Something Provocative for the Week
The Prominence of Facial Hair in Today’s Society
Forget print culture for a minute and think about- you guessed it- facial hair culture. While perusing the front page of the Wisconsin State Journal online to find a topic for this article I came across a story about Madison’s own Chris Kriskovic. A local cab driver for the well-known “Green Cab”, Kriskovic has avoided his razor for two years. With a bottle of hair spray he transformed his beard into seven points and two curly mustache tips. The work of art that resulted won him first place in the freestyle full beard category of New Orleans’s National beard and Mustache Championships.
Kriskovic’s journey to fame got me thinking about beards in pop culture. Traditionally, a manicured mustache signaled a law enforcement official, however recently facial hair has had other meanings in pop culture. Most notably are the men of the Robertson Clan on A&E’s popular show Duck Dynasty. The men proudly display their beards as a testament to their manhood and redneck status. They relentlessly ridicule younger brother Jep when they suspect he has colored his. In AMC’s hit series Breaking Bad, Walter White plays the role of genius high school chemistry teacher turned millionaire meth producer. White’s goatee transforms him from loving father Walter into “Heisenberg” – his criminal life pseudonym. The next time you spot a popular character trying a new facial hair look, dig for the meaning behind the beard.
Check out Kriskovic’s championship story by the Wisconsin State Journal : http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/madison-cab-driver-s-freestyle-beard-wins-national-contest/article_536c6acc-f151-5891-a045-85ff644710d8.html
The Duck Dynasty Men:
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