Here’s another face of well-dressed winter, courtesy of the UK’s Buttery store. Time to grow a beard, buy a nautical sweater and tattoo the word “fashion” on your neck.
Your facial hair is a lot of things. Rugged. Warm. Splotchy, yet sexy. But it is nowhere near as strong as Antanas Kontrimas’s beard which, bearing a strong resemblance to 30 packs of steel wool, has lifted ladies, towed Land Rovers and taxied planes.
The Lithuanian has been lengthening and strengthening his facial hair for over 30 years, which explains how it recently lifted a 140-pound female model nearly a foot off the ground for five seconds—a new Guinness World Record for “The Heaviest Weight Lifted by a Beard” (besting his own previous record set in 2007).
Things got real hairy at the Second Annual Beard Team USA National Beard and Moustache Championships held last Saturday at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. As is the case with most beard and moustache championships, tensions ran high right from the get-go, with many contestants opting out of Friday night’s Meet-the-Amish Dinner and the Whiskerinas Ladies Fake Beard and Moustache Competition.
A total of $5,000 was on the line in Saturday’s main event, comprised of five categories: Moustache, Partial Beard, Full Beard (Groomed), Full Beard (Natural) and the fan-favorite, Freestyle.
A beard should be a triumph, a chinward celebration of masculine virility at its finest. But sadly, it doesn’t always work out that way.
Take, for instance, the case of Al Gore circa 2001…
We’re with George Steinbrenner on this one: baseball players should maintain a conservative, athletic appearance on the field.
Just as a physician might second-guess the notion of spray painting his untamed beard with discarded motor oil, so too should the ambassadors of baseball consider their appearance and alter that appearance when it resembles that of an Exxon Valdez-afflicted pelican.
We’re strong believers in the power of the five o’clock shadow. But if you’re going to do it right, you need a little technical help. That’s why Conair developed the i-Stubble, a hi-tech trimmer designed to keep your bristled chin perfectly groomed. You’ll have 15 precise length settings to choose from—so you’ll be able to calibrate your look to anything from “light shading” to “gentleman lumberjack,” depending on your tastes.
Aging is hard. But like the tax code, it’s something all men eventually have to deal with—some more gracefully than others.
So we thought we’d bring your attention to one of the more graceful examples: Mr. Kris Kristofferson, who’s managed to grow steadily more grizzled over the past few decades without ever looking like anyone other than himself. As for how he pulled it off, we’ve got some ideas…
We’re glad to see this year’s National Geographic photo contest including a promising new genre: beard portraiture. Tragically, the beard in question was destroyed immediately after the photograph was taken.
The surprise beard can be a powerful move if properly executed (see Hamm, Jon), but it requires a certain amount of artful dishevelment alongside it—especially if you happen to be at Comic-Con, the national center for dishevelment, artful or no.
This week’s lesson comes from Michael Sheen, caught at the Tron Legacy panel. To be perfectly honest, we didn’t know he had that kind of whisker in him. More importantly, he manages to work it into a desert-island look casual enough not to threaten the Comic-con crowd but gentlemanly enough to impress any style bloggers who might be passing by. That means those peak lapels are small enough that nobody but those who care will notice, to say nothing of the effortless off-white shirt. Well done, Mr. Prime Minister.
This is the latest installment in our heroically gruff series on Hemingway Days, examining the charms of spare prose, sport fishing and all things Ernest.
Look at that beard. Just look at it.
It’s quite possibly the gold standard of over-50 facial hair, the envy of salty gentlemen across this great land of ours. To that end, we’ve put together a quick guide on how to cultivate a glorious muzzle of your own. Gentlemen, start your follicles.
Now that there’s new info on the trustworthiness of bearded men, some kind soul was good enough to put the findings in infographic form to save us the trouble of reading the damn thing. Check out the full image here, listing 23 facial hair configurations in order of honesty. Afterwards, you should be able to properly assess any philosophers, werewolves or amateur wrestlers you may come across. (We’re guessing you already knew about John Waters.)
We’ve been covering the beard revival pretty thoroughly, but it may have finally broken through to the mainstream.
Following Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop and Cheap Trick, the gentlemen of ZZ Top are taking on model duties for John Varvatos’ latest campaign, a sign that the fur-chinned community is finally getting some representation in the industry.
Can a Beardhead endorsement deal be far behind?
Your latest fabricated facial hair update: a shop in Portland, aptly named I Made You a Beard, is currently selling this felted model to anyone unable—for reasons of genetics, gender or employment—to grow one on their own.
Of course, it doesn’t have the warming properties of Beardhead, but we’d say it makes up for it in verisimilitude.
Being genuine is an increasingly rare talent, but the world of modeling wouldn’t be much without it.
Take this gentleman, for instance, from the latest PRPS lookbook. He’s a lot more unkempt than most models, and a good deal older too, but he has a kind of outsider shagginess that more than makes up for it. He isn’t in some Gucci-esque dreamworld; he’s just a guy having a good time trying on clothes. And as a result, the clothes look more natural and wearable than they otherwise might.
Think of it as the benefit of throwing in an unconventional face from time to time. And a beard or two.
This weekend saw the World Beard Championship in Anchorage—the unofficial whisker capital of America—and the most spectacular beards in the country are now available for your perusal.
David Traver took home the top spot for his faux-snowshoe chin-hanger, in spite of a somewhat suspicious dye job that, if we were judging, might have gotten him disqualified. The runners-up sported more interesting handlebar-style beards sporting a stately gray and an impressive quantity of wax (along with an eye-popping pink suit), but they were pretty advanced looks across the board.
In other words, don’t try this at home.
A man’s beard is his destiny, and while we’ve already had our say on exactly how it works out, we’re always open to new ideas…
Neatorama just dug up a Victorian treatise on the significance of facial hair, and it has us reconsidering our whole outlook on things. The book is The Language of the Beard, and according to its author, one Upton Uxbridge Underwood, a man’s whole character can be gleaned from his follicles.
Imagine you’re a creative type unbound by dress codes and only the thinnest pretense of nine-to-five regularity. You’ve met with some early success—people even started throwing the word “genius” around—but it scared the suits, and you’ve spent the rest of your career being suffocated by unimaginative businessmen, the stolid nature of the entertainment industry and the ultimate venality of the world.
Look on the bright side: While your existence may be plagued with self-doubt, your facial hair problems are pretty much solved.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we present the Stifled Genius Beard.
The suit’s not bad, but for once we’re more interested in the model’s mug.
For one, how do you tell what kind of scarf knot he’s using?
One of the brilliant things about personal style is it can float along independent of trends.
Most designers would never let a jacket this baggy onto a runway. But while the rest of the fashion world is busy trimming the sag off their cardigans, this Parisian gentleman is off refining his own rumpled look, thanks to a baggy blazer, a few loose scarves, and a perfectly grizzled beard.
And, for the moment at least, he has a style all to himself.
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