Posts Tagged ‘Mustache’

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


The Million Mustache March

Tie your walking shoes and grab your mustache wax, my bearded brethren, because there is another march to be trekked, this time in Washington D.C.  The Million Mustache March, organized by the American Mustache Institute (AMI), is a walk from the U.S. Capitol Building to the White House to help raise support for the Stimulus to Allow Critical Hair Expenses, or “The Stache Act.”  If passed, The Stache Act will provide a $250 tax deduction to those who are committed to growing and maintaining presentable facial hair.  The march is scheduled for April 1st, 2012.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “this is just an elaborate April Fool’s day prank,” but there is much more to it than that.  To prove they are serious, the AMI has gained support from H&R Block, who has agreed to donate to a cause called Millions From One, an organization devoted to providing clean drinking water to those who are unable to find it for themselves.  This donation, according to the H&R Block official Facebook page, will be on behalf of those who are supporting the Stache Act by signing the petition and/or marching on April 1st.

Before you write this off as another silly publicity stunt, take a look at the celebrated white paper off which The Stache Act is based called “Mustached Americans And The Triple Bottom Line,” downloadable on the AMI website.  The paper, written by Dr. John Yeutter, Ph.D., CFP, and Associate Professor of Accounting and Tax Policy at Northeastern State University, explains how mustache growth on the part of “Mustached Americans” is beneficial to American society, the environment, and the U.S. economy.  Perhaps the most interesting statistic, found in a recent study conducted by Dr. Menjou-­‐Bartchen is the difference in income between clean shaven and mustached men.  The paper cites the study by saying “Mustached Americans earn 4.3 percent more than their clean-­shaven counterparts.”  The study concludes that households with clean-shaven men earn $63,507 a year, while households with mustached men earn an average of $2,730 more, or $66,237.  Assuming a federal tax rate of 25%, the Mustached American pays an average of $675 more per year in taxes.

So what are these subsidies meant to be used for? Mustache maintenance materials of course!  Dr. Yeutter estimates that a man with a well groomed mustache spends nearly 10% of his disposable income on grooming toiletries.  In his paper, Yeutter claims, “in order to maintain the power of income production, mustaches must be carefully maintained and groomed.”  He then goes on to list a number of things that the tax deduction can be used to purchase such as mustache and beard trimming instruments, wax and weightless conditioning agents, combs and mirrors, bacon, and wallet-sized photos of Burt Reynolds.

If you are interested in contributing to the Million Mustache March or supporting The Stache Act, look into marching on April 1st or look for merchandise on the AMI website or a simple Google search for Million Mustache March Merchandise.

I hope to see you all in Washington D.C.

Tha Bearded Blogger

Mustache March Raises $1000 for American Stroke Association

As the MC blasted music behind the Rowan Student Center, nearly one hundred people poured into the patio area adorned in mustache T-shirts and mustaches both real and fake.  Thursday, March 1st at 5:00 PM, the Rowan Prof, also sporting a new mustache, led this crowd on a one-mile march through Rowan’s campus.  Along the way, signs with stroke information lined the marching path through campus, helping those participating to better understand the risk of stroke.

            The Mustache March was actually started to raise awareness and money for The American Stroke Association. Constantine Alexakos, Assistant Director of Rowan Student Activities and founder of Rowan’s Mustache March, recalls the moment when he first had the idea:

            “I was down in Breckenridge like six years ago snowboarding and we were downtown in the town center and there was a whole group of people with mustaches, guys and girls, and they were all down there for this mustache march to raise money for a charity.  Me, being in the position that I’m in, I said ‘that’s a great event and it would go well at Rowan,’ and for six years or so I’ve been trying to get it started at Rowan.”

            Now six years later, his idea has finally come to be as 2012 marks the first ever Mustache March at Rowan University.  The trail of followers behind the prof and the Mustache March banner was over 200 feet at some points, and the march ended up raising nearly $1,000 for the American Stroke Association. 

            However, it wasn’t until the Mustache Mingle that everyone got to show off their mustaches.  The Student Center Pit was decked out with a stage and a screen showing mustache trivia questions that people could answer for a chance to win prizes.  Then there was a booth set up with mustache-friendly foods such as cookies shaped like mustaches, a cake, milk, and hot cocoa with whipped cream.  It wasn’t long before everyone was rocking a milk mustache.  Once everyone was fed and trivia was finished, the mustache contests ensued.

First was the fake mustache contest judged by Stephanie Ackerman, Rowan SGA President, Kelvin Rodriguez, Coordinator for Greek Affairs, and Brett J. Hopkins, Mustache Enthusiast.  This was an opportunity for the ladies in the crowd to show off their new, colorful mustaches.

            Then it was time for the real mustache contest.  This is where the serious competition started.  One contestant, in a pre-contest interview, said, “I will bring the pain!”  He went on to take second behind Brian Steltzor, who was sporting a pair of blonde handlebars. 

            After all was said and done, the MC for the night, Jose M. Batista, was excited about hosting the event next year and for years to come.

He said, “to be totally honest, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot of people to show up so I wasn’t really considering much of a future for it, but now that it was such a hit and we raised so much money I can’t wait for next year’s Mustache March.”

Mustache March Photo Log

March 8, 2012 2 comments

March 1st marked the very first Mustache March at Rowan University.  It raised nearly $1000 for the American Stroke Association and showed over 100 participants an awesome time. This series of photos should illustrate the good times.

For more information on the Mustache March, take a look at my Mustache March Blog post for the story and some cool links.

Constantine Alexakos asks “Who needs a mustache?”

“Not me!”

The Prof came out to show some serious support

The crowd followed the MM Banner

Raising awareness was an important part of the march

This check was waiting for us inside.  The MM raised about $1000.

Cake, or death…

Redefining “Milk-stache.”

The competitors had to show their stuff.

“She’s a lumberjack and she’s ok…”

Serious man hours went into this crocheted mustache.

Winners of the fake mustache contest.

Then there was the real mustache contest

Even the MC got involved.

Posing for the judges.

Mustache shirts are major brownie points.

The real mustache competition was FIERCE!

Winners of the real mustache competition.

“Do something fun!”

Job well done.

Mustaches for the Mustache March… in March

February 11, 2012 2 comments

Growing facial hair is just good clean fun.  You don’t need an excuse to grow it other than “I want to!”  But every now and again it serves a purpose beyond aesthetics and actually makes the world a better place.

On March 1st Rowan University will host its first ever Mustache March!  This one-mile march through Rowan’s campus, put together by Constantine Alexakos, the Assistant Director of student activities at Rowan, is all to raise awareness and money for The American Stroke Association.

“Well, we want to raise money, but we don’t want to focus on only raising money, “ says Alexakos. “There are a lot of things going on in [the spring] usually about raising money, so we want to focus on the fun aspect of it, though a lot of the proceeds from the shirt sale is going to the American Stroke Association.”

At a two-day kickoff event at the Student Center, organizers sold t-shirts featuring the Rowan Prof sporting a number of different mustaches, fake mustaches that stick to your face, and different craft supplies to make your own mustache for free. Within the first few hours, 50 t-shirts had been sold.

“I’m hoping to sell at least a hundred of them by the end of the day,” said Alexakos.

After the March there will be an event known as the “Mustache Mingle.”  This is a chance for those participating in the march to hang out, eat, and play games.  “We’re gonna have food that sort of gets stuck in your mustache, like milk and stuff, then pin the mustache on the Prof, a mustache contest for the best home-grown and the best fake mustache, and then we’ll have mustache Trivia!” said Alexakos.  This is a great chance to get together and hang out with other facial hair enthusiasts, enjoy some good food, and support an important cause.

“What I’m hoping to do is give the students something to buy into, and maybe create some tradition,” said Alexakos.

Though this event is still in it’s infancy, it shows potential of becoming a staple in Rowan’s community.  This fun yet important idea to raise stroke awareness  will surely become an annual tradition for Rowan.  Alexakos ended the interview with these words “I know it’s silly, you either like it or you don’t, but if you do, grab your friends and come out and do it and it’ll be a good time.”

For more information on Mustache March and other student activities, visit the Rowan Office of Student Activities

My Mustache March T-Shirt

Beards Grow Better When They Have Goals!

February 3, 2012 7 comments

A question for my bearded brethren: how do your whiskers stand?

I’m referring to the many beard competitions across the nation, and even the world! You didn’t know they took it so seriously did you?

Every since the poplar television program called “Whisker Wars” debuted on the Independent Film Channel, more and more Americans are becoming aware of this fascinating, not-so-new world full of people who think they have the best beard.

Though it may be new to some of us, The World Beard and Mustache Championships have been around longer than some of us have, including yours truly. Traditionally held in Europe, the Championships have made their way to the United States, where Americans became “the world’s new facial hair super power” once they took the title from Germany, who had dominated the competition from the very beginning.

As the competition gained popularity in the states, The Beard Team USA was born.  With chapters littering the USA, including Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (for you local growers out there), the USA has not taken the title of “facial hair super power” lightly.

For those of you who think you have what it takes, consider the National Beard and Mustache Championships 2012.  This competition is set for November 11, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  All entry information and things of that nature will be posted on the website at some point, but growing should start now!

For those of you who are trying to get into it, consider a few tips and tricks.

Good luck, Gents, there is some stiff competition out there, but I know you can do it!

The Bearded Blogger

P.S. For those of you who aren’t competing in November, don’t neglect the power of a mustache for Movember.

Mustaches are Power!