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  • posted: February 28 @ 11:47am
Would it be over the top and cheesy to say this has to be one of the greatest experiences of my life?

I don't care. It really has been.

My journey began in 2007. I missed the registration period but I grew anyway, watching from the sidelines. I almost missed registration (a million thanks to @mackle for giving me the back way in) so I was determined not to take a second of Whiskerino '09 for granted. My goal was to post every day (check), participate in every theme day (check), comment as much as possible (sorta check) and get the full experience (check). I thought it would be a fun way to get back into photography, a passion I had as a younger man but had fallen by the wayside.

I had no idea what my Whiskerino experience would turn into.

It's hard to put into words but Whiskerino to me is about sharing the bonds, friendships we all make with mostly complete strangers through creativity and expressions of our daily lives. We grow and show but he also share and make REAL connections. The beard is our catalyst, a vehicle that brings us all together.

As @Ozzynelson put it, "I'll just say that there is something in the male DNA that bonds him with brothers who are going through the beard growing and showing experience."

It's amazing how comfortable I felt sharing so much of my life with all of you. In four months, I lost my grandmother and a good friend to suicide and just recently, my relationship. All the while, I took solace and comfort in your words to me and looking at all of your pictures and captions. I consider each and every one of you a brother.

Anyway, enough sappiness. Suffice it to say, it's been an amazing experience. I love you guys and I'm going to miss it here greatly.

I'm not going to shave. I always do a half-yeard every winter so the beard stays until at least May. No Mustache May for me-- I look atrociously bad in a mustache. I'm going to *try* for the yeard. I might join the flickr group but I'm kind of looking forward to taking a break from photographing myself everyday. I essentially disappeared for four months and I would like to get back in touch with my friends and my music.

I cannot thank Michael Eades-- @Mackle-- enough. This thing he created is wonderful and the work he put into it is astounding. Thank you, Michael. You are a great man (somebody KING that man).

And so are all of you.

Please feel free to contact me. Portland is a fantastic city and I will gladly be your tour guide should you decide to come visit. My contact info is on my "About Me" section. Or just drop me a line and tell me what's going on with you. Seriously. I mean that.

I love you guys. Godspeed.


jclutch says:
You rule. So enjoyed your archive, take care sir!!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:50am -
Ploafmaster says:
Thanks for being part of this, man. I've loved your shots from early on, and I'm glad I could meet you in person last weekend. Keep on keepin' on.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:51am -
Grown Unknown says:
I would be so disappointed in myself if I don't see you again - a hundred and sixty miles is nothing after a hundred and twenty days. Looking to see you again soon.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:51am -
flainez says:
Take care man, you have provided a good deal of awesomeness to whiskerino!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:53am -
sariebell says:
What you wrote sums it up. I would love to come and visit you sometime. I was supposed to move to Gresham, OR back in early college with my bf, as his family lived there. I never did, and I'm glad because I have the life that I have. But, I've always felt drawn to the Pacific NW and would love to explore sometime with you and Chuck Palaniuck as my tour guides. Take care of yourself and keep in touch.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:53am -
brandon says:
Great knowing you, sir. You've been one of the greats this time around. I'll gladly look you up if we make it to Portland. Please do the same if you make to Atlanta.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:54am -
aaron b says:
You're one of my favorites. See you on facebook.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 12:08pm -
tedford says:
i've said it before and i'll say it again, you've been one of my absolute favorites since day one. your photographs, family, and stories have been inspiring. i'm actually looking to be in Seattle/Portland with @sariebell next Spring so don't be surprised to hear from us. i really want to visit with you and the Portland crew if we're anywhere in the area. take care of yourself and know it's been an absolute pleasure.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 12:16pm -
johnatcollege says:
Great to have met you sir
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 12:20pm -
Fofe says:
You really did make the most of this event and in the process made it even better for the rest of us. I really enjoyed your photos and appreciate the trust you showed in us all to share insights into your life. Best of luck in all you endeavors. If I make it up to Portland, I'll be sure to drop a line.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 12:28pm -
OhMyGoshman says:
Thanks so much for adding to all the fun. Keep in touch!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 12:30pm -
Douggal says:
You're a thoughtful, talented and super guy. Best wishes to you and yours!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 12:52pm -
chrisauel says:
Dude, you rock. I admire your dedication and heart felt photos and caption throughout this amazing journey.

See you around.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 12:52pm -
Yogi Beard says:
Your enthusiasm is a sight to behold. Best of luck to you, sir.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 12:55pm -
jmathiasxiii says:
James, the feeling is 100% mutual. Let's please keep in touch. One day I will live in Portland again and our friendship will blossom! jmathias@leihu.com
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 12:56pm -
jeremyokai says:
James, it's been great having you on this journey. Your dedication to this site has been inspirational and a joy to follow. See you in real life, hopefully sooner than later.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 1:22pm -
HiImTerry says:
Thank you. Seriously. It seems like we were having a great conversation in the bowling alley, but it was cut short by the end of the bowling session. That's too bad. I hope I make it to Portland some day and hope you make it to Atlanta some day. Best of luck in everything.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 1:37pm -
michaeljstraub says:
Take care out there. You are such a great guy and I really enjoyed meeting you at the Throwdown. May the best continue in your life
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 1:51pm -
Marko says:
Wish we had talked more at Throwdown. Your beard is a force to be reconned with. It's been an
honor growing and showing with you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:46pm -
Robfrenzy says:
man I am going to miss following you. You seriously rule on all kinds of levels. See you again someday.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:51pm -
Vanbert says:
great meeting and spending time with you. i've enjoyed following your posts. take care.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:06pm -
mims attack says:
awesome beard is awesome
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:07pm -
miguelito says:
dude, thanks. and your civil war/historic beard shot was one of my favorites of all whiskerino. srsly.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:16pm -
Scrivener says:
Man, it's been really great growing and showing with you. I was really glad that we got to talk as much as we did at the Throwdown. You've got a friend in Atlanta if you ever find yourself out this way.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:18pm -
c dub says:
You better believe I will hit you up for a tour of Portland. Great story, man, and not over the top at all. Thanks for sharing that quote from Ozzy. That's an interesting thing to think about. I'm really glad I got to meet you and look forward to getting to know you outside of Whiskerino. Good luck to you in all that you do. Talk to you again soon.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:30pm -
GrizzlyDex says:
I visited Portland last year before W started, and I wish it had already started so i could have hooked up with you and had a brew or two. I've appreciated your comments and shots, and will definitely look you up if I can get back to Portland. Feel free to crash with us in Knoxville if you make it this way!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:42pm -
Boaz says:
It was such a pleasure. I hope to visit Portland someday; I think I will feel very much at home there. Plus I have a desire in my heart to visit pine state biscuits :)

You should reconsider MM; there's all sorts of fun staches to embrace; esp coming off such a fabulous beard :{ ...just sayin
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:59pm -
mattyc says:
Moustaches can be awesome if you know how to do them

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:02pm -
mattyc says:
also... it's been great bearding with you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:02pm -
mattyc says:
oh...and i know you thought your screen name was kinda lame...but you more than lived up to you moniker. look at your beard and check your archive if you need proof.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:03pm -
EdwardTeach says:
thank you for growing and showing with us. you are amazing.

thanks for all the photos.

hopefully i'll see your yeard.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:45pm -
revgoomba says:
It was utterly awesome meeting you and I hope to sample your whisky... in fact, I was thinking only just today that I'd love to purchase a bottle. Can this happen?
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:48pm -
Flotsam & Beardsam says:
i have goodbyes. see you at mustache may?
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:49pm -
mattyc internet hugs back.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:55pm -
aaron itchyface says:
Awesome shirt. Awesomer beard. Portland should be proud! It was great growing and showing with ya!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:15pm -
Sir Walshington says:
You're the best. Thank you for the support. Thank you for the smiles. Thank you for the laughs. My best to you and yours. Bon Voyages!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:17pm -
JamesC says:
when you and @OzzyNelson are successful brewers, maybe you guys can fly out here and bring some cases with you.

Be cool man.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:34pm -
Phil says:
If it's over the top and cheezy, I don't wanna be right. I agree 100 percent. This is a transcendent experience.

Stay awesome. We'll take you up on that offer if we ever get to your neck of the woods.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:38pm -
John-O says:
Thanks, man, You too. It was a blast being apart of it.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:42pm -
Philly says:
You sir have been one of my favorite beards to follow, your honesty and sincerity made that very easy. I wish you well and truly hope to see you in the future. Until then, take care.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:45pm -
agarzola says:
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:54pm -
jnonfiction just doesn't know what to say.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:57pm -
cary norton says:
thanks a million!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:57pm -
jnonfiction says:
To the Real World, Sir. Perhaps in Portland...
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:58pm -
Pip says:
Later dude! Stay cool.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:07pm -
zackle says:
Your caption is profound, and in many ways echoes my feelings about this community, especially after 2007 (my first go-round).

I hope the coming months bring nothing but joy in your life to counteract the hardships you have recently faced. If I can ever find a way to Portland, I want to hang out with you and Jeremy until the sun comes up.

Oh, and if you reconsider on the whole yeard thing, you really should join us in May. Your moustache can't look that bad ;)
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:10pm -
C says:
I am sure glad you got in this year as well! You have got a great beard going...so, no need to get rid of it! Take care.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:18pm -
Moxie says:
You are a brilliant man, sir! And your words are truth. It's been an honor!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:33pm -
Ozzy Nelson says:
this dude is a very successful brewer. I am the intern.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:33pm -
Ozzy Nelson says:
and a successful distiller i might add
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:34pm -
Ozzy Nelson says:
We have so many things in common. So many experences shared. Maybe someday we can have a beer and talk about them.
The most important are those two daughters. Mine are almost gone. I remember when they were the age of yours. There are no better times. Your photos have been amazing.
I will be in touch for sure.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:38pm -
Roo says:
it was a pleasure growing and showing with you!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:38pm -
Dirty Pirate says:
great to meet you last weekend and hope its not the first and only time it happens. i feel in some ways this is just the beginning, its just hard to see for all the beards.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:39pm -
Jar says:
Thank you for growing and showing with me during the last 4 months, it has been a great experience.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:41pm -
Zach says:
you've been awesome. hope our paths cross again someday!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:42pm -
runningantelope says:
thanks for the dedication
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:18pm -
Dschonn says:
Of course we'll hang out more. This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:28pm -
dizzywizard says:
hey man. it has been a pleasure growing beard with you.
thanks for the connection.
great shot. great beard.


Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:31pm -
Ula O cealleigh says:
Grower&Shower Its been a pleasure to walk this path alongside you my friend!
You have RULED all through this & i have valued your company & friendship!!!

You sir are a legend!!
and a love ya!!!
thankyou ;)

& peace!!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:43pm -
Fledgling Brewer says:
Sorry that life has been dealing you some shit lately but just from the brief time I've spent talking with you I know you're going to land on your feet and be stronger for the journey. I hope you now get to spend more time on your band, and that you continue enjoying every moment with those kiddos. Thanks again for the brewing wisdom. As I mentioned, I have a very good friend in Portland so I'll be back that way at some point. I'll let you know.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:48pm -
Mat Wiseman says:
It's been a lot of fun.

I know a lot of us say that it's got nothing to do with the beard but we're just jealous of you lot that can grow such fabulous specimens. Keep it going.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:16pm -
Snuffleupagus says:
Thanks a lot. Your beard is beastly and you have lived up to your name. You embody the Grower and the Shower.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:16pm -
Moo says:
Thanks for the amazing shots! Hope to see you in May!!!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:22pm -
keifel says:
it's been fantastic to share a space with you, thank you for sharing with us, the good and the not so good. you embody what i believe whiskerino is about.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:23pm -
themightyjones says:
Take care, man. And holy crap you're beard is amazing.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:56pm -
k_bone says:
You're an awesome fella with some awesome shots! Stay sharp. Will likely be in Portland sometime visiting old friends, so let's meet up.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:57pm -
themightyjones says:
And by "you're beard is amazing" I, of course, mean "you are beard is amazing".
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:57pm -
mu says:
I'm with you, no stache. Kids would have serious issues with it, not to mention my wife. You have been stellar in life and in art here. So glad to have guys like you here. Wish we could have hung. But hey you are a brother and I do feel I know you. Take care and much love to the family!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:58pm -
chadmcclarnon says:
Be sure to give me a shout when you're back in Nashville. If I ever make out to Portland I'll definitely look you up! So awesome meeting you man, be well!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:01pm -
Red Beard says:
Goodbye sir! GO BIG RED!!! haha!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:04pm -
ryank says:
Awesome beard, awesome commitment to Whiskerino. All Star.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:05pm -
jason says:
been great getting to know you this go around. you've taken awesome shots and even earned several well deserved kings! thanks for adding me on facebook...easiest way to stay in touch. take care.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:25pm -
Poe says:
It has been an honor to grow and show with you sir. I look forward to keeping up with you on the interweb and visiting with you on my first trip to Portland.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:34pm -
Chinese Wildman says:
It's been great to share this four month ride with you. Your beard is totally awesome, and your photos were always fun to look at. Take care of yourself!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:39pm -
ThatGuy says:
I'm very happy that I got to tell you in person how much I love and respect what you brought to whiskerino for me personally. You've been constantly supportive and possitive while enduring some staggering personal hardships. You are clearly a superior human being. I'm glad we met and look forward to trying to change your mind about may via your FB page. I'll see you later.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:48pm -
Patchy Stache says:
Heck yeah, yeard! Good luck, good sir. :)
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:49pm -
XscatteredshowersX says:
keep on. good to meet ya. i'll look you up if i ever get out to portland again.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:59pm -
TheStride says:
Thank you for all the great pictures. Glad we got to meet at the throwdown. Portland is on my list of cities to visit. I'll definitely drop you a line.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:04pm -
hankbobs says:
It was really nice to meet you at the TD. I am just now reading in your caption about the tragedies and difficulties you have been through during this run, I had no idea. I hope things look up for you soon, I have a good feeling they will. I'm glad this experience was so profound for you, it was for all of us. I get to Portland every now and again on business, will connect with you on facebook. Who knows, maybe we'll hang out sometime! Good luck with the yeard. Looking bad in a moustache is no excuse by the way (clame for my 1st moustache), but not wanting to take pics everyday is understandable. If Mackle really does keep may going for years, you should consider 2011? Take care dude, hope to see your amazing beard again some day!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:42pm -
wondermade says:
I'm glad you signed up this time. I hope that what comes next for you in life is encouraging, and wonderful.
Take good care of your girls.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:48pm -
Lebanese Blond says:
All the best to you sir. Take care :)
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:56pm -
Eric the Beard says:
You made this so good. Your comments everywhere!
thank you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:58pm -
kidstatic says:
you embody this thing in name and in spirit. youre an awesome dude and in the end you grew a bitchin beard. i think you might be one of my best friends at this point.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:03pm -
mackle says:
I am a total maroon. I can't believe I didn't have more of a significant conversation with you at the Throwdown beyond my drunken ramblings. Jeremy Davis told me all about the kind of things you do around Portland and I find it endlessly fascinating. Based on what he told me, you and I would be great pals in real life (that is, life outside Whiskerino). I hate that I did not take the proper advantage of that. When I get up to Portland to see Jeremy, I hope you're able to hang out. I'd hate to miss that opportunity twice.

I'm glad Whiskerino was all that you had hoped. I'm sorry I turned you away in 2007.. another decision to add to the Bad list based on what I know now. Your beard is rad, your photos are totally awesome and I'm completely honored to have had you here.

I do hope you reconsider Moustache May.. I realize tradition has its place but maybe it's time to think about some *new* traditions!?

Again, seriously, thank you for being so great here. I've really really enjoyed it.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:12pm -
stephen says:
it has been nothing but an honor. to grow and show with you.

your photos have been fantastic.

even though it's not bourbon, i would love to tour your distillery sometime. i'll hit you up if i'm in portland.

best of luck to you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:17pm -
Richmond Red says:
Very glad to grow alongside a fellow newbie. Be well, and godspeed!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:33pm -
yourfavorite says:
You are correct. It definitely has been an honor and the pleasure is all mine. I'm so glad you have been a part of this adventure and I've thoroughly enjoyed your photos. So long for now and I hope to see you in May!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:35pm -
Eric the Beard says:
OH and you should totally come the the beard thing in June in Bend!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:21am -
damnweather says:
sorry we didn't get a chance to chat last weekend. i know i saw you around. it's awesome that you made it out, and i'm stoked that you feel you got the full whiskerino experience.

consider moustache may. seriously. team handlebar needs you.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 9:59am -
ben says:
great chatting with you over the thowdown and growing with you for the turn of the year.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 2:40pm -
l_etranger_ says:
you have been a whiskerino staple and I've enjoyed watching you grow and show. hopefully we will see each other again one day. bon voyage.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 3:18pm -
Noelix says:
Great to meet you at the throwdown and I've enjoyed sharing this whiskerino with you man. You definitely brought the talent and camaraderie with you!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 4:34pm -
Just Jamey says:
I totally agree. All the best.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 5:06pm -
mOtke says:
You did great things this year. And to boot, you're a super nice guy. Portland is a very real possibility for us, at least to visit. I hope that amazing things happen to you and your family over the next several years, and even the years after that. I'm glad you got to come to Nashville and be part of the madness that was Throwdown.

I wish you the very best.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 5:41pm -
jonnyblueoval says:
been fun man!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:19pm -
hale. says:
i will make it back to portland at some point. we will have to hang out. it has been a pleasure participating alongside of you. take care and be well.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:20pm -
Andrew says:
you were super cool, both on and off this craziness. I really hope our paths cross again. we're friends in other places so let's keep in touch.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:29pm -
Matty O says:
You're a good dude and have an amazing beard, to say the least.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 7:51pm -
Army of Whiskers says:
It was good meeting you at the throwdown, even if only briefly. You are a stand up guy in my book.

Thanks for growing a beard with me. See you around.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 10:45pm -
Dschonn says:
Don't let me miss it if @Mackle comes. I hate feeling left out.

You were the first beard I met going to the throwdown this time, and ours was the longest conversation I was able to have, as I recall. It was also one of the best. So let's keep having such conversations. Let's make it happen.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 11:08pm -
Site closed!
Whiskerino. fin.