Magnificent Specimens

Magnificent Specimens, a collection of photographs David Mead snapped while attending the beard and mustache world championships, are lining the walls at the Chelsea Market right now. He’s captured some really–well–magnificent examples of facial hair! I think it would be awesome to see the competition in person.

I dug a bit further and learned that the 2011 competition is being held in Norway and champions will be crowned in several categories, as in the Dali or imperial mustache, or the musketeer beard. There’s even a new category: Alaskan Whaler (or all beards with no mustache). All of them clearly take a lot of time and effort (and a patient kissing buddy). For those who don’t want to put in the years it would take to cultivate such beauty (or suffer the wrath of said buddy), there’s a sample–Hungarian?–to try on for size at the market.We stopped by after our lunch at Del Posto.

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