Surveying San Francisco's Mustache Scene

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We’re fearless in our love of beards in San Francisco, but what’s the city consensus on mustaches? A well-trimmed nose neighbor is just as crush-worthy as a tickly chin bush, right?

November elevates the status of mustaches, as these manicured lip awnings help raise a lot of money for men’s health issues thanks to the Movember organization. We support both the Movember initiative and the initiative it takes to preen the sensitive area between nose and mouth. So we asked Molly DeCoudreaux to photograph a sample of local dudes with mustaches and gather their stories of hair trimming and lady/man killing, Movember style.  -Editors  

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Time with 'stache: 

Less than a week! I had a full beard for about three years, but this is the first time I've had just a mustache.

Grooming: 

I like how full it is, so about the only grooming I do is keeping it from growing too far over my top lip. For that I use a small beard trimmer.

Mustache romance: 

I asked. She said it's the healthiest mustache she's ever had the pleasure of riding.

Mustache nicknames? 

I don't have one, but I think it's curious that a mustache is something that would qualify for a nickname. No one ever asked if I named my beard, or my chest hair, but mustaches seem to have a life of their own.

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Time with 'stache: 

Three weeks.

Grooming:

Shampoo, comb, wax – in that order.

Mustache romance:

[Potential partners] think I look a lot more like Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince

Mustache nicknames?

I call him "The Commissioner."

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Time with 'stache:

Four years come the end of November.

Grooming:

Trim the ends with a beard trimmer. Nothing fancy, no wax or nuthin'.

Mustache romance:

Reviews have been very positive. For a while I worried that maybe it was like kissing a walrus, but so far no complaints.

Mustache nicknames?

Nope.

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Time with 'stache:

The first time it came to life was to fundraise for Mustaches for Kids five years ago. It's mostly stuck around ever since.  

Grooming: 

An occasional trim when it gets unruly and Clubman Moustache Wax to keep it properly coiffed.

Mustache romance?

Reactions usually fall into one of two camps: ewwwww or oooooooh!

Mustache nicknames? 

Not so much on the nicknames.

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Time with 'stache: 

I’ve had this mustache for about a year. It comes and goes, but I usually am stache'd.

Grooming: 

I don't do much grooming per se, mostly just pray for its free will to encourage my face to grow more beard.

Mustache romance:  

My boyfriend, who has had a full face of hair since the age of 16, encourages all facial hair endeavors.

Mustache nicknames? 

Well, people do call my facial hair a "tranny beard" or "tranny stache" since it is not the most masculine of bushes – it’s a bit scraggly and does not grow uniformly. As much as I would like my facial hair to make me look more like the Brawny towel man, it makes me look more like a pool shark at the Lexington.

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Time with 'stache: 

I grow a mustache each year for Movember. The idea is to start out clean-shaven and grow the entire month of November. My current stache took about a week, and I feel pretty good about that.

Grooming: 

Just a little trim here and there to shape it up, which I do with a razor.

Mustache romance: 

Well, it hasn't led to any love connections yet, but I'm optimistic.

Mustache nicknames? 

Umm...Insert best dirty joke here..."cookie duster."

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Time with 'stache: 

This mustache is a fresh, two-month-old baby boy.

Grooming: 

I'm a perpetual groomer and hit it with mustache clippers and a comb daily.

Mustache romance: 

I'm not really attached to it, but the sexy attention I'm getting from new types of people may allow him to live longer if he behaves.

Mustache nicknames? 

I think I'll call him Ian Somerhalder.

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Time with 'stache:

This one is 11 days old.

Grooming: 

With a set of clippers and a fine-tooth comb.

Mustache nicknames? 

My fiancé claims she hates it and won't look at me during the month of Movember, but I think she secretly likes it.

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Time with 'stache: 

I have been visualizing it my whole life, but to grow this one took about a month.

Grooming: 

At every stage of growth I use U.S. Army-issued mustache trimmers (endorsed by Ron Swanson) and a comb. A steady diet of bacon at each meal helps give it that illustrious shine the ladies love.

Mustache romance: 

My babe digs it. She thinks it's sexy, and I can't fault her. In the past I have had women express that they would like to spend the night with it. Their heads were in the right place, but I broke their hearts and didn't oblige their requests. I wouldn't whore this mustache around; it would diminish its intrinsic value and my own, and a true Mo Bro never devalues himself.

Mustache nicknames? 

What I call mine: The Martin Van Buren. I know the dude never sported the power stache himself, but he was a head turner and so am I when I wear this thick strip of seductive. 

What I call others: a Duster, when in the early stages of growth this is a great go-to name; it allows others to understand that one is not collecting dirt on the upper lip, but instead they are transforming into something so masculine they are fit to be on the label of a product made out of wood. Think 2 x 4's here, insert a picture of a mustachioed dude on the label, BOOM sales just went up tenfold! (Point proven, it's science, don't fight it.)

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Time with 'stache:

Four years. It’s taken that long to grow in.

Grooming: 

Every now and again I trim it with scissors

Mustache romance: 

I grew it as a joke, and to my surprise girls liked it.

Mustache nicknames? 

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Time with 'stache:

Almost three years.

Grooming: 

I trim it when it starts to grow past my upper lip. I used to wax it, but now I can't be bothered. I'm also trying to get the edges a little bit longer. It's taking some time.

Mustache romance: 

I grew a previous mustache on a yearlong trip, but I shaved it when I got back to SF because I couldn't seem to find a job or a girl. Once I found those, I grew it back. I actually met my fiancé sans mustache. She doesn't seem to mind it though, so it remains.

Mustache nicknames? 

Mine doesn't have the need for a nickname, but I like the Spanish word for mustache, "Bigote." It's fun to say. Tbi_pdl_space_1_4

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Time with 'stache: 

My dad had one just like it, so I grew this shortly after he passed in '07.

Grooming: 

I'd say that I groom it once a weekish, depending on what's going on that week.

Mustache romance: 

Romantic partners are into it.

Mustache nicknames? 

The Burt Reynolds? The Ron Swanson?

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Time with 'stache: 

Sporadically on and off since I was 5.

Grooming: 

It grooms itself, but I do feed it whiskey and kisses when it's been good.

Mustache romance: 

Well, funnily enough, my girl likes the nickname Jason Porn, a pun on Jason Bourne. I'll take it. Those movies are cinematic adventures fo' sho'.

Mustache nicknames? 

Yes, the one I am currently sporting is called Mrs. Jesus Ivory Tiger Fancy Pants, or The Jerk if you're into brevity.

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Give mustache growers- and men's health initiatives - some love by getting involved in the Movember campaign yourself. More info here.   

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Published on November 13, 2012, 2012

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