Archive for "Beards & Moustaches"
February 19, 2010
While on a job for the Globe and Mail in Toronto last year, I was introduced to Maryann Camilleri, founder of Magenta publishing. After a wonderful chat over tea and strudel, we got to talking about my images of the WBMC. Magenta publishes high end books as well as an outstanding magazine about the arts. Diverse and noteworthy are the artists and contributors with whom they follow and work. It is my pleasure and honor therefore, to announce their article about my ongoing Beard Project. Enjoy!
September 14, 2009
For most people September 11th is a time for remembrance, reverence, and contemplation. With the twin light towers stretching high in the rainy sky (somewhat like the Bat signal) from near Ground Zero, signaling to all who see to “Never Forget”, far off on another side of the city a clan of beard aficionados and freak show performers gathered for the 2nd Annual Coney Island Beard Competition. Starting the show with the ever so fascinating block head nailing nails into his nose and then using a power drill to heighten the effect of the intro, the crowd (including the ever so funny group of hecklers I was with) managed to break most of the tension with effective humor and well timed banter. Dressed to kill in her red corset and accompanying attire, the fire-eating, sword swallower had the audience mesmerized and looking for more. After the sword juggling act of the bearded woman (as she likes to be called), the prejudging came for all of the beards and mustaches. The categories were nothing like I had quite seen before. From the female winners being divided up into beard and mustache categories, to a category being made for a partially shaven face and head design (you’d have to see this awesomeness to believe it), all in all it was an entertaining night. If anything, any and all who can make it to next years event should take the opportunity come rain or shine!