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What do you think of beards?
I’ve always thought beards represented masculinity.
Why do you grow your beard now?
I grow a beard because I prefer most men to have facial hair, including myself. My beard expresses who I am and where I am on my journey.
Did you ever want to grow a beard before you were old enough to grow one?
Did any family members, other relatives, or friends or acquaintances have a beard when you were growing up? If so, did that have any influence on you?
My father and all my uncles at one time or another had beards. I grew up in the seventies. I assume it subconsciously influenced me as a child.
What motivated you to grow your beard for the first time?
I was living in New York City and had a goatee. I was ready for a change and was about to move to San Francisco. I had just reached my thirties and it felt right.
How did you feel about the way that your first beard turned out?
It was very manicured and I didn’t allow it to be natural. It was definitely experimental.
You’ve grown the full beard. How did you select that style? What’s your opinion on the full beard versus other beard styles? Have you ever grown any other beard style, such as the goatee?
As I said earlier, I’ve always preferred myself with facial hair. The goatee and sideburns were a staple for my twenties.
Has your full beard had any effect on your self-confidence or how you see yourself? Has it had any other effect on your personality?
I guess I see myself as more mature, more of a man. In my twenties I was still finding myself. This is who I am right now. I’m sure I will always keep changing, but I think the beard will be a constant.
How have people reacted to your beard?
It gets a lot of attention, almost always positive.
Have you thought about whether you intend to stay bearded permanently or just occasionally?
I would say probably permanently.
What do you like best about your beard?
I really like how dark, thick, and full it gets.
What have you learned from your beard-growing experience?
I’ve learned to be a little more natural.
Would you recommend to other guys that they grow full beards?
I would most certainly recommend other guys to grow a beard, even if only temporary. It’s always good to see yourself in a new way.
What do you think about being featured on beards.org?
I’m honored. Thanks for the cool photos, Steve!