Today is December 1st which means Movember is officially over. As the women cheer, thousands of men like myself will happily be shaving off their Movember mustache today. On the other hand, some men may have finally found that stylistic edge they were looking for and will make it part of their new persona. As you can see from my picture, that will not be the case for me. This morning I removed what I like to call the “Old-Timey- Villain” or the “Deadwood” mustache, officially ending my Movember. In honor of the closing of mustache season, I’ve put together my top 12 Movember Mustaches I think you will enjoy. Although my mustache raised more eyebrows than funds this year I enjoyed every minute of wearing it. More than anything, I like idea of making a statement and explain to other why I’m wearing such a ridiculous thing on my face. After all, that’s the whole point of Movember, to engage in conversation and awareness about men’s health issues. Love them or hate them Mustaches are becoming more and more common come November. That’s because the ‘stache craze is for a good cause. Movember is raising awareness and funds for men’s health issues, particularly prostate & testicular cancer.
Before I show you my top 12 Movember mustaches let me first explain to the unknowing what Movember is. You laugh, but I had to explain to my Parents today why I wore that ridiculous thing on my face for a month. You’d be surprised how many people don’t know what Movember is and how it works. It’s scary because I can only imagine what’s going through their mind as mustaches start showing up everywhere.
The month of November has become Movember! (Moustache November). Over the last few years Movember has become more and more popular around the world as a time for guys to grow a moustache to draw attention to prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. It’s essentially the male version of women wearing pink during Breast Cancer Awareness month (which was October). Men have now claimed November as their own to shed light on health issues. The Movember & Sons movement started in Melbourne, Australia and has become a worldwide event. In 2011 over 854,00 Men & Women got on Board and raised $126.3 Million Us Dollars. It’s really easy to be part of and anyone can do it. First you register at www.movember.com, men start November 1st clean-shaven. For the rest of the month, these men (Mobros) or MoSistas wear a mustache proudly and seek sponsorship for their efforts and fundraising page. These mustaches basically become a walking talking billboard for Men’s health issues for the next 30 days. Even if they’re not raising money a lot of men will wear a mustache to support the efforts and keep men’s health issues literally under people’s nose. Funds go to the following charities. Prostate Cancer Foundation, LIVESTRONG Foundation, Awareness & Education, and Global Action Plan
Now, Let’s take a look at my top 12 Movember Mustaches that in my opinion capture the spirit of the Movember campaign. *Keep in mind, these are in no particular order, just a random selection of personal connection Movember Mustaches. Click “READ FULL STORY” TO SEE
1.) The Batman - I found this mustache while surfing the Internet on Instagram (if you know him thank him) It’s just to good not to be showcased. If I were creative enough to pull this off my Nephews would think I was the coolest of all the cool Uncles.
2.) The Monkey Tail – Stumbled upon his gem via Twitter from @Avs_Massini . Notice how the mustache starts on one side of the mouth and wraps around his face like a monkey tail creating a beard.
3.) The Women’s Mustache - Siobhain Fletcher 36, has battled Hirsutism (medical condition) since she was a teenager. She has stopped shaving her facial hair to grow a moustache in aid of Movember. After being inspired by a friend who was growing a moustache for Movember to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer charities, Siobhain decided to embrace her facial hair. (Her story)
4.) The Michael Rosenbaum ‘Stache – The talented Actor, Director & Producer who also happens to be a good friend of mine raised funds and awareness with this “Mustache?” Michael Rosenbaum was impressively committed this Movember and I had to showcase his mustache because the poor guy doesn’t have a hair on his body normally. This little guy (the ‘Stache) was hard-earned and fought for. I also worked on his latest hilarious film “Old Days”, scheduled to come out in 2013. (Shameless plug)
5.) The George Parros ‘Stache - the American born (Ivy League) NHL star has always been committed to a good Mustache but his efforts come Movember are always All-star caliber. Introduced to his mustache by Rosenbaum tweets I followed his Movember journey on Twitter. I was impressed with the influence he had on many NHL players throughout the league (they aren’t playing might as well grow mustaches) and other pro athletes. The NHL fans, also not having any hockey to watch, rallied around Parros making his fund raising a huge success. He even got a nice shout out from Micheal Strahan on “Live! with Kelly and Michael” for his Movember efforts. Doesn’t hurt that he’s a fellow New Jerseyan to get on my list.
6.) The Airplane Mustache - Although not a person, It’s nice to see big corporations get behind men’s health this way. Much like all the pink products and things you see in October for breast cancer awareness month. Here is a British Airways airplane supporting a ‘Stache. Other Airplanes rocking a mustache this Movember, West Jet, Virgin & Qantas Airlines.
7.) The Building Doctor or “DT” ‘Stache -Worn by my friend Dan Thomsen. Not only is Dan’s Mustache great but because he is the founder and president of a company that embodies much of the EarthyUrban spirit, he made my list. Dan founded Building Doctors, a home performance contractor (Lic # 932241) that surveys the energy efficiency of your home or office. They will also make the remediation, saving you 20% to 50% off your energy bills, while making your home energy-efficient, healthier, more comfortable and lowering your carbon foot print. (Think I got that right) More on Building doctors another time, but in the meantime check it out. Dan is as committed to many great causes and environmental issues as he is to growing a great Mustache.
8.) The Roozt Stache – I saw this on the Facebook page of Roozt.com. The men of Roozt all did great jobs supporting the cause this Movember. This is no doubt a shameless plug for one of my favorite places to log on and buy apparel. Here you will find Conscious, guilt free shopping with a cause. Consider Roozt.com when you’re shopping this holiday season. I’ll be showcasing many of the “goods” they sell on my blog.
9.) The Old Western Bartender or “Tapper” Stache -This is Brian my Cousin In-Law. When I sent out a texted picture of my Movember mustache to the family, this picture came roaring back at me and blew my ‘stache out of the water. I laughed for a good 10 minutes.
10.) The Rollie Fingers - Although this isn’t a current photo, you can’t talk about mustaches and not throw in the greatest mustache in sports history. The Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers is still known to rock a great ‘stache 12 months out of the year.
11.) The Ridiculously Disgusting Mustache – I found this Mustache online and it pretty much needs no explanation. It’s grossly impressive and it must drive the women crazy.
12.) The Sex Symbol ‘Stache - Okay, this Burt Reynolds mustache is a far reach but a must have when talking about greatest mustaches. I added this because 1.) I still can’t believe this was considered sexy at one point in time, and 2.) I like a good laugh. I’m still speechless about this, but you got to admit the guy was cool as ice.
So there it is! if you were interested to know the countries that raised the most money for Movember, here they are . #1 Canada- (obviously because the mustache never went out of style like the mullet) #2 Uk, #3 Australia #4 USA & #5 New Zealand. Shocking, no Asian continent countries at the top? ;) Hope you Enjoyed this Post. Don’t forget to share with friends by clicking on the Social network share options and Please leave a comment. If you would like to submit you Movember picture please send to me via email or tweet to @EarthyUrban