Archive for April, 2012

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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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.

The Bearded Blogger