Book Giveaway: ‘Stache!

September 08, 2010, 18:52 pm  Posted by Lark

Fact #1: We children of the 80s were exposed to some serious fashion trends.

Fact #2: As a child of the 80s, for me these trends usually included facial hair: my dad, my best friend’s dad, my soccer coaches, my elementary school principal, my science teacher (hey, all of my science teachers, now that I think about it), and just about every man I knew had a mustache. This is a verifiable fact which can be backed up by cultural icons of the day such as Paul Newman, Hulk Hogan, Sean Connery, Tom Selleck, and Wesley in the Princess Bride (back-from-the-pirate-ship Wesley, not early-in-the-movie Wesley): they had staches. Heck, even Mario and Luigi of the Mario Brothers had them. Mustaches were cool.

Tom Selleck Weird Al Yankovic

Hulk Hogan

Super Mario Brothers

Fact #3: It’s 20-something years later, and they’re still cool. Mustaches are BACK. Back, my friends! And better than ever!

Stache In celebration of this fact, we’ve created ‘Stache: Frivolous Facts & Fancies About That Space Between the Nose and Lip by Terry Taylor. Historical and cultural stache facts, make-it-yourself mustache designs, and a whole slew of mustachioed photos pay homage to this whiskery wonder.

To be entered for a chance to win a copy of this stacheriffic book AND a set of seven fake mustaches, leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Wednesday, September 15. One winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday, September 20. Click here for the official rules.

Here’s what I’d like to hear about in your comments: have you ever experienced an unexpected mustache? In nature, perhaps? Or that unfortunate time you drank the blue raspberry slushy and were left with a not-so-subtle blue stache? Did someone in your life have a wildly admirable mustache? Did they suddenly shave it and turn into a new person? Do you have a costume stache you wear only on your adventures as a secret agent? Let me know, friends—I look forward to hearing from you.

And now, for some unexpected staches:

unexpected staches

1. You must widen your gaze (self portrait), 2. moustache monday, 3. Beard and moustache seemlessly integrated, 4. Moustache Champion, 5. Who? Me?, 6. So suave and debonaire, 7. Funny monkey with funny moustache, 8. Time to get a bit of sun


34 Responses

    Lisa says:

    I could use a new look. Bring on the ‘staches!

    Mangomerle says:

    I often wonder what it feels like to have a mustache or beard. Most often as I fiddle with my fiance’s facial hair. I have also at times wondered if I could grow my own somehow; I could totally pull off the bearded lady look.

    Tickledspirit says:

    I had a choir director in high school who sported a distinct handlebar mustache, and one day he confided in a small group of us about the rigorous routine he had to follow to keep it precisely curled: beeswax and alligator clips. Every night he’d wax it up, adjust the curl (a full circle around), and clip it in place while he slept. In the morning, it’d be set to perfection.

    Cassie Moore says:

    My husband wore a fake mustache for a surprisingly large amount of time during our honeymoon.

    My dad has dark hair but always has reddish colored facial hair. What is up with that?

    Annon says:

    SO, in my art class one time this creepy dude walked up to me and said, “There’s something i have to tell you. You have a mustache and it makes you look very masculine. You should do something about it.” Completely confused/horrified i thought he was trying to tell me that maybe i had gotten something on my face. No, he seriously meant that i had a mustache. I dont and im a female, WHAT?! So in response to this i made my own filigree mustache to wear around in class.

    Anonymous says:

    My dad had a big Tom Selleck-esque stache when I was a kid. I distinctly remember when he shaved it: I was four, he walked out of the bathroom freshly shaven, and I ran and hid behind my mom because I didn’t recognize him. Goes without saying: I’m still a fan of facial hair!

    Well, for lovers of fake staches, be in a world record book! The group record is most people wearing a fake mustache in a book. Whoever wins this contest should def submit a picture!

    Juan says:

    My ‘stache is sexy…

    Kim says:

    Amazing! I was looking for a stache book to buy for my boyfriend; this is perfect!

    Katie says:

    Loving the moustache craze! This book sounds great! Can’t wait for Movember right around the corner!

    Lisa says:

    Since I work for Movember.com, a charity dedicated to getting men to grow moustaches to change the face of men’s health– I am all for books focused on the Mo! This book is awesome, we plan on using it as a prize for the Man of Movember in each US and Canadian city! Cheers to the moustache! :)

    justval says:

    I have always been amazed by a handle bar mustache and the amazing way they curl. I have to admit they are pretty sexy!

    Beth says:

    The mission of Movember truly is amazing, Lisa! Thanks to you and everyone involved for promoting awareness for men’s health–we’re so glad you like ‘Stache :{)

    Ray Hemachandra says:

    Cassie, this just demands a little more information …

    aja says:

    Tight pants & mustaches…nothing like it. Yuck.

    Cassie Moore says:

    He had just bought it and wanted to show it off, I guess?

    flossyblossy says:

    I have a great pic of me in a black stache and my ball gown. It came out of a cracker at my hubbys Christmas party and wore it for most of the evening!!

    robinelton says:

    One year I put fake mustaches in my boys’ Christmas stockings and they wore them all day, including in holiday photos. I thought this was hilarious; my in-laws were less delighted.

    AVLvegan says:

    I remember as a very young kid being completely entranced and bewildered by a neighbor with an extraordinary handlebar. Every time we saw him, he’d lean in and grin, twisting the ends, and everyone around would wait for my reaction. Little me thought it was interesting, but who was this old dude with the fanciful facial hair and what did it mean?

    My friend is having a stache bash. and I cannot go. and it makes me sad. Yes, everyone there must wear a stache.

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