When I did that sculpted set the other day I looked at all my sets to see what other facial hair sets I might have done in the past. I assumed I’d done goatees because it’s the most common facial hair out there. It turns out it’s the ONLY facial hair that I haven’t included in a Daily Dozen. So strange. Today’s set remedies the situation. It’s only 12 photographs but trust me, I could probably do 120 without blinking an eye. In today’s set I’ve tried to capture the classic goatee (which technically doesn’t include a mustache) as well as the far more common goatee and mustache combo. If there are other really obvious sets I’ve missed let me know!
Maybe that’s not the right term for this set? I’ve done big beards, scruffy beards, mustaches and sideburns but today I was looking at a face with a carefully quaffed beardish thing going on. This set is about guys who treat their faces as hirsute canvases, shaving and shaping their hair into a shape and pattern that’s just right. I’ve tried not to include too many men that have only one facial hair element (a nifty mustache for example) but instead wanted at least a couple of things going on. There are – as always – exceptions. Enjoy!
In keeping with the facial hair theme explored a bit last week, I decided to continue this week with sideburns. They’re a good look. But I’m not just a fan, I sport a pair myself. Saying “pair” in that last sentence made me wonder, are there guys that have only one? A sideburn if you will? I hope not . . .
When I thought about doing this set I thought it was going to be tough. When you start looking at men’s faces these days clean shaven is the top of the list, followed by some sort of goatee (with or without a ‘stache) then sideburns, full beards and finally the mustache. The one exception, of course, is Movember when more men sprout hair on their upper lips than the rest of the year combined. I was pleasantly surprised to find I had plenty of pics of men (and one woman) sporting a ‘stache.
Behold the handsome hirsutiness that is the mustache!
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.