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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
10.02.14

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
09.18.14

It's only been 2 weeks, and the gloves are coming off. The beards are growing at full speed, and the photos are here to prove it! Check out these beardly monstrosities!

 

Zach Hatlestad

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

"Whatever is to the right of me always seems to catch my attention...is that Rumble?? No, wait, I think it's just David Rouse's beard."

David Rouse's beard is like the sasquatch, elusive and extremely hairy.

Nick Bollinger

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

"This week, my beard and I went to a magical place- the state fair! We enjoyed lots of cultural experiences and some delicious delicacies! My beard enjoyed the crumbs very much!"

That's some pretty solid bearding. That's also some pretty solid photo bombing.

Michael Hendrick

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

 

"Beards are perfect for the changing from summer to fall"

That wonderfully poetic statement is the foundation of my daily living. You've brought a tear to my beard.

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

That dog has a model mustache.

Hugh Jazz aka Kolsen McLaughlin

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

I'm sure by week 4 that barren cheek will start to fill in. I remember my first beard...

Kevin Rhodes

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Holy Beard, Batman! You're gunning for a title belt this year, Kevin!

Kaemon Patterson aka YUNG BABYSHOE

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard 2014

Yung Gun Baby Shoe Foo Man Chu sent in a photo this week! Glad to see you're still in it! Keep up the great bearding!

John Metcalf

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

 

"This week I'm fully embracing the dad stache."

Misson accomplished, sir! You have a striking resemblance to one of my favorite comic illustrators, Bill Watterson.

Jerry Bennett

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"I like to let beauty speak for itself, so it explains why I have the desire to talk a lot here. Everyone's looking good! Fierce competition!"

A softer approach to smack talk. Intimidate your competition with kindness! Lookin' good, Jerry!

JD Epperson

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

 "Feeling more rugged already. #noshirtnoproblem"

My reaction to this submission can only be summed up in a photo:

Dusty Gilpin

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014


David Wyman

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"And on the fifteenth day there come riding in on a donkey, a beard of glory! It has begun!"

I'm no zoologist...but that's a camel, Davey. Natural sciences aside, GREAT BEARD, DUDE!

David Rouse

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Forgot about the update, heres a quick pic.

Laterz,

Dave"

You're doing a great job, Dave!

Laterz,

Dust

Caleb Arter

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

Caleb was worried about not being able to grow a beard. He kept telling me his wife wouldn't like it..... well, well, well, Mrs. Arter, you can thank the #GrowABeardOK contest for providing you with this ruggedly handsome chap!

Bryan Matthews

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Solomon is a tad upset this week. He's upset because he is really jealous of his dad's beard growth and his lack thereof. Hopefully next week he will set aside his jealousy and be happier."

That poor child! Here's a little bedtime limerick by Edward Lear you can read to him to cheer him up:

There was an Old Man with a beard,

Who said, "It is just as I feared!-

Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren.

 

Have all built their nests in my beard."

Brian Pelts

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Week 2: The Playoff Beard. Just like my (and apparently Zach's) beloved Texas League North Division Champion Tulsa Drillers, my beard will come from humble beginnings to achieve greatness this season."

Great sports analogy! My beard will be like the Thunder during the 2014-2015 season and crushingly dominate every apponent.

Avery Wilson

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"Not beard-y enough."

Avery! Just give it a little time. It's only been 2 weeks! You can't enter the contest for your first time and expect to be a Brian Pelts, Andy Boatman, or Kevin Rhodes right off the bat! This kind of thing takes seasoning!

Andy Boatman

Tree And Leaf Grow A Beard Oklahoma City 2014

"And so it grows. Not sure what the hardest part of growing the beard would be. Perhaps the wait or weight. "

This caption literally made me LOL! Andy, you're a real gem.


You guys are doing a great job! This time next week, you'll no longer have facial definition! Post pictures, have fun, be safe, and grow your beards!

Beard Off
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
09.03.14

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
11.05.12

We had an awesome finale for our Grow A Beard competition at The Mule. Beards and beers were aplenty and we awarded four fine gentlemen from the results of our online poll. Here are the official winners:

Fullest Beard: JP WIDENER

Best Mustache: JOHN METCALF (reigning champ)

People's Choice: JD EPPERSON (reigning champ)

Beard Fail: KYLE VINCENT (reigning champ)

Congratulations to our winners! Award baskets included gifts from Blue 7, Collected Thread, DNA Galleries, GRP*FLY, Deluxe, Carwin's Shave Shop, Keep It Local OK, Shop Good, The Plaza District, Plan-It Landscape and No Regrets Tattoo! Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors, and a HUGE THANK YOU to the wait staff and kitchen help at The Mule!

Along with the main awards, Carwin's Shave Shop sent their resident barber, Chuck Naifeh, to award the Barber's Choice. The award went to the most creatively sculpted beard which was the man with the 'Monkey Tail' - BRETT TAYLOR!

Our great friend Tyler Siems captured some great photos from the evening, and we are very thankful for his amazing talent and for bringing out all his gear to the event. Check some of the photos below and visit his website to see more. Thanks for making this another successful event!

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Bert Boan looking like a boss with his tabackey pipe.

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Last years Fullest Beard winner, Kenneth White.

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JD Epperson won People's Choice, but has a mighty fine mustache!

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Anthony Difabio rockin' a mighty fine redbeard.

Beard Off
11.01.12

It's all over folks! This was a great competition this year! A BIG THANK YOU to all our competitors, sponsors, and The Mule. Be sure to come out Saturday for our big shindig from 8-10pm! Check out the article that Ghost Advertising wrote about out contest here.

Some of our competitors have already decided to shave, BUT Carwin's Shave Shop asked if they could send out Chuck The Barber to award a special prize to the most CREATIVE facial hair at the beard party! This will be an open award to ANYONE that want's to be judged by Chuck, so get your mutton chops, donnegals, mustaches, and fu man choooooos all waxed up!

See you at THE MULE on Saturday, November 3rd from 8-10pm. Saturdays are busy at The Mule, so give a good name to bearded folks and BE POLITE AND TIP WELL.

 ----------> VOTE HERE <----------


Tree & Leaf Beard Competition 2012 Oklahoma City The Mule Screen Printed Poster

NOW, on to the beards!

Beard Off
10.25.12

Only one more week of growing left! Our competition is winding down and I'm starting to pick up prizes from our sponsors! We've been talking about all the great businesses that are donating to the winners this year and here are the last few:

Keep It Local is a great concept that encourages local residents to shop with local businesses. The cards are only $10 and acts as a running coupon with every business involved. Tree & Leaf offers 15% off your purchase if you have a KIL card! This year KIL will be donating a free 2013 Keep It Local card to each category winner! We're glad to be a part of this great concept, and excited to have them as a sponsor!

No Regrets Tattoo / Ashley Smith: Ashley Smith has basically become the offical tattoo artist of the T&L staff! Tanner, myself, and John all have work by Ashley and like the name of the business, we have 'No Regrets.' Ashley will be donating a $60 tattoo to the contest! Swing by their shop on 16th and Gatewood in The Plaza. All four artists on staff are highly reccommended by T&L.

Shop Good is a great retail spot on 9th & Broadway in between Iguana Grill and Sara Sara Cupcake. A margin of profit from everything in their store goes toward a philanthropy or cause. The owners (Justin & Audrey) are amazing people with big hearts and a brand new little baby. They are quiet and humble, and always generous and hospitable. Make sure to visit them when you're doing Holiday shopping this year. Their store is open late and has a huge inventory of apparel, fashion/home accessories, prints, and art.

At the end of our beard competition we host a beer drinkin party where we award our victors from each category. It's always a fun social time and this year will be hosted at THE MULE on Saturday, November 3rd from 8-10pm. Saturdays are busy at The Mule, so give a good name to bearded folks and be polite and tip extremely well.

AN ONLINE VOTE WILL BEGIN AFTER THE FINAL PHOTOS ARE COLLECTED NEXT WEEK.

Tree & Leaf Beard Competition 2012 Oklahoma City The Mule Screen Printed Poster 

Yesterday I did a 3 color poster print flier for the event and delivered them to most of the sponsors. Each contestant in the competition will receive a print for their scrapbook or refrigerator. I'm very pleased with the outcome and look forward to the event. Anyone is welcome to join us, but again, we just ask you be patient with the staff. Thanks again to The Mule for actually wanting to host the party this year!

Tree & Leaf Beard Competition 2012 Oklahoma City The Mule Screen Printed Poster

 

Tree & Leaf Beard Competition 2012 Oklahoma City The Mule Screen Printed Poster

NOW, on to the beards!

Beard Off
10.18.12

Today's blog marks the 6th week of beard growth. Only two weeks left in the competition and the contest is getting hairy! Like last week, I'll be writing about a few of our wonderful sponsors that help make this competition a success by donating prizes to the winning categories!

Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar is not your typical craft fair. Deluxe is an indie craft fair and community event where unique artists show and sell their work! If you're interested in finding some amazing local products, you need to check out this event. Put December 8th on your calendar and head out to the State Fair Centennial building from 11:00-8. Admission is FREE and there are all sorts of cool things to eat, see, and do!

Plan-It Landscape is owned by one of our contestants, Kevin Rhodes! Plan-It is a garden center and landscaping company located near Piedmont. If you're looking to upgrade your yard, this is the place to be. Kevin has become a great supporter of T&L in the last year and can regularly be found at Drink And Draw or LIVE on the Plaza with his wife and kids. Look no further for superior landscaping products and quality craftsmanship.

The Society is located right in the heart of the Plaza District and the formula for it's success is simply 'collaborate & progress'. There is always something cool happening at their space, and the art that comes out of the massive barn-like studio is stunning. Jerrod Smith & Phillip Danner share the space and constantly host cool art shows, video premiers, and concerts. They're always looking for passionate people to work with and always willing to build their community stronger. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and check their website for upcoming events.

Carwin's Shave Shop is so cool that I wrote a blog about it the first time I visited their store. The space is filled with men's grooming products and accessories. The store is located in Classen Curve and now has a barber chair for straight razor shaves! Along with providing shaving supply they also host a straight razor shaving class! Be a man (or buy your man some stuff) and head over to Carwin's for a great selection of manly stuff.

Fowler VW will not be donating a new car to you for growing a beard… BUT you'll get to rock a sweet Fowler VW anniversary shirt and some other cool goodies! Fowler VW does sell cool cars, but there is more to the dealership than meets the eye. Jonathan Fowler is one of the kindest and most philanthropic individuals I know. There are few big businesses that champion small business and art like Fowler VW. They have a long history of support with The Plaza District, The Spy FM, Mustache Bash, Norman Music Festival…etc. They take their cars seriously, but they put their heart in backing emerging artists, musicians, and community leaders. We couldn't be happier in having Fowler as friends with T&L.

Go spend your money with these people after you check out this weeks beards!

 

Beard Off
10.11.12

Now that the beards are well developed, the gloves come off and our competition starts really kicking into high creative gear! The competition for 'People's Champ' starts to get a little tougher as the guys try to outdo each other with creative photography. Before we move on to this weeks (ridiculous) photos, I want to give a brief shout out to a few of the prize donating sponsors!

Collected Thread is an amazing boutique located in the Plaza District. Owned by our great friend Lindsay Zodrow, this hand-made shop is a great destination for unique gifts. They always have a large selection of prints, hand wovens, books, and a bunch of cool stuff for the dudes. Make sure to pit stop by this Friday during LIVE and pay her a visit. Lindsay donated some really cool shirts to last years competition and this year she said she'll be hooking up our winners with a few special gifts as well!

DNA Galleries is right next door to Collected Thread, and a staple of the Plaza. Their space is always booming with really cool shirts, jewelry, accessories, and amazing art. Tomorrow during LIVE they will be hosting local artist Sean Vali who's work never ceases to impress. Amanda (owner) and Dylan Bradway will be doing a live collaborative art piece right in front of the space tomorrow night so be sure so check it out!

GRP FLY is Tree & Leaf's brother from another mother. Vernon Deas is an amazing dude that you have to meet. Always full of charisma and always grinning ear to ear, Vernon runs Oklahoma City's premier streetwear brand. GRP FLY is always sponsoring great local music acts and has it's roots deep in the heart of Oklahoma Hip Hop. Check out his site to see some of the potential tees he'll be donating to this years competition! Thanks Vern! STREEEEEEEEETS!

Blue Seven has everything. Everytime I walk into their store I just wander around and look at all the cool stuff they have. Very eclectic and design focused, Blue Seven has something for everyone. Blue Seven's own Jacob Peregrin is in the competition this year sporting quite the beard! Be sure to check out their site, and follow along with their 6 month raw denim experiment 'Clean Start' at #B7CleanStart.

The Plaza District is basically T&L's second home. We like to think that we're just a Plaza satelite business. We love visiting the Plaza because we share a like-mindedness and a bunch of customers with the Plaza businesses. Make sure to check out LIVE each 2nd Friday and visit all the new businesses popping up in the area. This year the Plaza has a cool new "BE L'OK'AL" shirt that they'll be donating as a prize. Thanks Plaza!

This is only 5 of the 15 businesses donating prizes to the competition this year!! We'll be posting more info about our wonderful sponsors in the last few posts of our competition! NOW on to the beards....

 

Beard Off
10.04.12

Half way through and there isn't the slightest bit of fatigue in our competition. The full beards are full, and the beard fails are as mangy as ever! Click below to see this weeks antics! Special thanks to Beards.org for giving us a shoutout on their blog and facbook page!

 

Beard Off
09.27.12

This competition is getting really ugly, and I mean that in every literal sense of the word. However, we have been getting tweets from the ladies wanting to meet these bearded gents (for some reason...?) We do want to remind our audience that our final beard award ceremony will be hosted at THE MULE (date TBA.) Everyone is welcome to join us for the festivites, and who knows, maybe Tree & Leaf will be a matchmaker (or homewrecker.)

Greg Gilpin (who isn't competing in this years competion) sent us this little gem from Yahoo's Mansome series featuring Jack Passion. Upon further research, I found that their is an entire documentary called Mansome (which can be found on Netflix) that I highly recommend. Enjoy the video and click the jump for this weeks beard pics!

Beard Off
09.20.12

Thanks again to Steven Wilson of beards.org for last weeks forward! Hopefully you checked out his site and all the cool happenings of Beard Team USA. Now our competition has passed the pubescent stage and is starting to show signs of serious bearding (most contestants...) We've got a lot of creative submissions this week, lots of dog photos, and as usual a lot of weird creepy pictures of weird creepy beards! Click the 'Read More' button below to check out week 2's set of beard photos!

Beard Off
09.13.12

Steven Wilson of Beards.org was kind enough to oblige us with a little pep talk and forward to this weeks beard photos. Special thanks to him for doing this, make sure to check out his blog and Beard Team America! Thanks Steven!

Beard Off
09.06.12

I think we've created a monster. This year we have 52 competitors for the 2012 Grow A Beard contest. I'm not even sure if I can upload 52 photos to the homepage of our blog. Oh well, guess we'll find out...

Enjoy the baby faces while they last. It's about to get real ugly in coming months. Here's our contestants in firstname alpabetical order.

ANDY BOATMAN

Andy is a great friend of T&L and a veteran beard grower. He's an artist and glassblower at Blue Sage Studios. Check it out!

Beard Off
09.04.12

With temperatures nearing 105° today I think it's about time we gave this summer a night cap. I'm sweating from typing, and that is not good at all. It's time to start acting like it's Fall outside, and the best way to do that is to grow a massive beard. Tomorrow marks the beginning of a 2 month bond, journey, and adventure we call a beard growing competition. Here's the details on what you need to do to be included in the fully follicaled festivities:

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