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#GrowABeardOK Week 6

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6 weeks of bearding! Only two more weeks left of the competition! I'll be posting details soon about our official Beard Party, we've got a great new venue for the event. In the meantime, go ahead and mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 2nd.

The next two weeks pictures are crucial! Bring the smack talk and bring the creativity! Good luck, chumps!

ALEX MOORE

"My Stash game is strong gents."   Indeed! Nice work, Alex!

"My Stash game is strong gents."

Indeed! Nice work, Alex!

BRIAN PELTS

"Beard du jour."   Great bearding, Brian!! Top notch!

"Beard du jour."

Great bearding, Brian!! Top notch!

DANIEL BUTHION

"I like to enjoy my coffee with a beard."   Nice and neatly trimmed. No Kolsen this week I see?! Trouble in paradise?

"I like to enjoy my coffee with a beard."

Nice and neatly trimmed. No Kolsen this week I see?! Trouble in paradise?

JD EPPERSON

"All of Ivy's training is starting to pay off."   She is ruthless.

"All of Ivy's training is starting to pay off."

She is ruthless.

JONATHAN BAILEY

   Paging Doctor Bailey, paging Doctor Bailey!

 

Paging Doctor Bailey, paging Doctor Bailey!

JOSHUA BOMASTER

"This beard has gone in to hibernation... I'll blame it on the cold weather."   It's a cruel world. Hang in there!

"This beard has gone in to hibernation... I'll blame it on the cold weather."

It's a cruel world. Hang in there!

KEVIN RHODES

A cheerful beard! Nice bearding, Kev-O!

A cheerful beard! Nice bearding, Kev-O!

KOLSEN MCLAUGHLIN

"Getting a little better???"   It will get better. I hate seeing you and Daniel like this. :(

"Getting a little better???"

It will get better. I hate seeing you and Daniel like this. :(

NICK DAVIS

"Backyard fire and s'mores. My beard is so calico."   I see you still have the werewolf costume on.

"Backyard fire and s'mores. My beard is so calico."

I see you still have the werewolf costume on.

ROBERT MALMSTROM

"With the happy couple."   Congratulations, folks!!

"With the happy couple."

Congratulations, folks!!

MATT ASHURST

You've got the right idea - grow a beard!

You've got the right idea - grow a beard!

WALTER VALADERES

"Another day, another dollar."    Another beard to make the girls holler!

"Another day, another dollar."

Another beard to make the girls holler!

ZACH HATLESTAD

"At the stage where items are now getting stuck in The Beard..."   That's ridiculous! You've got me beat for sure.

"At the stage where items are now getting stuck in The Beard..."

That's ridiculous! You've got me beat for sure.

DUSTY GILPIN

Couple of Animals.

Couple of Animals.

#GrowABeardOK: Band of Beardless Brothers

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We've done it again, and I even through myself under this bus. After manicuring a beard for more than a few months, one might become attached to the fluffy scruff that has accompanied his face for a season of life. I'm very surprised with the number of contestants we have that previously had full beards take the clean shave plunge. Since so many were participating in this leap of faith, I decided that for solidarity, I would participate in the clean shave.

This is going to be a great competition. Enough of my ramblings, without further ado, I am please to introduce the participants of the 5th Annual Grow-A-Beard competition!

ALEX MOORE

R.I.P Facial Hair Sept. 15 - Oct. 4th "You Will Be Missed"

R.I.P Facial Hair Sept. 15 - Oct. 4th "You Will Be Missed"

BRIAN PELTS

"Let's do this."

"Let's do this."

ANIEL BUTHION

Welcome to the party, Dan!

Welcome to the party, Dan!

JD EPPERSON

JD just finished a 90 day beard challenge. Glad to have you on board again this year!

JD just finished a 90 day beard challenge. Glad to have you on board again this year!

JONATHAN BAILEY

"I am Jonathan Bailey and I am a husband and a dad. And I work. "

"I am Jonathan Bailey and I am a husband and a dad. And I work. "

JOSHUA BOWMASTER

"Back for round two... sat out to truly prepare for awhile... but I'm back to win People's Champ, Beard Fail, and the newly created yet nonexistent mustache fail categories! I'm a lucky husband to a beautiful wife and a blessed father to two gorgeous daughters!"

"Back for round two... sat out to truly prepare for awhile... but I'm back to win People's Champ, Beard Fail, and the newly created yet nonexistent mustache fail categories! I'm a lucky husband to a beautiful wife and a blessed father to two gorgeous daughters!"

KEVIN RHODES

Kevin is owner of Plan-It Landscape! He's been a longtime participant of the contest, and also a sponsor for the event. Thanks, Kev!

Kevin is owner of Plan-It Landscape! He's been a longtime participant of the contest, and also a sponsor for the event. Thanks, Kev!

KOLSEN MCLAUGHLIN aka 'HUGH JAZZ'

"Hugh Jazz, from the academy of fine farts returning this year with hopefully a better beard."

"Hugh Jazz, from the academy of fine farts returning this year with hopefully a better beard."

LLOYD STEVENSON

"My name is Lloyd Stephenson, I just turned 46! And I Llove Llife..I look for the Positive vibe in all situations. I Frequent Drink&Draw sessions @treeandleaf.. I run marathons , design TShirts , and I try to take advantage of the simple things in Llife. Because nobody makes it out Alive... So we might as well have fun!"

"My name is Lloyd Stephenson, I just turned 46! And I Llove Llife..I look for the Positive vibe in all situations. I Frequent Drink&Draw sessions @treeandleaf.. I run marathons , design TShirts , and I try to take advantage of the simple things in Llife. Because nobody makes it out Alive... So we might as well have fun!"

MATT ASHURST

"I’m pretty much everything you’d expect from a guy born in Oklahoma. I’m a father, husband, and jack of all trades. When I’m not working as a Software Technician during the day I’m either wood working or dreaming of the next big project. I enjoy great beer and company and I’ve been told I can make a great grilled cheese sandwich."

"I’m pretty much everything you’d expect from a guy born in Oklahoma. I’m a father, husband, and jack of all trades. When I’m not working as a Software Technician during the day I’m either wood working or dreaming of the next big project. I enjoy great beer and company and I’ve been told I can make a great grilled cheese sandwich."

NICK DAVIS

"Father of 3. I can't remember the last time I was clean shaven."  We're all hoping we won't be clean shaven for long!

"Father of 3. I can't remember the last time I was clean shaven."

We're all hoping we won't be clean shaven for long!

ROBERT MALMSTROM

"Hi, my name is Robert Malmstrom. Back in 2011 I competed in the first annual Grow-A-Beard competition as the young age of 19. Unfortunately the years following that i was unable to compete do to my employer not allowing me to grow my grizzly man hair out and then do to complete desire not to shave. Now it is 2015 and it is the 5th annual Grow-A-Beard and I have decided that after years of vigorous training and preparation it is time to make my return to the limelight. It has been several years since I have seen my chin and was honestly shocked to see it hasn't withered away do to lack of sun light. Included is a before picture so some people might be able to grasp just how drastic of a change it was for me to be completely clean shaven again after so many years and my official entry picture taken a few hours after the atrocity of shaving was committed. I wish all the competitors good luck and happy growing. "

"Hi, my name is Robert Malmstrom. Back in 2011 I competed in the first annual Grow-A-Beard competition as the young age of 19. Unfortunately the years following that i was unable to compete do to my employer not allowing me to grow my grizzly man hair out and then do to complete desire not to shave. Now it is 2015 and it is the 5th annual Grow-A-Beard and I have decided that after years of vigorous training and preparation it is time to make my return to the limelight. It has been several years since I have seen my chin and was honestly shocked to see it hasn't withered away do to lack of sun light. Included is a before picture so some people might be able to grasp just how drastic of a change it was for me to be completely clean shaven again after so many years and my official entry picture taken a few hours after the atrocity of shaving was committed. I wish all the competitors good luck and happy growing. "

WALTER "GEOVANNEY" VALLADARES

"My name is Walter, but I am better known as Geovanny. I originated from South California and decided to establish in Oklahoma City. It's been one crazy year so far. I am a wedding/ boudoir Hybrid Photographer. So, if you like to get a session going, give me a shout. I also work at Bedford's Camera as a full-time film tech. I spend hours in the lab developing and printing negatives. Besides that, I'm just an average Joe. I do spend a massive amount of time hiking, so there is that."

"My name is Walter, but I am better known as Geovanny. I originated from South California and decided to establish in Oklahoma City. It's been one crazy year so far. I am a wedding/ boudoir Hybrid Photographer. So, if you like to get a session going, give me a shout. I also work at Bedford's Camera as a full-time film tech. I spend hours in the lab developing and printing negatives. Besides that, I'm just an average Joe. I do spend a massive amount of time hiking, so there is that."

ZACH HATLESTAD

"I am excited to not have to shave again for the rest of the year! The beard will come in handy during the upcoming cold (hot), harsh (hot) Arizona winter (second summer). Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go! Sincerely, the out-of-state guy."

"I am excited to not have to shave again for the rest of the year! The beard will come in handy during the upcoming cold (hot), harsh (hot) Arizona winter (second summer). Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go! Sincerely, the out-of-state guy."

DUSTY GILPIN

Last and certainly least, yours truly. Let's beard, boys!

Last and certainly least, yours truly. Let's beard, boys!

Keep along with the competition by checking out the #GrowABeardOK hashtag on Twitter and Instagram. Feel free to talk trash and root for your favorites in the comment section!

#GrowABeardOK 2015

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It's that time again!! The morning temperatures start to have a crisp chill to them. The leaves slowly but surely begin departing from the trees they once occupied. The night creeps in earlier as our days grow shorter. During this time of year, at 7am or 7pm, the temperature seems to be absolutely perfect. Now is the perfect time to start the wonderful tradition known as: GROW-A-BEARD!

This will be the 5th year of our annual Grow A Beard competition! This follicular frenzy lasts 2 months and awards multiple contestants with a plethora of gifts from local businesses! The questions is: are YOU up for the challenge?

THE RULES:

- SUBMIT A CLEAN SHAVE PHOTO: The latest you can submit your photo is 11:59pm Sunday, Oct. 4th. You have to shave your already existing beard to compete (we have a category if you're too stubborn to shave). Send your photos 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 SUNDAY: We will be posting a blog with updated photos every Monday for the duration of the competition. This means we need your photo every Sunday by midnight. Be creative, have fun, entertain the spectators, and feel free to talk a little smack. Word of advice: The more memorable the photo, the better chance you have winning.

- THE BEARD PARTY: We couldn't have this awesome of a contest without an equally awesome celebration! Towards the end of the competition, we'll announce a date and location for an official awards ceremony. Beard party of the century.

- LASTLY: You have to last the entire 2 months to be eligible to win (*excluding the 'Elder Beard' Category).

CATEGORIES:

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.

The Old Timer: I've had many complaints about this contest requiring it's participants to shave, so we've got this category for all those who flaunt their beardage year round. During our final event, we'll judge this category in person! We want to see your old-timey, aged-to-perfection, beast of a beards. Chosen on site by a panel of judges.

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 much 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!