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Handlebar Moustache Survey from Andy in New Hampshire

Thanks Andy! Nice looking moustache.

1. How long have you had a handlebar moustache, and what is your history with moustaches?

Since 1991 when I was 17 and a senior in high school. Looking back on photos I was always making facial hair from paper, ink, etc for Halloween or just for fun. I’m going to blame Teddy Roosevelt and mustaches of his era from history books.

2. What moved you to grow a handlebar moustache?

Just wanted to, to prove I could grow something and to add to my uniqueness. I like to say “I’m not like other people and other people are glad of that.”

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?

Laughter, looks, asked if it is fake or actually having a teacher pull it at my senior prom! No SO lately but my last GF liked it but would rather have seen me without it (so I took a picture and digitally erased it, not going to shave it though).

4. What are some of the funny or strange comments others have made about your handlebar moustache over time?

“Look! It’s Captain Hook!” “Is the the 1890s or the 1990s?” “How do you make it curl like that?” I sometimes tell them earwax:-)

5. Has having a handlebar moustache had any effects on your personality/behavior, attitude, self-expression, sense of self?

I think it’s made me a bit tougher skinned and better able to ignore laughs from people. It’s just my trademark now.

6. What is it in your personality that drew you to growing a handlebar moustache?

I’ve always dressed the way I wanted to dress, ridden motorcycles I wanted to ride whether they were common, normal, practical or popular. Why be like everyone else? Plus I love history so looking different and having a mustache associated with another era made sense.

7. Have you been in any moustache contests or attended any such gatherings?

No.

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?

I’d say do what you want to do for your own reasons. Doing or looking a certain way to make others happy isn’t worth the effort if it makes you unhappy. If you enjoy it, do it and when it no longer pleases you, do something that does.

9. What waxes, styling aids or glues to you prefer and why?

Clubman because it’s locally available. I’m starting to try different ones but for me Clubmen is cheapest and handy.

10. What do you think a handlebar moustache does for a man?

Distinguishes him from the crowd, tells others he cares about his appearance but doesn’t need to be part of the crowd.

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 haven’t shaved it in 21 years so it would take a lot. I’ll shave it when I get tired of it. I won’t shave it just to please someone else (or she’d better be one hell of a someone else!)

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.

Books, stickers and a plush mustache (shawnimals I think).

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

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

No.

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

New here so I don’t know yet.

17. How has having a handlebar moustache affected your love life, and does it interfere with the act of kissing?

I think it may repel women or maybe I do that in some way. Plenty like it but they are generally unavailable or uninterested in dating me.

18. Does your handlebar moustache give you any superpowers?

Hehe. Sadly no.

19. Would you share your location?

Concord, NH.

20. Please suggest a question you would like to see in this survey, and add your answer to it as well

Bonus Question by Josh: “Have you ever styled your mustache in a comical manner or specifically for a Halloween costume?”

No, though I’ve thought of dyeing it for St. Patrick’s Day.

 


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