Do you have a beard? No way, us too. That must make you one of our fellow beardsmen and, believe it or not, every day that you walk out sporting that glorious man mane, you’re representing the rest of us as much as you are yourself. As Uncle Ben (of Spider-Man, not Minute-Rice, fame) once said, “With great power comes great responsibility,” and that couldn’t be truer than when it comes to being a beardsman.
We here at Urban Beardsman, led by the always wise Eric Bandholz, are trying to change the way the world looks at beardsmen. Traditionally, people think of beardsmen as being rockers, bikers, hippies, and vagabonds, each of which are all cool in their own ways, but we’re trying to show people that we’re more than that. Frankly, even though we might wish otherwise, most of us don’t fit any of those stereotypes, but we do care about our style, image, and how we leave our mark on the world.
What’s important to remember is that when you sport a beard, you’re representing what it means to be a beardsman and, although we’ve made a lot of progress in changing how people think about what that means through charities and such, there’s still a lot of negative internet chatter out there around beards, much of which is chauvinistic nonsense about how you aren’t a “man” without a beard and the like. We say screw that. We suggest being yourself instead of anyone else. Take the high road and live a life worth talking about, admirably.
For any other questions regarding the changing image of beardsmen, tweet us at @bandholz.