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The De-Bearding

When I started growing out my beard last fall, I had every intention of shaving it off come springtime. Seasonal growth is much more hip than being the token bearded guy from Wisconsin, plus it's no fun to have a beard in the heat and humidity that is the Midwestern summer. The obvious perk of shaving is that on the way back to a clean shave, I could try out all the looks that I have never been brave enough to attempt. Taking Jon's cue, I documented the whole process with a slew of pictures that Dinka would probably like to see thrown out. I am making them public for two reasons: 1) for your amusement, and 2) for your feedback. My facial hair will return in some form next fall, but which will it be? It's up to you to decide.

Note: At least two of these growth patterns may result in Dinka leaving me. Please keep that in mind when casting your vote.

Launch The De-Bearding


That was hilarious. The ode to the Big Lebowski makes me very sentimental. I love it.

Posted by Laupie at June 1, 2004 11:48 AM

"The Selleck" is out of control!!!! Straight out of a Beastie Boys video. Awesome.

Posted by Nick at June 2, 2004 7:55 PM

Frankly, I think the Selleck is the best of the debearding process photos. The beard and fully shaven looks are fine too. I'm sorry if Dinka might leave you over the Selleck. You didn't say which ones they were. Maybe it's the look on your face that really "makes" the Selleck "work." Perhaps if you've got a somber look, it's not as complementary to the rest of your face. Anyhow, my vote is for full beard, no beard, or the Selleck. The others just don't compare to those three.

Posted by KJ at June 6, 2004 1:38 PM

Sad to see the beard go - really fit you well and looked great. I would say you should return to the full beard as soon as possible, or at least next Fall. Thanks for posting the pictures - quite fun!

Posted by Gerald at June 6, 2004 2:29 PM