One of the two main things most hipsters have on their person is tattoos and mustaches. I guess I’m a hipster about every other year or so, since that’s the frequency I’ve been growing a mustache. For MoVember. See my post here about Movember two years ago…see the result of a month of mustache growin’ below? Yeah, hipsterific!
If you haven’t grown a mustache, you should try it at least once. Irony aside, you do feel like a badass when you grow one. Now don’t puss out and leave a goatee, or a beard (beards are badass too), but try growing just a ‘stache. It’s good for you. And if you’ve never grown one, you won’t know how well you can. A couple years ago, a couple friends joined our MoVember group and followed the rule of clean shaven November 1 and going just ‘stache all month. Mine came in like a full, thick chevron style. Pleasantly surprised. The other guys came in thinner and less full, just genetics. Now I can’t grow any sort of beard or cheek facial hair (must be my Native American ancestry), so it is what it is.
So what’s my point on the mustache? For now, it’s a quick reminder to see what you can do to support men’s health and research. My Movember post has more info that I don’t care to repeat. It’s one of the charities I support. And growing a ‘stache won’t make you a hipster, I promise.
On to the topic of tattoos, it’s one I’ve discussed before, including providing advice, and some more examples of good and bad tattoos here. Everyone has an opinion on tattoos. Some like them, some don’t. Some only like certain kinds, some hate every one, some like all tattoos done well. They certainly aren’t a sign of rebellion any more, but they can be used as an expression of self. It’s becoming more rare these days to see people without tattoos, and like Chuck Taylor All Stars, unblemished skin never goes out of style. Now me, I’ve got tattoos. A half sleeve. And a few other random spots. I like them, and I’m the only one who has to, so that’s good. They mean something to me and take me back in time when I look at them.
My wife, who just turned 40, is getting a new tattoo on Friday. The last and only time she got one (a small one between her shoulder blades) she was probably 23 years old, so it’s been awhile. This one will be much more visible. I like tattoos, and while most of my tattoos are in the more traditional style (black outline, solid bright colors, with some black and gray in the same style), my wife prefers a more pen and ink freer form style (I think I just made that style up). Think meandering cherrry blossom branch with clean arcs and lines, kind of sort of like this.
So what is my point of this post? There is none. Live and let live. Enjoy your art in whatever form it may fall. Don’t worry about the haters, so grow that ‘stache and get that ink, whether your 40 or 80, follow your own path bromigos and sismigas. Except, of course, if you get a mustache finger tattoo. Then you’re just a fucking hipster.