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A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Whiskerino: Declare Your Independence From Shaving

As July 4th is upon us, it’s time to reflect on the glory of your fine follicles’ past and present. Time to take a stand and vow to give them a better, fuller future. They deserve the freedom. And damnit, so do you. Declare your independence from shaving by registering today for Petaluma Whiskerino. Do it for yourself. At least do it for everyone else who’s gotta look at ya.


The Annual Bill Soberanes Memorial Petaluma Whiskerino is October 6th, 2012

We’ve added a new Timed Growth category (what can you grow in 3 months or 2 months?) to the fold of Sideburns, Moustache, Goatee, Beard, Peach Fuzz and Freestyle. More than a contest, it’s a celebration. Register now »


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TRON Beard: Beardo Optico Revisited

Thanks to FangFoundThis for this TRON Beard animated gif. Aaaaaaaggh!

Another huge thanks to Beau of TINBIKE for his swift help shooting and editing this in just a few hours. See what he can do with more time.

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CamStache: Augmented Reality Moustache
Pic: Tiger Woods Shank Shot & Cigar ‘Stache Guy
Time Lapse: My Hairy Commute / Readying For Whiskerino
KYEO: Invader Spotted on La Brea
TRON: New Daft Punk “Derezzed” Music Video
Easter Eggs: TRON Pac-Man and Mickey Mouse
Gif: Floating Cat is Hypnotic
Gifs: People Who Look Exactly The Same In Every Pic

Gallery: Petaluma Whiskerino 2010 Pics

1st Place Moustache Justin Shurtz could easily hold a bottle of IPA in each curl.


Yup, that’s a moustache-shaped goatee. He won 1st place in the goatee category. (Pic via Wardinger)


The Kind Beard

This is Matt “Beards In A Box” Wilson. Yes, he’s holding up a bag of beard. Though absent from Petaluma Whiskerino for the last couple years, he’s been a contestant the previous dozen plus. After every year he shaves his beard and saves it in that Jack Daniel‘s box. This is the real deal, folks.


Tons more pics below …

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MP3: Friday Five ‘Rock Out With Your Beard Out’

… or your sideburns, moustache, goatee, or peach fuzz.

Special hairy edition of the Friday Five to celebrate tomorrow’s Whiskerino & Crafterino festivities. Holding the coveted Golden Chicken trophy for Best Overall (two years running!) is Jack Passion, a World Beard Champion, standing with MC Bill Hammerman.

Hit play and peruse a few pics from the 2009 contest below. Enjoy thoroughly.

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Bud Light “Mr. Handlebar Moustache Wearer”
from Real Men of Genius, Vol. 2

The Coasters “Down In Mexico”
from OST Grind House: Death Proof

Warren Smith “Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache”
from The Legendary Sun Records Story

Norman Greenbaum “Petaluma” from Petaluma

Wilco “Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard” from YHF EP

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Petaluma Whiskerino: ‘Beardo Optico’ Video

Why you shouldn’t mess with beard-enhancing drugs …

[on an iPhone?]

Every year gentlemen far and near seek new ways to gain an edge in the great Petaluma Whiskerino beard and moustache contest. Some even turn to beard “Fibering.” A practice frowned upon by judges for reasons of ethics and risk. Watch what happens when I dabble in this forbidden-follicled art.

Music: Dan Deacon “The Crystal Cat”

Huge thanks to Beau Bouverat at TINBIKE for filming and editing; to my wife Melissa for having a dream about this particular beard; and to Paul Francis for letting me get hairy in his bathroom.


Saturday, October 9th 2010
at the Petaluma Farmers’ Market



CamStache: The First Facial Recognition Follicle Combobulator

Like an Augmented Reality Moustache, only you don’t have to hold up a pesky AR code. CamStache magically grows a moustache on your upper lip and tracks your face as you stare in wonder. Snap a pic and share your glory with friends on Facebook and Twitter. An iPhone app version will be out soon.

Why’d we do this? All to get people in the mood for Petaluma Whiskerino & Crafterino this Saturday, October 9th. Are you growing to be there?   See the rest »

Time Lapse: My Hairy Commute / Readying For Whiskerino

Every day, I take the bus from Petaluma to San Francisco. Every year, I grow a beard for the Petaluma Whiskerino contest. This time, I thought I’d combine the two.

I shot most every workday for 2.5 months, except for the days I drove. Not an exact, or smooth, science. But hope you enjoy.

Time Lapse: My Hairy Commute on Vimeo.

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(or Why you shouldn’t mess with
beard-enhancing drugs

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Beer Güt Shirt

Beard Spotting: Jack Passion in NYC
TRON Beard: Beardo Optico Revisited
Video: Petaluma Pete Does Whiskerino
Time Lapse: Beard Growth While Walking Across China
Whiskerino: Postcard Peeps at the Great Handcar Regatta 2009
Whiskerino: Jack Passion Does Regis, NYC
Ukelele: Moustaches of the World
Video: Word On The Street? “Moustache”

Whiskerino: Postcard Peeps at the Great Handcar Regatta 2009

Steampunk on Stilts

Steampunk on stilts. Hopefully he’ll come to Whiskerino in costume.

Here’s a few more we caught flashin’ their cards at this year’s Handcar Regatta:


Brookelynn Morris, author of Feltique (yes, she wrote the book on felting), pictured with friend.

August at the Make Zine Booth with Felt Moustache

August at the Make Zine booth with a freshly felted ‘stache, courtesy of Melissa and Brookelynn’s handiwork.

Sid Phillips from March Fourth Marching Band

Sid Phillips from Portland’s March Fourth Marching Band.

Nicole from Vinyl Frontier

Nicole from Vinyl Frontier. Makers of recycled record cover notebooks, melted record bowls, record clocks and more. Very cool stuff. See the rest »