Introducing L.A. – Jeffrey Moustache
Posted on April 23, 2012 by Hannah Wang
This week, we present to you the 2011 world champion English Moustache grower and action sports photographer, Jeffrey Moustache.
The thing about Los Angeles is that it is scattered with people that have come from around the globe, wide eyed with big dreams. Some succeed, some leave, some whither and die here. The great thing about it though is that the people you meet here will definitely not be boring! It’s a crazy city here and it’s the people that make it so. Let me introduce you to some of these people.
Yes, they really do have competitions for these things. In 2011, Jeffrey Moustache flew half way round the world to Norway to compete in the 2011 World Moustache/Beard competition. His ‘english style’ moustache rocked harder than all the other moustaches in attendance and so he walked away with this epically cool title.
Jeffrey’s love for facial hair all started as a joke / bet when he was 18 to see how long his ‘stache would grow after a year. From May 1st 2006 to May 1st 2007 his moustache grew 6 to 7 inches! That first moustache was then straight bladed off and preserved in a resin mould and has recently been featured in a Ventura Moustache art show.
Since having his ‘stache, simple everyday occurances, such as eating, have become orchestrated events. Back when his ‘stache was long enough he could just tuck it behind his ears, but now that the beard has also entered the equation, things have become much more difficult. “You learn to use a lot of napkins and straws. Straws are very helpful.” Also it’s smart to stay away from round foods! If you’re eating a hamburger, cut it in half. Another good tip is to keep your facial hair buddies, affectionately titled ‘beardos’, close by. They are much more on the ball with letting you know when you have food in you beard!
Other interesting things tend to happen when you grow a moustache of these epic proportions. At a point in time Jeff decided to shave off the right side his head. When he did the right side of his moustache stopped growing but the left side continued to grow! Also now that he’s growing his beard out, the growth of his moustache has been stunted. Crazy right?!
The creativity to growing facial hair is only limited to your imagination and over the years Jeff has encountered some pretty amazing creations. These run from the ‘octo beard,’ which is a free style beard with 8 perfect circles on the end waved and shaped like an octopus, to a mountain slope with little skiers on it, to a basketball hoop beard with an actual basketball net attached to it!
But ladies, believe it not the world of competitive moustache growing isn’t reserved only for males. You could become a Whiskerino! This is the term for the women who appreciate facial hair, also know as the Beardo groupies (Yes, they have groupies!). There is even a whole section of the competitions especially for Whiskerinos where women crochet, sculpt and style their own fake beards out of materials such as yarn and feathers. Apparently “the women often get way more crazier than the guys!”
So the facial hair part of Jeffrey Moustache’ life has over taken this column (because it’s so bloody fascinating,) but he is actually a super creative and talented man in all areas. Jeffrey makes his living as an action sports photographer and you can check out his work here. He’s also great at custom tailoring and often makes his own outfits for these competitions from scratch! Taught by his girlfriend, Jeff sources materials that he likes, makes his own patterns and slaves over the sewing machine to make vests, pants and bow ties. “Gentlemen know how to tie bow ties.”
But at the end of the day, it’s a great outlet for one’s creativity. When people start going to these contests they often become addicted after they realise how comfortable and nice everyone is. “We’re all just a group of friends. It’s fun to compete against each other and push your creative limits. It’s just one big party.”