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But will it be gay friendly is the question, and the answer is yes! The website states: “Who is Bristlr for?

Everyone! Bristlr is open to all genders and sexual orientations, wherever you are on the planet.”

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Elite Beard-dating season is now in session, ladies and gentlemen.

And there’s an entire social network devoted to connecting people with beards to those who “want to stroke” them.

Bristlr, which is currently operating in open beta mode, allows users to chat with the bearded he-men near them.

The app is the pet project of 27-year-old Manchester, England resident John Kershaw. That’s right. A British, bearded man.

Kershaw fully acknowledges that Bristlr could be the newest innovation in the facial hair-exclusive dating scene.

The app is open to all genders and sexual orientations. It’s even open to those who’re simply curious.

In an email, he writes,

So far it seems to be people who unashamedly love beards. And bacon… a lot of the bearded folk seem to have a fantastic Ron Swanson style.

I think there’s also a pretty sizeable percentage of people on there who signed up thinking the website can’t possibly be real.

You simply make a profile and select whether you have a beard or would like to spend time with one. If you both “heart” one another, you can exchange messages. You can even rate the beard in question.

Kershaw, who models his own facial accessory after George Clooney, says Bristlr was the result of his enthusiasm for specialized socialization apps. He’s in possession of a beard, so it seemed like a natural next step.

Kershaw reveals the app’s logo was designed with facial hair icons in mind.

He adds,

The beard in the Bristlr logo is unofficially named Riker after William Riker from Star Track [The Next Generation].

Not that Bristlr is made by nerds or anything.

If beard porn is what gets you through those lonely, autumn evenings, then try out Bristlr. At the very least, you may get the chance to touch a few hairy masterpieces.

And if you’re looking for beard-spiration, Kershaw recommends the Beards & Tats Instagram, as well as Urban Beardsman Magazine.

What is Bristlr?

There are many people with beards who like to have them stroked.

And there are many people who don’t have beards, but would like to stroke them.

Bristlr is the link between the two.

With a penchant for trendy words and phrases such as social orientation, location based, and peer-to-peer economy, Bristlr is the innovation in socio-facial interaction you didn’t realise you’ve been wanting.

Put simply, you use this app to chat to people nearby who like beards (on themselves, or on others, or both).

Is this a dating app?

Maybe, it depends if you use it to go on dates. Most dating apps are pretty heavy going. We shifted the focus from hook ups to a more light-hearted, warmer-in-winter kind of thing. Instead of expecting to go home with someone, we hope to have a nice chat and share a mutual admiration of a beard or two. We like beards. Beards are great.

Who is Bristlr for?

Everyone! Bristlr is open to all genders and sexual orientations, wherever you are on the planet.

How do you pronounce Bristlr?

Like “bristle err”, but more like a pirate.

This sounds wonderful, when can I join?

Right now! Bristlr is in open beta. We want to get things into your hands as quickly as possible so we can work together and make it the best it can be.

Are you going to sell my data?

Nope. Your data will never be given to third parties. If you have any concerns related to this, please get in touch.

Is this a joke?

In the sense that it’s a little ridiculous, yes. But Bristlr is a real thing being made.

Who are you?

I’m John, the main guy behind the site. I have a beard, and I like beards. I spotted a gap in the market, and will do pretty much anything to procrastinate from work. You can contact me via

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