Award-winning barber Virgil is seen here cutting hair at Tapered Barber Shop in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Stay tuned for more on Virgil and his story in an upcoming feature. Thanks go to Virgil and Tapered Barber Shop for this photo opportunity.
Virgil is an award-winning barber. He sports a majestic full beard and does great things for the community. Yesterday Virgil was kind enough to participate in a photo shoot for beards.org. Some sample photos from yesterday are below. Click on any of the images to view a larger version. Stay tuned for more on Virgil, his beard, and his story.
This beards.org photo shoot with Scott took place three miles from Prince’s Paisley Park. And I did not know it at the time. What’s more is that I’d driven right by Paisley Park on the way to and from the photo shoot without even noticing it. I was a visitor to the area.
Scott wanted a photo shoot at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. He even sprang for the fee for the Arboretum’s photography permit. It was a perfect location for a photo shoot. Little did I know, however, that we were in Prince’s neighborhood.
Following the shock of Prince’s sudden passing this week, I was curious to learn more about his Paisley park studio and residence. I was surprised to discover that it is right next to Arboretum Boulevard, the main route to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. According to Google maps, it is a distance of three miles from Paisley Park to the Arboretum.
I never would have been considered to be a big Prince fan. I liked “1999” and “Little Red Corvette” well enough to buy the album. Apart from that, I was familiar with some of his music by hearing it played on the radio. But I did not really follow him.
I never saw Prince with a beard. I took notice when he appeared with surprisingly dense stubble, sculpted into designer shapes. I would have liked to see him grow it all out at least once.
Now that he is suddenly gone, I’ve learned a lot more about him. I admire his fierce independence as well as his extraordinary musical talent. What really surprised and pleased me were the numerous accounts of the many ways he interacted with and remained a part of his hometown community.
I’ve gained a new appreciation for Prince and wish that I’d done so while he was still alive. I’m sorry that I passed by his house twice in one day without even knowing it was there or that he might have been there.
Rest in peace, Prince Rogers Nelson.
It began with the heartfelt desire to communicate to the world that beards should not only be accepted, they should be appreciated and encouraged. This also included the objective of providing would-be beard growers with useful beard-growing information, inspiration, and support.
Building strength through numbers, the idea was to get as many men as possible to grow their beards. The more beards there are, the more common a sight they become. Over time, this leads to greater acceptance of beards as “normal”. And the more acceptance beards gain, pervasive anti-beard bias begins to subside more and more.
It is deeply gratifying to know that all about beards has encouraged thousands of men all around the world to grow their beards. Even though not all have kept their beards, each one counts as a victory because at least they all got to experience what it is like to grow your beard and be a bearded man. It is also gratifying to hear from these newly-bearded men how proud they are of their beards and how great they feel about themselves with their beards.
Just as important as encouraging men to grow their beards has been providing them with the information needed to grow their beards properly and to avoid common beard-ruining mistakes. Whenever I see a man in the beginning phase of growing a beard who has already badly misshapen the nascent beard, I am reminded that the site’s information on how to properly grow a beard still needs to spread further.
All about beards launched on the worldwide web twenty years ago today on January 17, 1996. It started out on AOL member web space where it began to grow and thrive. The original URL, now-defunct, was http://members.aol.com/beardguy . All about beards moved to its new permanent home at beards.org on January 20, 2005. To this day, all about beards continues to use the original firstname.lastname@example.org email address for regular correspondence.
Heartfelt thanks go out to all of the site’s loyal friends, supporters, and contributors. Thanks for bearing with me as the site is going through some more growing pains. The plan is for all about beards to keep growing and get better and better.
If after twenty years of all about beards you have not yet grown your beard, what are you waiting for? all about beards guide to growing a beard! Maybe a great beard is just what you need this year.
This post is illustrated with sample photos from another beard growth progress photo shoot with Chris a few days ago. Chris’ amazing beard growth is just getting started and is making fast progress. Click on any photo to see a larger version. Use your browser’s back button to return to this page.
Chris recently raised his beard’s cheek line that had been fairly low. The new beard growth for the higher cheek line is now perfectly even with the previously-existing beard growth. So Chris is now ready to let it all grow out together. His beard is very powerful. So, watch out!
Last night, Chris braved cold temperatures, wind, rain, and the dark of night to get some new photos of his beard’s progress. Here are some sample shots. Click on any image to view a larger version. Use your browser’s back button to return to this page.
Chris has some of the strongest beard growth you’ll ever see. His beard has exceptional density, thickness, and coverage. At the moment he is transitioning his beard from a low cheek line to a much higher cheek line. To help blend the established growth with the new, he recently trimmed back his overall beard. Soon, both growth phases will blend seamlessly into one solid, powerful beard. Chris kindly agreed to participate in a beards.org photo shoot today. Below are some sample images from today’s photo shoot. Thanks, Chris!
UPDATE: Click on any of the photos to see a larger version. Use your browser’s back button to return to this page.
Barry is dedicated to going all out with growing his beard this year. He was kind enough to do a beards.org photo shoot today. Here are some sample shots from today’s shoot. Stay tuned for more of Barry. Thanks, Barry!
Another business trip provided a second opportunity for a beards.org photo shoot with David. Here are some sample shots from today’s photo shoot. You can see that his beard growth is more substantial than at the first photo shoot. He has been both growing and trimming to strike a balance for his job. David has also raised his beard’s cheek line since the previous shoot. Thanks again, David, and keep growing!