Posts Tagged ‘beards’.

The World’s Foremost Beard Expert

You are going to love the results of yesterday’s Beard Portrait Booth experiment! The photos will be posted a bit later — I’ll be sure to keep you wildly updated. My initial reaction is that there is no reason that this shouldn’t be a constant presence at every event I ever organize, for the rest of my life, forever and ever. Thanks so much to the fine folks who came out to make the event so much fun!

In the meantime, here’s a treat for beard fans everywhere. Earlier this spring, I spoke at length with Dr. Christopher Oldstone-Moore (pictured above), a history professor at Wright State University in Ohio and quite likely the world’s foremost beard expert. Dr. Oldstone-Moore is currently working on a book about the history of the beard in Western civilization, and in our conversation, we discuss the origins of shaving, the various ups and downs the fashionable beard has suffered throughout the ages, and of course, the current beard renaissance. Enjoy!

Download the MP3 (24 minutes; 27.5 MB)

UPDATE: I have transcribed the audio! Here is the full text of the interview. (more…)

Introducing the Beard Portrait Booth!

Come to my Clever Tricks to Stave Off Death launch party in Beverly Hills this Wednesday, and experience the Beard Portrait Booth! I’ll have wonderful photographer Noé Montes on hand to help you experience the thrill of beardedness. Have a beard already? Try a new style, or simply accessorize with a fine display of hats and baubles. Perhaps even create a new you. All photos will be posted for the world to admire afterwards. It is a thing that will be tremendous fun!

The party will be from 7-10 PM this Wednesday night, June 17, at the Crescent Hotel — 403 N. Crescent Dr, 90210. Click here for directions or here for a Facebook thingy!

OH AND ALSO — apparently there is another voting round of the “Tweet Me a Story” contest! I am currently in the finals with my succinct tale of a shoddy ninja academy. View the entrants, and vote, here.

Beard Championships Wrapup

From Pat Race at the World Beard & Moustache Championships:

Saturday, May 23

Aaron looked a little green in the morning, I think he was nervous. We shuffled over to the convention center and set up shop in the press room.

Approximately three hundred hirsute men shuffled up and down the hall trying to find the elusive registration desk. I’m not sure if there actually was a registration desk but eventually someone must have taken down their names and handed out drink tickets.

I wasn’t around for much of the registration madness because I was busy sneaking into the judges’ preparation room. I’m not sure if press was actually allowed but I wanted to get the inside scoop on the process.

What I learned is that judging is largely subjective and each contestant is at the whims of the assorted celebrity judges and local stylists. I’m sure this is a frightening thought for the few who take their facial hair too seriously.

At lunch, the contestants tramped down for an appearance at the Saturday market. They delighted the unsuspecting tourists and circled back around to the convention center for last-minute grooming and costume preparation.

these guys have chops

The competition started with moustache and partial-beard categories and ended with the full beards and a selection of an overall champion. David Traver, a member of the South Central Alaska Beard and Moustache Club, took top honors with his stylized snowshoe beard. Overall, eleven Alaskans managed to podium out of a very wide field, I attribute it to the long beard growing seasons.

whatta whaler

The highlight of the evening for me was watching Aaron swagger onto the stage with harpoon in hand. He landed second place in his category and made us all very proud.

* Final Results – World Beard and Moustache Championships!
* Our photos from the World Beard and Moustache Championships!
* Aaron strutting on CNN

Congratulations to Aaron and all the winners! I’ll also point you to this fine Daily Mail article with photos of many winners, additional coverage from an LA Times blogger on the scene, and this wonderful slideshow.

And with great thanks to Pat for the photos and updates, this ends our not-quite-live coverage of the WBMC. If you’ve enjoyed his accounts, why not drop by his site and say thanks?

The next WBMC’s in Norway in 2011! See you there?

she can really rock it


Beard Championships: Day 4

this simply defies description

More from Pat Race at the World Beard & Moustache Championships:

Friday, May 22

This morning Aaron trimmed and plucked while Sarah sewed buttons on his costume for the Saturday judging. We packed up and rolled into town just in time to catch the big meeting of the World Beard and Moustache Association, a group of member organizations which oversees the selection of locations for the championships.

After some brisk harrumphing and moustache twirling, the decision was made to host world championships at Trondheim, Norway in 2011 and Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany in 2013. The meeting was about to end quietly when a grand debate erupted about the organizational structure of the association. No amount of thoughtful beard stroking or whisker twiddling could produce an amicable resolution so everyone decided it would be a good time to have a parade.

oompah oompah

The evening wrapped up with a local facial hair competition, consumption of beverages and a performance by The Beards.



Ladies & gentlemen, I am pleased to present multi-event beard champion, intercontinental competitor and Alan Moore lookalike Burke Kenny:

I feel I may swoon

Beard Championships: Day 3

gazing majestically

From official Wondermark correspondent Pat Race, at the World Beard & Moustache Championships in Anchorage:

Thursday, May 21

Today is a down day, the calm before the beard storm. We picked up our press passes and wandered around town meeting moustaches and locals. In Alaska it’s hard to tell who is here to compete and who just trekked out of the woods to pick up some eggs and butter.

Lunch at Falafel King left bellies and beards filled with hummus and then it was off to Value Village to assemble the rest of Aaron’s outfit. Aaron [pictured above] is competing in the new Alaskan Whaler category and we found some good galoshes, wool pants, and suspenders to fill out his nautical look.

Judging is based on several factors – length, color, body, and hair style all factor into the decision and costumes, while not required, are a good way to frame and give context to the facial hair.

Judges this year include local hair experts, former beard champions, celebrity dog mushers, and past judges of local competitions.

It should be noted that the World Beard & Moustache championships are the largest and most renowned facial-hair competition, but just a few months ago, New York City also hosted its own Beard & Moustache Championships in Brooklyn, with amazing winners and even a video contest. Many of the competitors from the NYCBMC are have made their way to Anchorage as well, as members of Beard Team USA.

Beard Team USA is a national organization founded to promote the appreciation of beards and moustaches, and also to develop Team USA into a national bearded force that can be competitive with such international juggernauts as the Germans, the founders of the World Championships. In addition to coordinating national efforts (such as assembling Championship teams), Beard Team USA also maintains a list of regional chapters where beard enthusiasts gather around the country. My local group, The Bristly Chaps of Los Angeles, are even working on a documentary! Here’s the trailer.

We leave you today with proud portraits of some of the fine members of Beard Team USA!

Nick Stevens
Nick Stevens

Eric Brown
Eric Brown

Samuel Holcombe
Samuel Holcombe

Burke Kenny
Burke Kenny