“There is always a period when a man with a beard shaves it off. This period does not last. He returns headlong to his beard.” -Jean Cocteau
Some traditions are older than we even know. Older than our great-grandparents, older than our countries, older even than the oldest songs and music we know of, which comes to you today courtesy of Planxty, the story of the 1580 defeat of the British at Glenmalure,
But in our era of relative peace and prosperity, we have the freedom and safety to once again express ourselves through the hair we grow on our face. And more recently, we even have contests that celebrate it!
So I am pleased to invite all of you to the second annual West Coast Beard and Mustache Championships, coming up on Saturday, January 21st, 2012, right here in Portland, OR!
Come and compete (there are women’s categories, too!) if you’ve got something to show off, or simply come as a spectator and enjoy the festivities! The sights and cast of characters you’re likely to see there are well worth it!
From amazing mustaches like Steve’s, above, to “celebrity” sightings that you won’t find anyplace else, this year’s competition is shaping up to be even better than last year’s. And seriously, last year brought us this:
Yes, that is Billy Gibbons giving Abe Lincoln a guitar lesson!
Even I got in on the action last year. Although I didn’t make the podium in my category, I did manage to land a spot in episode 3 of IFC’s Whisker Wars last year.
But I’ve had a whole extra year to prepare for this, both in terms of facial hair and in terms of style; you don’t want to miss the spectacle I’ve created for this competition!
So get your tickets if you can make it (they may sell out, so get them in advance), come on by at 2:30 PM next Saturday, bring a camera and the kids (6 and under get in free), and enjoy the 2012 West Coast Beard and Mustache Championships! (Pics to come, assuredly, on facebook, google+ and twitter, and maybe here, too!)
Have a great weekend, and hopefully I’ll see as many of you as possible on Saturday!