How long have you had a handlebar moustache, and what is your history with moustaches?
I’ve had this handlebar mustache for about 16 months now. I’ve had a mustache of one kind or another since I was 17. Much of my life I was in the military so the type of mustache I’ve been able to grow was severely restricted. I’ve grown handlebars before but this is the longest duration. When I started it in November 2014 I already had a fairly long mustache that was nearly long enough for “graspable extremities”.
What moved you to grow a handlebar moustache? Do any relatives or ancestors have handlebar moustaches?
No relatives that I know of had handlebars. I’ve known very few men who had them. I just like the idea and gave it a try.
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?
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My wife hates it but I’ve seen signs that she is coming around. Other than her, I’ve gotten nothing but positive responses about the handlebars. I’ve noticed that people have the same response to my mustache that they have for children and dogs – they notice it and smile. Now and then I get a compliment.
What are some of the funny or strange comments others have made about your handlebar moustache over time?
My daughters’ friends thought our family was Italian because their dad has an “Italian mustache”.
I was pumping gas at a station a while back and there was a young black man sitting in his car with his girlfriend. He would look at me then look away when I looked back. He got out of his car when his tank filled and continued to make furtive glances in my direction. Finally, I called out to him, “Hey! Are you checking out my mustache?” We laughed at each other and he said, “Yea man, it looks great!”
Has having a handlebar moustache had any effects on your personality/behavior, attitude, self-expression, sense of self?
With a great mustache comes great responsibility. I recognize that I am a public representative of the mustache community and take that responsibility seriously. Just kidding. I like having the stache and that is all that matters.
What is it in your personality that drew you to growing a handlebar moustache?
I’ve always had a strong streak of anti-authoritarian. Maybe that has something to do with it. My favorite book when I was a boy was The Three Musketeers. Maybe that was the first influence for the mustache. I honestly don’t know the answer to this.
Have you been in any moustache contests or attended any such gatherings?
I was in a mustache contest in a local brewery last year. I won third place in the unstyled category. Don’t be too impressed – there were only three contestants in that category.
It takes courage to wear a handlebar moustache. What would you say to those who think you look odd, silly or stupid with it?
I would tell my glabrous male acquaintance that theirs is a common opinion amongst the effeminate and squeamish. If the speaker were female then I would just give them a condescending smile.
What waxes, styling aids or glues to you prefer and why?
A concoction of my own making. It includes bee’s wax, lanolin, acacia gum, castile soap, and just a touch of thyme. I’ve never tried Firehouse Wacky Tacky but my own stuff fits the descriptions I’ve read of Firehouse WT.
In a pinch I use Mr. Kings but it doesn’t have the hold I’m looking for. Occasionally, I’ll use a dab of my son’s Layrite Super Hold when things are not going well.
I have to blow dry my mustache to make it go in the direction I want before applying wax. Otherwise it would be a mess.
What do you think a handlebar moustache does for a man?
It is certainly a mark of manliness. I don’t know many women with mustaches. I think it says, I’m different and I don’t care if you don’t like that.
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 might take it off for a job interview. Outside of that, I don’t think it will be going away.
Have you accumulated any moustached merchandise, shirts, mugs or other stuff?
A couple who are friends bought me a mustache cup at an estate sale. It is a prized possession. I picked up a “mustache curling iron” but haven’t used it much. I don’t think it is really made for that purpose but I was intrigued and there it was on Ebay… I have various items that people have bought me that have drawings of handlebar mustaches on them.
Can you recommend some other moustache web sites?
Google handlebar mustache and you won’t find a bad one. I like these…