Whiskerino 2009

No trimming! No shaping! Embrace the Whiskerino!

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  • posted: February 28 @ 1:39pm
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremyokai/sets/72157623526741158/

Photo by Rachel Briggs.

I'm not so good with sentimental goodbyes...

Well, I've been on this Whiskerino journey since 2003. I found out about Whiskerino through following Yewknee after locating the site through a music website run by @robozo & Robbie Player. @Mackle wrote for it and I was automatically smitten with his tastes. Once the Beard Contest came about I automatically joined and loved it. I didn't have a digital camera so all my pictures were taken with a polaroid and scanned in for immediacy. It was insanely pricey but 100% worth it. I made life long friends in @hale, @chadpugh, @mackle and countless others. I've taken trips with these guys, visited them, been visited by them. We've shared laughs and personal moments, basically they and all of you guys, really, have become friends. The strength of this final throwdown is a testament to this fact. With that said, thanks Michael for provided a venue for us to embrace our creativity and to share our lives with each other. There will never be anything like it and it will always be a part of my 20's. I'm proud to say that.

Comments

robberfly says:
Nice growing & showing w/ you. Best wishes!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 1:43pm -
sariebell says:
Nice pin. It was lovely meeting you and we're proud to own a small piece of your work. We'll hopefully add more to our collection someday. You have seriously been an institution of this thingy and my hat's off to ya. Take care.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 1:46pm -
Snuffleupagus says:
That is a great pin. Its been fun.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:02pm -
jclutch says:
your paintings are incredible, really honored to be among your subjects. I'm waiting on payday but will be sending you a PayPal this week!

Cheers
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:04pm -
Finn MacCool says:
It was great meeting you and following along with all your great shots through the years.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:11pm -
tedford says:
so glad to have met you and shared this experience. look for us to hopefully be in your neighborhood next spring. definitely want to hang with the Northwest WR crew again. take care of yourself, and again thanks for the art.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:11pm -
herr neas says:
bye jeremy
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:13pm -
mynameisjason says:
goodbye sir, be well, it was fun.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:21pm -
rnnbrwn says:
Oh Jeremy, you've said it all! Hope the Brown's are included in the friends you've met. If you ever feel like a trip over the pond then you're always welcome at the Browns!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:36pm -
jeremyokai says:
@rnnbrwn of course Ronnie. and back at you on the lodging. Tell Claire hello.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:51pm -
Vanbert says:
i am still so honored you painted me. thank you. please visit us in la again. you're welcome to stay at my place. take care.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:59pm -
wondermade says:
Been good sharing these experiences. I look forward to the next ones.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:03pm -
jonshell says:
you're a fantastic guy, jeremy. let me know if you ever pass through st. louis.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:19pm -
jonshell says:
also, you're really freaking talented. never stop painting.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:19pm -
Grower&Shower says:
It's been an honor to go through this journey with you, especially because you turned me on to it.

Let's hang out real soon like.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:55pm -
Ozzy Nelson says:
It is my pleasure to know you man.

Are you sure I can't touch that beard?
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:27pm -
mattyc says:
Internet facial hair websites are a rather odd venue for friendship aren't they. I'm totally glad i can call you a friend.. You are a good spirited dude and a talented dude. Can't wait to have a skateboard painted by yourself. I'll hit you up with details on that as soon as I get the boards. keep on keepin on brother.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:37pm -
mattyc says:
oh and big ups for making me honorary black.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:37pm -
mattyc says:
and dont' ttell @kidstatic i said this...but your beard is a little better than his.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:38pm -
mackle says:
Is it weird to tell a dude you love them? If the answer is yes - then nevermind. If the answer is no - I love you. you are among my favorite people and I cherish our friendship. I apologize for being a flake and not making it out to Portland those few times I have said I would but it's gone too far.. it's time for me to revisit. I need me some Jeremy Davis time!

Thanks for staying at my house during the Throwdown and for being a totally awesome person. It's hard to believe that Whiskerino brought us together but I'm glad it did. You're the greatest.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:18pm -
chrisauel says:
Nice meeting you, hope to see you around.

Cheers!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:18pm -
shularbrau says:
You're a great guy and it was a pleasure getting to hang out with you some.

I hope I keep bumping into you here and there.
Seriously... swing by Greensboro sometime in your travels and let's have a beer.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:29pm -
jnonfiction says:
You're one of a kind, Okai. I'm sure I'll be following you as long as you're online. Stay online, please.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:50pm -
zackle says:
Ah, Jeremy. I miss you already. Keep doing amazing things and I'll see you in May.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:54pm -
Phil says:
Your art and your smile are a constant source of inspiration. See you out there.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:08pm -
Pip says:
You're the nicest guy around, and your work speaks volumes about you. Thanks for being so great and sharing your life and art with us. We've loved it.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:20pm -
Creative Liberty says:
Keep the creative faith friend and I am sure I will see you here there and yonder. Holla when you are in town.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:30pm -
yourfavorite says:
Its been a great adventure man. I've had a blast. You are incredibly inspiring. I may be in touch for some work in the future. Keep up the incredible work man. Perhaps I'll see you in May.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:49pm -
ForeverinGreen says:
I hate i missed your crossing of the Mississippi recently. Its a shame you can travel an entire country and I can't go one state over. If it weren't for you, I would've never been here.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:02pm -
dizzywizard says:
it has been a pleasure growing beard with you.
great shot.

Slán!

:)
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:15pm -
ilikeschool says:
bye sir. you are nice.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:24pm -
ilikeschool says:
also, i may some day move to portland. i will look for you if i do.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:24pm -
elldub says:
I hope the next time you're in Charlotte, I'm in Charlotte, and we'll run into each other and I'll get to see that million dollar smile and maybe a high five.

If I've never thanked you, thank you for tipping me off to all of this. You're good people.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:52pm -
Jake says:
Bye!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:52pm -
julialikesbeards says:
YEEEAH buds. We're gonna find you next time you're in town and buy you beverages.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:14pm -
Boaz says:
Beautifully said Jeremy!

It was great meeting you finally and I'm sure we'll see each other again since we run in similar circles. See you in May hopefully
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:30pm -
keifel says:
i don't feel like this is any kind of farewell, we still have scrabble.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:50pm -
Poe says:
jeremy, thanks for the kind words - your such a classy guy and it has been awesome do this crazy thing with you over the last 8 or so years.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:50pm -
Grown Unknown says:
It was so great to get exposed to your work through this thing. Every day I am drenched in technology and numbers and the cold evils of the business world so I treasure any and every artist I get to meet.

I hope I can see more of your work the next time I'm in Portland.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:12pm -
XscatteredshowersX says:
farewell fine lad, all my hearts, xssx
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:19pm -
Presto Beardo says:
Me: I love the piece Jeremy made of you
Tanya (wife) : yeah, it's awesome, we need him to do one of the entire fam, real big!
Me : It better be soon, he is gonna be super famous before you know it
Tanya: that's no surprise

ha, seriously man, I hope you don't get mad if I show up on your doorstep with the wife and kids in tow asking for a tour of Portland. We are super big fans not only of your work but of you in general. I am glad I can refer to you as a friend, and if you ever head to VA, give me a holler
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:27pm -
Chad Pugh says:
So glad to be your friend! I'll come seeya on the west coast sometime soon.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:32pm -
Spitzer says:
really appreciate you coming in for the final throwdown. wouldn't have been the same without some of you guys from the original contest. stay in touch, man.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:48pm -
jmathiasxiii says:
Going to really miss you sir. I hope we can keep in touch for reals. You are one of the most spectacular and talented folks I've met in my entire lifetime and I love you for it.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:10pm -
themightyjones says:
Glad to have met you briefly in the line for ice cream. Take care!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:16pm -
kidstatic says:
@mattyc yeah it is. I totally shaved today.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:26pm -
Mason Bernard says:
you are a great person, so cool and so kind. let me know when you come to LA again
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:43pm -
kidstatic says:
Portland. This year. That is a promise. I will let you know.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:18pm -
Ned Kelly says:
Farewell Sir, Ill meet you one day Im sure. In the meantime Ill stalk you on the web via flickr and your lovely site.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:22pm -
damnweather says:
man, you are so talented, it kind of blows my mind. and a totally awesome guy to boot. i sincerely hope we're able to hang out in the future some time.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:23pm -
Eric the Beard says:
It was awesome! and you should grow till June and Join us in Bend for the beard off there!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:28pm -
c dub says:
Jeremy,

I would love to hang out in Portland with you this year. i am either going this summer or Fall. I'll let you know how things shape up. An honor to have particiapted in this thing with you since 2003. I feel a bit weird and disappointed in myself that I haven't gotten to know you better over the years. I'd love to change that. You are incredibly talented and a super nice guy. take care, and i hope to talk to you again soon.

cw
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:37pm -
David Knapp says:
It has been great bearding with you over the years. And you are an amazing talent, if ever I am in Portland again we should hang out.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:43pm -
Ace says:
so... i still want to buy my painting from you. sorry i didnt while i was throwing down. ill email you soon. :)
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:55pm -
mOtke says:
You're an inspiring human being, an amazing painter, and an overall great person. I hope that one day our paths cross again. I'm proud to have your art in my house. Even if the art does look like me.

Also, the piece you have a Paul's house is awesome too.

Ok. That's all for now. I'll see you on tumblr, as I'll start checking that more now that this thing is over. Best to you.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:08am -
hale. says:
you are the best, in so many ways, and i am thankful for your friendship. we shall see each other again soon. it just has to happen.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 5:57pm -
l_etranger_ says:
Jeremy, you are a class act. It was such a pleasure meeting you at the TD. Loved your artwork too, btw. Man, if/when I get out to Portland, I'll be looking you up. Bon voyage sir!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:16pm -
kidstatic says:
Clame for RPM album.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 8:42pm -
Army of Whiskers says:
You are a Whiskerino icon. Thanks for growing a beard with me. See you around.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 9:41pm -
Dschonn says:
You're a wonderful painter and a beautiful human being. Thanks for being who you are.

And we should definitely keep in touch. If we don't hang out, it's like Whiskerino failed. You don't want that, do you?

Alright, I'm getting loopy from all this commenting. See you around town.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 10:24pm -
Site closed!
Whiskerino. fin.