There’s a fine line between shaven and having a five o’clock shadow. And another line between a shadow and stubble. Ane yet another one between stubble and scruff. And a final one between scruff and a beard. Of course there are transitional stages that could be stubble or scruff – or scruff and a beard. I have examples of all of them in my 1000faces. Today’s set looks at scruff and owes a tip of the hat to Keith Maurizi for suggesting this theme. If you have a subset you’d like to see let me know.
Over the past ten years I’ve mostly had hair on my face. For nine years it was a full beard. Here’s a brief history of my beards:
This was about as long as my beard ever got. Long was my favorite version but I was just about the only person that thought so. After more than nine years, I decided to surprise everyone by taking the whole thing off. This was how I looked when I first shaved:
Not content to leave well enough alone though I started growing new beards almost right away.
Finally I had what might be the silliest beard ever. I was trying to imagine what facial hair might look like in the future and decided that the future was now! I wanted something subtle and understated but that would still stand out in the facial hair universe. This is what I came up with:
The comments were not favorable. Here’s just a few:
“I can’t even look at you like that.”
“I’m thinking prison movie . . .”
“It looks like you were doing an art project.”
“Is that the 13th step?”
I’ll be starting a new one soon but have decided to give my friends – and my follicles – a break. Don’t worry though, there’ll be more in the future.