1. How long have you had a handlebar moustache, and what is your history with moustaches?
Currently 1 year. Had one previously for about 2 years, it came back in a few months.
2. What moved you to grow a handlebar moustache?
I was on a week long vacation and didn’t shave in that time. I decided to keep the moustache as that is all the facial hair I can have at work. I’ve always liked the handlebar moustache so I decided to let it grow.
One question that comes up now and then in forums or conversation is what area constitutes legit moustache growth. For a handlebar moustache it will include only hair growing within the upper lip area. This extends out to the sides and usually stops at the smile crease that arch up and in toward your nose. The lower limit is generally at the corners of the mouth. Some men have a bit more strong growth area extending down from there, but for moustache purposes this is to be included only sparingly. Gerard Butler has kindly posed for an illustrative picture. The maximum moustache area – as I see it – is marked in blue lines. Thanks Gerry! You can go wash the blue marker off now.
If your moustache hair naturally drapes down over this area you might include .25 to .50 inches (<1 cm) of area below the corners of the mouth to add some bulk to your handlebar, especially if it’s a bit sparse. I did this for a while, but finally decided to trim it and use only upper lip hair. I felt better about that. Didn’t hurt me any, and I won $1000 with that moustache.
A note: Some men grow the chin hair in vertical columns down to the jawline and call this a handlebar moustache, which it is not. It’s a handlebar goatee. To be a moustache it must include only moustache hair, and that grows only on the upper lip. Also, there are some competitions where a “imperial moustache” is allowed to include a large amount of cheek and beard hair. I feel this is a serious misnomer and should be called an imperial beard. After all, the imperial style was inspired by Kaiser Wilhelm, and his never included cheek or beard hair.
Got an email from the Laird Sapir, editor of a web site called The Politicrush, asking me to be the judge of her handlebar moustache mashup with the US presidential candidates and she has posted the results today. Thanks, Laird. I’m honored.
The post went up today. Take a look at his site to read the results.
At right is a picture of me sporting an English-style of handlebar moustache. I don’t often wear this style, but got a lot of positive feedback at work and even more in the Handlebar Club online forum. My cat wasn’t too thrilled as
Didn’t put a lot of pshop effort into this. I suppose I could replace my bg with something from the movie. Maybe later.
The hat is a wool felt top hat I made myself. Not a good shot of it.
I wish you peace, plenty, health and good company now and for all time.
I was in a grocery store the other day. While walking down an aisle I was approaching a shopping cart with a toddler in it, the mother busy searching for something on the shelves. The small child, sized like he was maybe just about to learn to walk, was starting to fuss. Neither of them had noticed me yet. As I was about 8 feet from the cart I saw the kid looked like he was just starting to enter a big crying fit, face beginning to contort and the vocalization starting.
Mr Moustache swings into action: With my handlebar in Prize Winning Curls (using glue stick, of course) I caught his attention and scrunched up my face into a big moustached smile. His nascent expression of toddler grief turned into a big smile and he laughed! The mother never noticed I was there, and I quietly passed by to continue my shopping. All so worth it.