Handlebar Moustache Survey from Adam in Ohio
1. How long have you had a handlebar moustache, and what is your history with moustaches?:
I’ve had a moustache since I could grow one. I shaved it once when I was 17 for Halloween, but other than that It’s always been there. I did have it kind of long on the sides, when in October 2010 I decided to grow it all out into a handlebar.
2. What moved you to grow a handlebar moustache? :
I had kind of been tossing around in my head. I thought that it could look cool on me, and I it’s kind of unusual, which I like. I met a man with a small waxed handlebar at the Renaissance Festival in Ohio, and we talked for a minute. So I decided right then to grow it out.
3. What are some of the reactions of others as you grew your handlebar moustache?:
My parents didn’t say anything at first, because they’re rather oblivious! But they’re used to me doing strange things. My wife was supportive, she is a fan of facial hair. She’s actually encouraged me to grow out my beard as well. Friends and other family have agreed that I can pull it off.
4. What are some of the funny or strange comments others have made about your handlebar moustache over time?:
I’ve been surprised at how many comments from women I get! Young, old, fast food workers, bank tellers, waitresses, all kinds. Only a few non-moustached men have commented. I’ve never had anything negative said to me. The weirdest comment was a young guy at Chipotle asking me if I did Civil War reenactments!
5. I’ve found that having an handlebar moustache has had various effects on my personality/behavior, attitude, self-expression and so forth. Has having an handlebar moustache brought out changes in your self-expression, sense of self, behavior? Please elaborate.:
I’d say it has made me a bit more outgoing and willing to talk to strangers. But I think as I have gotten older I’ve been gradually leaning that way. It has made me more concerned with my appearance overall, and I think I look at my reflection way more often than I ever thought I would!
6. Many men with handlebar moustaches comment that they see themselves as non-conformists in some way, or as individualistic. Do you feel there is something like this in your personality that drew you to growing a handlebar moustache, or do you just like the look? Please elaborate.:
I do like the look, but I agree that a certain amount of individuality is necessary to grow a handlebar. It is unusual, you will stand out, and you will attract attention, whether you really want to or not. I do consider my self a non-conformist in some ways. I basically just do what I like, without regard for what others might think is popular or weird. I already have long hair and pierced ears!
7. Have you been in any moustache contests or attended any such gatherings?:
Not yet. I have been invited to join a moustache and beard club in the closest large city, but i was unable to attend the recent meeting. There is a state-wide competition in November that I do plan to attend.
8. If you grew your handlebar moustache while in a relationship, what sort of reactions or comments did you get initially from your significant other? :
My wife has been fine with it, she does think it looks good. She does think I primp a lot now, and that I take too long to get my moustache ready when I try to wax it. But overall she’s happy with it.
9. What waxes or glues to you prefer and why?:
I can’t really say I prefer one. I’ve tried Clubman’s, Garnier Fiber Gum and got2b Ultra Glued. None of them have really worked that well for me, I feel. But I am still trying to find one that works.
10. What do you think a handlebar moustache does for a man?:
I think it displays individuality and confidence in a man. A bucking of trends and blazing one’s own trail.And remember, a gentleman grows a beard! http://www.flickr.com/photos/rob72/5119458420/sizes/l/in/photostream/(From a game I enjoyed, Fable III)
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 am very attached to it. I don’t think I’d take a job where I could not have facial hair. Luckily I know my wife wouldn’t demand I shave it (likely the opposite!). As for an amount of money, it’d have to be A LOT of money. Like 8 or 9 figures!
12. Have you accumulated any moustached merchandise, shirts, mugs or other stuff? Indude web site addresses if you have them so others can take a look. :
Not anything yet.
13. Can you recommend some moustache web sites if you know any worth mentioning?:
The Handlebar Club and The Gem City Gentlemen of the Gilded Beard
14. Have you participated in online events like Moustache May, Movember or others, and what was that like?:
No, I have not.
15. What would you like to see on handlebarmoustachelife.com?:
Styling tips, wax/product reviews, humorous stories, interesting history of facial hair.
16. Can you list here some links to online photos of your moustache I can use for this survey is published, or if you don’t have pics online, may I email you so you can send me what you would like to share?:
Here: http://handlebarclub.freeforums.org/lets-see-your-moustache-t23-1020.html under the name tenmaneko.
17. How has having a handlebar moustache affected your love life, and does it interfere with the act of kissing? :
Well, sometimes a rogue moustache hair might tickle her nose or one might slip in between our lips. Overall our love life is better than ever, but I don’t know if I can attribute that to the moustache. Of course, I don’t know that I can’t either!
18. Does your handlebar moustache give you any superpowers?:
Yes, the power of AWESOME.
19. Would you share your location?:
20. Is there anything else you would like to add?:
Great survey Adam! I agree with the superpower of Awesome! – Eric
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