I recently saw Chris riding his bicycle. He agreed to pause for some quick photos. We then planned to meet again the next day to take more. Here are some shots from the first quick photo session.
It began with the heartfelt desire to communicate to the world that beards should not only be accepted, they should be appreciated and encouraged. This also included the objective of providing would-be beard growers with useful beard-growing information, inspiration, and support.
Building strength through numbers, the idea was to get as many men as possible to grow their beards. The more beards there are, the more common a sight they become. Over time, this leads to greater acceptance of beards as “normal”. And the more acceptance beards gain, pervasive anti-beard bias begins to subside more and more.
It is deeply gratifying to know that all about beards has encouraged thousands of men all around the world to grow their beards. Even though not all have kept their beards, each one counts as a victory because at least they all got to experience what it is like to grow your beard and be a bearded man. It is also gratifying to hear from these newly-bearded men how proud they are of their beards and how great they feel about themselves with their beards.
Just as important as encouraging men to grow their beards has been providing them with the information needed to grow their beards properly and to avoid common beard-ruining mistakes. Whenever I see a man in the beginning phase of growing a beard who has already badly misshapen the nascent beard, I am reminded that the site’s information on how to properly grow a beard still needs to spread further.
All about beards launched on the worldwide web twenty years ago today on January 17, 1996. It started out on AOL member web space where it began to grow and thrive. The original URL, now-defunct, was http://members.aol.com/beardguy . All about beards moved to its new permanent home at beards.org on January 20, 2005. To this day, all about beards continues to use the original email@example.com email address for regular correspondence.
Heartfelt thanks go out to all of the site’s loyal friends, supporters, and contributors. Thanks for bearing with me as the site is going through some more growing pains. The plan is for all about beards to keep growing and get better and better.
If after twenty years of all about beards you have not yet grown your beard, what are you waiting for? all about beards guide to growing a beard! Maybe a great beard is just what you need this year.
This post is illustrated with sample photos from another beard growth progress photo shoot with Chris a few days ago. Chris’ amazing beard growth is just getting started and is making fast progress. Click on any photo to see a larger version. Use your browser’s back button to return to this page.
Chris recently raised his beard’s cheek line that had been fairly low. The new beard growth for the higher cheek line is now perfectly even with the previously-existing beard growth. So Chris is now ready to let it all grow out together. His beard is very powerful. So, watch out!
Last night, Chris braved cold temperatures, wind, rain, and the dark of night to get some new photos of his beard’s progress. Here are some sample shots. Click on any image to view a larger version. Use your browser’s back button to return to this page.
All about beards | beards.org wishes all beard growers and beard fans a very happy new beard year 2016! May our beards grow in strength and numbers all around the world.
If you’re capable of growing a beard and have not done it, the beginning of a new year is a great time to start growing a new beard. Why not visit beards.org guide to growing a beard and start growing your beard today?
And don’t forget to encourage other men to grow their beards. If you know any men who have not grown their beards, but should, please encourage them to grow, too!
Chris has some of the strongest beard growth you’ll ever see. His beard has exceptional density, thickness, and coverage. At the moment he is transitioning his beard from a low cheek line to a much higher cheek line. To help blend the established growth with the new, he recently trimmed back his overall beard. Soon, both growth phases will blend seamlessly into one solid, powerful beard. Chris kindly agreed to participate in a beards.org photo shoot today. Below are some sample images from today’s photo shoot. Thanks, Chris!
UPDATE: Click on any of the photos to see a larger version. Use your browser’s back button to return to this page.
Chris joins the beards.org featured beards today! Check out his beard feature: Chris’s fierce beard.