Closure

Hello, My Bearded Brethren,

As the semester and my college career come to a close, the obligation towards this blog has run dry.  I am free to do as I please with it, to destroy it if I’d like, or to leave it for a rainy day.  I don’t possess the foresight to see what this blog will become, if anything at all.

All I can say is that it has been an honor and a pleasure pursuing the scruffy, unshaven, and sometimes grizzly looking men(and women) in order to ask them a stupid question about their beard or mustache.  It  has been fun looking up events to go to and covering those events was a blast.

It is very difficult saying good-bye to this blog and the people involved in it so… I wont.

As I embark on the journey of regrowing my beard after shaving it as a last hoorah post, I will look in the deepest, darkest depths of the world (New Jersey) for the most gnarly beards I can find.

Thank you fr your support, and I appreciate any continued support.

Yours Truly,
Tha Bearded Blogger

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Ben’s Barbershop

Ben, a man in the hair cutting and shaving business for 45 years, tells us the ins and outs of shaving da face.  Thank you, Ben, for your interview and your patience!

 

A Little Shape-up Tutorial

Hello all,

So I’ve wanted to do a shaving and shape-up tutorial for a while but I haven’t really wanted to shave all that much.  However, the time has come and I captured it on video.

My lovely assistant, Liz Riggio starts by making the whole thing even with a size 3 shaver clip.  She then shapes up the neck and cheeks to leave me with a nice base to start growing it out again!

 

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Moustacha!

Moustacha!

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Beards at the PMA

I had the opportunity to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art recently and I, of course, couldn’t help but notice all of the beards. I took as many pictures as I could before being reprimanded by the security guards.  (They really are kind of mean.)

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I’ve got one word for you: Versatility

A beard can mean may things.  A beard can also say many things.  I spent a lot of time thinking about how beards define certain people and I would like to share my findings.

There are some characters that you just can’t imagine without a beard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

King Leonidas, AKA Gerard Butler, is a pretty good example, mainly because he would not be nearly as Bad-ass without his beard.  THIS IS SPARTA!

Albus Dumbledore and Gandalf, and really any old wizard for that matter, are contextualized by their beards.  It shows great wisdom and patience as it gets older and bigger.  I guess you could say Hagrid belongs alongside Dumbledore, but somehow his character is not really wizard-esque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billy Mays, with his beard and backwards-pointing thumb, was a late, great icon in the world of TV commercials and will live on, eternally branded into the world of info-mercials.  Eat your heart out, Shamwow guy!

Joaquin Pheonix is an interesting character.  Famous for his roles in movies like “Gladiator” and “Signs,” he was always a clean shaven actor.  However, in his documentary called “I’m Still Here” his audience watches his beard grow as he tries to break into the rap world.  His beard symbolizes his character’s change in artistic mediums, as well as his downward spiral.  The rap game is a tough game to play.

Since I cannot (or will not) proceed to post my opinions of every bearded character in today’s pop culture, I will leave you with a pretty cool picture series of actors that you wouldn’t think as “bearded,” per se.

Sincerely,
The Bearded Blogger

To grow, or not to grow…

I recently got a chance to sit down with a fellow mustache enthusiast, Ian Berg, to talk about his choice to grow a mustache.  Rather than typing it out, lets get it straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.

Ian Berg

Ian and his Mustache