Two Views of a Very Temporary Look

Having never done it before, I was curious what I would look like with just a mustache. The answer:

Strangely like John Goodman!

And of course I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a genuinely terrible picture of myself, so please to enjoy this, which I call “The Worst Police Booking Photo, Ever”:

Aaaaand now I’m gonna shave this mustache off.

Update, 4pm:

Me (to Krissy, on the phone): Do you want me to wait until you get home to shave it off?

Krissy: No. Shave it off now. And when you’re done, post another picture so I know it’s gone.

There, that’s better.

66 Comments on “Two Views of a Very Temporary Look”

  1. Second photo looks to me like a first-day rookie cop on-scene with Nicholas Bell @ start of Lock In.

  2. janeishly – Writer, editor, Swedish-English and French-English translator. European. Addicted to No Man's Sky and Earl Grey tea (ideally both at once). She/her.

    After the first, slightly mad looking one, I must confess I was really hoping for the full Hitler look in the second picture. Please? (Plus it would give the trolls something really fun to play with.)

  3. I’m getting a Hodgman vibe off of that look myself!

  4. Chris Meadows – Indianapolis, Indiana, United States – TeleRead Editor and Senior Writer Chris Meadows has been writing for TeleRead--except for a brief interruption--since 2006. Son of two librarians, he has worked on a third-party help line for Best Buy and holds degrees in computer science and communications. He clearly personifies TeleRead's motto: "For geeks who love books--and book-lovers who love gadgets." Chris lives in Indianapolis and is active in the gamer community.
    Chris Meadows

    What do you suppose you’d look like with a shaved head?

    Just throwing that out there… :)

  5. simplygiselle – New England – I am at the point in my life where I am just trying to figure it all out. Fun vs responsibility, fitness vs relaxation, water vs wine, what the hell do I want to be when I grow up... it's all too overwhelming

    In the bottom black and white, all I see is Ed A. Poe.

  6. I’m impressed! I concede that I prefer the beard, but the moustache looks a lot better than I would have imagined.

    May I enquire how long does it take to grow a moustache of that length?

  7. Lancelot Schaubert – Local Interstellar Cloud, Local Bubble, Orion–Cygnus Arm, Milky Way – Court jester in the court of the gods. Focused on fiction, mythology, bedtime, and making fun of serious folk. I also only write when I'm inspired every morning at 9am sharp. For inquiries, email lancelot [at] lanceschaubert [dot] org

    Well that’s pretty gorgeous, I’m not gonna lie.

  8. The second photo made me think you had the “The judge is giving me 900 years in prison for this, isn’t he” look.

  9. You nailed the “John” part, but it’s definitely more “Hillerman” or “Hodgeman” than “Goodman.”

  10. No! Don’t!
    I don’t know why not. It’s just when people declare an intention to shave facial hair, others are supposed to tell him not to.

  11. I’m disappointed you didn’t try a soul patch and post a picture before you shaved it all off.
    ah well.

  12. Yeah, mustaches don’t work on everyone. But if you ever have the urge to try again, go for a more ambitious one. (Handlebar or one like Dali’s maybe.)

  13. Awww! I liked it! I have a fondness for moustaches, and thought it made you look erudite and distinguished. However, Krissy is right in that it doesnt entirely suit you–you are a very GOOFY man, and that moustache completely belies that aspect of your personality. So yeah, clean shaven is the way to go for you.

    Still, though, I liked it!

  14. Hmm. I’m seeing “RAF Pilot c. 1956.” Bally tenpenny ones popping in over the briny. That kind of thing. I’d say it’s a straight mix between distinguished and barking mad.

  15. You do realize that when someone shaves off a moustache, beard, etc., that the item in question goes to Hirsute Heaven? When you die and go to Heaven yourself, you’ll be reunited with all your body hair.

    This is part of my theory that lost body parts go to their own particular Heavens. If you go to a bar in Eyeball Heaven, you’ll hear long-running arguments over who had the best pirate.

  16. Shawn – Ohio, USA – Early to bed, early or whirlybird or something. Bored now, bye. Don't step on any Lego's 'cause it _Hurts_!
    Shawn T

    Stevie: People aren’t identical, but figure half an inch growth per month, so (gets ruler and calculator) (didn’t need the calculator) 58 days.

  17. And, sorry, but the second photo doesn’t even come close to Worst Booking Photo Ever. Our county sheriff’s department posts booking photos on its website(part of Joe Arpaio’s “Jail! Now With Gratuitous Public Humiliation!” program); it’s… pretty rugged.

  18. I had one friend who I had never seen without a beard. His wife hadn’t either and finally persuaded him to shave. His seven year old saw it and cried. His wife said start growing it back, Very bad undershot chin. Some beards are good. Mustaches not so much.

  19. Shawn – Ohio, USA – Early to bed, early or whirlybird or something. Bored now, bye. Don't step on any Lego's 'cause it _Hurts_!

    “Mustaches not so much.” They can hide can hide scars from the corrective surgery from a cleft palate.
    Also, bleah! My moustache, except for the grey, makes me look just like Tom Selleck.

  20. The pornstache definitely doesn’t suit you… but (IMNSHO) neither does the clean shave.
    Bring back the tour beard!

  21. I’m seconding the John Cleese suggestion for the ‘stache photo. I think it’s the expression as much as the facial hair that gives the resemblance.

  22. Definitely John Hillerman. I have a Fun Manchu myself and I think I would absolutely freak out the entire family plus animas if I shaved it off.

  23. My husband shaved off his mustache after 40 years and I LOVE the nice smooth feeling and the look. I think you look wonderful without facial hair, I recommend staying clean shaven!

  24. Maybe you took the selfie – but that’s Athena looking out of that final photo! I’ve seen you both in her face before, but this particular shot startled me – in an nice way :)

  25. Oh man, another week or two and you would have had the perfect opportunity for an awesome halloween costume. It’s not often that someone has a face full of facial hair that they’re totally willing to whack off in intermediate steps.

  26. I voted for the beard while on tour but I have to say I agree with Krissy regarding the mustache only; glad you shaved you have a very nice face :-D

  27. You look like the stache cop from “John Dies at the End.” That stache is about to go flying off your face to try to kill us all.

  28. When I met my wife, I had a mustache. Some years later, I shaved it off, and she was very upset that I had not consulted her. She came home to a clean-shaven man. I had no idea that it meant that much to her. Since then, I’ve warned her that facial hair may come and go depending on my mood or the weather.

  29. Hey! I know you, I don’t know you, know you. But I know of you. Nice face, er, that might sound weird? But. I just didn’t know what you looked like. And accidently ran into your page. Good morning.

  30. Now, when my spousal unit saw a picture of me without my facial hair, I was informed that I was to never ever shave it off ever again. Not that there’s anything weird going on under there, but I do look very different. Too different, apparently.

  31. I think mustaches are hilarious. But my favorite part of the entry belongs to Krissy. “post another picture so I know it’s gone” — awesome.

  32. Definitely not John Goodman, Could be John Cleese. (I see I’m not the first to think so.)

    Is it possible to consider resemblances to people whose first names are *not* John?

  33. Dude, glad the stache is off. Yeah, much better. I’ve come to the conclusion that moustaches really only look good when they’re so huge they cover your lips. You know, like Sam Elliott.

  34. I’m a nurse in my county’s jail health department. Our inmate’s mug shots are attached to their charts, so I see lots of them every day. Your picture doesn’t even come close. The scary ones are when they’re smiling big, like it’s senior portrait day or something, showing off their meth teeth (don’t do meth, if for no other reason than to save your teeth).

  35. The mustache makes you a dead ringer for my high school print shop / darkroom teacher, Mr. Kaptinski. He was pretty cool.

  36. I agree with Krissy, not that I would dare to disagree with her! But for real, she’s so, so right here. Glad you got rid of the unsightly thing.

    Please note, mustache fans and wearers, that one that covers your lips means that lipreaders aren’t going to be able to understand what you’re saying. I only lipread a little, but I depend on it enough that I can’t understand someone whose face I can’t see unless they’re VERY LOUD. If you have a mouth-covering mustache, I probably won’t talk to you for very long, and I may not even be aware of the reason; all I’ll know is that talking to you is a frustrating experience.

  37. Actually, mustachioed-you looks (to me) sort of like someone preparing to play Uncle Teddy in a dinner theater revival of Arsenic and Old Lace . . . all you need is the pince nez!

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