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09.11.14

One week is under our belts! I'm always surprised by how rapid beard growth can be for only 7 days. Conveniently Art Of Manliness (Tulsa, OK) featured a DIY Beard Oil recipe today. You hairy chumps should definitely give it a try! Without further ado, let's look at some beards:

 

Zach Hatlestad

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

"Not thrilled at having my ugly mug being the first picture everyone sees. Am thrilled about the Drillers. #beisbol"

I'm sorry, Zach! The alphabet works in mysterious ways. Keep that beard game up!

Nick Bollinger

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

"This week, my beard and i traveled to the majestic Yosemite Falls! My young beard was so amazed, it harkened me back to my own youth when i first gazed upon the falls. Oh to see the world through the eyes of stubble…"

Every year we get a photoshopper. Make me proud, Nick!

Michael Hendrick

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Hey yo! Here's some progress."

Cheer up, Red Beard! We're all in this together!

Matt Raney

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Matt was nestled all snug in his bed, while visions of beardy beards danced in his head...

Spencer Elliott

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

Cabinets in focus. Check! Duck face. Check! Eyes closed. Check!

Logan Bohrer

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

Logan the lady-killer. Good bearding, dude.

Hugh Jazz aka Kolsen McLaughlin

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Dolphins rape 14 people every year. They're the real enemy."

False... check your sources, KOLSON.

Kevin Rhodes

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Physical activity like cycling encourages beard growth by 0.01%, that's a FACT.

Kaemon Patterson aka YUNG BABYSHOE

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

YO, KAEMON!!! DON'T FORGET TO SEND YOUR PHOTO!

John Metcalf

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

John Metcalf with is perfect pompadour and vintage Tree & Leaf tee... so damn cool.... *sigh*

Jerry Bennett

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"A little salt and pepa for flava."

Stay spicy, Jerry! Great bearding!

JD Epperson

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

JD is showing off his upper thigh strongman tattoo. The banner around the legs of the strongman reads, "People's Champ!" I'm not a tattoo artist, but I gave this tattoo to JD after his 2010 Grow A Beard victory. More and more manly every day of beard growing.

Dusty Gilpin

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Just for funzies.

David Wyman

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Grow beard, GROW!"

If you beard it, it will grow. Keep up the good work, Davey!

David Rouse

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"You know you are meant to have a beard when everyone you know doesn't recognize you bc you shaved yours off lol. You guys are going down, past sand paper and moving onto brillo pad...you dont want none of this son!!!"

True story, Dave. I like the smack talk too, keep it up!

Caleb Arter

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Caleb sent in his photo reversed, so I fliped it over in Photoshop. When I did this, I realized that Caleb's face is perfectly symmetrical....you're welcome!

Bryan Matthews

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

That is an adorable baby face, and our son is cute too! Congratulations, B!

Brian Pelts

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Ah yes, week 1. The Unemployed Uncle."

We should come up with terms for all 8 weeks and make a print. That's a beard growing veteran status beard, Brian!

Avery Wilson

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

In the words of Lupe Fiasco, "Peachfuzz buzz, but beard on the verge!" Keep it up, Aves!

Andy Boatman

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Well there appears to be no Instagram filter for the double chin. I do have my late Great Uncle David's chin. Maybe one of these days I will have his silver hair and impeccable style too. Last year I had art behind me in each photo. This year I am seeking out espresso machines. This week featuring Cafe Evoke in Edmond. They say caffeine makes the beard grow stronger. Let's hope so."


Don't sell yourself short, Andy! You've got that impeccable styyyyyyyylllllllllleeeeeee!


Thanks beardos! Have a great week. Remember to send your picture in next Tuesday!

Beard Off
09.10.14

When was the last time you went to an art show that came with it's own soundtrack??? Limited edition Letters & Lyricists mixtapes by DJ Moody will be available Friday night! Only 50 will be available, so get to ths show early! We got a sneak peek/listen, and it is an amazing mix! Excellent work from all parties involved. Make sure to check out djmoody.com, chrisfoxworth.com, and jakebeeson.com!

FRIDAY • SEPTEMBER 12 • 7-11PM • 1705B NW 16TH ST

DJ Moody Jake Beeson Chris Foxworth Tree And Leaf Clothing Plaza District Oklahoma City

09.03.14

For the fourth year in a row, we've opened the doors of our blog to something fantastic...something magical...something stupendous! For the next two months, we'll be posting weekly photographic self portraits of Oklahoma City's finest facial folicle fanatics. Grow A Beard is not for the faint of heart, this contest requires an unmatched valor of beardly proportions! As you scroll through the photos of this year's contestants, remember the four categories you'll be voting for at the end of this journey: Biggest Beard, Beard Fail, Best Mustache, and People's Choice. May the best (and worst) beards win! Cheers!

**Last year's competition was hosted in alphabetical order from A-Z, this year we'll be reversing the order by first name.**

 

Zach Hatlestad

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

"My name is Zach Hatlestad, 24 years of age. I've been shaving for ten years, and I just simply don't want to do it anymore. So I won't (for the next three months, at least). This will be my third year participating (I grew one along with the competition last year, just didn't enter it. Consider it a training session...) I'm from Mustang, but have been living in Arizona for the past ten years. I'm a maintenance worker for an elementary school district. The smaller kids (grades K-3) call me Mr. Zach, except for when I have the beard, then I become Mr. Beard. Good luck, men, and may your mustache's come in better than mine..."

Nick Bollinger

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

"Nick's a pretty straight forward guy. He loves just about everything except country music. Anything from sushi to Lucky Charms, Pavarotti, Zeppelin or Imagine Dragons; cylon's, crampons and crayons. As far as income goes, Nick and his wife are working on starting a "mobile coffee shop"- that turns a double decker bus into a coffee truck that you can sit in. He's lived in OKC for 7 years, and plans on staying for a while." 

Michael Hendrick

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"My name is Michael Hendrick but I go by "Redbeard". I was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM until I left for college to live here in good ol' Oklahoma. I started thoroughly growing my beard in 2007 and I have never used a blade to shave my face. Looking forward to the growth and journey. "

Matt Raney

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Matt Raney is a local failing comic and host of The Public Access Open Mic at District House every Monday. He also draws a mean Ninja Turtle when need be. Dude Dusty I'm psyched to not shave for a while, do you have awards for neckbeards?"


Matt! That's a wonderful question! While we don't have a specific award for neckbeards, but I would consider any neckbeard-grower a winner!

Spencer Elliott

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

"My name is Spencer, I graduated college in May, currently looking for a professional job, so my beard might be getting some trims through out the 2 months but I'm all on board for it!"

Logan Bohrer

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

"Work for Tree and leaf clothing. Bike enthusiast. I eat too much Taco Bueno and I only cut myself 4 times shaving for this competition." 

Hugh Jazz aka Kolsen McLaughlin

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"My name is hugh jazz, I work at tree and leaf clothing. I am a student at UCO. I enjoy a nice bag of skittles (tropical flavor), and My favorite band is Justin timberlake. 1979 was a great year. Hit me up on myspace! Peace!"

Kevin Rhodes

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Kevin didn't send in a bio, but I'm sure I can get pretty close.... "Hi, I'm Kevin Rhodes! I co-own Plan-It Landscape & Gardening located in Piedmont. I'm a big Oklahoma State fan, love my kids and wife, and hang out in the Plaza every once and a while. This is my fourth year competing in the beard contest, so watch out, this could be my year!"

Kaemon Patterson

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

"My Name Kaemon Patterson, people typically call me Yung Babyshoe. I like Toyotas. Lacrosse is cool."

John Metcalf

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"And so it begins..." That was all ol' Metcalf sent in as a bio, so I'll make one up for him as well... "Howdy folks, my name is John Elizabeth Metcalf. I'm the "Printshop Manager" at Tree & Leaf Clothing. My favorite movie is Hot Rod. I love late '70s hair bands, Bethany Oklahoma, my lovely wife Kimberly, and a whiskey on the rocks during a hot Oklahoma summer day."

Jerry Bennett

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"I'm a comic book artist who's created work for Stan Lee, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Power Rangers. 

Facebook.com/TheJerryBennett

Instagram: ArtistJerryBennett

Twitter: comicbookjer"

JD Epperson

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

 "It's going to be a good one; I bought a photo censor app for my iPhone."

Dusty Gilpin

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Hi! I'm Dusty, co-owner of Tree & Leaf Clothing and host of Grow A Beard! While I participate with the contest, I'm inneligible to win. I love my wife Kristen, the Plaza District, printing, illustrating, painting, and working on my old van. My text isn't italicized!

'Men that don't know him, don't like him, and them that do sometimes don't know how to take him. He ain't wrong, he's just different.' - Willie Nelson

David Wyman

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"I work at a Christian Camp and with the young adults at my church. Lovin' the challenge. Grow a beard!"

David Rouse

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"I am a blacksmith and metal fabricator. I'm getting my own business up and running after 7 years working for someone else, it's time to do it for myself. I've been fabricating since 2005, I really enjoy making decorative artistic interior elements; such as light fixtures, wall hangings, fireplace doors, wine doors, etc. Thank you for putting on the contest and look forward to it!"

Caleb Arter

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Caleb entered the contest via his Instagram, so I'll write a bio for him as well: "Hey kids, I'm Caleb Arter, owner of Blue 7! I love the great state of Oklahoma, keepin' it local, and hanging out with my rowdy kids and pretty wife! One of my greatest interests is the wear and tear of raw denim! If you think you'd be interested in raw denim too, you should sign up for my 6 month denim challenge, Blue 7 Clean Start!"

Bryan Matthews

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"I teach and coach at Deer Creek High School. The boys often ask for advice from me. "Mr. Mathews, how do I grow a beard like yours"? My answer goes something like this, 'I can teach you about mantle plumes, plate tectonics, and and subduction zones. I can coach you in the 1-3-1 zone defense or analyze your running form. But somethings in life you just can't teach or coach. Unfortunately son, growing a beard is one of those things.'

'The beard is a masculine ornament, given to us by God not for any practical use, but for our dignity” – St. Augustine
 
Good luck to all my dignified bearded buddies this year."

Brian Pelts

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"A veteran of all three previous Grow-A-Beard competitions, Brian Pelts is a native Tulsan who moved to Norman five years ago. While a respectable office job pays the bills, he also dabbles in live sports production, having worked with OU, Torbeau Sports and the Tulsa Drillers. When not working one of a multitude of jobs or growing a perfectly average beard, Brian enjoys naps, eating and throwing shade at Scott Brooks. He wishes all of this year's competitors happy bearding, and is excited to lose to all of them yet again."

Avery Wilson

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

 "I'm a graphic designer and illustrator that just graduated from Full Sail! I'm excited to be back in Oklahoma for a while! Hit me up if you need any freelance work done! Wu-Tang is for the children!"

Andy Rine

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Andy was in the contest last year, but this year he just sent this photo without a description or anything....? Yo Andy, where yat??

Andy Boatman

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Well, this is my fourth year in the Grow a Beard Contest. One really does not need an excuse to grow a beard and it is painful to cleave off accumulated growth but it is such great fun. I teach middle school computers and have a glass blowing studio in OKC."

There are fewer contestants than last year, but I think this pack of hethens will make the competition that much greater! Good luck, gentlemen! Remember to send your photos in every Tuesday and use the #growabeardok hashtag in the meantime! Thanks for bearding!

Beard Off
08.28.14

 

This month we'll be featuring art by Jake Beeson (Tulsa, OK) & Chris Foxworth (Kansas City, KS). Letters & Lyricists will be an artistic tribute to hip-hop music and culture. We are really looking forward to this event and the work that Jake and Chris are creating. To see snippets and sneak peeks, follow them both on Instagram:
@JakeBson & @Designy_Sometimey

The show will be coinciding with LIVE on the Plaza, Sept. 12th from 7-11pm

Don't miss out on this show! Great art by Jake Beeson & Chris Foxworth, plus great music by vinyl DJs, DamnHaze!

Jake Beeson JakeBson Chris Foxworth Designy_Sometimey Plaza District Oklahoma City Hip Hop Art Tree And Leaf TML

08.14.14

The time of year is upon us when the sun starts casting longer shadows earlier in the evening. During this time of year, at 7am or 7pm, the temperature seems to be absolutely perfect. Every restaurant patio in the Plaza is buzzing with activity and front porch dwelling becomes a consistent night cap to each beautiful night. The inconsistent chaos of summer begins to settle as students return to school and we all begin to restablished our regular routines. As quickly as we anticipate summer, we begin anticipating fall. The time of year is upon us when we beckon the follicly extraordinary to compete in what is and what will be the Grow A Beard Competition!

Grow A Beard Oklahoma City Beard Growing Contest 2014 Plaza District Tree And Leaf Clothing

I can't believe this is our 4th year to host this competition! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this unusual event, let me provide you with the basic rules of engagement:

- SUBMIT A CLEAN SHAVE PHOTO: The latest you can submit your photo is 11:59pm (Monday, Sept. 1st). This is for the beard GROWING contest, you have to shave your already existing beard to compete. Send your photos pre cropped to 700x700. You will not be discredited if you do not have these capabilities, but it seriously helps us in uploading them faster. Email your photo to beard@treeandleafclothing.com. Along with your photo, send a brief bio telling us about who you are, what you do, and whatever other nonsense you want to include.

- SEND A PHOTO EVERY MONDAY: We will be posting a blog with updated photos every Tuesday for the duration of the competition. This means we need your photo every wednesday by midnight. Be creative, have fun, entertain the spectators, and feel free to talk a little smack.

- LAST: You have to last the entire 2 months to be eligible to win.

- OTHER RULES: You can only win one category. I (Dusty Gilpin) will participate but cannot win. Every participant that lasts the entire 2 months will recieve a parting gift. Winners of the main 4 categories will recieve some amazing gifts from local businesses. The final party, award ceremony, and on site judging will be held in The Plaza with location and time to be announce.

CATEGORIES: Fullest Beard, Best Mustache, People's Choice, Beard Fail. Contest will be decided by an internet poll. Barbers Choice and will be judged LIVE by a panel of judges including Carwin's Shave Shop head barber, Chuck Naifeh!

Biggest Beard: Exactly how it sounds. We're looking for the longest, bushiest, testosterone charged, unadulterated 2 month master grower of beardliness.

Best Mustache: This category is for the guys who can't quite get the full beard growing, but can still don some wicked lip hair. Also a good route for industry professionals who might have rules about facial hair.

People's Choice: This is a no holds bar competition. All is fair play. This category will also be decided by an online poll, so entertaining the audience with creative and ridiculous photos is encouraged.

Beard Fail: This category is to reward the men with real heart out there. They know they can't grow a beard, but they'll try anyway. A patchy, uneven, doesn't-quite-grow-in-some-spots beard is what we're looking for.

Barber's Choice: Barber's Choice is a category for the creative. Last year a "Monkey Tail" walked away with this prize. Starburns, Warrio Mustache, Fanz Joseph, Chin Curtian, etc... This category is all about style.

PRIZES: This is the best part. As you can see we only have 5 categories, so these prize packs are always great. Anyone that's attended the event in the past knows that we get the best local businesses to donate gifts to our winners. Gift certificates, high quality shaving supplies, clothing, art, food vouchers.... This is the only contest where you don't have to do anything to win.

We look forward to your participation! Get prepped up for 2 months of no-shaving, and get your trash talk ready for the competition!

I don't want to hear any hubbub about this being a chauvinistic or sexist contest. It is what it is, we love the ladies but for the judge's sake this contest is for GENTLEMEN ONLY.

For previous participants, we'll be making a few minor changes this year:

- Last year, we held the final event during a LIVE on the Plaza. While this was fun, it made it rather difficult to park, attend, and host. This year, the final 'Beard Party' will be on Tuesday, October 28th. Hosting the event on a weekday should allow for a less chaotic event and greater attendance.

- We'll be using #GrowABeardOK as the official hashtag for the event. Last year, we used a few different variations that weren't specific enough to find our participants' posts on social media. This should allow for more social interaction, trash talk, and beard camraderie.

- I think we lost a little bit of the sociable dynamic to the contest last year. In attempts to keep the contest personal, we ask that you submit a short bio along with your first picture. With a bio, we'll be able to highlight you as a contestant and it will help spark commentary throughout the entire contest.

 

That's it! If you know someone that might be a good contestant, share this page with them. The more the merrier! We're excited for another hilHAIRious contest!