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Bonanza a fairly hairy affair
photo: Cliff Grassmick
Jackson Farnsworth, left, and Aaron Johnson are organizing a moustache and beard contest Feb. 24 at Burnt Toast restaurant in Boulder.
It's time to muscle up that moustache and buff up the
beard — a facial-hair contest is coming to Boulder.
The inaugural Weird Beard Bonanza and Moustache Roundup is next week, and it's a chance for facial-hair enthusiasts to put their best handlebar forward and compete. The group behind it, the Hirsute Moustache and Beard Growers Society, is wild for whiskers and a general good time.
"We're trying to celebrate people who use their facial hair as another tool for expressing individuality," said society founder and musician Aaron Johnson, also known as Ukulele Loki.
The 28-year-old started growing his moustache in earnest about six years ago. It has evolved from a pencil-thin lip accessory to a waxed-up handlebar.
"I've always been very interested in history and
fashion, and I think men always get shortchanged," Johnson said.
"I try to use hats and pipes and my moustache as accessories."
Facial hair has deep roots in popular culture.
In ancient times, it was associated with virtue. During
the Reformation in England, men and priests used their beards to make
statements against the church. While beards and moustaches went out of
style in the Western world by the 17th century, they had returned to prominence
by the Civil War. And since the 1960s, unruly facial manes often have
been associated with counter-culture.
While searching for moustache-waxing tips online, he
discovered the World Beard and Moustache Championships. He was inspired.
He started the local society last summer. There are 14 members so far. Johnson said he hopes next week's event, which includes live music and prizes, will attractmore members.
Jen Blake is the group's only woman.
"I can't grow one, but I can put a moustache on for special occasions," Blake said.
She'll sport her fake whiskers for the competition and will act as judge.
Society member Jackson Farnsworth grew his bushy beard in memory of a goodfriend who died last year. Life with a beard has been interesting, he said.
"In this day and age, it's really hard to be memorable;
it's just kind of the nature of our mass society," Farnsworth said.
"It's nice to have a way to differentiate myself."
Contact Camera Staff Writer Kate Larsen at (303) 473-1361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Boulder Weekly
For the Love of Tom Selleck!
February 23, 2006
By Vince Darcangelo
It was a typical day on the Hill: Just three dudes standing on the corner, complimenting each other on their moustaches--and no, it wasn't an amateur porn star convention. It was the beginning of the HIrsute Moustache and Beard Growers Socity (HuMBuGS), a group dedicated to celebrating unique facial hair founded by local musician, entertainer and radio personality, Ukulele Loki.
Five of six years ago, when I'd wear just a moustachre, people would look at me like, "What are you doing? No," say Loki. "Then two or three years ago people started wearing moustahces, but it was funny, like, 'Look at your porn star moustache. That's so gross.' All of a sudden, this year, it's almost cool. I'm seeing fashion magazine guys and movie stars and indie hipsters wearing moustaches."
On Friday, Feb 24, the HuMBuGS will host the first-ever Weird Beard Bonanza and Moustache Roundup at Burnt Toast restaurant on the Hill. The event will feature live music by Ukulele Loki and the Gadabouts and a DJ set by Uncle Jeff Holland. Prizes will be awarded to local conestants with the most unusual and outlandish facial hair. You can size up the competition at www.ukuleleloki.com/humbugs.html.
This bewhiskered ball is not solely the domain of men, however. The ladies also get to join in the fancy facial hair fandango--and not just the bearded, sideshow variety.
"We're encouraging people who don't have facial hair, especially women, to wear fake moustaches and play with it just to make it a theatrical and goofy event," says Loki.
Rollie Fingers would approve.
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The Daily Camera
Beard Bonanza a Big Hit
Photo Jamie Haverkamp
Pat Ryan and his wife, Tracy Ryan, came to the Weird
Beard Bonanza on Friday to show off his 20-year collection of moustache
Tracy Ryan has a special signal to alert her husband
of food in his 'stache.
Steve Steiner's beard has gotten caught in car windows.
Despite the inconveniences, all three are big fans of
facial hair. They were among more than 50 people who gathered Friday night
for the first-ever "Weird Beard Bonanza and Moustache Roundup."
"We're gonna need a bigger venue," said Aaron
Johnson, 28, as more and more participants — exhibiting uniquely
trimmed facial hair — entered Burnt Toast restaurant on University
But on Friday it was all about honoring the art of facial
hair, discussing different trimming tactics and sharing styling products.
Certificates and prizes from sponsoring Hill businesses were given to
many participants, including Illegal Pete's hats and shaving cream from
Al's Barber Shop.
"I identify with it," Ryan said of the curled
moustache he's had since he was 18.
"And she wouldn't let me cut it off," he said,
motioning to his wife.
"I don't know what he'd look like without it,"
Tracy Ryan said.
"It's like breaking up with your girlfriend, I guess,"
"In the hippie days, I just let it grow. It was
almost at my waist," said Steiner, whose full, white beard gives
him somewhat of a Santa effect. "Back then, you were known by the
length of your hair."
Guys weren't the only ones showing off moustaches Friday.
Yuka Takeda, 23, taped on a Fu Manchu to support Johnson, her boyfriend.
"I like his face hair," she said, while trying
to move her whiskers to take a bite of dinner. "But sometimes it
Photo Jamie Haverkamp
Aaron Johnson, founder of the Hirsute Moustache and Beard Growers Society, thanks attendees of Boulder's first Weird Beard Bonanza and Moustache Roundup at Burnt Toast Restaurant Friday.
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