Say Hello to the Manliest and Beardliest of the 2014 World Beard and Mustach

Modern society is entertain an Age of the Beard. Hipsters, athletes, family men and business men are all rocking facial hair. To honor this obsession, on October 25, 2014, the annual World Beard and Moustache Championships were held in Portland, OR. Men with artful facial hair competed to be crowned and to have their luxurious face locks celebrated the world over.

The competition goes beyond just having hair on your face; competition organizer Phil Olsen explained in an interview that they’re looking for the facial hair that “best enhances their overall appearance, style and personality.” The competition includes, besides beards and mustaches, a considerable amount of pageantry.

And these guys have plenty of style and personality. Besides their mighty beards, these gentlemen have style for days. Check out their outfits–if you can take your eyes off the beards, that is.

 

Toot Joslin

This formidable muttonchop ‘do means there’s a new sheriff in town.

Unidentified

No one caught his name, but he’s still quite dashing.

Jeff Well

A Dali-esque waxed ‘stache cuts down on drag.

Unidentified

This gentleman would have given his name, but he’s working as a spy in an alternate universe Victorian London, and really can’t be too careful.

Jeff Vidouck

This is Mr. Vidouck’s reaction when you ask if he needs a scarf.

Taylor McKibben

This glorious two-tone affair is perfectly offset by Mr.McKibben’s fur coat.

Luke Shuler

Mr. Shuler is a rebel, plain and simple.

Unidentified

Whenever the contestants are not identified, I like to think there’s a very serious reason behind it. This contestant is obviously a dignitary who must keep his identity under wraps for world safety reasons.

Unidentified

Whoever he is, he seems to be a World Beard and Moustache Championships veteran.

Charles Hazleton

Guess where the source of his power lies.

Burke Kenny

Mr. Kenny’s beard and mustache are a classy mix of modern and traditional.

Kevin Riordan

When he’s not competing, Mr. Riordan can be found lasso’ing small animals.

Craig Bishop

This happy chap goes for volume, not length.

M.J. Johnson

We don’t question Mr. Johnson. We just…don’t.

Aaron Calihan

Mr. Calihan knows the importance of accessorizing, and strikes a notable balance of manly and dainty.

Kevin Graybill

Channeling historical figures is encouraged.

Unidentified

This vision in lavender knows how important color coordination is.

Stefan Rasile

Don’t make Mr. Rasile angry. His beard will get you.

Jordan Dauby

Mr. Dauby channeled some American Gothic for his look.

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