We are alienated from our own facial hair.

Society tells us that full beards are unacceptable. Businessmen, politicians, bankers, and the like are all clean shaven; all demonstrating the standards that middle class society expects us to maintain.

In other words, these are all examples of "the man" keeping down nascent beards everywhere. These are the people that alienate us from our masculinity, forcing us to shave and adopt public personas which might not reflect our own true inner animal.

But it wasn’t always so.

Beards used to be glorified as signs of virility and manliness. A man that couldn't grow a strong beard was privately ridiculed. Some societies would only allow males to grow beards once they were married, thus denoting a sign of stature and respect in the community. To be shaved was to be emasculated.

In early America, societies with men that could not grow facial hair were demeaned less advanced and civilized. Native Americans and the Chinese were both ostracized, in part because of their hairless men. And now we have come full circle where our own society promotes this emasculated version of maleness. Where to be a man is to be clean-shaved; to be respectable is not to have a beard

Let us return to our roots! Let us return to true masculinity! Let us cry out with one voice:

"I WILL HAVE A BEARD!! I WILL BE A MAN!! I WILL NOT CONFORM TO YOUR RULES!"

Whiskerino Archives

Beard Contest 2003
The one that started it all. Beard Contest 2003 (or BC2K3 for short) was an inter- continental contest that lasted for 4 1/2 months ending with a beard "throwdown" celebration. Contestants made lifelong friends and found themselves in the process.
Moustache May 2004
After BC2K3 there was a deep void in the lives of participants, so to fill it they decided on a month-long no-holds barred moustache celebration.
Moustache May 2005
Riding the success and carrying on the tradition of the previous year, Moustache May becomes an annual event.

The last beard contest changed my life. Iím not kidding. I made a lifelong friends and wasted many many hours at work. - Barry Hargrove

No Photoshop! - Andy Matthews

Well, I stopped having sex with 40 year olds after being apart of the beard contest. It truly is life changing. - McBurney

Contributors:

Michael Eades
Curator, Code
Daniel Box
Design
Jamie Holland
CSS

Officials:

Keith Parish
Professional Beard Groomer
Daniel Box
Can spot a Photoshop beard a mile away

Special Thanks:

Grady Eades
Manifesto
Mason Poe
Brainstorm Frenzy Feedback
Michael Madrid
Code Advice