As fans of Beards of Denver may not be surprised to learn, Red Rocks is a mecca for spotting epic beards. But when we saw Sean Walrad tailgating before the Avett Brothers show recently, we knew we’d discovered a bearded diamond in the rough. Sean, who lives in Colorado Springs and is a tattoo artist at Nostalgia Tattoo Co. there, not only can obviously grow an impressive beard, he has used his stunning handsomeness to his advantage, trying out to be a beard model in Bend, Oregon after he had heard about European Beard Model competitions (that sounds like a trip we need to take!) Sean, who’s a huge Colorado Avalanche fan, told us he and many others specifically will grow out their beards when the Stanley Cup starts, which seems like as good a reason as any for showing off that rad facial hair. When we asked Sean’s lovely sweetheart Mandy if she was a fan of his beard, she noted she couldn’t imagine him without it, since he’s had it the entire three years of their courtship. She did say though that sometimes she grabs his beard at night instead of a blanket, which really seems like a better thing to nuzzle up in anyway! Also, apparently Sean and Mandy’s cats aren’t afraid to curl right up in all that bearded-fierce-fantasticness, either! Those cats RECOGNIZE. Thanks Sean! We now know where we can get an awesome tatt AND gaze at an amazing beard.
We love hump day for a variety of reasons; camels are amazing, ‘The Humpty Dance’ is set on repeat in my office from 12-1 every Wednesday, Whiskey Bar has some sweet specials and we typically have a fantastic beard to share. Meet Randy. Randy Whitsmill. A big thank you to his fellow co-worker and avid BofD supporter (and guest), Androo—without you, this glamorous beard wouldn’t have gotten the recognition it so deserves. Here’s the play by play of his interview. Enjoy: (3:40:50 PM) Androo: how old is your beard (3:41:00 PM) Randy: that’s complicated (3:41:10 PM) Randy: the mustache is 7 months, the sideburns are 3 weeks (3:41:56 PM) Androo: what’s your favorite thing about it (3:42:23 PM) Randy: it traps my food, so then I get a snack later (3:42:32 PM) Androo: bonus (3:42:47 PM) Androo: what does your mother think about it? (3:43:19 PM) Randy: she thinks it takes away from my stunning good looks (3:44:57 PM) Androo: do you agree with mom? (3:45:33 PM) Randy: no – I think if anything it helps (3:45:47 PM) Randy: alternate answer: yes – it’s hard living a normal life with such stunning good looks (3:46:07 PM) Androo: haha (3:46:22 PM) Androo: moderating that a bit helps you go out to lunch without attracting a crowd, I’d imagine. (3:46:29 PM) Randy: correct (3:46:41 PM) Androo: where are you from originally (3:46:55 PM) Randy l: originally? the uterus, I guess (3:47:08 PM) Androo: and after that? (3:47:31 PM) Randy: Oshkosh, WI – which is where I got the lust for salted, cased meats (3:47:44 PM) Androo: and you’re now a vegetarian? (3:48:16 PM) Randy: correct – even a midwesterner has his limits (3:48:27 PM) Androo: how long have you lived in CO? (3:48:35 PM) Randy: 8 years (3:51:56 PM) Androo: has having facial hair helped in any surprising ways in your life? (4:04:50 PM) Randy: Personally – people look at me and sometimes laugh. They think I must be funny. But that’s not really the case. Professionally – I would really attribute all of my success thus far to my appearance. It’d be a shame should I interview with someone who is blind. (4:06:20 PM) Androo: any particular grooming practices? (4:07:22 PM) Randy: Grooming? I’m not sure what you mean. This is just how my beard grows naturally. (4:07:30 PM) Androo: impressive (4:08:08 PM) Androo: anything else you’d like to add about yourself (4:10:02 PM) Randy: Don’t ever let anyone tell you you shouldn’t grow out your beard because it’s too spotty. That’s just your body being creative. (4:10:27 PM) Androo: words to live by
We met up with J. about a month ago at one of our favorite beard hunting grounds in the city: Goosetown Tavern. Not only does J. rock an amazingly impressive beard (and awesome “Keep Denver Beard” t-shirt), he is also a complete and delightful southern Mississippi gentleman to boot. And J. isn’t an alias; he was named after his dad’s best friend J.P. and has gone by J. his entire life. He originally moved to Denver a few years ago from Mississippi to attend culinary school, and now works at the multiple (and delicious) Moe’s BBQ locations, where they are very welcoming of beard culture (and Makers Mark shots, which we approve of, naturally). This is the first time J. has grown his beard this long, and he said his roommate had one and that was part of the inspiration to grow his out. While his mom isn’t his beard’s biggest fan, he does believe his dad has some Beard Envy (and we can see why!) J.’s an Eagle Scout from back in the day, and if we had any say, he’d definitely earn the badge for Bad-Ass Beard! Keep up the great beard work J.!
We first brought you the story of our favorite Bearded Beer Trafficker, Dan from Wynkoop, back in December. He promised us a 6-month progress report, and boy, did he deliver! Feast your eyes on these chops (photo taken in April), which according to Dan, he is still rocking. As lovers of the beard, we could not be more proud! Thanks buddy!
Occasionally, the Ladies of Beards of Denver go on a hunting expedition with a bit too much whiskey and sass (well, let’s be honest, the sass is always present). On those said occasions, we may not take the best notes…which is why this amazing beard is so mysterious, because from our (less than) detailed iPhone notes, we are not sure if he is Jesse or Seamus, but really, what does it matter because LOOK AT HIS BEARD!!! (yes, Jesse/Seamus’ beard warrants three exclamation points). We met him at the third night of Lucero performances at the Bluebird back in April, and he lives in the City Park ‘hood and has resided in Denver the past six years, before that hailing from Albany, New York. Jesse/Seamus said he’s a retired bartender and loves to hang out. With his amazing beard we imagine he has tons of takers! Thanks darlin’!
Until you’ve ridden the gondola with this beard, you haven’t lived. Meet Trevor! Hopefully we can help convince Trevor that his future move from Steamboat to Denver is a wise decision. (Do bearded men ever make wrong decisions? Didn’t think so.) Trevor, here’s just a small example of the bearded love you will soon be receiving on the regular. We support you. We support your patience and dedication to the bearded cause. Move where the beer flows like wine and the beards are celebrated with local pride! Trevor’s face hasn’t been naked for 8 months, when he sadly shaved for an unsuccessful job interview (hint: next time, keep the beard. It sends your future employer this message: “I can handle anything”). Trevor is a mapper, we weren’t surprised. Follow a bearded man into the forest, you will never be lost. His favorite part about his beard is that it has two vortexes. He warned us not to get too close because “you’ll fall in”. Don’t mind if we do, Trevor!
The B of D went on a spiritual journey last weekend and traveled to Telluride (aka beard mecca) for the 40th anniversary of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Oh boy, get ready for some fun festival beards! We kick off our T-town special with a return visit from one of B of D’s favorite beards. Remember Coleman? Manly name, manly beard? We were lucky enough to bluegrass jam with Coleman and his bearded crew for much of the weekend. Coleman is known for having one of the best beards in Denver, having possibly the most fabulous sweetheart in Denver (she’s a big supporter of the bearded cause) and he loves to protect the beautiful Rockies by occasionally putting out a wild fire or two. Thanks for saying ‘no’ to the razor, Coleman. No one works that bearded magic quite like you do!
When you go to see a kick-ass alt-country band like Lucero, the odds are stacked pretty heavily in your favor that you’re going to encounter some kick-ass bearded men. But our Beards of Denver hopes were significantly exceeded when we happened upon Jeremy and his amazing beard at the Bluebird in Denver a few months ago. Jeremy, who, when he’s not growing his amazing beard, is the GM at the venue Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins, said he’s had his beard something like six to seven years (certainly nothing to sneeze at). His delightful wife, Brandi, loves his beard but Jeremy himself has a love/hate relationship with it because, as he described it best “It’s like a pregnant belly”; everyone wants to touch a bit of that beard! I know we were impressed! Keep up the great growth, Jeremy!
Every once in a while it is the joy of the Beard Huntress to happen upon a handsome bearded man who is willing to share the various stages of change his beard goes through. Such was the case when we were fortunate enough to run into Mr. Johnny Moses a few months ago. Johnny is one of our favorite Denver beards–a native–and was kind enough to share with us the evolution of his beard, which happened over the span of four or five months this year. Johnny works both at the Elm bar and restaurant on East Colfax and Elm in Denver, as well as at Park Hill Methodist preschool, and is shown in the bottom right being given the infamous Ice Cream ‘Stache by some of his students. When Johnny’s not molding the minds of our great city’s youth, or rubbing elbows with the locals at the Elm, he plays in the Denver band I Sank Molly Brown. I said it before and I’ll say it again, Holy Moses, Johnny! We love your beard.
We’ve got a special guest beard to make your Memorial Day weekend that much more memorable! Meet Anthony! Half of B of D was on the hunt in NYC this past week and happened upon this bearded gem at an underground comedy show. This beard will make your belly laugh and your ears ache for more of his sweet, sweet tunes. His current beard is only 6 months old. Favorite part? He doesn’t like to shave. What?!?!? He treats his facial hair to a shampoo and conditioning treatment every day—you know what they say, a man with a well kept beard also knows how to treat a lady! When asked what mama thinks, he said “she thinks it looks fine” (and with the same amount of emotion that you’d imagined). Last time his face was naked was over 4 years ago, just for the hell of it. Check out his work at http://www.anthonykapfer.com You’ll be glad you did! Hopefully we can convince Sir Anthony to take his show on the road and head to Denver!