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Bearded & Tschorn: 'Twilight' star says 'Hello, Dali!'

May 12, 2009 |  3:20 pm

Rage_dali In the ongoing effort to help you learn the world of facial hair via celebrity examples, I'm overjoyed to present you with the mustachioed "Twilight" hunk du jourRobert Pattinson in "Little Ashes," a movie in which God's gift to the vampire franchise takes a stab at portraying he of the melting clocks and sliced eyeballs: Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali.

Aside from his art, Dali was known for his fantastically waxed and upturned mustache, a tonsorial legacy that lives on as long as any undead creature of the night could hope.

The World Beard and Moustache Guidelines dictate the the  "Dali" must be: "slender, with the tips curved upward. Only hairs on the upper lip may be grown out."

And here's my favorite part: "The styled Dali Moustache may not extend over the eye brows." Good to know.

The current two-time world champion in this category is the Berlin Beard Club's Max Pankow, who is expected to shoot for a hat trick in Anchorage on Memorial Day weekend. Beard Team USA's strongest chance may come via Jeff Wells, who waxed his way to glory with a world champion Dali in 2003.

From what I've learned to date about these competitive mustaches -- and the men who serve as their life support systems -- it's not just going to be enough to sport a wide-whiskered wingspan. Today's "'stache-thletes" need to bring swagger and panache -- and dress the part.
Since I haven't seen the movie, I can't vouch for his portrayal, and based on the press photos, the actor's presumably prosthetic upper lip adornment isn't in danger of winning anything but snickers. But check out that chalk stripe, peak lapel suit and jaunty necktie. Seems the costume designer's got the artist down pat.

Make that "down Pattinson."

-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: Robert Pattinson as Salvador Dali in "Little Ashes," which opened in limited U.S. release May 8. Credit: Regent Releasing

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