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  • posted: February 28 @ 3:35pm
I've written about ten drafts of this caption and have, ultimately, decided to go with my short and sweet version. Relatively short and sweet that is.

First off, For the past 120 days I have been constantly floored and amazed at the greatness that you all are able to bring to the table. It's absolutely stunning. At the start of this I was scared that recreating the type of magic from the previous iterations would be lost in the shuffle of such a huge user base. I was dead wrong. This year was every bit as epic-ly mindblowing as 2005 and 2007, just with a twist and a style all its own. So, congratulations - you are totally awesome and the past 4 months have proven that without a doubt.

Secondly, I have a challenge for you. With this being the end of Whiskerino there is some concern that these fantastic friendships that we've managed to wrangle together will fall by the wayside. To let such a thing happen would be a horrible disservice to the thing that we've made here. My challenge to you is to keep up with one another. Befriend each other on Facebook, join the Whiskerino group, make Flickr friends, follow each other on Twitter, hold mini-meetups in your area, go on vacation to other cities and share a taco with your brethren. Whiskerino can exist far beyond this website if you put in the effort.

Lastly, and this is the emotional part, I want to extend an enormous Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Whiskerino is a community, through and through. It absolutely would not exist without each and every one of you doing all the amazing things you do every day. I think some of you assume I'm just being overly humble when I deny applause or shrug my shoulders at my moniker being chanted but it's not out of lack of appreciation - it's the fact that I'm just the architect here. I sketched the plans, you all built the house. Running Whiskerino without YOU would be a very sad and lonely website. So, once again, THANK YOU for everything.

Thank you for the images. Thank you for the comments. Thank you for the chat. Thank you for the beers. Thank you for the tacos. Thank you for friendships. I can not express how mind boggling it is to me that this place has generated actual bonds between us all. I've never been on another website that is capable of such a thing.

I am beyond proud of the legacy that we've created. We have truly created a Brotherhood (and Sisterhood) among us all. I hold you all with the greatest respect, appreciation and love for being a part of this with me. There are about ten million OTHER things I want to say and give thanks to specific individuals but I'll do my best to do that through individual commenting. I am indebted to all of you and really can't say enough how much I appreciate all that you've done.

God speed to you all. I hope to see you in May and hear from you soon. Hit me up whenever you plan on coming through Nashville.


Murpy Lou says:
thanks for an awesome four months this year and an awesome 10 months of my life so far. ill see you in may
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:37pm -
Shanks Keating says:
Thanks Mackle.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:37pm -
Phil says:
Thank you. See you out there.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:39pm -
Robfrenzy says:
You're an amazing dude. Also, I honestly believe you have the best beard on here and its strange because you created all of this. Thanks @mackle.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:40pm -
johnatcollege says:
I'll keep it simple and, once again, say Thank You. I'm sure we'll meet again.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:40pm -
Ula O cealleigh says:
Thankyou Mackle!!!!!!
we will miss you!!

Thankyou for creating this whole thing & even tho its been said a thousand times.. thanks for your work, devotion and time.. creativity & thankyou for your beard!!!

Im happy that we got to know eachother better this time around. & for that i am the most thankfull I will try & keep intouch!

Respect & love.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:40pm -
keifel says:
thank you for creating this space for all of us. see you around town.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:40pm -
Pastor D Fizz says:
Mackle, love you bro, thanks for everything
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:40pm -
zbolin says:

For real this time.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:40pm -
Dave says:
Thank you @Mackle!!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:41pm -
Ploafmaster says:
Honored just to be a part.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:41pm -
Smurf says:
Thank you Mackle, you are a god among men and truly a great person, thanks for the past four months of awesomeness and Whiskerino, hope to see you in May too.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:42pm -
Furricane says:
It was a great, short ride for me. Thanks for making it awesome.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:42pm -
Furricane says:
Oh, and this is a kingly photo.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:43pm -
Sir Walshington says:
Thank you for being the Architect. It was great getting to know you and everyone else. Thank you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:43pm -
sariebell says:
Dear Mackle,

I've already said it over and over. But, thanks again for everything. Your caption really was right on. 'You done good at the pickin'. I feel certain we will hang out again soon. That's all I can say without getting really teary and silly.


p.s. I hope your babygirl, MAC, is ok.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:43pm -
l_etranger_ says:
mackle, you an amazing guy. I really enjoyed spending time with you at the throwdown and look forward to seeing you again sometime soon. thank YOU!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:44pm -
mattyc says:
do you really expect me to read all that?
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:45pm -
mattyc says:
ok... Fine i will.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:45pm -
mattyc says:
later when i actually make it up to this photo from where i am in the stack.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:45pm -
jeremyokai says:
Thanks Michael. See you soon.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:47pm -
irishsquire says:
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:47pm -
OhMyGoshman says:
Totally agree with @Robfrenzy best beard for sure. Thanks for all the hard work and dedication to make it so enjoyable for the rest of us.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:47pm -
MacroBlack says:
Thank you for everything, Mackle
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:52pm -
k_bone says:
Gah if I were any less of a man I might've just teared up.

I'm glad to have been a part of this again. I took your challenge and last night was able to catch up with a few Athens brethren. Boy did you nail it with the strange bonds that've been created.

Speaking of which, we all want you to visit B'ham, and will make things awesome for you whenever you do.

Your room (which one is it?) looks awesome. Maybe we should consider doing a pen pal-style book or album tradeoff sometime.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:53pm -
miguelito says:
i got teary eyed reading that. just saying.

i'm glad @renaud @sethro and especially @jnonfiction encouraged me to join this year. i'm glad i finished strong. i'm surprised at what happened at the Throwdown. I'm glad we met, and chatted briefly and that i was able to bequeath you my simple sketch of your amazing mustache.

um, just thanks for everything. in addition to the new friends, your work here really helped me get closer to the people i already know in my immediate area and that's invaluable. truly. thanks again. i am blessed.

~miguel(ito) camilo
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:54pm -
Ryan! says:
Thank you, Mackle.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:54pm -
Yogi Beard says:
What can I really say? You've made something great, and I'm infinitely grateful for it.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:54pm -
abar says:
hear, hear.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:55pm -
Thommy says:
Thanks Mackle, for taking me in after registration was already closed. I'm glad I was a part of this.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:57pm -
Justie Just says:
sad times.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:59pm -
Davis says:
i know what you mean about feeling like you're signing people's yearbooks. H.A.G.S. and all that.

but honestly - you're a fantastic guy that i'm glad i've gotten to know via the internet and other hangouts. thank you, too.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:59pm -
aaron b says:
You summed it up dude. Whiskerino is us. We are Whiskerino. Without the website there would be no community. Without the community there would be no website. You and I have briefly discussed this before. Regardless of how you feel about it, it was your idea to have a beard competition in 2003. I hate to tell you, but all of this is your fault. That's a good thing.

Thank you so much for this opportunity. Perhaps there can be another whiskerino someday, even if you say that this is the final chapter. I will see you for MM, and when I make it to Nashville. Expect an email from me around April 28th about a commenter account for MM.

Thanks again,
aaron b
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:00pm -
robberfly says:
Hail to the king!
Thanks for creating something so wonderful. It has been an incredible ride. Bless you sir.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:02pm -
tedford says:
everyone else here has said it, and i'll echo it. thank you. for everything. we've already got our first round of guests arriving in a couple of weeks and planned meetups in NC later this month. whiskerino is far from over for us. in fact, i'd say it's just getting started...
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:09pm -
El Barbudo says:
You're a magical and mythical beast. Thank you and see you in May!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:11pm -
julialikesbeards says:
Lonely Tear. And lots of love.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:13pm -
Birch Beard says:
You are a great man for doing this. We will all miss you but we will NEVER miss the memory of these four months together.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:15pm -
specialshoes says:
thank you so much for this. some of the nicest people i've ever met have been through forums created by the websites you architect. this process, this community has changed the way i look at photography, at friendships, at life. i enjoyed the few brief conversations i got to share with you while in nashville. i'm glad i've had the chance to be a part of this.

so, thanks and i'll see you in May!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:19pm -
revgoomba says:
Aw hawd yer weesht! Oh yea, and bolt, ya rocket! Ha ah! Seriously though... thanks. See you in bonny Scotland soon.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:22pm -
GrizzlyDex says:
Thank you for your efforts, for your sweat, for your judgement calls, for your bandwidth, and your beard.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:27pm -
Beard Goggles says:
Thank you Mackle.

I think I love you...
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:29pm -
michaeljstraub says:
Thank you mackle for this experience. I will take your lead and keep it short too. This site has giving me the creative outlet that I really needed. I feel more creative now then I have in years. I know you are only the architect but three cheers to the architect!

Thank you mackle, and I will be sure to buy you a beer next time the lady and I head to Nashville
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:31pm -
Grower&Shower says:
Somebody KING this man!

This experience enriched my life and I owe it all to you. I could never repay you so I am forever humbly thankful to you. I know we will meet again as I love Nashville and I have all the more reason for loving it now.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:34pm -
EdwardTeach says:
thank you so much for this. I never thought whiskerino could mean or be as much as it has.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:38pm -
Flotsam & Beardsam says:
Yes, it took all of us to make this thing happen, but most of all it took someone with the humor, intelligence, openness, mad web skills and kindness to wrangle us all towards community. If any one of those skills weren't present in you, this would have been a different experience. Also, that's a rare set of skills to have in a time when a lot of those skills aren't appreciated. You've done something amazing. You've done something utterly absurd. Nice job, sir.

Thank you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:38pm -
EdwardTeach says:
also, i've become a better photographer, met so many new friends, and had a creative outlet for four months. thank you thank you thank you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:38pm -
mOtke says:
This is an amazing place. Your architecture and curating has generated something that no one apart from the participants and those few brave souls who have glimpsed at our world will never understand. I've thanked you a few times, but I'm making it official right now.


True story.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:39pm -
Marko says:
Macle, I've said it before and I'll say it again, you sir, are a gentleman! It's been a pleasure sharing this experience with you. I'm only sorry I couldn't take part in it more this time around but I'm truly glad I stuck with it. I would have regretted bailing out, I'm sure.

Even though I wasn't able to create what I set out to do with the film, who knows what the future will hold. I said that the "short" would be all there was to it but as with anything creative, you do not want to put it in a box, so I won't. All that said, I, along with @motke are very grateful for your input and participation in the project and I extend my thanks to you for starting what I hope is a legacy of relationships that many men will never forget.

I know a man is not an island but every group needs a chief and you have led very well. I'm sure this is not goodbye, it's just a heart-felt thank you!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:44pm -
Brandon Hill says:
BCE { best caption ever }

Yeah no one has been ballsy and creative enough to think up something so simple yet so cool. Official thanks from me too. Hope to meet and chat longer next time I'm in Nashville man. Props and King to you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:45pm -
Brandon Hill says:
Also, its going to be really strange at work tomorrow when neither @jar or myself says to each other, "so what are you doing for your shot today?" I truly forgot what life was like before this madness. Thanks again.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:46pm -
chadmcclarnon says:
I'm so glad we live in the same city...thank you sir for all you've done
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:56pm -
jnonfiction says:
Thanks Michael. To the Real World.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:11pm -
Jake says:
Thank you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:13pm -
jason says:
being able to participate this year really meant a lot to me. thanks so much for making this whole thing possible. hopefully, we'll meet again one day. see you online in may.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:22pm -
Poe says:
I too have been struggling with what to say... but what you said was perfect.

Thank you for the platform, the dedication, the encouragement, the occasional moderation, no photoshop, awesomeness and generosity of spirit.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:22pm -
aaron itchyface says:
thanks so much mackle! this has been an absolutely amazing experience, i wish i could have been a part of the other whiskerinos but im so happy to be apart of this one! thank you. thank you. thank you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:27pm -
monkey boy says:
Been an honor, sir.

You're a golden god.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:28pm -
zackle says:
Thank you. Times infinity. Plus one. For serious.

In lieu of the end of the era of throwdowns, I hope we can find a way to hang out again some day. If Krista catches wind of me doing Moustache May again, I may end up as a stray on your doorstep. I can think of worse scenarios (for me, at least).

Stay gold.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:32pm -
Creative Liberty says:

I am sure I will see you at Fido.
I may even see you as I drive by in a Brentwood Driver Training car and yell at you.
I might just stick my head into your office and bring you a coffee for those tired days.

I will always remember these events and am grateful and thankful for having been a part of something spawned by your creativity. Thanks a million.

God bless and God speed in your future endeavours,

Stephen Major Chisholm (Creative Liberty)
Whiskerino 2003 - 2009
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:36pm -
Ned Kelly says:
Thanks for all this incredible craziness, once again its been amazing fun, amazing!
Ill be in touch.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:43pm -
android says:
stay frosty my friend - king'favd
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:44pm -
ZFA says:
thank you, mr. eades, for bringing us all together. i, too, feel like there is much to say, but don't know what. whiskerino is simple - a bunch of dudes grow beards for four months, take pictures of themselves, meet up, drink up, eat tacos. but somehow, whiskerino has managed to become so much more. i've made great friends, and become a better friend because of the shared whiskerino experience. thanks for that.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:44pm -
John-O says:
Thanks for letting me take part in it. I had a blast in 2007 and 2009. We all owe you so much for holding it down for those who like to grow beards. Take care, man. Thanks for the ride! Thanks for allowing us to speak our minds.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:44pm -
sethro says:
thanks, @mackle! great to finally meet you this throwdown. looking forward to May
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:45pm -
jarrodms says:
thanks @mackle for putting this together and for creating a place that has allowed such great minds and friendships to come together in one place

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:45pm -
9schwander says:
My friend... you are amazing. But I think (and hope) you know this by now. thank YOU.

Also... @harry will be 18 in 2027. I will NOT forget your comment about another whiskerino when he gets old enough for a beard. So I'll see you then... and hopefully before.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:47pm -
Finn MacCool says:
If I could give you a standing ovation I would. Thank You.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:47pm -
shularbrau says:
Thank you for being the architect of this. It has been a hilarious ride. It is a pleasure to have met you and I hope to cross paths with you many times in the future.
You've always got a bottomless beer stein at my place.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:47pm -
cary norton says:
I'll be looking for you here in Birmingham.

To say thanks isn't enough, but Thanks.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:50pm -
mattyc says:
Dearest Mackle,
appreciater of all things facail hair and liker of good movies, tv shows and books. Yeah...so this was pretty much a shit ton of fun this go round and I totally blame you.. You are too nice of a curator/webmaster..seriously you give awesome gifts b/c you think they are funny see @poison @taco or @timbo (or for cuteness @harry) or #timbo #poison #taco, the pose page...and to top that off you actually take suggestions from users and incorporate them into the site. Not to mention that this is a top notch site and the addition of the dashboard is BEYOND brilliant...no more constantly checking back on images to see if people responded to a question you asked....and then to top it all off when i had a really funny idea for everyman a king day you were more than willing to spend the extra time coding just for a silly theme day joke that had awesomely hilarious punchlines. I seriously got message for weeks thanking me for the king beard (on poeple who didn't participate much) b/c i slammed out a bunch of congratulation comments once KB hit for the day. But what i really like about you is that you are humble about things and even though you know you built the place you really believe (b/c its true) that the users make the site what it is. Well I'm just here to tell you that you ARE one of those user's and a very good one at that. Heck of a commenter you are...and you read the shit out of all the comments on every image you comment on (or at least that's what it seems).. I sort of skim for the important stuff unless it's a really funny image. Oh.. and lastly more than anything even though we've known each other via internets for a few years now and exchanged occasional emails about movies or whatnot i really feel like we became friends moreso through this go round on whiskerino...and I'm kind of glad this is the last whiskerino b/c now i don't really ever have to shave my moustache....but anyway.. thank you for letting us play in your house for a while. It was a crapload of fun. I'll stop typing now... mostly b/c i've got more images to comment on.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:53pm -
Will says:
Thanks again for putting this on!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:01pm -
Formerly MosesMarion says:
and if t any time you find yourself North of the Border... hit me up. You have a place to stay and somebody to share a beer with for pretty much the rest of your life...

All the best,
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:02pm -
Red says:
Thanks for making room for me at the last minute. This was truely a great exprience even if I was only able to participate in th last year.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:05pm -
jeremyokai says:
you have so many comments.

I'll keep it brief. I love you too and I'm so happy that you created this beast and allowed so many friendships including ours to blossom. Is it ok for a grown man to say "blossom"? I hope so...BLOSSOM!!!

see you soon.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:14pm -
Katie says:
Thanks. Just thanks.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:16pm -
Snuffleupagus says:
You are a great architect and maybe we will get to build together again someday. Thank you for allowing us to make these friendships. It has been an honor.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:17pm -
mims attack says:
I really appreciate the kind comments you left for me over the last 4 months.. they mean alot coming from a creative force like yourself. btw, I am jealous of your wall of books/cameras/knic-knacs
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:22pm -
Beardo says:
You sir, are a giant among men. Thanks for making this possible.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:23pm -
Zach says:
thanks @mackle. this has been a blast. holler if you ever find yourself about 11 hrs west on I-40!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:27pm -
Beard Goggles says:
You're the only person I'll KING today.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:27pm -
O.G. Manly Beard says:
your the freakin man. plain and simple. i want to thank you for creating such a place. this has been amazing, and something i'll never forget
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:28pm -
Moxie says:
Thank you so much Mackle! This year was awesome!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:30pm -
Karl says:
I appreciate everything you have done these last 4 months. Thanks for architecting this whole thing, and all that.

I will one day make it to Nashville and I will want to shake your hand and perhaps have a beer. You are a busy man, after all. You are welcome in Alberta any time you choose. All the best, so long.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:31pm -
W E L L S says:
thank you friend
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:38pm -
Rolf Bastard says:
i love you.


Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:39pm -
ThatGuy says:
thank you for sketching the plans that allowed us the place to build this community with you. As a newbie, I only wish I'd found it sooner. It was been a true blast, and I can honestly say that I am a better person for having participated. And I doubt I'm alone in that feeling. Thank you. And I'll see you around. I'm sure.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:40pm -
yourfavorite says:
I agree with you that it is the people that make the community, but I do hope you understand how big a person you are in this community. On a personal note. Thanks so much for putting up with my antics. I've had a blast and can't wait for May. Until then Michael.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:44pm -
yourfavorite says:
oh and king :p

also, I was looking through some javascript... on every man a king day did you have code that deflected any king vote given to you?
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:45pm -
bobafred says:
thanks for everything. see you around, sir.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:46pm -
Twisted Sistare says:
Thank you for all of this. Your generosity and dedication have meant the world to all of us. This is a special place and I feel honored to have been a part of it. Thank you. If I ever make it to Nashville, I hope to buy you a taco and/or a beer. At the very least, I'll see you in May.

Carry on...
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:50pm -
Mathy says:
Thanks for everything. You'll always be King Beard.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:50pm -
Roo says:
thanks for the hard work, the wonderful bearded memories and the lasting friendships! YOU ARE THE KING! Hope to see you around town. God speed.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:54pm -
rachel says:
to infinity and beyond! also I hear you're in san francisco today?
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:55pm -
pastor says:
thank you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:06pm -
ilikeschool says:
goodbye mr mackle. thank you for putting up with all of our shit. you are nice.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:12pm -
Fofe says:
I'm sure anything I would say has been said before, but it's really all true. This community happened because of you and your willingness to make it work. You weren't just the architect, you also the foundation, the one who set the tone and kept us honest.

Thanks for making this available to the larger internet world. It's been great fun participating and being creative in way that I don't do often enough.

I'm sure this will not be the last wild idea from the mad genius Mackle and I look forward to seeing where you go from here.

If you want to grab a taco in Richmond or taste some wine in Sonoma when your out in California, drop a line.

See you in May for the moustaches!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:14pm -
Dirty Pirate says:
always king in my book.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:19pm -
North Beard South says:
thanks mackle, you're a great man, and a cool dude.

see you in may
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:20pm -
Presto Beardo says:
Michael, thanks so much, you have created a portal that has truly enriched my life. I am sure you will see me around the interwebs, and let me know if you ever make it back to Norfolk!
Ps, I may see you in May for at least a day, don't you realize I can't pull off a stache during my anniversary and my wife's birthday, may I suggest another facial hair themed site, say, Sideburn September? Think about it

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:23pm -
RyRy says:
Thank you, sir. Thank you for allowing me to express myself in the strangest way possible. You are incredible. I'm so happy that I participated this time, after lurking the last two.

Hope to see you around Nashville.

Oh and...... KING'D!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:31pm -
KimJongIllness says:
I see you're rockin' through some Cowboy Bebop! LOVE IT.

Thanks again for helping me make so many new friends. Also, thank you for giving my beard something to aspire to.

You rock.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:32pm -
Ozzy Nelson says:
It is my pleasure to be posted beside you for this final day.
Thanks for building the medium for me to meet a ton of guys that are genuinely cool.
Usually I just like women.
See ya thursday.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:34pm -
Mat Wiseman says:
Let's do Chatroulette sometime. I hear it's the next big thing.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:34pm -
Mat Wiseman says:
You are wonderful human being Michael. I barely even know you but I just know.

I should probably write some heartfelt 10-page letter but I don't have it in me right now.

It'll come.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:36pm -
KC says:
@mackle Damn you for making me tear up!

And God bless you for all you've done as the architect. You laid an amazing foundation for us all to build on. Thank you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:37pm -
Justin Will says:
Yer beard is the master! Thanks for doing all of this, and thanks for sharing so much with me and everyone else! I had a great time and enjoyed every bit of the last 120 days so much!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:37pm -
runningantelope says:
when is the VH1 series "Mackle: Behind the Beard" documentary coming out?

I sent you a friend request to you a couple days ago.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:41pm -
elldub says:
I said it to @RolfBastard earlier tonight over the phone and I think you should hear it too.

"If it wasn't for Whiskerino and the community built on it, I wouldn't be where I am today."

And I like where I am today. So, for the third time, thank you for making this all possible.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:47pm -
mixel says:
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:51pm -
Furricane says:
Thanks for toughing this out once more, so that I could participate this time around.

I really mean it when I say that I think you're a natural leader. What you've done for this community is amazing, and is a testament to your skill as a benevolent curator :)
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:56pm -
Keith says:
this is crazy! look what you did! congrats on being the king of this awesome collective. glad i got to participate this year. thanks for putting this on for us all! see you soon hopefully
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:00pm -
Scrivener says:
I agree with what @elldub just said. Whiskerino has meant so much for me for the last 5+ years, and yeah that's because of the awesome community that make it, but thank you so much for laying the groundwork down that allowed this community to flourish. You may be the architect, but you're not just the architect. You're not just anything. I'm so impressed with what you've accomplished with this crazy group of facial-hair growing guys.

Thank you. If you're ever in Atlanta, give me a holler.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:01pm -
Nate Frog says:
What can I say to you? I owe four of the funnest months of my life to you. You are a great guy and I cant say it enough...thank you, thank you, thank, you. I wish you the best. Godspeed @Mackle.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:01pm -
mixel says:
weird, my last message didn't show up (cause I used a open ended bracket, doh!

@Mackle, I'm glad to count you among my friends. Thanks for the 3 I was able to participate, I've made a lot of friends through this site and through you. I can honestly say that because of the Spongebath Records message board, I have become good friends with you, then everyone I know in or from Nashville (4 of which live in Austin with me, and I've met tons of people through them. Then there's the whole Paige crew. Seriously, here in Austin, I think I can count on two hands the number of friends that I have that I didn't meet because of you, or because of someone I met through you. You're the tops!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:03pm -
Childress says:
Mackle, thanks for your dedication to this project and this community. May your blessings be as massive as your beard.

The fruits of your labor are great.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:05pm -
tulipsjohann says:
great beard
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:06pm -
jonshell says:
mackle, thanks for everything. seriously. i can't say it enough.


Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:06pm -
mynameisjason says:
1. you have an amazing living room.
2. this literally got me a little choked up. i've only been around for two whiskerinos, but they have both been incredible in entirely different ways.
3. this is definitely not the end and i will be here for moustache may, for my first ever solo moustache (my wife will NOT love that).
4. thank you for being the architect to this amazing place.
5. be well and i'll see you around the bend.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:08pm -
sniebauer says:
you truly rock, dude. it was an honor meeting and hanging with you, no matter how short.

i'll remember these 4 months forever, and i wanna thank you for that. come visit and i'll do the same.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:16pm -
Andrew says:
I can honestly say this place has inspired a creativity in me that I didn't know existed. I'm going to take it and run with it. I can't believe how many people I've met through a website that I'd consider to be actual real life friends as well.

Thanks so much for curating, planning the throwdown, and just being a cool guy. I subbed your blog and tumblr, and always enjoy seeing what you have to say.

I'm totally looking you up the next time I roll through Nashville.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:17pm -
Pip says:
Hey Michael. I've just sat here for the last half hour trying to figure out what I wanted to say here, and I think I'm going to leave it way simpler than I originally wanted to. The rest of the conversation can be had over beers someday.

For now I'll basically just stay thanks. I've always thought the title of Curator was just clever, but it's really the most accurate description of what you do here. And it's what you're best at. Your the results of your editing in the structure and content of this site are a testament to your excellent taste and amazing vision. You've done an awesome job of setting up a system that lets all of this amazingness happen. If it was just that, you'd be worth of extreme thanks, but it's not. You're also an amazing creator of content (which I don't think you give yourself enough credit for), and a heck of a nice guy.

So thanks. For everything.

I'll see you again soon.

Here's to Real Life.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:21pm -
punchbag says:
as zackle would say, high five! see you in may.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:24pm -
Fledgling Brewer says:
Thank you. For the kind comment today, for creating this whole thing, for giving so much toward it, and for knowing when to go with your gut and preserve/conclude something amazing. Not sure how into the mustache I am but I'll give May due consideration. Meanwhile, hope to run into you somewhere around town.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:24pm -
Jar says:
Michael, you are a class act, and that is reflected in the awesomeness of Whiskerino. Thank you for being the architect of this beautiful beast that brought us all together. You will always have a drinking/taco buddy in KC. Peace, and keep in touch.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:26pm -
Romeotomeo says:
shrug it off if you want. but you are an amazing man that grows an amazing beard. thanks for architect-ing (yes, I made that word up) this amazing house.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:27pm -
[j.kent.r] says:
Mackle, you have successfully done what I'm sure many aspire to do someday. Creative a place online that utilizes the full potential of the internet. An online place that encouraged people to attend and participate as much as they humanly could. Because of this success you have fostered new friendships. How cool is that?!?
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:33pm -
dizzywizard says:
Hey Michael, the one and only@mackle

thank you so much for this great beard space you've built. thank you for this community.
it first came on my radar in 2007 and i put a date in my diary for the next one. i am so glad i took part. it had been a great thing to do. thanks you for letting me take part and for putting up with me!

you are a genius

hats off to you,

it has been a pleasure growing beard with you.
great shot.

Slán agus go n-éirí an bóthar leat


Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:39pm -
Sageish says:
Mackle - thank you, sir.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:39pm -
Paragone says:
I agree with all that is said above. YOU have gone above and beyond the call every time and that is what makes Whiskerino what it is.
Watching this beast evolve from 2003 until now is nothing short of amazing. You should write a book.
On to my thoughts : I think this last time around really solidified some friendships for me, including ours. Once again, who would of thought that so many different things that are going on in my life (new friends, networks, hobbies) could have stemmed from an online beard contest?

I really hope we get into league bowling. srsly. think about it.

I've enjoyed it immensely. See you soon.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:42pm -
k_bone says:
I should also add I've been keeping tabs on how various friends I meet would conduct themselves if faced with a "tuft of hair sprouting between breasts" incident.

You're amazing, fella!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:42pm -
Childress says:
Also, this picture has caused me to totally re-think my living room decoration scheme. So awesome.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:43pm -
P-Jack says:
thank you for so much more than the beard blueprint! mackle for king!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:43pm -
Jarrett says:
THANK YOU! This has truly been a one-of-a-kind experience. The community you have started here is by far the most welcoming and accepting group of people I have ever met. As I said in my caption, I will be talking about this the rest of my life.

Also, there is a chance I'll be working in Nashville for the summer....I'd love to hang out if that happens. Take care, sir. The last four months have been amazing.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:47pm -
Lebanese Blond says:
I have nothing original to say and I'm okay with that.

Thanks Michael, it's so rare for me to find guys that I get along with as I'm not really into sports and I don't get along with aggressive dudes. It has been great to just laugh together with brothers in a non competitive setting. In an era where modern life seems to constantly villainize traditional male behavior it has been a welcome relief to find a place where I can forget all that for a bit and just have fun.

Thanks and be well.

Dan Hayek
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:50pm -
Barefoot says:
Thank you for everything. I hope this isn't the last one.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:53pm -
wondermade says:
You did a good thing in putting this together. As everyone else has said, thanks.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:58pm -
jclutch says:
It's all been said here, it's all true. Greatness indeed, I'm very very happy to have been a part of this and tried to carry it's core values into my participation. The community of men here is special, and I accept and have begun the challenge of keeping in touch. Cheers to you and hopefully we can have more fun in May.

Thanks man.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:04pm -
c dub says:
Thanks, @Mackle.

You almost made me wreck cause my eyes were all blurry and stuff.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:04pm -
XscatteredshowersX says:
omg XmackleX you are ALLCAPS and you know I
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:05pm -
XscatteredshowersX says:
heart u 4 evah!!!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:05pm -
Sir Jellobeard says:
+1 good karma from me. and that should place you at "God" status in the next lifetime.

but, being that you may even exceed this by the time all the comments go through, we'll have to hang out before you transcend the cycle of life and death.

it will be nice to get some quality time in with a real hero.

be well michael. be very well.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:08pm -
ryank says:
Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. See you in Nashville someday.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:09pm -
c dub says:
OK, seriously, you have steered this thing with such great skill and thought. I love how @mattyc called out how the site has improved and how the features you've added were just the right mix.

I've never before seen such a successful online community either. The branches made to the current members of the site have been very satisfying to discover. It sure says something about you and the folks you keep close.

I have learned a lot from you and from the whiskerino dudes. I have a tendency to let work bog me down and get me down. Having this place around to remind me not to just poke my head up and look around but to get out and talk and make things has made a huge impact on me. I never understood all those secret societies and men's clubs and so forth. Now I do. As silly as it is that's what you've made, but with creativity and shared creations at the heart of it. So perfect. The heart of this thing just keeps beating stronger and stronger every time you see someone just raise the bar like 5 levels or comment on every person's shot even with HUNDREDS of people on here.

I can't imagine how good you feel about all of it except that I feel extremely great right now and lucky to have been brought into this by @poe and accepted and challenged by you and the rest of the incredible men on here. (horrible run-on) We were boys when it started and having watched everyone grow together has been super special. With no tattoos on my body at all I am working on one now for my participation. Not because that's been a trend here, although I am floored by the skullbeards and so forth. Moreso because I always wanted a brother and now I feel that I have hundreds of them.

I definitely take your challenge to heart. Thinking about traveling the world in order to meet as many of the folks on here as possible sounds like a great life story. The man who used to sell us our Christmas trees had a huge map on his wall of all of the places he and his wife had traveled. I'd love to have a map with whiskerino logos pinned to all the locations of beardos I've been.

Well, that's all for now. I too was skeptical about such a huge community this time, but DAMN. Whiskerino 2009 was incredible. Thanks. Talk to you again soon.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:10pm -
Boaz says:
It's funny I don't feel as sad as I thought I would; simply because I know I can reach out to my friends that I've made here anytime. Thank you for that connection!

I hope to share a beer and a smoke with you soon. We run in the same circles and I see a Wii tournament or something in our future. Cody and I are supposed to stir up some trouble soon too ;)
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:16pm -
mu says:
Mackle I have heard you say you get out of this experience what you put in. I got into this on a whim, but man it has really solidified what is most important in my life as I threw myself into this experience. I would have NEVER expected that. An amazing gift you have made possible for me and for so many others here.

I do hope our paths cross again and we get a chance to hang.

Much love!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:20pm -
Vanbert says:
thank you for making this site that allowed me to meet you and many more amazing dudes including @timbo. you have a way with the web and there is no doubt in my mind you'll create the next google/facebook/something awesome site.

i'm sad i didn't participate sooner with all this, but waiting did make this year extra special. see you in may. come visit LA again. i'm a mackle fan.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:27pm -
Vanbert says:
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:28pm -
Spitzer says:
thank you. we need to grab a beer together in a couple months.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:33pm -
flainez says:
Thanks, @mackle. This has been great. Take care!!!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:33pm -
stanislaw says:
goodbye fearless leader. and thank you soooooo much for letting me in late. not experiencing what i have experienced would be such a huge bummer.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:35pm -
gfmorris says:

We may all be kings, but you're the kingliest amongst us all.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:39pm -
S. P. Dinsmoor says:
Thank you for building this. It has literally changed lives. That's a hard thing to do and I'll never forget it. Thanks Mackle.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:42pm -
BryanHunter says:
Michael, thank you.

Over the past 120 days I've reconnected to many of the almost lost, best parts of myself. I hope in return I can do something as decent and kind for you some day.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:44pm -
Fincannon says:
Thank you @mackle so much for making this happen. Thank you for allowing me to join this great bearded community a day late. My attendance hasn't been the greatest, but getting on whiskerino and waiting the 10-15 minutes for the entire page to load was totally worth it. The Peace Corps can be really hard and disappointing at times, but it is always nice to have something to look forward to and to be involved in. Whiskerino and the people involved have become a bit of support network these past four months. When I'm having a shitty day here in Azerbaijan I know I can always lot on here and find comments and images to make me laugh and feel better, and even make me more homesick. I just wanted to say thanks again to you and everyone and now I need to figure out what I'm going to get online for now. I will try and connect with as many people as I can on facebook. Once I'm back in Americastan, if I swing through Nashville we need to have a beer. Thanks again. Fincannon, PCV Shirvan Azerbaijan
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:47pm -
Chad Pugh says:
You're my best reason to be on the internet - love you and thanks for all the years of work helping me make life-long friends through Whiskerino.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:47pm -
Patchy Stache says:
You, sir, just gave me a large, giant smile. You seem like a great dude, and we all appreciate the effort/time/money you've put into this great, beautiful thing known as Whiskerino. God speed and good luck.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:48pm -
Poe says:
I just want to say it again. Thank you.

Whiskerino is a monumental feet of all you can eat awesomeness and I'm honored to have been apart of this community.

Also, in terms of how I found this thing:

I had been reading Yewknee for a few years after finding it in 2002 from the 615 link list. When the 'Beard Contest' was launched - I thought it was super weird / strangely alluring. I spent the next few weeks lurking around the site - just watching.

I finally decided I needed to join. I talked @cdub, who worked next to where I lived, into joining me and we where off. We figured if we where going to start late (with way less beard than everyone else) we really needed to work that much harder to prove ourselves and go all out.

Needless to say, the beard contest changed how I look at the world and the rest is beard history.

Thank you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:04pm -
CraigwithaK says:
This has been such an amazing experience for me. I am truly grateful for all your efforts. I can say proudly that this has been one of the coolest things I have been a part of. I will tell my grandchildren about Old @Mackle in the mountains and his inventive website which crumbled the walls of oppression and brought together brothers from across the globe. Thanks for taking the time to visit in Nashville and would love to grab a beer the next time I'm out. Stay blessed and God Bless!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:07pm -
R E N A U D says:
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

San Diego is gonna be awesome. Thanks for shaking on it.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:13pm -
jmathiasxiii says:
Michael, I owe you a great deal of gratitude and thanks. I hope to slowly pay you these two things over a series of lunches spread out over the next several years. You are a decent chap and I'm honored to know you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:18pm -
TheStride says:
Thank you. You might be just the architect, but your plans were perfect. It was designed to be strong and to last the test of time.

Thank you for the time you put on here designing the site, moderating, and being a great participant.

Thank you for the work you did on the throwdown as well. You are a hero among beards and I raise my glass to you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:19pm -
Chinese Wildman says:
Michael, thank you so very much for all of this. You are a wonderful guy, and it was a total pleasure to meet you. I can't even begin to describe how great Whiskerino has been for me, and though I regret that this last time is my first time, I can't deny that it has been entirely amazing. From start to finish.

You've taken an exercise that, on the surface, is silly, and you've united hundreds of men (and women) across AN ENTIRE PLANET in four months of friendship. That very notion is utterly mind-blowing. Everyone here is responsible for that in part, but it was you who set it into motion. It's something for you to be hugely proud of to have started and for the rest of us to be hugely proud to have participated in it.

This isn't just a simple web community of guys and girls who like beards. This is a monumental human achievement: getting together a group of people separated by interests, cultures, borders, and tens, hundreds, and thousands of miles of land and sea. It's the human experience, and it's amazing in a way that is unquantifiable.

I will hope against hope that this isn't really the Final Chapter, and that it is actually only the First Hiatus for a thing that will continue on to bring a few hundred people scattered across the Earth together for four months of bonding and the forming of friendships.

Thank you so much for your time and effort. Take care of yourself and keep in touch. Nashville ain't far, and I plan to make it up there again.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:35pm -
Wheat Beard. says:
Yep. This whole Whiskerino thing has pretty much ruled. Thank you so much and I hope our paths will cross again in the future.

PS: I was late registering for Whiskerino and it was full. Despite not knowing me, you kindly gave me a password to bypass the system. I was supposed to keep it a secret, but I couldn't help but hold the door open and sneak in @BeardGoggles and @chinfropro. I think you'll forgive me.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:41pm -
themightyjones says:
Thanks for being the humble architect you are. Thanks for letting us all take part. Thanks for all the work you've put in for every facet of this living community. I hope we can meet up at some time in the future. All the best to you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:43pm -
herr neas says:
get your passport and get your act together.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:48pm -
herr neas says:
and thanks
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:48pm -
Chinfropro says:
You've brout tears to my eyes. Wonderful job a million times over. I'll be in touch as I will most likely need help with the book. Good bye for now and thanks again for this experience. I tip my hat to you, sir.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:54pm -
Chinfropro says:
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:54pm -
stephen says:
thank you mackle, for everything.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:55pm -
Dschonn says:
I said a little something about this yesterday: You are the architect and the carpenter. You built the gallery where we've been showing our work, hanging out, getting to know each other, forming friendships. The community is what it is because of all the people involved, but your part is larger. You not only designed and built the venue for us, but you show your art here, comment on others' pieces, make friends and act as curator. You're an enabler and a participant. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:12pm -
Dschonn says:
Also, I agree with very nearly everything @mattyc said. Only I don't skim comments, but make fewer myself, and I didn't have the everybody's a king day idea. Everything else he said could have come from me.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:14pm -
Richmond Red says:
Here's to you, sir. Hopefully we will meet some day. Drinks are on me.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:20pm -
nate says:
Thanks to you, mackle...for everything!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:26pm -
Absolutely says:
We'll be seeing you bud. Write a memoir.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:29pm -
Dschonn says:
I just read your comments on my picture today and realized I was going to say the same thing (before I got lost in my metaphor about you): these online facial hair contests have given me something I would otherwise lack. It's not so simple as just confidence or artistic awareness or photographic and visual versatility, but it is all that together and a little more besides. So thanks for that too. I'd be a poorer person, a weaker being, without all this. It has at times been a trial itself, but I have reaped benefits beyond any expectation or description. Thank you, sir. Thank you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:30pm -
Grown Unknown says:
It's been a long day on the site, reading, writing, and taking a last look at some of the creative output that exists in part because you took the time and effort to give it space and room to grow.

I, like many who participated, spend lots of hours getting paid to make stuff on the Internet that is ephemeral and transitory, exciting for a moment but destined to be replaced by the next big thing. Whiskerino is such a different beast. Not only did I want to see it succeed now; I really do hope I can look back on this in ten years and find a little bit of my past frozen in time thanks to you.

Thanks again.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:38pm -
Dunkle Swiftkick says:
It's been a pleasure meeting you and growing a beard with you.
Thanks for doing this. I'm sure this is not a goodbye, just a see you later.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:41pm -
os mutante says:
youre the best
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:51pm -
Ned Kelly says:
I would write some more if I knew what to write. -more thanks!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:53pm -
Voltron says:
Thank you for starting all this fun years ago and being willing to share it with the world. It has been a great time with many wonderful memories.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:55pm -
Terry Masters says:
first off, i just want to thank you so much for the existence of this insanity. this is the greatest website in the history of the internet as far as i'm concerned, and i'm not kidding! i personally have a hard time spending more than 5 minutes on facebook, yet i find myself spending hours of time on here laughing, commenting, and being amazed by the creativity of everyone involved. it's truly incredible what you have created from the way the site runs to the way you personally run the site. it's great that you keep it clean and family-friendly yet somehow let people be cutting edge and subversive with their creativity at the same time.

okay, that's enough ass-kissing.

not quite. one more thing. on top of all that, in less than a week, you created a page for @timbo that has exploded! that alone is the craziest accomplishment to me of all!

it was really great meeting you and i hope that we can all hang out many more times in the future. please come to LA and we'll watch lots of obscure british tv and eat english candy. i owe you lots of crazy stories that i didn't have the time or voice left to tell you. there's one especially good one that @hale. helped create about a guy named Gary. it's a good one. ryan was crying.

i thank you. emily thanks you. my face thanks you. you're the best.

Terry Masters
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:56pm -
Ace says:
so.. well, i dont know.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:57pm -
Ace says:
you know what i mean.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:57pm -
Ace says:
ill call you again soon i think. we have more to talk about i feel.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:57pm -
Mason Bernard says:
Hey dude, I don't know what to write. so im going to call you tomorrow and i would like you ignore it so i can leave a message. but ill just say this for now, thank you and when i refer to you i will refer to you as my friend Michael Eades not this guy who's blog i read. we are friends.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:59pm -
hale. says:
running out of time. in case your code isn't legit, i love you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:59pm -
Mason Bernard says:
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:59pm -
hankbobs says:
If this page doesn't set a World Record for number of words on a facial hair posting page, then I'll kill myself. That being said, there is so much I want to say, and could say, and have said, and has been said.. and its all true. I don't know why I waited until now to comment on your page, I tried to comment on all posts today, fail. I tried to comment on everyone on this site I now consider a friend, or at least someone I appreciate and look up to... FAIL? Its 11:47 pacific time, and I don't know if I'll be locked out in 13 minutes, so I have to make sure I get a cohesive thought completed here.

I've been writing comments pretty much non-stop since 5:00pm... trying to say goodbye to this group of people, that I met on the INTERNET? You elude to it in your caption, that not a lot of other web sites accomplish this kind of 'bonding'. I would say the remainder of meaningful interactions I've had with strangers on the web before this is exactly zero. I think there will someday be books written about what you've accomplished here. I saw the failed film that was made this morning for the first time, and I think they may have just missed the story--not that there wasn't a story. In an era where 'social media' is the hottest topic at every business conference in the land, you have done the un-thinkable.. created not a social networking site for friends to stay in touch; not a social networking site for like minded people to collaborate; but a social networking site for strangers--who only have in common the fact that they can grow Facial Hair, to become veritable blood brothers. That.. is totally amazing, and I am sooo happy an proud to have been part of it.

We'll have plenty of time to chat more, I have to hit 'Say it' because i might turn into a pumpkin. Thank you for everything. Thank you for the kind words on my page today. and thanks for, just being alive! The world is a more beautiful place because of it, there is no doubt.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:00am -
jracecar says:
Thank you.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:00am -
Ace says:
maybe not to prank though, but really to hang out.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:00am -
Noelix says:
Hot damn it took me forever to scroll down to the bottom of the page to comment. Mackle, thanks again for everything and I really one of these days would like to chat with you over a beer. Hit me up when you're in Phoenix.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:02am -
Ace says:
seriously though, thanks for making this thing. it may seem not that significant for you, but i really appreciate it. it changed my life in a way i would have never imagined. and for that i am indebted to you sir. i hope to see you again soon.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:05am -
Eric the Beard says:
OH wow! I thought it was closed but i see i can still comment!
Thank you!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:06am -
David Knapp says:
You are amazing, thanks for everything. Your diligence, creativity and talent are inspiring.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:08am -
Vanbert says:
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Eli says:
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:33am -
Eli says:
thanks again
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:34am -
damnweather says:
michael, i don't think i can put into words everything, so, i'm not going to try. you are a friend, seriously, and we'll have to find a way to stay up to speed. whiskerino '05 was exactly what i needed at that particular point, and i'm constantly blown away at everything that's come out of it since. anyway, you know all this stuff already. but, again: THANK YOU.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:48am -
C says:
Thank you @Mackle. Really enjoyed this round...
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:52am -
mattmarch says:
I hope the words haven't become trite: Thank You! for all of this, I really think you've done an amazing thing here fostering this community and I am truly thankful to have even been able to participate.

Thanks again for saving my butt tonight, again.
You are a much deserved king among beards.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 1:17am -
johnny says:
thank you so very much for creating this. I'm still in awe from the throwdown. I met so many awesome people that I now would consider good friends, all because I grew a beard. it was an honor to eat your head, I wish I wouldve gotten the chance to have a conversation with you, but I'm sure I'll be in Nashville again at some point or you'll come up to Chicago. doing this has really helped my creativity, and definitely made me step up my photography game. hell, the main reason I'm doing the yeard is so I can have a reason to take pictures every day, it would just be wrong to stop so suddenly. thank you, really, for creating this. I hope there will be commenting accounts for MM, because I'm definitely going to be a part of that (in spirit!)
I'll stop rambling now, but I'll thank you one last time.
you truly are the king of kings.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 2:27am -
Andrew says:
I'd rock a mustache but I'm going for a yeard. That's the only reason I wouldn't be a mustacher in May. But I'd LOVE to comment/chat with everyone. Should I just register as normal on May 1? Or email you closer to then and have you set me up with an account?
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 3:26am -
Shakedown Dave says:
Congrats on King. You deserve it. Thanks for letting me lurk, even though I started doing so late.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 4:07am -
Sir Squire says:
Thank you.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 4:07am -
SoulGlo1976 says:
You've got mojo baby and you seem poised for big things in the not too distant future. You are amongst the next generation of Nashville's movers, shakers, and trendsetters. I kinda think you're like the next "Grimey." Maybe you'll open a great record store called "Mackle's" in the next few years or establish a hip nightspot called Yewknee's. Maybe both?

Anything is possible. You're such an impressive individual and you've already done soooooooo much for somebody so young (spoken as somebody who is a few years older and hasn't accomplished nearly as much.)

If you really are done with this thing, perhaps you could just give it to @runningantelope like Willy Wonka gave Charlie Bucket his Chocolate Factory? *Just a suggestion.

Well thanks for everything man. This has been a life changing experience for me and so many others.

Peace and love to you. See you round Nashville. I sure hope we get to do this again sometime. Never say never.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 4:08am -
P-Funk says:
there's never been a more deserving king. thanks for being the godfather to all our beards!

btw- killer beard, man. absolutely killer.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 5:02am -
aaron b says:
207 comments? That's all? Congrats on your King Beard, and way to finally let it happen. And thanks again. See you around the internets.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 5:26am -
gragaband says:
Man. This is great.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 5:38am -
benfrank says:
king the final day, as it should be. thanks for everything, man.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 5:42am -
Twisted Sistare says:
The King in the end. How fitting. :)
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:17am -
NoahRienks says:
Mackle! Thanks for everything! HOpe to meet you sometime. Seriously!.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:26am -
Daniel says:
It's only fitting to see you crowned. Thanks for all you've done and do. Keep on Mackling.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:42am -
BBrux says:
Once again you've done something remarkable with Whiskerino (as have all the participants). I wish I could have been more active and involved in all the fun, but as usual a busy life kept me away from the site more than I would have liked. See you in Austin (where there should absolutely be a taco truck swarming of whiskerinos) and most likely back online in May.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:57am -
pcain says:
I'm not sad this is ending because its started so many other things. this community has been so encouraging and helpful... and Im positive that I have made friends and will continue to make friends that all started with a friendly comment on a picture. this experience is really something special. I hope we keep in touch and get to hang out in Nashville sometime... maybe even work on a project together!

p.s. @mackle I hope you do pick up a zumi! really fun little toy. I got mine from photojojo... kinda bought it on a whim (based on the description comparing the camera to a girl you would like to date)
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 8:17am -
Presto Beardo says:
p.s. @mackle I could zoom in and stare at this picture for hours, you have quite the collection sir
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 9:16am -
brandon says:
Thank you. For everything.

It's not goodbye because I know we'll see each other again.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 9:57am -
McDooDoo says:
Thanks for everything, @mackle! See you around town.

Xbox: Ubel Knubel. Find me.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 10:37am -
miguelito says:
thanks for this site, the Throwdown, the friends, and the memories
thanks for a hilarious if not incriminating photobooth shot,
thanks for thinking I was awesome on several occasions,
thank you for thinking the "snuggler/dance" thing was funny if not utterly ridiculous.

sorry for everything else.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:41pm -
yayyyyy mackle YOU DA MAN! I can only pray our paths cross in the future and by chance we are both sportin some sweet sweet beards!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 1:26pm -
Bishop says:
Dude thanks heaps for all the fun...I enjoyed every minute of it & I appreciate your willingness to let me be me!! I hope to meet up someday!!

I'll wear a shirt I swear...
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 2:02pm -
ben says:
many thanks to all you've done. you've put on a hell of a show and built a wonderful community.

I'll see you next time i hit nashville.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 2:18pm -
Felix Mustachio says:
I spy your vinyl. Looks nice. It's been great. Thanks again.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 3:22pm -
Kevin! says:
I could get sappy here, but I'm following you on Tumblr now and I'll see you in Moustache May, so this is barely even a see ya later. Thanks for building this crazy thing and putting together that crazy shindig. We should def hang out when you come to NYC, I'd like to get to know you better than I have so far.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 3:48pm -
Heathmonster B says:
Mackle, well done my friend. I read the article in the Scene today about the throw down. I'm bummed I was out of town for such an epic event, but having participated this year in the final round was really an honor. Thank you for thinking outside the box and finding a very unique and special use of the internet, creating community and creativity. Not to mention some bitchin facial hair collectively. Way to go. B
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:06pm -
jonnyblueoval says:
Again, thank you @mackle!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:16pm -
Matty O says:
I wanted to say "thanks." I didn't get to meet you at throwdown and that only means that I can hopefully have another reason to say hello and buy you a beer the next time I'm in nashville: because you seem like a good dude. Thanks for at least being the architect here. @mackle FTW
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 7:33pm -
Grown Unknown says:
@felixmustachio's comment reminded me I totally forgot to mention I was spelunking your shelves.

Talking Heads. Excellent choice! Wish I could flip through the rest.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 7:52pm -
wondermade says:
In the past days people have cited Whiskerino as the launching pad for profound friendships. It's been called a safe harbor during difficult times in life. It's served as the platform for proposals, and the platform for birth announcements.
The list of ways in which this online community has directly blessed people, and profoundly changed them for the better, is to large to count.
I know it was never your intention to create a force for good out of a beard growing contest. Who could have possibly planned it? But many people would've balked at the transformation, or at least failed to support the change from pet project to community vehicle.
You'll undoubtedly continue to do great things in life. But you should take great pride in knowing you created something so full of meaning and substance, whose echoes will be heard for years to come.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 10:08pm -
Mat Wiseman says:
It has all been said. You did it.

I'm looking forward to the day we meet and, believe me, we will.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 11:50pm -
Ace says:
you didnt leave me a comment. oh well. bye.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 11:59pm -
hale. says:
this is it, my final individual Whiskerino comment. mylast thoughts belong here with you, because it is you that brought me to this point.

late 2003 was a pivotal time in my life, being the starting point of our friendship. there as no way to know what was to come afterwards.

on august 2nd of 2003 i started growing a beard alongside of you, and others who i did not know, but would eventually come to know very well. on september 29th i received a message from daniel. his message and my first response are here:


-----Original Message-----
From: Ryan Hale
Sent: Monday, September 29, 2003 6:24 PM
To: "Daniel Box"
Subject: Re: the legend of you

i'm sorry. what????

-----Original Message-----
From: "Daniel Box"
To: Ryan Hale
Subject: the legend of you
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2003 13:41:12 -0500

please tell me


again, there as no way to know what was to come afterwards, but it is because of you that we are friends. it is also because of you that i have many, many other friends. you have played a very important role in my life by starting this all off, and i am forever grateful.

i wanted to express this more eloquently, but michael, i hold you in the highest regard, and love you.

thank you so much.
Posted: Mar 2nd, 2010 - 12:00am -
hale. says:
ps: notice that comment time. LNC.
Posted: Mar 2nd, 2010 - 12:04am -
Army of Whiskers says:
Michael, what can I say. I know you aren't one for attention or gushing comments, but I know you will take all these kind word in on your own time. I too was hoping we could have a convo during the throwdown, but I also know you had to "work" that weekend curating your little beard convention. So respectfully I tried to let you do your thing. Let's fix that when you make good on your Phoenix plans. We'll rally the Phoenix crew together.

I always have admired how you make so much time in your day to accomplish great things. I mean, a blog, twitter, full-time job, mixes, record label, friends, email, whiskerino, facebook, shows, etc... You must have a small labor force working for you or you have a magic wand that lets you stop time. Either way, you are a mass media-consumer and maker of cool things. It's impressive.

Well, thanks for growing a beard with me. See you around.
Posted: Mar 2nd, 2010 - 12:05am -
hale. says:
pss: i rushed my words in case the commenting cut off at midnight. oh well.

again though, thank you for all the adventures, the laughs, the advice, the inspiration, the encouragement and the kind words you have given over the years.

you hold a special place in my heart. partially for introducing me to @damnweather.

ok bye. i'll see you elsewhere.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2010 - 12:09am -
Site closed!
Whiskerino. fin.