On Display In Portland: The Art Of Beautiful Beards

by Accidental Bear

Times they are changing. In the past to hunt down a grouping of beards you would have to stalk the local Home Depot, truck stops ( get out of the bathroom men), hunting clubs, biker clubs ( HOT) or hippy gatherings ( FYI, Farmers Markets are great for beard watch). Nowadays getting the same street credit as Michelangelo or Picasso, lovely unusual beards are being put on pedestals in museum and fashioned into a wonderful art collection.

by Mike Enders

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by CLAIRE O’NEILL at NPR

A wise woman — I think it was the Millionaire Matchmaker (or maybe it was my sister) — once said that men hide their insecurities behind facial hair. Well, that’s just one theory. Other men see beards as an outlet for creativity. Every few years, such men from around the world congregate and compete at theWorld Beard and Mustache Contest.

Jeremy of Anchorage, Alaska 

Dave MeadJeremy of Anchorage, Alaska 

In 2009, photographer Dave Mead traveled to the competition being held in Anchorage, Alaska. What resulted is a portrait series that has since traveled the globe and is now at Portland’s Land Gallery through February. See more beards, if you’re so inclined, on his site.

One Comment to “On Display In Portland: The Art Of Beautiful Beards”

  1. thanks great post. needed a shot of that woodsy pacific nw goodness.

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