditions.
You’re probably wondering how I did it. I'll explain: spending time with the people there, I noticed how my hair would attract their attention. I did not tell you one important thing: I’m half African and consequently I have the typical afro hair, curly and dark. Just like children, they could not wait to touch my hair, to put their hands inside and treat me like I was an anti-stress ball. I’ve been called Mr. Microphone, Mr. Broccoli, Mr. Noodles, and even Sideshow Bob (from “The Simpsons”) because of the unusual appearance of my hair. So, I decided to become a kind of "street artist." 5 TND in Taiwan to touch real afro hair (20 approximately cents) or 50 yen (about 50 cents) in Japan. In this way I earned enough money to buy my food and pay for accommodations as I traveled all around Taiwan and Japan and used it as an opportunity to document in an original way one of the many socio-cultural differences existing between the Eastern and Western worlds
Not only was this an incredible chance to make a bit of a profit, but it was also an interesting opportunity to explore just how much importance the people in these countries seem to place on the “unusual appearance” of someone who comes from a different ethnic background and is outside of what they view as “normal”
Of course, it all just started as a joke, but in the end it worked out pretty well. I got to have a laugh with many strangers and make a bunch of new friends.
And, yes, don’t worry. I did wash my hair before and after people touched it. I don't know why i couldn't download the video in here so the only way to show you is watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E0qUHaVtYA. Now take a second and enjoy watching the video.