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Handlebar Moustache Survey by Joshua Copeland of Atlanta

Thank you, Joshua Copeland, for doing the survey!

1. How long have you had a handlebar moustache, and what is your history with moustaches?
I grew my first traditional moustache just four years ago at the age of 27. It remained a traditional moustache for about a year, until I found myself in college.

2. What moved you to grow a handlebar moustache?
(While at) Spartan College of Aeronautics, where I trained for Federal Aviation Mechanic licenses, I wanted to do something I hadn’t done before to outwardly show a little about my eccentric nature. The first attempt at growing a handlebar moustache was unguided and untrained – and proved very unruly!

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 get a lot of wide-eyed responses like, “Well, that’s different!” But I particularly like it when people say things like, “Wow! That’s a great moustache!” The most common questions are “How long did it take?” followed by, “Can I touch it?” But I won’t let anyone touch it in fear of disturbing the wax and busting the ends to a fray. My girlfriend didn’t like it to begin with, but later claimed it was growing on her… to which I reminded her it grows on me!

4. What are some of the funny or strange comments others have made about your handlebar moustache over time?
I was working an air show in Tulsa Oklahoma and a girl about 12 or so paid me a compliment. I thanked her and smiled big as she told me she wished she could grow one, too. Imagine the sight of a young girl with 7-inch handlebars?

5. Has having a handlebar moustache had any effects on your personality/behavior, attitude, self-expression, sense of self?
Not at all. It has become an extension of my already eclectic nature.

6. What is it in your personality that drew you to growing a handlebar moustache?
I like to try new things… and I especially like a challenge. It was initially a great challenge as I could never successfully grow other styles of facial hair. Maybe it doesn’t fit my lack of style, but it certainly fits me.

7. Have you been in any moustache contests or attended any such gatherings?
Not yet. I found HandlebarMoustacheLife.com while searching for competitions and clubs to take part in.

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?
Anyone who can grow a handlebar moustache should. So long as it’s groomed, it is always a fun addition to any room or event!

9. What waxes, styling aids or glues to you prefer and why?
I’ve tried a variety of pomades and gels, but I’m currently getting the best results with Murray’s Beeswax. It is intended for use in dreadlocks and contains a fair amount of petrolatum. This can make it a bit greasy in the summer months although it holds well during the cooler part of the year. The petrolatum also prevents from drying out and splitting ends in the cold air and adds shine without altering my natural blonde color. When summer months are about, I will use mostly pure beeswax with very little petrolatum for a non-greasy, firmer hold.

10. What do you think a handlebar moustache does for a man?
Once you get through the transition phase (where it can look a bit stringy and un-managed), get the ends the way you want them in the mirror, that first step outside can be a little unnerving. In minutes, you’ll feel the pride and satisfaction of knowing you’ve accomplished something very few men can do. You’ll get an odd look every so often, but mostly people smile when they see you and frequently compliment. Even those who don’t compliment or even smile at you will go off to tell someone about the neat moustache they saw today! Not only will you feel great wearing your ‘stache, others will benefit as well.

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 cut the right side off once… after an incident with a cigarette lighter set fire to the left side. Excluding the unforeseen, nothing short of an OSHA regulation, an act of Congress perhaps, could keep my graspable extremities gone permanently.

12. Have you accumulated any moustached merchandise, shirts, mugs or other stuff? Include web site addresses if you have them so others can take a look.
The only items I have currently were gifts from friends. One a sticker in the shape of a handlebar moustache that reads, “Stachetastic!” is pasted on the back of my motorcycle helmet. And the other a refrigerator magnet, also in the shape of a handlebar moustache that reads, “Wanna go for a ride?” can be found on the side of my airframer’s toolbox.

13. Can you recommend some moustache web sites if you know any worth mentioning? n/a

14. Have you participated in online events like Moustache May, Movember or others, and what was that like? n/a

15. What would you like to see on handlebarmoustachelife.com? n/a

16. Can you list here some links to online photos of your moustache I can use for this survey if published, or if you don’t have pics online, may I email you so you can send me what you would like to share?

Photos available upon email request and can be posted within handlebarmoustachelife.com.

17. How has having a handlebar moustache affected your love life, and does it interfere with the act of kissing?
Kissing can muss a great style, so reserve your best romantic kisses for those special moments. Of course, I’ve always told my girlfriend that my moustache is a safety rail for the ride. ;-)

18. Does your handlebar moustache give you any superpowers?
Yes. I can start a fire with my handlebars.

19. Would you share your location?
Started my stache Tulsa, OK
Currently/Temporarily Atlanta, GA
As of December 2011 Lincoln, NE

 

 


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