Yes, those men and their marvelous mustaches. And I’m talking *real* mustaches, not thin scraggly excuses or unshaven stubble or five o’clock shadows. No, let’s take a look at some mustaches that have taken time and testosterone to cultivate.
So what is it about a cowboy with a mustache that sets him apart from all the rest? Mustaches are often culturally associated with wisdom and virility, and it’s not difficult to understand why. There’s something about a mustache that sings of maturity…masculinity. A subject that comes up often among writers is the youthful appearance of so many celebrities, cover models and singers. While there’s no disagreeing that Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck are fine-looking fellows, there’s something about maturity that speaks to us as women.
Now I know there are those of you who will disagree, in fact a recent survey discovered that an alarming number of women would refuse to kiss a man with a mustache. So, is facial hair a matter of taste?
A big argument against mustaches has been that they’re out of style because so many men wore them in the seventies. The seventies? Men have been shaving — or not shaving — selectively since the stone age! Shaving with stone razors was technologically possible from Neolithic times. The oldest portrait showing a shaved man with a mustache is a Scythian horseman from 300 BC.
Historically, military men have often worn moustaches; in fact the number of nations, regiments and ranks were equaled only by the number of styles and variations. Generally, the younger men and lower ranks wore the smaller and less elaborate moustaches. As a man advanced in rank, his moustache would become thicker and bushier, until he was permitted to wear a full beard.
I’ll bet you didn’t know there’s an American Mustache Association. Neither did I, but they’re gung ho on protecting their rights to bear whiskers.
At The World Beard & Moustache Championships 2007 there were 6 subcategories in the moustache category: Natural Moustache – may be styled but without aids.
Hungarian Moustache – Big and bushy, beginning from the middle of the upper lip and pulled to the side.
Dalí – narrow, long points bent or curved steeply upward; areas past the corner of the mouth must be shaved.
English – narrow, beginning at the middle of the upper lip the whiskers are very long and pulled to the side, slightly curled; the ends are pointed slightly upward; areas past the corner of the mouth usually shaved. .Imperial – whiskers growing from both the upper lip and cheeks, curled upward
Freestyle – All moustaches that do not match other classes.
Other types of moustache include:
Fu Manchu – long, downward pointing ends, generally beyond the chin
Pancho Villa – similar to the Fu Manchu but thickerHandlebar – bushy, with small upward pointing ends.
Horseshoe – Often confused with the Fu Manchu style, the horseshoe was possibly popularized by modern cowboys and consists of a full moustache with vertical extensions from the corners of the lips down to the jaw line and resembling an upside-down horseshoe.
Moustachio – bushy moustache, with hair sometimes growing down the sides of the mouth.
Taylor moustache – a thin row of fine dark hairs along the upper lip.
Pencil moustache – narrow, straight and thin like a pencil, closely clipped, outlining the upper lip, with a wide shaven gap between the nose and moustache. Also known as a Mouthbrow.
Walrus – bushy, hanging down over the lips, often entirely covering the mouth. Popular during the American Civil War.
The GG – bushy hair grown only over the corners of the mouth, shaved in the middle.
Grooming is essential. Sideburns are optional. But I prefer a man with a mustache any old time.
So, what’s your preference? Clean-shaven or sporting a cookie duster? Who is your favorite mustachioed hero? And my final question — have you seen any mustaches on book covers?
Stop back for my follow-up gift for you! :::wink:::wink:::