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National [US] Beard and Mustache Championship portraits.
September 23, 2013 6:19 AM   Subscribe

In 2013 the U.S. Semi finals took place in Vegas. And a fine parade of facial hair it was. The World Beard and Moustache Championship is a biennial competition that celebrates meticulously coiffed facial hair.

This year the U.S. semi finals took place in Las Vegas.

With three main competition categories, (each of which have four to six subcategories), there is plenty for the aficionado of facial hair to appreciate.

The Beard Team US (for moustaches too) - are a particularly handsome lot - providing of course you find facial hair appealing.

The first U.K. national championship took place in 2012 in the seaside town of Brighton and raised £2,416 for Macmillian Cancer Support.

The competition has been mentioned previously in regards to the setting (or not) of world records at the U.S. event.
posted by Faintdreams (15 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Based on my trip this past weekend, the hardcore training grounds for this kind of thing are in Austin TX. I've never seen so much facial hair in my life as I did in the last 6 days.
posted by Brockles at 6:27 AM on September 23, 2013

I lived in 2 bedroom apartment in one of those beards for 3 years. If you have any questions just ask away and I'll try and answer them.
posted by srboisvert at 6:34 AM on September 23, 2013 [3 favorites]

I have a beard and this type of thing creeps me out.
posted by demiurge at 6:41 AM on September 23, 2013

If it's a Beard and Moustache Championship, why must many of them dress as if they are extras in an episode of "Copper?"
posted by kuanes at 7:19 AM on September 23, 2013 [1 favorite]

As often, we should take a lesson from guy who made his beard into a windmill. If I ran this, I would have a whole category for representative beard art.
posted by Copronymus at 8:16 AM on September 23, 2013

Kind of incredulous at how there's only white guys on this whole thing. I assume it's more of an in-group cultural thing than a "we think white beards are the best beards" but it's still creepy.
posted by Jon_Evil at 8:57 AM on September 23, 2013

I always get a kick out of seeing Jack Passion busy being famous. I went to school with that guy before he made up his new name. It was well before that, in fact -- I recently unearthed a tee-ball team photo and was reminded that we were on the same team one year.
posted by cman at 8:59 AM on September 23, 2013

ZZ Top?
posted by thewalrus at 9:08 AM on September 23, 2013

Man I have a hard enough time making it thrust out forward instead of looking like an enormous neckbeard.
posted by griphus at 9:12 AM on September 23, 2013

So in the third photo in the main link, there is a guy who is holding the tail end of a long braid. Although we can't see the whole thing, I'm guessing that thing is like 5 feet long. How many years does something like that take? The guy looks to me be in his 30s or 40s. Would he have been growing that since he first got facial hair?
posted by dios at 9:43 AM on September 23, 2013

Would he have been growing that since he first got facial hair?

My beard-hair grows roughly as fast as my head-hair and it took me ~5 years to grow my head-hair from a regular, short haircut to waist-length.
posted by griphus at 10:28 AM on September 23, 2013

Beard hair is supposedly the fastest-growing hair on the body.

Anyway, the freestyle categories always remind me of Louis Wain's psychedelic cat portraits.
posted by not_on_display at 11:13 AM on September 23, 2013

srboisvert, I would presume a fair amount of getting these competition beards and moustachery to go and stay in certain directions (even down, sometimes, since my beard hair, at least, tends to curl up after a bit) involves consistent waxing and combing. I get tired of eating my moustache quickly, so it's the first thing to get trimmed.
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 11:34 AM on September 23, 2013

Beard hair is supposedly the fastest-growing hair on the body.

Until you get old and then your nose hair and ear hair gives it a good race.
posted by srboisvert at 1:05 PM on September 23, 2013 [1 favorite]

The 6th guy down was great in David Lynch's Dune.
posted by Mister_A at 1:37 PM on September 23, 2013

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