Long before I moved to Maine in March 2010, I had this idea of what most Maine men look like. Their hair was a bit shaggy, they wore interesting clothes, and they all had beards. When I got here, I found my idea to be mostly true. Lots of shaggy hair, lots of interesting clothes, and goddamn, the beards were huge.
With this idea combined with my love of projects, I dreamed up Project Maine Beard as my own little way of getting accustomed to life in almost Canada. I had always wanted to grow a huge beard with shaggy hair at some point in my life.
My inspiration was moving to Maine, but also Brian Wilson. His mid 1970’s fat/long beard/wearing a bath robe/watching a lot of TV/eating lots of food/being a social recluse period has always been a favorite of mine and I feel like everyone’s gotta have one of those. From what I hear, Maine in the winter is pretty nasty, so I planned Project Maine Beard to start November 1st 2010 as a way of getting my face/head ready to keep me warm. However, I got a bit antsy.
Starting yesterday, September 1st, 2010, Project Maine Beard is in full effect. I’ll blog about it once a week with photo updates on my Flickr account in the Project Maine Beard folder. The plan is this:
- I can’t shave my face from September 1 2010 to April 1 2010 .
- I can’t get my haircut at all. No trims. Nothing.
- I have to start off at zero. I have to shave my head and also my beard to the bare minimum.
- I have to blog at least once a week
- I have to take a photo everyday.
What’ll this do? I have no clue. I just really want to be a Maine man. Also, I’m getting old.