Daily Dozen – Guys with Goatees

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!

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Daily Dozen – Men with Sculpted Facial Hair

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!

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Daily Dozen – (Mostly) Men with Mustaches

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!

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Beardvolution

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 the short version of my standard beard. I generally went with this as a summer look – but to be honest, I think it was too short.


This was the mid-length version and it was good for most situations. Not to scant, not too bushy – technically I suppose it was just right.


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:


The consensus was that I look younger without a beard. I guess that’s true. I was getting pretty grey.

Not content to leave well enough alone though I started growing new beards almost right away.


First just a standard goatee.


Then an absurdly thin mustache. (It lasted a few weeks but never did much for anyone.)


Next came the goatee and mustache with missing middle. Just a little bit of hair up around my mouth. I thought it was pretty cool – but again I was clearly in a minority.

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.”
“Yikes”
“I’m thinking prison movie . . .”
“It looks like you were doing an art project.”
“Is that the 13th step?”

Not being entirely a fool, I decided it was time to go back to square one so I shaved:

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.