Whiskerino: Closed Until 2009
W
e are alienated from our own facial hair.
Society tells us that full beards are unacceptable. Businessmen, politicians, bankers, and the like are all clean shaven; all demonstrating the standards that middle class society expects us to maintain.

In other words, these are all examples of "the man" keeping down nascent beards everywhere. These are the people that alienate us from our masculinity, forcing us to shave and adopt public personas which might not reflect our own true inner animal.

But it wasn't always so.

Beards used to be glorified as signs of virility and manliness. A man that couldn't grow a strong beard was privately ridiculed. Some societies would only allow males to grow beards once they were married, thus denoting a sign of stature and respect in the community. To be shaved was to be emasculated.

In early America, men that could not grow facial hair were demeaned less advanced and uncivilized. Now we have come full circle where our own society promotes this emasculated version of maleness. Where to be a man is to be clean-shaved; to be respectable is not to have a beard.

Let us return to our roots! Let us return to true masculinity! Let us cry out with one voice:

"I WILL HAVE A BEARD!! I WILL BE A MAN!! I WILL NOT CONFORM TO YOUR RULES!"

The Archives

Moustache May 2007

May 1st, 2007 - May 31st, 2007

 
The moustache takes its place upon the throne of Full Regality. There is no denying it anymore; irony is completely out the window and moustached glory is legitimized once again.

Moustache May 2006

May 1st, 2006 - May 31st, 2006

 
The awkwardness of having a moustache was definitely waning this year. We saw more people embrace the ‘stache than ever. The creativity of participants photos almost outshined the moustaches themselves!

Whiskerino 2005 - 2006

Nov 2nd, 2005 - Feb 28th, 2006

 
An unprecedented turnout for competitive beard growing. A new standard is set.

Moustache May 2005

May 1st, 2005 - May 31st, 2005

 
Riding the success and carrying on the tradition of the previous year, Moustache May becomes an annual event.

Moustache May 2004

May 1st, 2004 - May 31st, 2004

 
After BC2K3 there was a deep void in the lives of participants, so to fill it they decided on a month-long no-holds barred moustache celebration.

Beard Contest 2003

Aug. 2nd, 2003 - Dec. 20th, 2003

 
The one that started it all. Beard Contest 2003 (or BC2K3 for short) was an inter- continental contest that lasted for 4 1/2 months ending with a beard "throwdown" celebration. Contestants made lifelong friends and found themselves in the process.

Contributors

Michael Eades
Curator, Code
Daniel Box
Design
Jamie Holland
Markup

Special Thanks

Grady Eades
Whiskerino Manifesto
Travis Beckham
Code Insight
Jack Lukic
Javascript Helping Hand
Juan Anorga
Code Soother
Chad Pugh
Skull & Razors Design