Whiskerino 2009


enjoys a cool breeze...

@mackle, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of this. since 2003 i have felt a part of something awesome and i am pretty sad that it is ending. i find it rather appropriate that when i went to take my picture today, the sky was dark, cloudy, grey and sunless leaving me FLARE!less on this last day. i did manage to have FLARE! in 62.5% of my photos with perfect attendance throughout.

i will miss you all tremendously. the friends that i have made through this have been unexpected and wonderful. i hope our friendships continue and that you all live lives full of FLARE!

for now i leave you with my full timelapse animation spanning 3 whiskerinos. there is a looping animation playing there to the right >> but the link is the higher-res video containing some music i chose to go with it which is appropriately from the film growin a beard. i hope you all enjoy it. i'll see you around the internets.
posted: February 28 @ 2:47pm


sariebell says:
That. is. radical. I especially love it when your wife (is her name Megan? I've forgotten... sorry) takes your place here and there for a take. I think you are so neat and I'm happy to know you. We will meet again. Probably in a few weeks when I storm Nashville like a freakin' blizzard. Dairy Queen style. Until then, so long...
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:51pm -
Nate MC says:
Love the animation. Maybe we'll do this again someday.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:51pm -
benfrank says:
@sariebell yes, her name is megan and that is probably my favourite part as well.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:52pm -
keifel says:
ben thank you for introducing to me to this. we need to hang out more.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:52pm -
aaron b says:
That's pretty rad dude. It occurred to take a standard pose picture every day as well in order to do a time lapse, but I forgot somewhere along the way and now it's an impossibility. I especially like how you sneezed off that moustache at the end. That was awesome. It's been a fun 4 months. Take care.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:53pm -
rnnbrwn says:
It's great and disturbing at the same time! Claire & I really enjoyed meeting up with you again. Hopefully it won't be the last time!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:53pm -
9schwander says:
this is fantastic. Dude, I'll miss you. But we're facebook friends now, so that like, makes us friends in real life. Seriously though, thanks for all the support and campaigning (couldn't have won that king beard without you...) and for being one of my bestest whiskerino friends. Hope to see you in person sometime.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:53pm -
robberfly says:
It's been nice growing & showing with you. Best wishes!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:54pm -
jeremyokai says:
Awesome keeping up with you man. great animation over there.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:55pm -
tedford says:
that animation is a thing of beauty and the choice of music is perfect. been a real pleasure joining you in this little adventure. i think we'll be hitting up Nashville quite a bit more now that we know so many more wonderful people there. look forward to hopefully catching up with you when we're in town. take care of yourself and see you around the webs.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:55pm -
specialshoes says:
your photos are consistently great. this animation is stellar! really nice meeting you and i have enjoyed your food blog. let's keep in touch and good luck in all of your pursuits.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:56pm -
Fofe says:
The animation is great! So cool to have that record of this time.
I really appreciate all the veterans making room for new folks throughout the years. It's been a joy and a privilege to grow with you and the others for the past 4 months, the last Whiskerino. Best to you always.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:56pm -
sariebell says:
I love that you spelled "favourite" that way. You are so old school.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:58pm -
Robfrenzy says:
wow! I mean come on man, you really bring this thing to another level. I have truly enjoyed following what you create everyday. I love that every time I had flare, you made sure that you made it clear that it was flare. Ill miss seeing your hairy face everyday, thanks for everything.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:00pm -
RyRy says:
From one bearded bad Jew to another...you are awesome sir. I hope our paths cross again sometime.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:01pm -
Yogi Beard says:
You are the man. I knew I could always count on at least one comment if my picture had a certain something in it.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:01pm -
Ploafmaster says:
See you later, man. You're an OG, and you represent Whiskerino well.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:02pm -
chadmcclarnon says:
You. Are. Amazing.

I'm so glad we live in the same town. The animation is insane
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:03pm -
GrapeS says:
this is awesome
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:03pm -
Boaz says:
It's been a crazy ride and an extreme pleasure Ben! I'll def see you around. We'd love to hang w/ you and Meagan sometime
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:08pm -
Phil says:
I watched the video. Laughed. Cried. Peed a little. I think I could watch the looping animation all day.

Thanks for bringing the FLARE! and being an all-around great guy.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:11pm -
Scrivener says:
Dude, it's been so great growing and showing with you. I'm kinda bummed we didn't get to talk more at the Throwdown, but I'm glad that I've gotten to know you a little bit over the years through this insane project.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:13pm -
jonshell says:
you've been a staple in this thing for me. i'll miss you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:14pm -
O-Train says:
Absolutely brilliant. It's been fun following you the past four months. Be well.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:16pm -
wondermade says:
Your time lapse is epic in a way rivaled only by your beard.

Flare! (did I do it right?)
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:18pm -
Chinfropro says:
You vid kicks sooo much ass! And I just check out your site. Dude. Shit RULES! I love the Paula Dean folded paper thing. So many talented people I'm really sad that this is over. Take care man hope to see you sometime again.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:19pm -
brandon says:
The animation's all right, I guess.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:25pm -
brandon says:
Kidding of course. You've bren onr of my favorites from the beginning. Take care, good sir. I wish you FLARE forever.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:26pm -
miguelito says:
thank you for being you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:32pm -
Furricane says:
that time lapse is awesome. We loved it.

Also, I'll be sad not seeing more photos from you. They were a delight.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:39pm -
GrizzlyDex says:
Enjoyed your nearly daily flare, and your ID of everyone else's flares :) you have a gift, and are follically blessed.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:47pm -
Ozzy Nelson says:
that is one awesome timelaps my friend.
It has been a pleasure sharing this space with you, sir.
happy trails
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:00pm -
El Barbudo says:
Excellent pictures throughout. Flare on, sir, flare on...
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:05pm -
Grower&Shower says:
Wow Ben, I don't know what to say other than you've been an inspiration to me and your shots were like a daily treat that I cherished and I will miss.

Overly sentimental, I know but I can't help it.

Take care and be well. You're a king among men.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:11pm -
julialikesbeards says:
Magnum Freeeking Opus. Ben, you are awezomazing.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:20pm -
TheStride says:
Your beard is awesome. Your animation is awesome. Thank you for bringing the flare.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:28pm -
mackle says:
1) The timelapse is awesome. Having that wealth of images to draw from is amazing.

2) I will never understand your affinity for Team Shirtless. I should be all emotional here but I will stand by my guns. Those of us with that much shoulder hair should keep it a secret.

3) THANK YOU for all that you've done for Whiskerino. Without you there wouldn't have been an original throwdown. There wouldn't be FLARE. There wouldn't be the notion that you can take the same picture every day AND be creative along the way. There wouldn't be a lot of things without benfRank involved.. I thank you for it.

4) I hope to see you around town. You're good peoples.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:34pm -
michaeljstraub says:
The timelapse just blew my mind!!! Take care in Nashville and I'm certain we'll be seeing you soon! Your dedication to this has been very inspiring and I'm glad to have met you and shared this experience
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:39pm -
mattyc says:
A) I love you man
B) you are always a lot of fun to play around with on the internet via thefacebook or via facial hair websites
C) you always hook me up with AE help.
D) be warned...since there are no dashboard warning message on any other websites i may beat you to the FLARE! every now and again
E) Shirtless republic of stripetopia for life.
D) soon as i finish commenting i'll be loading up my flipbook.. I think it'll suck shit b/c i used my laptops webcam so lining up the images isn't easy b/c there are too many factors.
F) food BFF's is forever.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:12pm -
NoahRienks says:
Dude, FLARE will never mean the same b/c of you! Great to grow and show wit you! sniff
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:20pm -
Finn MacCool says:
That animation is absolutely insane. The commitment to your theme definitely paid off. It's been awesome growing with you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:26pm -
aaron itchyface says:
it was awesome growing and showing with you this year! sick timelapse! take care and ill see ya around town, im sure!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:29pm -
shularbrau says:
This site would not be the same without you're predictable mug on here.

That video combined with that music might be one of my new favorite things on the internets.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:33pm -
zackle says:
And I thought my picture today was sad.

But I'm sure when you watch your transformation over the years it cheers you up. I know it does for me. Great work, Ben. Your dedication is most admirable.

See you in May.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:41pm -
jnonfiction says:
Wow, dude. I count it a privilege just to have been able to come along for the ride with you. It was awesome, every time. Thank you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:45pm -
cary norton says:
heres a handshake mr frank. you're a force.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:58pm -
Pip says:
A true Original. I don't know what I'd do if I'd been doing this since '03. Be strong, and know that we're always here to hang out.

Take care.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:28pm -
Zach says:
good show @benfrank! wish we could've talked more at the throwdown. hopefully our paths will cross again someday!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:29pm -
pcain says:
It was nice to meet you and become internet friends. now we should be friends outside of the internet. Ill see you around @benfrank
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:37pm -
Moxie says:
I will miss my daily dose of FLARE in the mornings, sir.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:38pm -
yourfavorite says:
So amazing man. The collection of photos you have is mind blowing. So glad to have met you and look forward to our next meeting. Perhaps I'll see you in May!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:52pm -
dizzywizard says:
it has been a pleasure growing beard with you...
..great flare one.


Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:02pm -
Grown Unknown says:
Your dedication to your vision is awe inspiring. I am glad to have shared an index page with you. Take care!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:19pm -
gragaband says:
That animation is nuts. Color me impressed.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:03pm -
mu says:
I say this in all seriousness, your a legend here. So glad to be part of this with you. Hope we sometime actually meet up in our home here in Nashville. Til then best of luck to you!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:04pm -
Ula O cealleigh says:
DUDE!! that is frinkking AWESOME GENIUS!!!

THE MUSIC TO THAT FITS LIKE A GLOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! so much perfection!!!

Im so glad we hit it off to a better start this time around & valued your flare & presence around here. you are the VETERAN and LEGEND around here.

I may see you again sometime! hope so!!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:13pm -
mynameisjason says:
i've only been around this thing since 2007, but i definitely have felt that i've been party to greatness. thanks for making this thing great.

be well, see you around.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:15pm -
Marko says:
It's been amazing going through this with you. I know we won't lose touch but for Whiskerino, this is it! Later bro!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:35pm -
jeremiahx says:
Sad I didn't get to meet you at the Throwdown but I am sure our paths will cross soon. Glad I was able to clamebute you many times over!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:39pm -
Presto Beardo says:
This is not the end, because I will be stalking your food blog for a long time!!!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:48pm -
Paragone says:
Facts :
1. Time lapse is amazing.
2. I have envied your beard since 2003
3. We should bowl sometime.
4. You win for most consistently awesome imagery
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:49pm -
Heathmonster B says:
don't be sad Ben, you rocked it! B
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:58pm -
Chinese Wildman says:
Ben, you kick ass. Period. I'm happy to have met you, and I'm sure it won't be the last time we see each other. Keep in touch and let me know how your work things go.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:18pm -
Jarrett says:
It's been great growing and showing with you sir! I will forever be jealous of both your growth and your FLARE. Take care!

Also, that time lapse is amazing! The ending is perfect.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:20pm -
Poe says:
Ben, thanks for the consistency in your photos and letting me into your house that first year.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:32pm -
Spitzer says:
word. we NEED to see each other some day or night. i mean, we do live in the same city.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:44pm -
gfmorris says:
Knowing you is a joy.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:50pm -
Karl says:
The consistency that you've shown has been amazing. The time-lapse makes everything seem much less in-depth that it was, but nothing can take the memory of what happened during that lapse away from me. It has been the pleasure of pleasures, and I hope that one day we can meet, shake hands, and talk about things that are tasty to eat. So long!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:55pm -
jmathiasxiii says:
Ben, I would like to have lunch with you very soon. I think we have not had enough time to talk to each other and living in the same town with similar careers, and not talking more is a damn shame.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:15pm -
Barefoot says:
Your timelapse is something of legend! I can't believe you kept this all up. FLARE FOR LIFE.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:17pm -
themightyjones says:
Oh, Ben, you are truly are a worker of beardly magic. That animation is one of the most incredible things I've ever seen. Be well, and I hope to see you again soon.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:31pm -
flainez says:
You have been a key part of whiskerino. Thanks for making so this awesome.

Take care!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:50pm -
hankbobs says:
The timelapse is absolutely incredible. I was talking to you the other day about not getting to meet you, and then I found this in my camera (clame) So perhaps we met briefly, just enough time for @Matthew_Moore to grosslip the photo!

I was thinking in watching your time lapse, you should have some objects, like, a matchbox car, that drives out of your mouth and around on your head for a few days. It wouldn't look like much during the days of the shoot, but would really look cool in the ongoing animation. I assume you are doing this the rest of your life?

take care dude, hope to see you in an upcoming may
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:06pm -
Richmond Red says:
Dude, it's been a pleasure. Thank you for reminding me of the importance of FLARE.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:27pm -
damnweather says:
the timelapse is adorable. glad to know you ben.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:33pm -
Eric the Beard says:
You blew my mind...i'll admit it took me a bit to catch on, but then...wow it was awesome, and thanks for the chest hair!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:48pm -
Ace says:
a part of me was hoping youd be shirted on this last day.

i was wrong. but still i love the benfrank.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:57pm -
mOtke says:
I'm very very glad that whiskerino made our lives cross paths. You have many fine qualities. We need to go eat food together. Or make food. Or make then eat food. Or drink adult beverages. Something. Something.

Love the video too.

But I'm sure you already knew that.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:15am -
revgoomba says:
Your dedication to the timelapse makes me so happy. I love watching it all together like that... you're a legend!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:19am -
[j.kent.r] says:
Your ugly mug will be missed.

Seriously, I could tell you were a nice and funny guy from the start and chatting with you at the Throwdown was the proof. Take care, friend.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:29am -
Daniel says:
What you have done for personal themes changed the face of Whiskerino forever. You're an innovator and grow a beast of a beard. And the one on your face is awesome too. So long for now.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 8:08am -
jclutch says:
Animation is DOPE. Hope to see you around town sir, holla!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 9:50am -
hale. says:
ben, it has been a pleasure and an honor to be participating with you since 2003. thanks for being such a huge part of this whole experience, thanks for your inspirational and creative photos over the years, and thanks for being a friend.

and again, i apologize for being an ass.

take care, be well, and be happy.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 4:03pm -
Army of Whiskers says:
Ben you are a Whiskerino legend. It was great meeting you in person at the throwdown. A totally approachable and down to earth guy. Thanks for helping to make Whiskerino what it is. And thanks for growing a beard with me. See you around.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:02pm -
johnatcollege says:
Great to have met you, love the timelapse. 3 Whiskerinos of great work.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:51pm -
l_etranger_ says:
sir, you have been a consistant part of my (first and last) whiskerino experience. I appreciate all of the effort you put into your theme and it was a pleasure meeting you at the TD. Bon voyage good sir and may our paths cross again!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 9:14pm -
Site closed!
Whiskerino. fin.