Whisker Wars: 10 Favorites in Facial Hair


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At one point in the not so distant past, facial hair was considered creepy. The mustache in particular didn't have very positive connotations. Slang words such as "molestache" and "creepstache" were coined as snarky descriptions of strange men in vans who were out to get little kids on playgrounds.

As of late, however, beards and 'staches have, ahem, grown into their own and are now being celebrated. Whether the trend was born out of hipster irony or a genuine fashion statement, facial hair is coming back in a serious way. Beginning Friday, August 5, IFC (Independent Film Channel) will premiere a new program called Whisker Wars, which follows a team of dedicated facial hair growers as they compete in beard competitions across the country, pinning their hopes and dreams on becoming world champion beardsmen. Yes, there is a World Championship Competition held in Norway, and Beard Team USA is going for the gold.

Beard growing competitions aren't anything new, but have been gaining popularity. Los Angeles is hosting its first ever Beard and Mustache Competition this month, and our friends over in the hill country, The Austin Facial Hair Club, have been growing strong since 2007. We did some digging and found that Houston has a chapter of Beard Team USA, but it appears to be defunct. Sure, it's hot here, but we're hoping with all the hair hoopla going on as of late, the Houston chapter will consider getting their beard on again.

We found a lot of great photos of famous facial hair throughout history, some even in our own backyards. Here is a list of our top ten faves.

10. Local beards - Naturally, we have to start with our own ZZ Top (even if Frank Beard doesn't have a beard).

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9. Celebrity 'Stache - Charlie Chaplin, hands down.

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8 comments
matt
matt

Rollie Fingers...nuff said.

Adam
Adam

 Beards are cool. Easy to maintain, protects against flying crows, and can store pens. Stop shavin yo' faces this month!   But really, men should grow more  beards. You can always shave another day.

Bill
Bill

You forgot my wife's favorite, Tom Selleck. I am sure the list can be long and lots forgotten.

Kapitan Piwo
Kapitan Piwo

Adam, it's his beard! BEARD! Not sports achievements, are you really such hardass?

AdamDCallan
AdamDCallan

"Doesn't get creepier than Keith Hernandez."If by creepy you mean 11 time Gold Glove Winner - 2-time World Champion - 1979 National League MVP - Just For Men Spokesperson - Awesome, then yes...he's totally creepy.

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