Whiskerino 2009

No trimming! No shaping! Embrace the Whiskerino!

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  • posted: February 28 @ 1:37pm
You & I Know

When the inevitable question pops up, "What Is a Whiskerino?", I just shrug and toss out some trite explanation like: "It's a 4 month beard-growing contest." It's not that I lack the enthusiasm to spread the love I have for this — I just don't believe it can be understood without participation.

Thank you for a wonderful 4 months.


robberfly says:
Nice growing & showing w/ you. Best wishes!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 1:37pm -
c dub says:
Well stated. It is a different thing altogether. You have prompted me to think up a new explanation though. By the way, how did you originally find the site?
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 1:39pm -
tedford says:
that's so true. there really is no explanation. when someone asks me "what is a whiskerino?". my only reply is, "it's awesome". thank you for being awesome. take care of yourself in that magical land.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 1:43pm -
sariebell says:
Excellent caption. It has been very nice "knowing" you through your beard photos on this thing. We'd hoped you and Ned would have made the throwdown, but alas. Someday, we'll all meet in the human world. So long for now.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 1:48pm -
Mat Wiseman says:
@cdub yewknee.com, ofcourse.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 1:49pm -
Snuffleupagus says:
Agreed. I hate having to explain it because no one ever gets it. Its been fun.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:03pm -
herr neas says:
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:08pm -
Finn MacCool says:
Well put. This has definitely been more than a mere contest.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:09pm -
mynameisjason says:
goodbye sir, you are a magician of this whole internet beard thing.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:22pm -
wondermade says:
Come to the States.
In the meantime I'll enjoy the apparent lack of distance between us via Twitter and such.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:50pm -
mims attack says:
one of my favorite guys on here for sure.. loved all the outdoor shots and quality of all your shots.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:05pm -
Vanbert says:
amazing work these four months. i hope to one day meet you in person. take care
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:17pm -
c dub says:
ahhhh, yewknee.com. very good. and then how did you find yewknee.com? just messing. i mean unless you'd like to share. just curious how these things work.

oh, and remember, whenever that hobbit filming starts i'm gonna be headin that way. at least it's something cool to think about. there are alot of beards in there afterall.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:33pm -
Davis says:
mat, it's been great meeting you via internets. you take some gorgeous photos and continually make me jealous i'm not in NZ at any given moment.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:41pm -
Grower&Shower says:
I could never explain it just like I could never describe how great your contributions to it were. Just not enough words. Cheers good man.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:53pm -
Ozzy Nelson says:
You've got it right my friend.
I have enjoyed looking at a far land for four months every two years through you my friend.
Happy Trails
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:29pm -
mattyc says:
I gave up trying to explain myself a long time ago... I just tell people they wouldn't understand. Somehow though they always think moustache may is entertaining.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:33pm -
mattyc says:
it's been a pleasure viewing your beautiful scenery. thank you for sharing. You have made me very jealous. I've wanted to visit New Zealand since I was about 10... you are lucky to live there.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:34pm -
Marko says:
It's been awesome having you a part of this collective good sir. Anytime you want to make the long trip to the States, make sure you hit Nashville in your travels and look us up!

Take care!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:49pm -
Yogi Beard says:
Such truth. Adios, Mat. You've had some amazing pictures. Best of luck to you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:51pm -
jnonfiction says:
I'll miss it, in large part, because of you. Thanks, Mat.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:13pm -
EdwardTeach says:
your photos were consistently amazing.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:18pm -
mackle says:
1) Your writeup is perfect. My sentiments exactly.

2) I am staying at a place in San Francisco this week with a flatmate that is from New Zealand. He's a great guy but every time I talk to him I find myself wishing he was Mat Wiseman. Is that creepy / weird? Yes, absolutely. Is it a find indicator of how much I appreciate your participation and friendship that we've developed? You better believe it!

3) Thank you for taking this thing international. Makes Whiskerino so much cooler that we get around to that side of the globe.

4) I hope we're able to keep up in real life. I've got you on the Twitters but some IM / email exchanges now and again would be a welcome bit of communication in my life.

Godspeed Mat Wiseman. You're truly a great force here.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:20pm -
zackle says:
Mat Wiseman. I really do hope to meet you some day, you scoundrel.

I really do hope that you join us in May, forever and ever. Because I'll miss you if you don't.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:56pm -
zackle says:
I really do hope that I didn't just "I really do hope" that many times in two sentences.

Whoops, I did. Deal with it.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:57pm -
Phil says:
Take care. keep the wrong side of the planet hairy and beautiful.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:06pm -
C says:
It has been a great 4 months...take care!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:17pm -
Pip says:
Thanks for being consistently awesome this whole time. We've loved it.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:19pm -
dizzywizard says:
it has been a pleasure growing beard with you.
great shot.


Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:15pm -
Ula O cealleigh says:
@MatWiseman I really enjoy your participation & photos.. especialy earlier on .. though at some point i felt we grew apart a little.

I hope i had not done or said anything to put you off me.. have always followedd & supported you all though 07 & 09.
I hope its just a misjudgment on my part.

You rule & you have a strong album from this.
I hope we can grow & show again sometime.
Peace bro.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:00pm -
keifel says:
thank you for your amazing participation. not goodbye but adieu.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:48pm -
Barefoot says:
Mat. Don't let this be the end of us.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:55pm -
Barefoot says:
Keep in contact...You made me want to come to NZ everytime you posted a photo.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:55pm -
Karl says:
Your pictures have been incredible, and I hope that one day I could meet you. From my Land of Opposite Seasons to yours, so long.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:10pm -
jclutch says:
You're style is flawless, thanks for the awesome participation and killer archive!!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:20pm -
Presto Beardo says:
If I ever make it to New Zealand, I will be sure to ask any kiwi with a beard, "Do you by chance know Matt Wiseman?"
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:30pm -
TheStride says:
You're a hero in my book. Great growing with you. I'm glad I could share this experience with you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:52pm -
Fofe says:
Well said! It really is through full participation that one appreciates all that this event really is. Thanks for so many beautiful photos. It was a joy to see each one. Glad to have such a Whiskerino icon on #Team Dog.
Also, I need to get to NZ soon!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:02pm -
Ned Kelly says:
its been great again, Ill have to check but I may smiled more than you… The Gold Coast could be a good plan but even better come to Sydney, you know it rules.
Keep in touch!

(the cricket was a leaving gift for you)
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:02pm -
themightyjones says:
Your pictures have been so very magical. Thanks for sharing your amazing work and beard. Take care!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:15pm -
revgoomba says:
You're a legend Mr Wiseman... a LEGEND! Without you there is no Whiskerino. Seriously, you bring it every day. Trust me when I say, one day I'm going to the land of kiwis and when it happens you better have a couch ready for me... because we're going to tear up your city!!!!

Stay cool... and keep taking those AMAZING photos!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:35pm -
yourfavorite says:
It has definitely been a fantastic 4 months. Thanks for sharing your awesome photos with us. I would love to visit your town some time. I'm super jealous of the nature that surrounds you. Enjoy the rest of the year and I hope to see you in May.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:38pm -
hankbobs says:
RE: "I just don't believe it can be understood without participation"

I agree. I spent the first moustache may trying to explain to my extended friends and family why what I was doing was worth the effort, and by day 10 or so I was already over telling people to check it out. I realized that the purpose of participation was for the participants, not to prove anything to anyone else in my life. That is perhaps the most significant thing @mackle has accomplished here, because NOTHING else I have ever done on the web could be described like that.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:55pm -
Spitzer says:
haha, i totally feel like you're dancing in this shot. like it's been the most fantastic 4 months and you're just feeling it. oh yes. thanks for everything.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:11pm -
damnweather says:
i agree 100% with your caption. the last thing i wanted to say to anyone when explaining my trip to tennessee was either "beards" or "internet". impossible for someone to understand without being a part of it. i am glad you have been a part of it. i will look you up next time i am in nz. i will use it as my excuse to hit the south island.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:20pm -
Eric the Beard says:
You said it, this was amazing! and you helped make it so!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:27pm -
BryanHunter says:
Thank you for the window you gave us. The images have been brilliant.

Twitter is good.

Until Whiskerino 201x. Cheers!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:30pm -
jracecar says:
Thanks for everything, the comments and the support. We love our terrier, even though we know that there is still much work to be done with him. I am glad you got your King(s), as you deserved them.

Take care, man.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:10am -
Dschonn says:
I will get to New Zealand someday. It may not be soon, but I'll get there. And I'll find you and we can finally meet. It's been fun kinging you and sparring with you. Keep smiling!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 2:06am -
ben says:
it was incredible great growing with you and your package should be arriving soon.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 2:33pm -
Ace says:
oh mat wiseman. even internationally, your awesomeness shown through this whiskerino. im glad you finally got a kb... they are definitely worth their weight in gold at times but i think everyone should have one. i enjoyed your photos this go around because you really delivered most everyday. i wasnt very good at that anyways. all right... see you around dude. well probably not because you live an oceans apart, but you know what i mean.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 3:52pm -
Just Jamey says:
I hope to meet you someday! You rule.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 5:07pm -
l_etranger_ says:
whiskerino would not have been the same without you. wish we could have met in person, but it's never too late for anything. bon voyage sir, and may our paths cross again someday.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:14pm -
Andrew says:
it has truly been a great wisemanerino

You'll always be king on my book. keep taking wonderful photos, Mat.

And get a flickr while you're at it. I want to see more of your amazing stuff.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 7:02pm -
brandon says:
You are an amazing person. I'm going to sneak up on you one day and say hello in person. Just as soon as I get enough money for a plane ticket. And a visa.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 7:44pm -
hale. says:
thank you for more than a wonderful four months. thank you for what is now years of friendship. thank you for consistently bringing a high level of creativity and style. thank you for gifts and mail from your distant lands. thank you for the jokes, the kind words, the inspiration and for simply being here. you have always been one of my favorites mat.

take care of yourself, and be well. we must keep in touch.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 8:25pm -
Army of Whiskers says:
Your photos have been an inspiration. As someone who went from knowing pretty much nothing to being able to take a mean amateur portrait, it's been the photos from you guys that have pushed me to learn and grow.

Thanks for growing a beard with me. See you around.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 9:44pm -
Site closed!
Whiskerino. fin.