L.A. Beard and Mustache battle heads downtown this June
The sophomore outing of the Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Competition is moving over the hill from North Hollywood to the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, where it is slated to take place June 24.
The competition has also refined the categories of competition, and whiskered warriors may now compete in nine categories instead of five; the mustache division is now split between natural and styled 'staches, a category was added for groomed beards, the partial beard category is divided between goatees and sideburns/muttonchops, and the freestyle division now offers something for the ladies as well -- a "Whiskerina" category.
"Show what the good lord neglected to give you and show us what could have been," reads the women's category description at the competition's website. "Pick a theme for your beard or mustache -- creativity is key. Judges will look at craftsmanship creativity, and overall appearance when voting on the best Whiskerina competitors."
At last year's freshman outing in August, there were about 100 competitors and an estimated crowd of 300 attendees, and John Myatt, president of the host Los Angeles Beard & Mustache Club (who happened to take top honors in the "Full Beard Groomed" category at the 2011 National Beard and Moustache Championships back in October) told All The Rage he expects the upcoming facial-hair faceoff "to be 500% bigger this year."
The Second Annual Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Competition, June 24, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Belasco, 1050 South Hill Street, Los Angeles. Tickets are $15 (for spectators) and $25 (for competitors) and are available at www.labeardcomp.com.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photos: Scenes from the 2011 Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Championships in North Hollywood include an unidentified beardsman taking the stage (left) and mustache contestant Lucky Almader(far right) with wife Edith. Among the new categories added for 2012 is one for women called "Whiskerina. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times