Handlebar Moustache Survey by Moonlightoperation
- How long have you had a handlebar moustache, and what is your history with moustaches?
On and off for about 15 years.
- What moved you to grow a handlebar moustache? Do any relatives or ancestors have handlebar moustaches?
I needed him. I enjoyed the moustache looks of:
Robin Olds, Danny Espinoza, Don Mattingly, Dan Rosenthal, Lanny McDonald, Nick Offerman, Sparky Lyle, among others…; I really wanted to have something different than most folks, and I grew my first when I was first in college.
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My great, great Grandfather, Joseph Shapiro, had a white beard and a large handlebar that I envy! My Great Grandfather, Harry, Grandfather Nathan, uncles and father were all hirsute but cleanshaven… I was the family rebel.
- 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 got my first boyfriend BECAUSE of it.
- What are some of the funny or strange comments others have made about your handlebar moustache over time?
Is it soft or hard? (My answer: soft!)
Doesn’t it make you hot in summer? (My answer: No, it makes me hot all year long.)
If I kissed you right now, would you shave that off? (Duh, and it was a woman.)
- Has having a handlebar moustache had any effects on your personality/behavior, attitude, self-expression, sense of self?
I am confident and authoritative feeling when I wax it up, but people notice when it’s not waxed, and ask me, “Casual Friday?”
- What is it in your personality that drew you to growing a handlebar moustache?
I’m one hairy guy, and I’ve always been a bit different than others.
- Have you been in any moustache contests or attended any such gatherings?
Many gatherings, but never a contest.
- It takes courage to wear a handlebar moustache. What would you say to those who think you look odd, silly or stupid with it?
They don’t appreciate it like we do. Mustaches are personal expressions of both masculinity and personal joy. If they don’t like it, they don’t have to kiss it, get kissed by it, or deal with it, nor do they have to grow it.
This is my stache. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My stache is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My stache, without me, is incomplete. Without my stache, I am incomplete. I must shape and coax my stache true. I must speak from under it straighter than my enemy who is trying to cheat me. I must win over him before he attempts to do the same to me. I will…
My stache and I know that what counts in life is not the noise we make, the stomp of our feet, our outwardly appearance alone, nor merely the message we convey. We know that it is the perception that counts. We will make it clear and true…
My mustache is part of me–it is human, even as I, because it is part of my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its needs, its symmetry and its contour. I will keep my moustache clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…
- What waxes, styling aids or glues to you prefer and why?
Love bluebeard conditioner/moisturizer, and I’ve tried many, many waxes. Since my work keeps a mask on my face, and cannot drip, using traditional waxes based on petroleum is tough (I’m a surgeon). I use Bumble & Bumble Sumotech hair pomade as a wax.
- What do you think a handlebar moustache does for a man?
Makes him feel the way he wants to feel…complete. It allows someone to express himself through his appearance better than any tattoo, any hairstyle, or anything else. It takes commitment and a new look at tradition.
- 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’ve not shaved the stache in 22 years. I’ve trimmed it back and regrown it starting the same day…it’s helped to make it thicker; It would take a noble cause; a great fundraising effort, the desire of my loved one (temporarily)…or other opportunities to give.
- Have you accumulated any moustached merchandise, shirts, mugs or other stuff?
Oh, yes. I have clothing, kitchen items, paraphernalia, and my office door is well adorned. People keep giving me things!
- 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?
Much more red, with a little grey. Never dyed it, never will. Head is auburn/brown.
- What would you like to see on handlebarmoustachelife.com?
Exactly what you have. Love it.
- How has having a handlebar moustache affected your love life, dating, and does it interfere with kissing?
It compliments kissing. When I’m with a date (I date dudes), moustache to moustache is damn good.
- What do you do for a living and what impact do you think your handlebar moustache has with customers, coworkers and superiors?
Patients give me looks a little, but no one has an issue. I’m a general & trauma surgeon. My boss has never had an issue, nor have coworkers. They give me moustache items often.
- Does your handlebar moustache give you any superpowers?
Of course it does. It makes me ‘the guy’ to judge local contests, and have a recognizable presentation. “The dude with the stache.”
- 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?
I have several mustache mugs and cups, and I use a whisker guard on bowls for soup, etc. It does get in the way but then, I get seconds.
- Have you ever styled your mustache in a comical manner or specifically for a Halloween costume?
- What is your preferred style for your handlebar moustache, and do you do a variety of styles?
I go down and outward…slight curl, slight outward direction. I vary it a bit, but mostly on weekends I’m not working.
- Would you share your location and / or your age?
42, West Hartford, Connecticut