Start whenever you want. Shave as much as you want. But the point is to grow a respectable amount of facial hair in whatever style tickles your fancy. (Disclaimer: You will get a mighty tickling for the first few weeks). Moustaches, goatees, mutton chops, even the dreaded neckbeard are all welcome. But I encourage a full beard for the spirit of true beardacity.
Anyone who can grow a beard. That potentially includes ladies. You can sign onto the contest anytime and drop out anytime. It essentially begins now, and it will end on the first day of spring in 2011. I will update with the actual date when it draws near and when I care.
What's at stake:
At the end of the event there will be a poll or series of polls to determine whose beard is best. The winner will receive accolades from all forum members (maybe) and will be crowned by me as the Ruler, Champion, High Priest and Magus, Emperor and Ayatollah of Beards (definitely). If the winner is inclined to give me his (or her!) address, he or she will receive by mail a box of baked goods, possibly baked by myself, possibly store bought depending on how much I care at the time. If you live way too far from me I will contact a bakery in your home town to deliver you some stuff on me. If you really want to be a winner grow a good beard then move to NYC and I can order for you from the "Butch Bakery" (google it)
Why grow a beard?
I'm glad you asked.
-They make you look more manly
-They make you look distinguished and mature (depending on the style)
-They are natural. Your skin will probably feel more healthy after having a beard for a while (no razor irritation or alcohol/chemical exposure)
-They keep your face warmer during the winter
-There is no way to accelerate beard growth. You are a slave to genetics. DON'T SHAVE is the only way to grow a beard.
-If you're planning on having a neckline, grow for about 4-6 weeks first, to get a feel of how the grain lays and how you'll want to shape it. BE SUPER CAREFUL when shaping your neckline, if you're not slow and meticulous you could fuck it up.
-For the first few weeks/months the coarseness is going to bother you. Your skin will not be used to having a beard. After a while, it will feel natural and won't bother you, but in the meantime, wash with shampoo and conditioner, it helps a LOT. Leave the conditioner in for several minutes too.
-When it gets long enough, comb, braid, dye, sculpt, shape... because why the hell not?
Jimmy Rabbitte (not eligible to win)
Tracy (leg hair)
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Edited by Jimmy Rabbitte, 19 October 2010 - 03:10 AM.