Handlebar Moustache Survey by Chuck of Pittsburgh
Please welcome Chuck!
1. How long have you had a handlebar moustache, and what is your history with moustaches?
It’s probably been going on two years now. I finally figured it out after much trial and error, and now I feel obligated to ride it out for a while. I think everyone does some facial hair at some point in our lives, at least for those of us with the X & Y chromosomes.
2. What moved you to grow a handlebar moustache? Do any relatives or ancestors have handlebar moustaches?
I’m definitely a bit of a determinist, so I like to try and figure out what events led where, but I would say probably three things lead me down that path. One, I had been watching a lot of Deadwood. Two, a friend of mine has some impressive facial hair, and often photographs competitions. Three, I had been going through a lot of old family photos, and there definitely were some nice mustaches in my lineage. (Chuck’s grandfather is featured in the vintage image he provided below. – ed.)
3. What are some of the reactions of others as you grew your handlebar moustache? What sort of reactions or comments did you get initially from your significant other?
I’ve done playoff beards, I wear kilts, I work at a university, so people really didn’t bat an eye. Par for the course. My wife likes it.
4. What are some of the funny or strange comments others have made about your handlebar moustache over time?
I can’t remember anything particularly funny or strange, but I’m always amused by the person who gets stopped dead in their tracks. I’m also a little taken aback at the number of people who ask me if it’s real. I guess I’ll just take that as a compliment. I like the way the mustache looks, but I also like things that take people just a step out of normal.
5. Has having a handlebar moustache had any effects on your personality/behavior, attitude, self-expression, sense of self?
Again, I think I was already there.
6. What is it in your personality that drew you to growing a handlebar moustache?
I guess I just like to change things up every once in a while.
7. Have you been in any moustache contests or attended any such gatherings?
I have not, but I check some of them out vicariously through one of my Flickr friends, Eric Brown. He goes by Dogseat on Flickr.
8. It takes courage to wear a handlebar moustache. What would you say to those who think you look odd, silly or stupid with it?
It’s their problem, not mine. I’m sure there are some out there who may think it looks odd, but I’ve never heard from them. They probably just keep it to themselves. I do have a little saying that every time I get a compliment, it buys another week for the mustache. It’s still here after two years.
9. What waxes, styling aids or glues to you prefer and why?
I use Bounders wax, mainly because I like the way it smells and holds. I’ve used a few others, but Bounders works the way I want it to. I use a dab of Aleene’s Tacky Glue on the tips, and give it some shape with a hair dryer.
10. What do you think a handlebar moustache does for a man?
Mine doesn’t do anything, other than cause me to get up ten minutes earlier every day.
11. How attached are you to your handlebar moustache and what would it take for you to cut it off or remove the curls and not grow it back?
I’m not really attached at all. It’s just there for now, I’m enjoying it.
12. Have you accumulated any moustached merchandise, shirts, mugs or other stuff?
A few items, but most of it came from other people. I find it amusing that there seems to be this “celebration of mustache” right now, but I feel it’s more about the concept, rather than the execution. I’m wearing mine for those who can’t.
13. Can you recommend some other moustache web sites?
14. All about color: How closely does your moustache match the color of the hair on your head? How many colors are in your moustache? Do you like its color? Have you ever dyed it?
I don’t have hair on my head, but I imagine it would probably match it. It’s interesting, the last time I grew a beard, I had a lot of white right on my chin. I have an occasional white hair show up in my mustache, but I’m more amused than concerned when it does.
15. What would you like to see on handlebarmoustachelife.com?
A picture of a monkey doing a handstand.
16. How has having a handlebar moustache affected your love life, dating, and does it interfere with kissing?
I’m married. My wife likes it. We kiss. Women seem to like it, or are at the least amused by it. I almost always have it groomed, because I hate having the ends dropping down into my mouth. So no, kissing is not an issue.
17. What do you do for a living and what impact do you think your handlebar moustache has with customers, coworkers and superiors?
I mentioned before that I work at a university, so it’s just not an issue.
18. Does your handlebar moustache give you any superpowers?
If it did, I’m not aware of any. I hope I’m not missing out.
19. Eating – neatly – can be a challenge with a larger moustache. Do you have any eating tips, or stories to share? Have you been tempted to remove the HB due to eating issues?
Again, I always keep it groomed, and slightly above the top lip. No eating issues.
20. Have you ever styled your mustache in a comical manner or specifically for a Halloween costume?
21. What is your preferred style for your handlebar moustache, and do you do a variety of styles?
I tend to give the ends a slight upturn. That’s about it. I also trim them when they get too long. That may be sacrilege to some, but I don’t really want to wear something too cartoonish. I get the Dali comment occasionally, but I’m not really going for that.
22. Please suggest a question you would like to see in this survey, and add your answer to it as well:
“Does your mustache have a name?”
No, but at one time I had a chin beard that my brother-in-law dubbed Stephen.
23. Would you share your location and / or your age?
Pittsburgh / 45
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