August 11, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Edward James Olmos

adamaMit.jpgLast week's Miami Vice-themed celebrity facial hair Friday segues nicely into this week's pick - Edward James Olmos. Back in the day, Olmos played the aloof and understated Lt. Martin Castillo, head of the Miami Vice squad. These days Olmos commands one of sci fi's most triumphant revivals - Battlestar Galactica.

As Commander Adama, Olmos reprises the role made popular by Lorne Greene, way back in the groovy 70s when I was a kid. Olmos, like Greene, has always been clean-shaven. No beard. No moustache. No facial hair.

adamaSans.jpgNow, if you've been watching the new Battlestar Galactica, or BSG as the text-shortenistas like to call it, you'll know that last season ended with the remains of the human race settling on a newly discovered planet. Then, in the blink of an eye, the magic of television fast-fowarded us a year later to show what had happened to this new colony. That's a pretty abrupt jump, and the writers needed to give us viewers some sort of queues so that we remembered the quick advancement of time. So they went to an old standby - the moustache.

The picture on the top right is the Adama/Olmos who will start the next season. The picture below is the Adama/Olmos we've known and loved. What do you think? I think the moustache has to go. Number one - it's not that attractive. Number two - it's clearly just a writer's crutch to mark the passing of time. Number three - why change a good thing?

OK. I've clearly worked myself up into a tizzy here. And tipped my hand in revealing my BSG addiction. The next season of Battlestar Galactica starts October 6th on the SciFi channel. We're so close!!!

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August 4, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Colin Farrell

Tubbscrockettvice2006.jpgToday marks the triumphant return of Miami Vice. 22 years after the ground-breaking show debuted on NBC, Miami Vice is headed to the silver screen, this time with Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx playing Crockett and Tubbs. Seems only fair to highlight one of these guys today on Celebrity Facial Hair Friday, and so we're going with Colin.

Now I'm not saying Don Johnson's Crockett was facial hair perfection, but what I think made the perpetual five o'clock shadow work was its evenness. Even if it looked like Johnson hadn't shaved in 3 days, you knew he had previously shaved his whole face.

Farrell's Crockett has the moustache, the soul patch, and the beginnings of some mutton chops. His five o'clock shadow looks like a mess. How does he maintain that thing? Shave here? Trim there? Clippers on the sides? I don't want to know. Call me old fashion, but I croon for the rugged, simplistic look of the 80s. Shave it. Shave it all. And then let it grow in naturally.

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July 28, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Damien Rice

Saw Damien Rice last week in concert. If you don't know who Damien Rice is, you obviously haven't been watching enough WB. Damien's album "O" was the backdrop for virtually every tender moment last season. And while Damien's recorded music leans toward the accessible acoustic ballad, his live performances are all about feedback, distortion, and looping.

Oddly, while his music is trending louder, his look is becoming more conservative. On the left is Damien from a couple years ago. Classic musician look - messy hair, semblance of a beard, couple days scruff. On the right is a more recent picture of Damien - clippers set to #1, trimmed beard, and maybe lighter hair. Honestly from where I was sitting I thought he was shaved down to just a moustache, and I came home ready to rail against this new look. I'm glad to see he's still got the beard, but in the low colored lighted on stage it's too easy to mistake the facial look.

My advice would be the grow everything out again. Stop shaving for a little while until there's little doubt you're a rock star. And when you're done with your set, smash your shit.

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July 21, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Silent Bob and Dante

silentBob.jpgdante.jpgRecognize these guys? You should. Well, at least one of them. On the left is writer/director/actor Kevin Smith, AKA Silent Bob, who back in 1994 gave us Clerks, a low-budget comedy about average guys in New Jersey with dead-end jobs. And on the right is Brian O'Halloran, AKA Dante, one of the clerks in said movie. Why are they significant today? Clerks 2 opens in theaters near you.

Now one of these guys has gone on to have a very successful career in Hollywood, opened a couple of comic book stores, and written a script for Superman. The other... well... not so much.

What's the difference? Personally, I think it's the goatee. Look at that thing. It's just hanging there on his face. Looks like you could peel it off. Now look at Kevin Smith. While Kevin has the hair of a goatee, he's also got the rest of a beard. I think it anchors the facial hair around the mouth to the rest of his head. His beard flows from head to chin. Where does it start? Where does it end? Brian's goatee is jarring, unnatural, sudden.

Shave it or save it? Kevin's doing all right. Don't change a thing. Brian? Let's make a few alterations.

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July 7, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Soccer Style

best-player-trophy.jpgWith the World Cup finals this Sunday I thought it would be appropriate to find a footballer (as they say in England) with funky facial hair and feature him today. While there may be a few players who are into facial sculpting, the only player on France or Italy's team who seemed to sport anything meaningful was Gennaro Gattuso of Italy (who looks suprisingly like my step-brother Nick). Most players are clean-shaven, and a lot shave their head, probably because they sweat so much during a match.

Instead I invite you to check out Gillette's Yound Player Award, where you can vote for your favorite under 21 year old rising star. The current leader is Luis Valencia of Ecuador, followed by the always exciting Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal.

So what do they win? Well, as far as I can tell, they win the trophey pictured on the right.

The trophy which stands at 300mm high and weighs 4.2 kilograms is made from a copper alloy with zinc (90%-10%) and is plated with nickel, rhodium and oxidized sterling silver. The integral design came to life using a number of state-of-the-art techniques and weighs just over four kilograms.

Huh. That's it? No money? No lifetime supply of Gillette Fusion razors? Well, maybe they can win something on Gillette's FIFA World Cup contest website. Everytime it asks me which continent I'm on I deadend at the two unclickable North American choices. Looks like you'll have better luck if you're from Europe.

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June 23, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Jerry Ferrara

entourage_turtle.jpgThis week's Celebrity Facial Hair pick is none other than Entourage's Jerry Ferrara, AKA "Turtle". And, lo! The product marketing planets have aligned. Jerry uses ZIRH products for his daily skin care regimen. Turtle may be too busy for proper skin care with all the driving and errand responsibilities, but Jerry makes time for a facial regime to keep himself looking fine:

CLEAN - Jerry washes with CLEAN twice a day to keep his complexion clear.

SHAVE GEL - Jerry applies a thin layer of SHAVE GEL to give his face a close shave and to easily shave around his sideburns and beard.

SOOTHE - "Nothing has worked better to reduce the irritation I used to experience after shaving," says Jerry.

DEFEND - Our SPF 15 face moisturizer helps protect Jerry's skin from the harsh rays of the LA sun.

CORDUROY - "It's understated, and my girlfriend loves it!" says Jerry. "Why smell like everyone else?"

(The above list and the quotes from Jerry are from this ZIRH page.)

Shave it or save it? The subtle beard and moustache are a nice touch to a handsome face. Keep that well groomed facial coif.

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June 16, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Al Gore

Hold on to your environments folks - this week's celeb is former veep Al Gore. Al's been in the news recently with the opening of his new movie An Inconvenient Truth. These days Al's sporting a stream-lined clean-shaven look, a great improvement over his 2000 ragged bearded post-election blues. Do you agree? The shave it or save it staff are glad he shaved.

As an extra bonus for the sci-fi geek in all of us, here's a little site comparing Al, Clinton's Number One, to Riker, Picard's Number One. Ridiculous, but cute.

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June 9, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Aras Baskauskas

What happens when you're shipped off to a remote section of Panama for 39 days and forced to live without the comforts of modern man? You grow a beard (if you're a guy). And if you're lucky, you look damn good while doing it.

Well, the tribe has spoken, and this week's Celebrity Facial Hair pick is Aras Baskauskas, winner of last month's Survivor: Panama. Aras successfully outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted, and for that we award him ShavingStuff's highest honors. It may not amount to the same excitement as winning a million dollars, but hey - at least you don't have to pay any taxes.

So here's the cool thing about me and Aras - two degrees of separation. I know Peter Alejandro (sales manager at Baxter of California), and Peter knows Aras. Turns out Peter takes yoga from Aras in sunny Santa Monica. Read more about it in this post from Peter's blog Mahamondo.com. (Includes a link to Aras's website.)

Shave it or save it time. While I think Aras grows a nice even beard, clean-shaven Aras is so dreamy. Thanks for shaving Aras. Next time your luxury item should be a razor.

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June 2, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Carlos Sanchez (Juan Valdez)

It's the end of an era, and also a new beginning. Carlos Sanchez, better known to the world as Juan Valdez, is turning in his poncho, parking his burro, and looking forward to painting "like a madman". This week's Celebrity Facial Hair Friday pick is the symbol of Colombian coffee, and has been for 37 years. Damn, that's an old moustache.

juanValdez.jpgBut fear not! The search for a replacement Juan has already begun. Why this process wasn't made into a reality TV show a la Rock Star seems to be a huge marketing opportunity missed, but apparently the number of contenders has been narrowed down from 400 to 10 already.

And before you go labeling the newbie as "Juan Two", it turns out that Sanchez is actually the second Valdez, inheriting the title from Jose Duval who started in 1959. Is Juan Valdez Dr. Who?

Shave it or save it? Dude, you can't shave that thing. It's part of the cultural zeitgeist.

Read more in these articles from seattlepi.com and cbsnews.com.

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May 26, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Hugh Jackman

This week's Celebrity Facial Hair pick is Wolverine alter-ego Hugh Jackman, star of X-Men III: The Last Stand, (opening today at a theatre near you). When not playing a superhero, Jackman is typically seen clean-shaven, and for good reason. The Wolverine look is... well... not exactly the height of fashion. It's kind of an inverse goatee. Basically you grow a full beard and shave your moustache and below your lips. Kids - don't try this at home. Regardless of which world you live in, fantasy or reality, wearing this style of beard will undoubtedly label you as a mutant.

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