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