HIPSTER GOD–Beards are Best

I’ve been enjoying the current prominence of hipsters–I say prominence in respect to the temptation to write “fad” or “trend” because, unlike a lot Hipster%20beard.jpegof trends, hipsters are not so broadly defined, and much like polygamists and Seattle Seahawks fans they’re always out there, we’re just not used to seeing them in full plumage.  I like hipsters because the most fashionable of them wear great hats and the absolute best vintage suits–but mostly I like them for the beards.  And, of course, I’m a HIPSTER GOD because I’ve been rocking the whole fuzzy beard thing since, oh, 1986.  I’m enjoying the company

Grizzly Adams had a beard. And a Grizzly.

I’m not bragging.  It’s been lonely.  For nearly three decades I’ve lived beneath the tyranny of the baby-faced, listening to peach-faced corporate functionaries drone on about “looking professional” and hearing the sad, fetishisticly fastidious pontificate the virtues of being “clean cut” as if that sort of shorn cleanliness has anything to do with manliness–or if it’s any measure of cleanliness at all.  It’s certainly not next to godliness.  God had a beard.  I’ve seen pictures.

The Guy On A Buffalo has a beard, too. Can’t ride a buffalo without one. It’s a rule.

And here’s the thing: simpering suburban worker bees fear the beard, clinging to the notion that “good grooming” is in some way actually “good,” quietly judging–and only the most tremblingly weak may judge, but we judge too.  When I look into the eyes of a clean shaven man I assume, until proven differently, that man is not capable of summoning the testosterone necessary to build a better beard.  It’s unfair, but I’ve been ask too many times “what are you hiding.”  (Answer: my snide sneer.)

brad-pitt-beardBlessedly and quite suddenly, beards are in.  Bigtime.  Famous actors like Brad Pitt are rocking beards, and professional athletes like Brett Kiesel as well.

Brett Keisel
Click to enlarge–this is a GREAT picture of a great guy.


Of course, bad-ass rugby guys have been pulling full-bore facial fur for a long time now and nothing says testosterone like a sweaty, mud-covered rugby player.

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The list goes on and on.  Bearded men are superior.  Check out these guys, these bearded bad-ass Pakistani heroes saving the day:

p17_24563813When men shave, they do so in shameful obeisance of an inner force that sings, day and night, of their inadequacy.  Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman didn’t bother with razors.  Didn’t need to.

hagridHagrid had a beard.  So did GI Joe, Barbarossa, Leonidas, Robin Hood, The Allman Brothers, and all those Old Testament Dudes.  Even Jesus had a beard.  Jesus and Santa and Mr. Edwards on Little House on the Prairie.  Mr Edwards was the only redeeming quality of that steaming pile–him and Nellie Oleson, that bitch.

Paul-Bunyan-Babe-13or6ndYou want to know who had a beard, you really want me to say it? Paul Bunyan.  Paul Bunyan had an awesome beard–not to mention a blue ox.

You know who didn’t have a beard?

Peter Pan.  Think about that the next time you’re looking in the mirror. Peter Freaking Pan.peter

So, you know what, I’ll thrilled as apple pie that so many guys are sliding out from beneath the yoke of middle American homogeneity and daring to live like nature intended.  I’m happy to fit in, even if it means sacrificing a little bit of my uniqueness.  It’s not so bad, fitting in, when it’s society bending to match me, and I enjoy the company.  The brotherhood of beards–we don’t even need a secret handshake.  It’s like the turtleneck sweaters I love in the winter–when they come back around, style-wise, I’ll enjoy them while they last, store a few in the attic for the future, and look–for just a few, fleeting moments–like I actually give a shit what someone else (except my wife) thinks.

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20 responses to “HIPSTER GOD–Beards are Best”

  1. You have amused me today, which honestly isn’t so difficult. But you’re right, beards a guud.


  2. I grew up during the hippie days and lived for a brief while in a commune run by a Grizzly Adams type of guy. They all had long hair and beards. My husband of five years sports a beard, but he is more a seafarer type of guy. I’s all good. He had lamb chops when I first met him…had to work on that.


  3. I’m still laughing! Peter Freaking Pan indeed!


  4. Like your humour, Junk Chuck, and your way of seeing.
    Thank you for following my blog.
    My best to you


  5. I do enjoy a beard!
    Perhaps you will enjoy a bit of trivia? Barbe à papa or (papa’s beard) is the French name for Cotton Candy! Léa


    1. Je l’aime. Il est beaucoup plus évocateur que en anglais.


      1. Merci beaucoup monsieur! 😉


  6. Peter Pan would look so silly with a beard! 😀


  7. Here’s to the sacred beard! I have to admit I’ve been clean-shaven for the past year, after nearly three decades with some variant of a moustache, goatee or full beard. Navy SEALs and other U.S. special forces are allowed to grow full beards while out on missions. We also haven’t had a president with facial hair since William Howard Taft – 100 years ago! We need a Chief Executive with one of those “Grizzly Adams”-style beards to lead America back to the promised land of ‘No Shit Accepted Here.’


  8. Great post! I laughed away! and I am sharing it on my Facebook page! You will bring laughter to many!


    1. Glad you liked the post. Thanks for reading.


  9. It was a pleasure to read this post.Thanks fot visiting my blog


  10. Love your humor JC, and your fine vocabulary. Reading you is a bit like being in a candy shop. Thanks for stopping by my blog.


  11. *bows in the presence of the bearded* And now you have earned a fan as well. Love everything about this post. Every. Word.
    You, my new friend, rock the Kasbah. (I have no idea what that means, but it sounded good)

    Also, good to know it’s a law to have a beard if you ride a buffalo. And Peter Pan has always annoyed me. Now I know why. 🙂



    Some men like shaving
    Among them I never was
    Waste of precious time


  13. […] *I’ve heard some men actually do this to their faces. […]


  14. you have Brad beat in the beard department, not Hagrid though (but who does) Good stuff.


  15. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the beard! 🙂


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