The Barber Pole is the traditional sign used by barbers to signify the shop where they perform their craft. The USA version has red, white and blue stripes, in honour of United States’ flag colours; in Europe colours are just red and white. What do they mean? During medieval times, barbers performed surgery on customers, as tooth extractions, sutures, bloodlettings and phlebotomies. It was important that sick people and travellers recognized immediately the sign (red represented blood and white represented bandages). The Barber Pole has a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, and today it remains as a vintage & old american style decor.