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Santa's Beard Causing Problems

The Broad Street Mall in Reading, England, reported that Santa Claus dangled from the ceiling this weekend due to his beard getting caught in the rope - for at least 30 minutes - but never removed his whiskers to prevent disappointing hundreds of children who were looking up at him.

Grow it proudly, beardos.... but make sure to trim it properly before rappelling through a mall skylight 15' above the ground. 

He could have just taken his beard off and let himself down but he was such a professional and he didn’t want to let the children down,” Broad Street Mall marketing manager Stephanie Maynard told the BBC."



A Man Without A Moustache Is Like A Woman With One

Today's jam by Ed Harcourt is one not (for the whiskers) to miss.  

Vote In The Beards

Happy voting day campers... did you vote yet? Yes? Good. No? GO VOTE! #proveit and vote in the beards.

I give you, the class of 2012 -- Barack OBeardy and Mitt Beardney:


Big (stache) Ben


Kudos to our mustached brethren across the Atlantic... this is freaking amazingly awesome. Grow it out, grow it proud!

credit: Getty Images


Best Reason to Vote

The Economy? Jobs? Foreign Policy? Healthcare? Energy Independence? No... Helping avoid beard or moustache-cide, especially during Movember.

Look, we're not going to baited into the political discussions of he said or what the other guy said, all we know is that David Axelrod, a senior adviser to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, said Wednesday he will shave off his 40 y/o mustache on national television if Obama loses Minnesota, Michigan or Pennsylvania on Election Day.

Here's a clip of the testy proposal on Joe Scarborough, the host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”:

So... MN, MI, PA... the ball is in your court, or on your chin and upper lip that is. You know what to do... #proveit.


Beards Win Championships

Whether in basketball, baseball, football or bearding... beards win championships. It has been a proven correlation by the great analysts of our time (e.g. Boomer, Madden, Olsen, etc.). The latest case to stare us in the face, is last night's sweep of the Detroit Tigers at the World Series by the San Francisco Giants, who now have 2 world championships in 3 years...

Even as a devout Red Sox fan, I can recognize greatness on the field... note the Yankees are clean-cut devils, and where are they? My beloved band of idiots was as strong as any team in the majors, until they shipped off their bearded brethren to other teams... shameful management, degrading unsportsmanlike conduct. 

Is anyone surprised that a team with such amazing beard game and devotion to hirsute is at the top of their sport? For all these reasons, and more (including the fact that the fairer half of Build-a-Beard founders is based in SF), we salute the Giants on their championship, we don't fear but profoundly respect the beard.

 Photo CreditL Getty Images/The Atlantic


Frightened Rabbit's Hairy Encore

                             "The integrity of a beard is not judged on its length alone." 

After two long years, Build-A-Beard reconnected with Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit before the band rocked the stage at San Francisco's The Independent last week (with not one, but two encores!). Over the past few years, Scott has gone from grooming a proper mustache to growing a full, mature beard. 

The entire interview is available below via Frightened Rabbit's SoundCloud account and it's worth a listen. Don't believe me? - Well, here's some fun facts you'll discover --

  • Scott has a name for his beard. Any ideas? 
  • He *almost* lost a relationship over shaving. 
  • A US city that impresses him the most with facial hair... is on the East Coast 
  • Learn how facial hair inspired the band's latest EP, State Hospital
  • Would beard hair make for a good guitar string? Y N M

Hear more:


Special thanks (as always) to the gracious Scott Hutchison (and his incredible beard):


Beard > Butter


Hopefully you're at least half as happy as Paula Deen heavy petting Hemingway... while high on butter.




Jesse Shapins Sports A Kick Ass Beard

Today, I had the opportunity to meet Jesse Shapins, Zeega's Chief Strategy Architect, co-founder/associate director of metaLAB(at)Harvard, on the faculty of architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and one hell of a beardsman

In a very brief conversation, Jessie shared he's had a beard for a long time, but got serious about the length that you see below approximately 8-months ago. He's super smart, friendly, and a committed grower. 

(Photo: Jesse Shapins at SoundCloud SF office)


10 Qs with Jason Miller

"Why keep shaving when I can have a werewolf fist on my face?"
-- Jason Miller

Jason Miller () was an intern at the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show (aka Elvis Duran and the Morning Zoo, aka the Elvis Duran Show, aka the number 1 syndicated radio morning show in the country) this past summer, and yes it's a show I am a fairly devout fan of. I went from a hater to a convert this past year, when I started to drive towork from time to time in the morning. I used to listen to this show all the time a long long time ago, when my brother would drive me places, and I hated it... Why? I can't possibly imagine now... it's a motley crew of characters, topics, and verbal mayhem, which is squarely up my alley.

Jason stood out from this year's cadre of interns at the show... mainly because he did a hilarious video series for called The Intern Interview, and, he had an awesome beard... Though everyone on the show is talented in their own right, Jason is clearly the only one with any facial hair to speak of, definitely the most fierce.

Wanting to give a the beardo like him the spotlight he deserves, I reached out to the show to make an interview with the owner of The Double Goat (see photo below) happen. When I found Jason, he was back in Iowa, scratching his chin and still hoping that the male cast of the show would indulge him in a Beard-Off... so, c'mon Elvis, Skeery, TJ, et al PROVE IT!

 Photo credit: Eric Miller1) Tell us about being an intern at the Elvis Duran Show, was it a Zoo?

Interning for Elvis Duran and The Morning Show was easily the most incredible experience I’ve had. It was such an amazing opportunity to work with best in the business and share my passion with them. Never a dull day and everyone has a blast working every day. I don’t think I can even call it work because it was just pure fun.

2) Is being on the radio a good pickup line still? Do you use it often? I’m sure Skeery Jones used it at least 5 times just today…

You honestly wouldn’t believe it but yea it definitely works. I’ve never flat out used it on purpose but when you are at a bar remote broadcasting live with headphones on and looking the part, girls definitely notice you. If anything it’s just an easier way to approach women at the bar and have a reason to talk to them. After that it’s more on your personality.

3) Do your stache hairs every get caught in the mic?

So far I’ve done a good job at keeping the beard out of the mic when it counts. But I would be lying if I said I haven’t rubbed my chin on the mic to see what it sounds like…

4) Is radio on the way out like sideburns or roaring back like the handlebar mustache?

Well I would have to say neither; it’s really just changing. Internet radio is becoming more prominent which is why they launched iHeartRadio.  I think morning show formats are really what’s keeping traditional radio alive.

5) Do you think Elvis will look good with a beard, or a stache… maybe a nice Dali will suit him, or a chin strap?

I think Elvis would look great with beard! I think he should go for the Kimbo Slice / Rick Ross look. But I also think he could pull off a clean Fu Manchu.

6) We hear TJ has/had some gnarly body hair… would he grow the biggest beard on the show, should there be a challenge?

TJ does a great job at keeping it just under the stubble zone. But I see the potential for greatness. If anything I think Skeery would be the biggest competitor. I’m always down for a Beard-Off.

7) What was your favorite Intern Interview of the series you spearheaded for the show?

Oh boy that’s a tough one. All four interviews were different in subtle ways, which was really me trying out different things. I definitely loved the Greg T interview because it was the first one. Had a blast with Carla Marie, she was hilarious to work with. The Ronnie interview was mostly us goofing around and seeing what we came up with which was a riot. But my favorite one in terms of conducting the interview was Skeery. Only because he was the one person that would make me drop character and crack up. I think it was because I caught him so off guard with it that his reactions just got me. But end result wise I can’t say, I enjoy them all!

8) What’s with your career path: you’re been to college, went to the #1 syndicated radio show in the country HQd in the best city in the world, and then left for… Iowa? What gives?

Hahahaha well let me explain…Born and raised in Duluth Minnesota but I go to college in Des Moines Iowa where I also work at the radio station KISS 107.5. We broadcast Elvis in the mornings so that was really how I first was introduced to the morning show. I then landed my internship for the summer and unfortunately had to come back to finish my last year of school. Don’t worry I don’t plan on being in Iowa much longer…

9) What advice would you give the young kids reading this interview about starting a career in Radio or show business broadly?

Well what I would say for not just radio but most industries is get your foot in the door. At a younger age the easiest way is via internship. But interns come and go so you have to stand out from all the interns before you, the other possible interns you will be working with, and the interns they haven’t even had yet. You have to be doing the things no one else is doing and let your passion and hard work ethic shine above the rest. After that it’s all a matter of constantly pushing yourself and learning as much as you can. Ultimately it comes down to passion. You can teach people the skills and for the most part how to do things, but you can’t teach passion. So follow your dreams and never stop till you get where you want to be. Don’t be afraid to show it and people will start paying attention to your actions.

10) What advice would you give non bearded men looking to take the plunge and dive head first into facial hair growing.

Everyone knows coffee and whiskey are the keys to a face full of hair…but really if you aren’t gifted in full force beard growth abilities, then I would say grow what you can and stick with it. Everyone has a transitional phase where you start to look like a freak…you just have to be dedicated to getting it as full as possible and then deciding what look to best roll with.


Beards Make A Difference

Last night, BaB held our first ever Beard Ball in San Francisco! And thanks to the support from Lord British, Heathered Pearls, and a neighborhood blog, the night was a huge success for Brush Fire Painting. The money is still being counted between the various donation jars, but it's safe to assume that we brought in close to (if not a bit over) $500.00 for the local non-profit and also got to see (and purchase) some great pieces of art.

Go beards! 
(Lord British rocking Beard Ball)
(Heathered Pearls)
(BaB founders)
Hear more about Brush Fire Painting:

ESPN's Progressive Stache

Logging in earlier today I couldn't help but notice a fast paced, hairy looking promo for some gambling, betting, insurance product? That can't be right... was it something about cash for staches... insurance for facial hair...? Color me confused.
Upon some googling, and internet super sleuthing, what i found is a campaign by Progressive insurance and ESPN called 'Streak for the Cash.' A fantasy betting game, where one must choose from a list of various team matchups across different sports, and participants must predict the winner of one of the matchups. If you build the longest streak you win... moreover if you beats the Progressive Messenger for monthly wins, you win even more cash.

Still confused what mustaches have to do with this... well, the Progressive Messenger is the one with the stache... this smells of facial hair bandwagon-ing, reeks! Well, in lieu of the real (looking) mustache on the dude, we'll let this slide, this time.


Android Figurines & Glorious Mustaches

Collect them all!

Toy Solider: 




Sarah Silverman's Hairy Lips

Our latest follow on Twitter, may also be our favorite.

What say you Sarah? Does the carpet match the drapes? This and much much more, if you grant us an interview about your choice to go natural... c'mon, #proveit!


A Beard is a Gift You Give Your Face

... and also your beer can. These handmade "Beard Cozies" garnered 1st place in the 2012 PBR Craft Show (we didn't know that PBR had an annual craft show, but it's true).

A bit of disappointing news though - due to the overwhelming demand, the Beard Cozies are on pre-order, so they'll ship to you as soon as they become available. Good news -- you need these. YOU NEED THESE. So who cares if you need to wait a few weeks.  Go buy 'em!

(Photo credit: Arms & Ink Studio)


Buy A Beardo T-shirt

A few weeks ago, my colleague came into work sporting a beard maze sweatshirt, which blew our office away. Today, I discovered that he ordered this killer print from TIMBER! t-shirts drawn by Etsy artist Chad Eaton. All of the TIMBER! designs fit into a story that sets a conflict between lumberjacks and their bosses with forest dwellers, including bigfoot, stuck in the middle. And yes, the designs demonstrate the strength of beards.

My favorites include the lumberjack, beard pillowbear with baby (sans beard, but incredible), and the beard bicyclist.  Oh & let's not forget the skull beardo:
Support this artist & rock some new t-shirts during our Beard Ball. 


San Francisco Beard Ball - August 15th

Summertime.... The gift of a few short months to showcase those fantastic beards & 'staches that you grew all winter or perhaps have been growing for years! Time to take a stroll down the block while your beard whips in the wind. Feel the power of your mustache as it withstands the heat & humidity! Or if you're in San Francisco, you're probably still wearing your scarf & heavy jacket... bundling up your beard, but you get the point....  

B-a-B thought it would be the perfect time to collectively combine all the facial hair awesomeness in San Francisco (and wow, does this city have a lot of that!) and unite whiskers (and admirers of them) under one roof for the cause of raising some funds for a great local charity. So that's exactly what we're doing on Wednesday, August 15th. A $5 suggested donation will be asked at the door with all the proceeds from that evening going directly to Brush Fire Painting.  Brush Fire Painting Workshops provides expressive painting classes to children and youth impacted by poverty, violence, and incarceration. They have been helping young painters unleash their creative potential in schools, community centers, and locked facilities since 2002.

Entertainment will be provided by Lord British (fantastic rock band) and Heathered Pearls (fantastic DJ).  Special thanks to the incredible Dan Redding of Magnetic State for the kick-ass flyer.  

Save the date - 8.15.12!



Donnie Wahlberg tweeted this photo of himself and fellow New Kids on the Block members. Did you notice the matching mustaches or the shirtless bathroom setting first?



Happy Bearday America!

Beards and freedom go hand in chin. Happy Bearday America!




Grow Beards for Sweden!

This past week, SoundCloud encouraged me to throw a "master class" in beard & mustache growing with a specific focus on The World Beard & Mustache Championships. But no beard and mustache presentation would be complete without the expert opinion of the incredible Phil Olsen, captain of Beard Team USA.  In the following sound, Phil gives a brief history on the global sport of bearding, while also presenting an alarming fact about Sweden & one momentous challenge to one of my colleagues in particular....

Reminder: don't miss the third annual Beard Team USA National Beard and Moustache Championships taking place on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. The amphitheater has lawn seating for 3000 beardsmen and their fans!  

Perhaps the 1st ever Swedish beard team will show up? I know a few Swedes who could help this cause...
 (Photo: Hannes Tydén - SoundCloud genius and best beard at the company)