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Beardwatching in Brooklyn

Skinny jeans. Grandpa sweaters. Lumberjack button-downs. Thick-framed specs. Fixed-gear bikes. Welcome to Brooklyn, land of the Fedora, where PBR flows like water, and facial hair holds dominion over every and any male visage. 

It’s undeniable that the beard, like tattoos, has taken the road that began at fringe subculture (or just “I’m-too-lazy-to-shave”) and arrived at mainstream hip. Today, from serious global organizations to step-by-step guides, the art of the beard is no easy feat. 

Enter Mckenzie Santiago and Alfredo Catedral, the duo behind Brooklyn Grooming, the borough’s premiere small-batch, hand-made, all-natural, organic, artisanal, very Brooklyn men’s (and women’s) grooming line. With a choice of three neighborhood scents — Williamsburg, Red Hook, and Fort Greene (as well as the all-natural scent, Commando) — facial hair aficionados will find everything from beard oil to mustache wax to gentleman’s facial serum.

What could be more manly?

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LONG LIVE THE KINGS by Clement Beauvais and Arthur de Kersauson

Portland Beards by Nathaniel Young

I asked Portland photographer Nathaniel Young a few questions about his recent project Portland Beards.

What inspired you to shoot Portland Beards?
I was shooting a good friend of mine Wesley, and as the shoot progressed we began making jokes about his style and what he was wearing and how “Portland” it was. If you have never been to Portland, OR it is very known for being a laid back town in which people are free to believe and do whatever they like no matter how reserved or eccentric it may be. Later after the shoot I was going over the photos and realized that I should do an entire project on the beards of Portland since beards are so prevalent here.

How long did it take to find and shoot all the bearded men?
I shot my friend Wesley the last week of February and then shot a few other guys the first week of March. The bulk of the shooting took place at a small local Barber Shop called The Modern Man. I contacted them sometime during the first week of March and told them what I was wanting to do and they wanted to make a whole event out of it. So I just set up right there in the shop and shot 40+ bearded men from 10am-6pm. All the bearded men received their choice of whiskey or beer. It was quite the experience.
Out of all your Portland Beard photos which is your favorite?
I think this one is my personal favorite. I like it because he has such and honest expression and because it is so Steve Zissou.
What is it about Portland that attracts bearded men?
As I said earlier Portland is very well known for being eccentric. Dramatic styles and trends are hip here and beards happens to be one of them. I know quite a few people who have come to Portland and prior to them moving here were dormant in the facial hair department, but then the next thing you know they’re sporting a face full of hair. It’s just how it goes I guess ha!
Other than beards what do you enjoy shooting?
I am currently building my portfolio to pursue a career in commercial and advertising photography. I enjoy shooting people. People are genuine and people convey genuine emotion. I enjoy doing my best at capturing emotion and reality.

You can also see more of his work via these websites:



The Mast Brothers

Chocolate and men with beards. Insane!