The moustache, once a beacon of gentlemanly authority, a guiding light that suggests power, intelligence and importance.
Now, like the cane – an icon of the alternative lifestyle, of something different and of people with the balls to say ‘look I’m different and I don’t care’.
But for one month the humble moustache (not so much the cane) will be making a come back on the faces of men around the world – including me.
Movember (the month formerly known as November) is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health.
The event raises money for Prostate Cancer charities around the world and currently operates in the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Ireland and the place it all started, Australia.
There aren’t many rules – you start Movember completely clean shaven and then spend the rest of the month growing and grooming a moustache. It can be any style, any shape and any colour you like – but it has to be your own (no fakes).
In my office it was the resident Aussie sports producer, Daniel Corden, that kicked the whole thing off and now a few of us will spend the month of November with a moustache – looking like a complete tool (at least in my case anyway).
I haven’t actually registered as a ‘Mo Grower’ yet as registrations aren’t open – but as soon as they are I will be joining the local team and inviting you guys to donate.
It’s a good cause and you’ll get to see photos of the progress of my tash. I may even let you vote on what style you think I should adopt (no hitlers please – I do live in Jersey!).
Share your thoughts on styles below – should I got for a big bushy thing or something more traditionally English gentleman?
Photo credits for this post (all creative commons) Moustace Man by Hapal, Me with a Fu Manchu Mustache by japi14, WHY I MUST NEVER GROW A MOUSTACHE by the_moog, Houstonist – Mustaches for Kids by deneyterrio, Moustache by interrupt and Moustache by Pierre Guezennec.