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Beard News: Nick Nolte, Bearded Barbers of Temescal, Antonio Banderas, Austin’s Beard and Moustache Competition, British Beard Club Spa Day

Austin’s Beard and Moustache Competition: Q&A with Allen Demling and Bryan Nelson


For the sixth year in a row, a popular Beard and Moustache Competition was held in Austin.Misprint Magazine, a delightfully snarky read based out of Austin, has sponsored each one of these competitions thus far. Held Saturday night at The Mohawk in Austin, the event attracted throngs of beard-loving people, ready for an eagerly awaited raucous night. With categories like ‘Gnarliest Beard’‘Sweetest ‘Stache’‘Freestyle Facial Hair’‘Ladies!’‘Fiercest Chops’‘Best Groomed’, and ‘Six Month Sprint’, it comes as no surprise to me that an event like this garners such enthusiasm within the community of Austin. VIA 

Nick Nolte’s white hair and beard reminds us of Santa Claus (CBS) When Nick Nolte walked the Oscars red carpet on Sunday, onlookers couldn’t help but think – Santa Claus. The actor, with his white  hair and beard, showed up at the Oscars with his son, Brawley. His look prompted a flurry of tweets, remarking on his resemblance to St. Nick.  Actor Nick Nolte arrives on the red carpet for the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 26, 2012, in Hollywood, Calif. (Credit: JOE KLAMAR/Getty Images)VIA


Oakland at Work: The Bearded Barbers of Temescal

Bradley Roberts picks up a straight-edge razor and leans over his client. The barber’s indigo sleeves are rolled up to expose a map of tattoos that continue even beneath his salt and pepper beard. With precision and focus, he slides the blade along a lathered cheek with a long even stroke. He wipes the metal edge clean and starts again.

“The element of danger is there,” Roberts says, laughing; shaving with a sharp blade requires considerable skill and expertise.  And despite the advent of disposable razors, the straight shave provides a nostalgic ritual that “just feels amazing,” he says. He shaves every client twice to make sure they get the coveted baby face effect, first letting hot towels soften the beard hairs. VIA

Antonio Banderas: Beard Changed My Aura

Antonio Banderas says a beard he grew for a movie role gave him “a whole new aura”. Starring as government official Rodrigo in action thriller Haywire, the Spanish actor cultivated an upper lip mustache and a so-called “soul patch” below his bottom lip.

The Hollywood hunk says the facial hair made his transformation into the character complete. But he added that it wasn’t always easy to live with. “Some nights, I couldn’t even sleep because the beard was so nasty. But I like the change. A beard like this changes everything,” he told German magazine In. “You act differently, move differently. I had the feeling it gave me a whole new aura. The funny thing is that most people didn’t recognise me anymore.” VIA

Beards Mature, Unite For Charity In Denton

Next Saturday, March 10, in Denton, Paschall Bar will host an awards ceremony for the 2012 Beard Pageant, featuring some of the most epic beards around. The event, put on by Sonny Bynum, benefits the community outreach program Serve Denton, an organization that coordinates efforts to help the needy in and around the Denton area. The contest is held strictly online from now until March 9 at midnight, and contestants (who must be over 18) can acquire all of the necessary participation info on their website. VIA


Hairy time at Spa thanks to British Beard Club

SCARBOROUGH Spa is lined up for a fun event with a difference this weekend with a free gathering organised by the British Beard Club. Men with beards are invited – and women and children too because there will be false beards available to wear.

Beards, Beer and Barabbas promises a relaxed afternoon for all the family in the Sun Court tomorrow from 2pm with a number of fun contests for styles ranging from styled stubble to full beards. Organizer Anthony Springall, who is also known as “Captain Ants”, said there was a False Beard Freestyle category so that women and children could also take part.

The idea originally grew from a conversation when he was attending last year’s world beard championships in Norway – his own facial display has also taken him to Alaska – where a group of the British entrants were talking about an event later this year in Brighton. Entry for the event is free and organisers have requested donations towards The Prostate Cancer Charity. VIA

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