Whiskerino 2009

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  • posted: February 28 @ 8:33am
Forget Octobeard.

These past four months has been the most creatively inspiring time of my life. I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I registered, and didn't know anyone involved. It ended up being something completely unique.

I'm so glad I've had the opportunity to spend a third of a year with you fine gentlemen (and a few ladies) and wouldn't trade it for anything. I've made some strong bonds and real friends through this crazy beard-growing/photography contest. Let's stay in touch.

Thanks a million times over to @mackle for putting this on and tirelessly being a good sport about all of the work that goes into making this happen. You're a gentleman and a scholar.

Oh. And to anyone who doesn't plan on shaving any time soon, you're welcome to join us on Flickr. *Try* going for the yeard.


zackle says:
Bye buddy. You've definitely been a favorite of mine. Gimme a holler sometime.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:35am -
Yogi Beard says:
One of the coolest people I've met on here. Your pictures and comments always made me laugh my ass off. Stay in touch, friend.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:40am -
Ploafmaster says:
See ya later man. It's been realer than real.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:44am -
michaeljstraub says:
You're awesome Andrew. This has been great getting to know you via an internet beard-growing community. Glad that we get to keep this crazy beard thing going for the yeard
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:59am -
tedford says:
i met so many good people at the Throwdown and you were one of the finest. i'll be following your further adventures with the yeard and wish you the best of luck with it. we'll definitely be seeing you around.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:13am -
sariebell says:
It was so very nice to meet you on here and in real life. You are salt of the earth. So long and thanks again and again and again for all the cheese.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:20am -
wondermade says:
Wow, you look different!
I hope your efforts on the yeard prove successful. It's been a pleasure growing a beard alongside you, and an inspiration to watch your photography evolve.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:25am -
Sir Walshington says:
One of my favorites. Always a part of the daily view. Thank you for enlightenment on a few of my camera's non-automatic abilities. I've learned a lot just by looking at your pictures and then trying it with mine. I will most definitely be in Wisconsin in the future, as all of my family is from there, so we will have to get together and have a throwdown beer and conversation. Thank you for the support and friendship throughout all of this. Thank you.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:28am -
specialshoes says:
i wish i'd gotten a better chance to hang with you in Nashville. your photos are great. perhaps our paths will cross again. take care.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:40am -
SoulGlo1976 says:
I wish we would have spoken more in Nashville. You just reek of awesome in a legendary way. Best of luck with the yeard! That journey will be epic.

If you're ever in Nashville, I'd love to hang out. PEACE!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:42am -
robberfly says:
Nice growing & showing w/ you. Best wishes!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:03am -
Vanbert says:
i like you better with a beard. your photos were fantastic, loved following you daily. best of luck.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:34am -
miguelito says:
i'll be seein ya. by force, if need be.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:45am -
jnonfiction says:
You've got a solid place in Detroit whenever you want. We loved what you did.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:47am -
jclutch says:
You brought it hard and should be proud, glad I got to meet you dude- let's keep in touch!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:58am -
mynameisjason says:
you brought some greatness to this corner of the internet, and i thank you for it. be well.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:02am -
j a t says:
i'll be following your yeard for sure. good luck with that.

oh...and boooooo le arse.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:25am -
falfa says:
great to grow and show with you, pally.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:33am -
Grower&Shower says:
Thank you so much for all of your help this year! You're a great guy and I know we'll keep in touch on the internets.

Gonna try for the yeard and the flickr group... we'll see...
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 12:53pm -
julialikesbeards says:
Bai Andrew. Much love.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:09pm -
keifel says:
it's been amazing and i'll see you tomorrow.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:35pm -
Robfrenzy says:
you rule and I am excited to hang out Tuesday. I will probably not have the beard, sorry. I need to go out and visit people, its that time of year.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:39pm -
Jar says:
Good luck on the yeard, your work here was great and I am glad I got to meet you (although, ridiculously briefly).
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:48pm -
mattyc says:
you and miguelito practically OWNED the chat.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:53pm -
mattyc says:
it's been awesome bearding with you in the digital realm and hanging with you ever so briefly in the real life realm.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:53pm -
mattyc says:
glad you stuck around.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:53pm -
Davis says:
see ya buddy.

been great getting to meet you via an unexplainable beard growing and photographing website. gotta say - it's the most awkward way to try and explain how you know someone, but whatever. it is what it is.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:50pm -
irishsquire says:
thanks for everything,
hope to see you one day,
good luck.
the kennedy family.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:51pm -
johnatcollege says:
I great shot to go out on and it's been great growing with you.
I got you're message. I'll send you my address in the morn. If there's anything I can send you in return let me know.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:01pm -
EdwardTeach says:
dude, you're amazing.

your photos have been superlative. you're a great guy. let's get together in wisconsin.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:10pm -
TheStride says:
I don't know what to say man. You've rocked my socks. Pushed me creatively and grew a sweet beard. I'm looking forward to the future creative endeavors that you will do and that I will pursue with you. Be well. Thank you for bringing the awesome through this.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:26pm -
Phil says:
Good luck with the yeard. Stay classy. See you on the interwebs!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:34pm -
shularbrau says:
Thanks for the beer. I've yet to get to any of them, but not to worry, I keep a good inventory of beer around and pull them out one at a time and enjoy them at appropriate times and am excited about them.
It was good to meet you and great growing with you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:56pm -
Army of Whiskers says:
I enjoyed your pictures immensely. You definitely deserved both of your king beards. Glad I got to hang with you a little during the TDown.

We are Facdbook synced, so I'll see you around.

PS - Come to Phoenix someday and hang with hale, noelix and I.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:59pm -
EdwardTeach says:
are you still doing the yeard?
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:02pm -
Pip says:
You're a true man among men. I'm so glad I got to know you, and we'll definitely be seeing you around.

Take care.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:16pm -
sethro says:
not only have your photos been great, you really contributed to the sense of whiskerino community. thanks for that! great meeting you and hopefully i'll see you again. i know the Team Renaud™ Detroit contingent would love a visit.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:10pm -
zackle says:
I almost forgot to thank you for the wonderful tributes. Your Renaud week was amazing, and we're glad to have you as an honorary member.

You figure you'll join us again for Moustache May? I hope so, pal. Take care.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:38pm -
Ula O cealleigh says:
@Andrew you were the life & soul of the chat.

& you did awesome! you are one of my whiskerino hero's.
Great to follow your progress!! keep giving it the awesome!
Peace brother!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:56pm -
Ozzy Nelson says:
you can crash at my house anytime. It was such a great experience sharing our house with you gentleman. I will never forget those good times.
thanks andrew.
happy trails my friend
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:57pm -
Grown Unknown says:
Your headshots amaze me - as I'm cruising through everone's calendars tonight, I am glad I got to meet you (briefly) in TN.

Take care and thanks for the comments.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:09pm -
EdwardTeach says:
it's time for a you know what.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:27pm -
EdwardTeach says:
yep, one of these.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:27pm -
EdwardTeach says:
seriously dude, your photos were an inspiration to me.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:28pm -
EdwardTeach says:
you got on the leader board like everyday.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:28pm -
EdwardTeach says:
you were always so encouraging, and actually made me feel like you liked my photos.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:28pm -
EdwardTeach says:
i seriously hope we stay in touch.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:29pm -
EdwardTeach says:
thanks again for the beer.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:29pm -
EdwardTeach says:
let's go to a thrice concert sometime.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:29pm -
EdwardTeach says:
oh i should have read your caption more thoroughly. you are dong the yeard.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:31pm -
EdwardTeach says:
i'll play it by ear. I think.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:31pm -
EdwardTeach says:
i think i'll join the pool. and then when may roles around i'll see how i'm feeling about the stache.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:37pm -
EdwardTeach says:
i don't have a very good stache.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:38pm -
mOtke says:
After a hundred years, the vampire rebellion ended. A new breed of lion-men were boarding the airplane behind the defeated group of human tasters. A squirrel was hiding in the overhead bins. The lone man on the plane walked in, hoping he wouldn't serve as food at some point on this flight. His over sized bear-hands protected him as he ordered his 2nd martini of the evening.

The songs they all sang as the evening progressed were lame and fantastic.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:01pm -
hankbobs says:
man, I would love to join you on the yeard, but I really don't know. I might join, and see how long I make it. May will be a big draw, as will just flat our shaving. But GOOD LUCK with that either way. I will be keeping the beard for a while for sure.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:07pm -
hankbobs says:
and its been nice chatting with you on occasion and meeting you at the TD. Glad you like Graham Smith, and I still WILL get you the extra stuff I have. take care
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:07pm -
themightyjones says:
Hey man, thanks for all the CLAMEs you left for me in the chat, and thanks for supporting the floodmud shenanigans. Take care!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:22pm -
chrisauel says:
Peace. Let me know if you ever come to PDX.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:39pm -
pcain says:
it was great meeting you @andrew. please keep in touch. I would go for the yeard but Im probably going to do mustache may... regardless Ill check in on the yeard group from time to time :) go for it! your beard has never looked better.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:41pm -
mu says:
Hope you go for the yeard! I trimmed underneath for work and for the fam but that's it. Beard is staying for now and likely for a long while. I have so enjoyed your creativity and humor here. I think you have provided more true laughs for me than anyone. Really wish I could have made the Sunday meetup. We could have gotten to know each other better. Take care and hope our paths cross again!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:42pm -
Eric the Beard says:
You were an AWSPERIATION to me. Thank you! and thank you for the comments! and for liking my wife's work. Good luck to you sir.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:55pm -
Mat Wiseman says:
A yeard would be something else.

Your calendar is one of my favourites. No doubt.

Will be keeping an eye on what you're up to.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:00pm -
Chinese Wildman says:
Thank you, Andrew, for being such a kick-ass guy to share these four months with. I'm glad I took to chatting, and it has most certainly been fun. Thanks for rolling with the mom jokes. It was good meeting you in Nashville, though more time would've been good. I hope we run into each other again. Take care!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:05pm -
Barefoot says:
This is an awesome photo. Thanks for making my whiskerino experience even cooler. You are rad. hit me up on twitter if you want to stay in touch. andrewbarefoot.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:15pm -
jason says:
you and your photos rule! glad i had a chance to meet you in nashville. thanks for adding me on facebook. hopefully i'll see you in may.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:20pm -
dizzywizard says:
Andrew, it's has been a pleasure growing beard with you.
Your photos have always put a mile on my face.
Stellar work!
Great shot. Great beard.
Thanks for the connection.

Slán agus go n-éirí an bóthar leat
(May the road rise to meet you )

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:34pm -
Ned Kelly says:
Hey its been awesome! I love the simplicity of your shots, quality and amusing! Ill see you on Flickr! Are you gonna keep your beard? looks great!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:34pm -
Fofe says:
It was pleasure growing with you. Your images were inspired and executed so well. Thanks for all the effort. I wish I could join you in growing a Yeard, but for a variety of reasons, its not the right time for me. Good luck in your quest. I''ll be sure to check in on your progress. Take care.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:01pm -
flainez says:
Goodbye @Andrew, I have been checking your shots daily during these months, not only because they were awesome but also because there was something else that I really enjoyed ("mood"?).

Your 1% inspiration has really served you well! You have been an excellent whiskerooni.

As for the yeard, unfortunately that is something I'm not going to try. But I will definitively on Moustache May.

I wish you the best of the lucks; it has been a pleasure!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:08pm -
yourfavorite says:
You've had some awesome photos these last four months Andrew. I've really enjoyed following you and I'm sad we did not really get to talk at the throw down. Hopefully you'll be around in May and if you attend the MM Bash, hopefully we can catch up then. Err wait you're doing the yeard... Man I wish I could join you but the GF still needs to warm up to that idea. Anyway, I wish you the best in your yeard and I hope to see you in MM2011.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:12pm -
kidstatic says:
Andrew. You are a real person man. Niceness and talent run through your veins. We gotta get up soon. Not even joking.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:22pm -
Matthew_Moore says:
Hey. I'd say goodbye, but I'm going to talk to you on messenger tonight. So. I'm glad I made a friend out of W'rino.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:37am -
R E N A U D says:
I am so honored that you joined me and my friends taking amazing photos and for being an awesome online friend to the max. I look forward to hanging out with you more. Thank you for the tributes and kind support.

May God bless you and your special lady friend.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:49am -
Kevin! says:
I'm happy for you growing the yeard. If I wasn't planning to participate in Mustache May I'd be in there with you.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 3:35pm -
Ace says:
for a new guy to whiskerino, you did REALLY well. i like that and i like that you put time and effort into this thing. it makes it so much more worthwhile in the long run. later dude.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 7:15pm -
hale. says:
@andrew, there were a lot of new people this time around, you being one. i can easily say that you were one of my favorites. not only did you jump right in and start participating, you did so with an abundance of creativity and humor.

thank you for being such a big part of this whiskerino. we didn't get to hang out enough together at the throwdown, so let's make up for that in the future.

be well, and be in touch.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 9:10pm -
Dschonn says:
I had a blast at the throwdown and you had a big part in that. I'm glad we got to really connect. If there's ever any chance that I'll be in your part of Wisconsin, I'll hit you up. Thanks, man. Good luck with the yeard.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 10:07pm -
Dschonn says:
Also, at the throwdown you took some of the best pictures of me that exist. Thanks.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 10:16pm -
Site closed!
Whiskerino. fin.