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10.15.14

Cheers to every single one of you beautiful beardies! Everyone sent their photo in on time this week!! I'm going to buy every single one of you an ice cold beer very, very, very, soon! Speaking of which, I'll post the details of our final beard party awards ceremony next week! Only a few weeks left, so make them good! Here's to letting nature take it's course!

Zach Hatlestad

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

"5:30 AM work picture. Clearly not feeling it."

It's 5:30 PM when I'm typing this blog, and I hope your day was much better than expected. Turn that beard upside down, brother!

Nick Bollinger

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

"No adventure this week folks - just pure unadultured beard!"

The Marlboro man sans cigarette.

- William Blake

Michael Hendrick

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

 "Grizzly Adams had a beard!"

Grizzly Adams did have a beard!

Matt Raney

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Good evening #GrowABeardOK, This beard contest is - shall we say - In the bag."

Lovely use of the hashtag, relative seasonal reference, and beard photo all wrapped into one cunning piece of smack talk!

Logan Bohrer

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

 

"Don't selfie and drive."

The only thing worse than texting and driving.

Hugh Jazz aka Kolsen McLaughlin

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Beardholio's pre-season beard."

You're beard is grizzlier than the Grizzlies. THAT'S why we won last night!

Kevin Rhodes

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

 

"He is dreaming of growing a beard of his own."

That Taxi Driver mowhawk makes little man look pretty mean even in his sleep!

Kaemon Patterson aka YUNG BABYSHOE

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

Babyshoe right on time with beard game on the mind.

John Metcalf

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

 

"I'm gonna let you guys in on the secret to making your mustache curl. No joke, I've put this stuff on my stache to make the ends stay. Plus it makes it taste like syrup! And who doesn't want to taste syrup every time they lick their lips..."

Jerry Bennett

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

 

"I work as hard as my beard!"

The guy you're drawing looks pretty sad that you didn't illustrate him with a beard...

JD Epperson

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Well done.

Dusty Gilpin

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Come see me at the Plaza store! Get a beard discount, eat a grill cheese sandwich, piece of pizza, and slice of pie all in a one block neighborhood.

David Rouse

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Another selfie while driving....! What is wrong with you kids?

Damn fine beard, sir.

Caleb Arter

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Denim shirt. Denim pants. Denim hat.

Bryan & Solomon Matthews

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"The beard was out in full force during my sister-in-laws wedding. Maybe for her one year anniversary Solomon will have a full on beard as well."

Sol is lookin' totes adorbs, and you're lookin' totes grumps.

Brian Pelts

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Week 6: The Xzibit. "Yo dawg, I heard you like beards so we got you a beard for your beard so you can beard while you beard."

How will we ever know how much your beard grew this week?!?!

Avery Wilson

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"My, 'I missed my flight' beard face..."

Ohhhhhh! Dang bro! Lookin' like a bad muzza fuzza....

Andy Boatman

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"At slingers this morning. Coming along now."

Andy, your beard was 'coming along' in week 2... Embrace the professional 4 year beard contest veteran status!

 

Beard on, duuuuuddddddeeeeessssss!

Beard Off
10.10.14

Yo Beardos! This competition is getting hairy. If you're a contestant in our beard growing contest, you are welcome to have 20% OFF any apparel in our store for the remainder of the competiton! Just tell whoever is behind the counter that you get the GrowABeardOK discount, and they'll know what to do. As far as beards go, I'm not sure weather to be proud or disappointed in myself for leading this rag tag rebellion against shaving. I'm sure it will haunt me someday and my atonement will be great. The photos this week are pretty great, BUT you've got to remember to send your photos in on Tuesday. Otherwise, you picture will be replaced by an angrycat or whatever other odd photo meanders across my social network feed that morning. On to the bearding!

Zach Hatlestad

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

"Worth the broken neck to get Collison, Durant, and Beard in the same picture. Thunder Up!"

Definitely. Tough loss last night, but everyone knows preseason is for chumps.

Nick Bollinger

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

"This week, the Serengeti! My beard, now beginning to mature, was awestruck and quite sobered by the boldness and serenity of the elder lion’s mane. Such wisdom and power grown tirelessly into one beard! I beleive my beard found a role model, while I hoped the lion hadn’t found lunch!"

Tyger, Tyger burning bright,

In the forest of the night,

What immortal hand or eye,

could frame thy beardful symmetry?

- William Blake

Michael Hendrick

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

 "Don't underestimate this beard... The thickness is real!"

Real like Shaquille! That Irish beards a beardin'!

Matt Raney

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Guess who didn't send in their picture this week?

Logan Bohrer

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

Logan taking beard photos on company time. GET BACK TO WORK.

Hugh Jazz aka Kolsen McLaughlin

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"It's the time of the season for bearding."

'Tis! Great bearding, K-Dawg.

Kevin Rhodes

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

 

"Silly string makes your beard grow better."

Captain America style!!

Kaemon Patterson aka YUNG BABYSHOE

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

YUNG BABYSHOE sent his photo in on time this week! Rejoice!

John Metcalf

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Forever in your nightmares.

Jerry Bennett

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Just chillin'. No worries. :)"

Opening a jar of pickles with a popeye grin.

JD Epperson

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Damn. Straight. Playa.

Dusty Gilpin

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

I could sell a katchup popscicle to a lady wearing white gloves.

David Wyman

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

....and who else do you think didn't send their photo this week?

David Rouse

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Chilling with my homies this am."

With a beard like that, they'll soon accept you into their furry family.

Caleb Arter

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Caleb Arter, everyone! This guy was down playing his beard when the competition began. I hear he's going to try to last the entire duration of the #B7CleanStart experiment.

Bryan & Solomon Matthews

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

 

"You say all jokes about Solomon freakishly growing a beard by the end. I say you should see the kids back anything is possible!"

King Solomon was one wise dude. Using my better judgment, I bet he also had a pretty kickin' beard. Live up to that namesake, Sol.

Brian Pelts

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Week 5: The Cool Dad. TURN DOWN FOR KHAKIS!"

TURNT UP BEARDS.

Avery Wilson

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

I remember when Avery was once a young whippersnapper hanging around the shop, drawing goofy things. Now he's a grown ass beard man.

Andy Boatman

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Home brew in the vac pot as I forgot to get a photo at the Avanti in Devon Tower."

Perfectly brewed coffee must be the pinnacle of scientific achievement. Cheers, I lift my cup to you, good sir!

 

Tonight is LIVE on the PLAZA. Hope to see all you bearded weirdos out there rain, hail, sleet, or snow! Have a great week, and beard on!

Beard Off
10.09.14

The dangerous duo, Edgardo George & Lance King, will be wreaking havoc and showing Halloween themed artwork this Friday! They are the minds behind LER LER LER, Manimations, Twists Pretzels, and Baby Plaza!

Lance and Egg or Egg and Lance, are consistent Drink & Drawers, amazing illustrators, and wonderful friends of the shop for the last 3 years. Last October, they brought you the show Monsters Within, and debuted this amazing manimation:

Friday night will be another wonderful evening on the Plaza District. Come out to see Lance and Egg's amazing artwork and the official premier of Baby Plaza. Here are a few sneak peeks of some of the illustrations we'll be showing! See you Friday!!

Edgardo George Lance King Manimations Ler Ler Ler Plaza District Oklahoma City

 

Edgardo George Lance King Manimations Ler Ler Ler Plaza District Oklahoma City

Edgardo George Lance King Manimations Ler Ler Ler Plaza District Oklahoma City

 

Edgardo George Lance King Manimations Ler Ler Ler Plaza District Oklahoma City

10.02.14

Everyone refers to Wednesday as 'Hump Day' since it's the middle of the work week. Well, we've reached the 'Hump Week' of the beard growing contest! The competition, like the beards, is thickening! Some of our beardless competitors are going strong, muscling through grueling folicle failures! We got to see a few of the beardoe's in person this weekend at Plaza Festival. Thanks to everyone who came out!

Zach Hatlestad

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

"ROYALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #beisbol"

This setting isn't nearly as romantic as the beachside sunset you had last week, but hot damn, that's some fierce bearding!

Nick Bollinger

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

"This week, my beard wanted to see the sea! So we traveled to the second most final frontier and got our roots wet! In this photo, we spotted the rare “Great Beard Shark!” It made my beard grow two centimeters!! And the water around us to turn slightly yellow…"

Well played, Nick, well played.

Michael Hendrick

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

 "A.D.I.D.A.B: All Day I Dream About Beards"

B. R. E. A. M: Beards Rule Everything Around Me, get the money, dolla dolla bills ya'll.

Matt Raney

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Happy Halloween to all the other #GrowABeardOK folks. This is me being haunted by job interviews, first dates, and all the other crap that makes me have to groom!"

Ecellent submission, Matt! Happy, Slappy, Halloween.

Logan Bohrer

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

Have you ever walked by one of the windows in your house at night and been just a little scared to walk in front of it? You should be, this is on the other side.

Hugh Jazz aka Kolsen McLaughlin

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Week cuatro beardo weirdo."

That chin strap is starting to fill in a little. Give it another year or two and the patches will start to fill in too!

Kevin Rhodes

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

I like the natural 90's GlamourShot gausian blur going on in this photo.

Kaemon Patterson aka YUNG BABYSHOE

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

YUNG BABYSHOE. SEND. IN. YOUR. PHOTOS.

John Metcalf

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Squinty ol' John Metfart.

Jerry Bennett

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Just chillin'. No worries. :)"

Beats by Rebel Alliance.

JD Epperson

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

 "First pic at age 30."

Again, Happy Birthday! You're much more scholarly and distinguished at this ripe old age.

Dusty Gilpin

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

At my desk where all the beard blog magic happens.

David Wyman

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Just thinking about my beard, and how we are becoming good friends!"

Good grief, Davey! I'd be thinking about how to keep that thing from developing it's own inteligence and overtaking your face.

David Rouse

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Death of neck beard this week but gain of not looking like a bum, lol! Couldnt take it anymore...nor could my lady."

Having a bum beard is a gift! Not nearly as charming, but definitely a gift!

Caleb Arter

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Here's a very joyful beard! Caleb is excited it's October first and #B7CleanStart just began! Time to break in some raw denim!

Bryan & Solomon Matthews

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"My beard does its best growing on the back end of the competition. So does Solomon's beard."

It's all jokes now, but how crazy would it be if Solomon actually grew a beard in the next month...?

Brian Pelts

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Week 4: The Soccer Hipster. "Oh, you watch Premier League? Yeah, I prefer the Latvian Virslīga. You've probably never heard of it."

All soccer (futbol) is obscure to me. Beard growing is my sport of choice.

Avery Wilson

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Hellllloooooooooo, laaaaaaaaaaaddddddddiiiiiiiieeeeeeeessssss....

Andy Boatman

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"At Elemental this week. Notice the bearded barista in the background. Filling out nicely."

I have a feeling that this photo was followed by an altercation...

 

Great bearding, gentlemen! One month under the belt and one month to go!

Beard Off
09.26.14

3 weeks! 3 weeks! 3 weeks!

In a matter of only 3 weeks, some of the competitors begin to define themselves into their respective categories. We've got mustachees, beardoes, and the beardless! If you're an instagramer or tweeter, remember to use the #GrowABeardOK hashtag for all your selfies and whatnots. If you're reaching the week 3 blues, don't fret! Give your beard a few more weeks and it will fill out just fine (*fingers crossed*). I thought I might conjure up a little encouragement to help us muscle through what I would consider the most testing time for beard growing:

Week 3 Blues

I think that I might never see,

A beard as bad as in week 3,

It's patchy growth is in transition,

Will it ever reach fruition?

The Land of Beards I wish it's reigning,

Although it seems my beard is waning.

And if my chin hair never thickens?

I shall grow a 'stache like Charles Dickens!

If my hairs grow long and curly,

I'll grow a beard that's strong and burly!

Should my beard grows weak and frail?

I'll celebrate and win Beard Fail!

 

On to the bearding! 

Zach Hatlestad

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

Looks like Zach is chillin' beachside this week! Per my photoshop expertise, I can 100% guarantee the authenticity of this photo.

Nick Bollinger

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

"This week, my beard and I ventured to the famous Stonehenge! It was a wonderful trip. My growing beard is even developing a sense of humor! It said that Stonehenge should be named “Beardhenge!” Oh beard, you slay me."

Again, I 100% guarantee the authenticity of this photo.....

Michael Hendrick

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

 

"And this is why I am called redbeard... The ginger has arrived"

The Ginger Beard Man!

Matt Raney

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"My beard is roaming wild and free like the mighty buffalo."

Poetically beautiful, Matt. Beard on gently into that good light.

Spencer Elliott

 

"It had to go man! Had an interview to go to. :("

WORST. EXCUSE. EVER. Good luck at your new job, with all your new beardless friends.

Logan Bohrer

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

AHHHHH! I haven't seen Logan all week, yet he works in my printshop. I hope nothing tragic happened after this photo was emailed...

Hugh Jazz aka Kolsen McLaughlin

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Didilly ding poopy doopy beard..."

This guy may or may not have had the 3 Week Beard Blues when I saw him in the Printshop today. Cheer up, K-Dawg! It will fill in soon enough.

Kevin Rhodes

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Kevin K. Rhodes is a bearding fool! I think the 'K' stands for KickassBeardGrowingSkillz.

Kaemon Patterson aka YUNG BABYSHOE

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

Yung Babyshoe always up to no good. That chinstrap is filling out quite nicely! Keep on keeping on!

John Metcalf

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

 "REAL. HIP. HOP."


Jerry Bennett

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Slow and steady wins the race."

Ain't nuthin' slow about this, Jerry. This is full tilt beard action!

JD Epperson

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

 "When you have a beard, you can look badass no matter what you're wearing!"

Exactly! By the way! Tomorrow is JD's big 30 birthday! Go visit his booth at the Plaza Festival and buy one of his cool shirts!

Dusty Gilpin

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Bearding the best I can. I got myself a quality wife when I got myself a quality beard.

David Wyman

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Enjoying the beard. Living the dream!"

Davey is a heavy hitter in this competition. Not only is he growing a great beard, he's keeping those edges crispy clean!

David Rouse

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Man, already having to bust out the comb to keep things growing in the right direction...say what???? Smells pretty good as well thanks to that beard oil link, i mean whats more manly than your beard smelling cedarwood?"

I haven't made any of the oil yet, that's awesome! You'll have to send the recipe you used, and I'll post it.

Caleb Arter

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Jean shirt. Ball cap. Scruffy beard. Dad status on point.

Bryan Matthews

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Solomon is a little happier this week. Although his beard isn't growing too much everything else on him is."

Grow strong, little Solomon! Lookin' good, B!

Brian Pelts

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"My beard and I will be participating in the OKC Walk to End Alzheimer's this Saturday morning in Bricktown. We walk to honor the memory of my grandfather and the other four members of my extended family that have been lost to Alzheimer's, and to show support to the over 5 million people who battle it as we speak. If you can, please consider helping me support the Alzheimer's Association as we work towards a world without Alzheimer's. For more info or to make a donation, visit http://act.alz.org/goto/bripelts Next week I'll go back to jokey beard names, promise."

Awesome, Brian! You're a good dude, keep up the good work!

Avery Wilson

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Avery is recreating the inspiration behind Rodin's The Thinker. Happy thoughts to encourage beard growth!

Andy Boatman

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"At the Urban T House this week. Not really a coffee house as they have tea but local indy cool vibe place. Week three finds good growth and more grey."

The 3 Week Blues will never deter Andy Boatman! Always in a chipper mood, always beard growing like a pro!


Keep growing strong! Visit us at the Plaza Fest if you're not doing anything Saturday!

Beard Off