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What do you think of beards?
I think beards are handsome and cool. One of the main reasons is that covering part of your face draws the focus to the most attractive part of most faces: the eyes.
Why do you grow your beard now?
I decided to stop trimming or shaving about a year ago when I went from Stockholm to San Francisco. The experiment turned out to be interesting and now I want to see how long I can get it.
Did you ever want to grow a beard before you were old enough to grow one? If so, do you remember how old you were when you first knew that you someday wanted to grow a beard?
I’ve always wanted to grow a beard. And I did grow a pretty pathetic little goatee as soon as I could, when I was fourteen or fifteen. Since then, I’ve always had some kind of facial hair.
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?
I had a stepfather and an uncle that sported great beards. I don’t know if they influenced me, but I always liked the way it made them look.
What motivated you to grow your beard for the first time?
Part of my motivation was to make me look older. I always felt older than I was and a beard was a way of making me look more distinguished. Later on, it sure helped me getting into bars before I was legally allowed.
How did you feel about the way that your first beard turned out?
I’m guessing I was pretty proud, even though it probably looked pretty sad.
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?
I’ve had most styles of beards and all of them have had their charm. The only style I’ve never had, and never really appreciated, is the super-angular, sculpted, overdone variety. I’ve seen a few people get away with it, but usually it just looks too thought out.
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?
Not really, but it does change how other people perceive me. And that might, in turn, have an effect on how I see myself.
How have people reacted to your beard?
Mostly positive, especially from other guys. Ninety per cent of all attention is positive. But the occasional drunk girls pulling on it and the endless Ché Guevara, ZZ Top, and terrorist comparisons get kind of tedious.
Have you thought about whether you intend to stay bearded permanently or just occasionally?
I’ll most likely stay bearded. I don’t know in what shape or form, though.
What’s the best thing about having a beard?
Not having to sit next to anyone on the subway.
What do you like best about your beard?
I like that it’s thick and full.
What have you learned from your beard-growing experience?
I’ve learned that people are insanely afraid of aging. The beard haters all tell you the same thing: why would you want to look older? It’s strange to me that looking older necessarily would be a bad thing. On a more technical note I’ve learned that combing some body lotion in to it makes it less frizzy and easier to manage. I’ve also learned to always keep a hankie in my back pocket,
should I spill food or drink in my beard.
Would you recommend to other guys that they grow full beards?
Sure. Why not?
What do you think about being featured on beards.org?
Awesome. Nice site and you’re a really good photographer.
Tomas’ photo album
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