B.O.M. was founded in 2003 by Craig “Mr.Taper” Logan, Vinny McGill, and Bashan Gibbs. As a master barber and barber instructor for over 17 years, Craig saw the need in the industry for a source of information that would allow him, his fellow barbers, and barber students to keep up with changes in industry trends and a vehicle for industry professionals to communicate with one another. In June 2003, the first issue of B.O.M., plus a corresponding Web site, www.barbersonlymagazine.com, was made available to the public.
Barbers Only Magazine, affectionately known by industry-enthusiasts as B.O.M. (pronounced “bomb”),is a U.S.-based and -distributed, Quarterly (4 issues per year) trade magazine serving the international barbering industry, covering all facets of the barbering profession lifestyle. It is written specifically for barbers of all levels. Although it is considered a trade magazine, because barbers leave them lying out at their shop, it has also found a loyal following among barber shop patrons. It is owned and operated by three master barbers and features contributors from the industry. The editorial focuses on skill and professional advancement through profiling successful barbers and unique shops; reviewing tools and products; discussing business solutions; detailing step-by-step instructions on how to cut various styles; summarizing industry updates; and much more.