Shadow of a Mustache Legacy
He doesn't particularly want one and his girlfriend certainly doesn't want him to grow one, but my friend Grant's face wants to grow a mustache. This photo is proof.
No matter how many times he shaves, within an hour or so, the premonitory shadow starts to darken on his upper lip.
Grant's father, like many fathers to my generation, presided over the family with a powerful mustache. With these two facts in mind, Grant often laments that he "lives in the shadow of a mustache legacy." I like his turn of phrase. When we were at the Islands show this past weekend, I spun on him and captured this fleeting image of his true self trying to get out.
I have a fascination with mustaches. This is probably because my father has had one for as long as I can remember. They seem to want to come back into style. On TV, everyone from Borat to Earl has powerful staches. I think the lead singer of the Killers has one now too.
Lots of people I've spoken to seem to think there's no way the mustache will ever fully come back into fashion but I don't think there's something inherently aesthetically unappealing to the crumb smuggler. Sure Hitler and Stalin had one, but so did Magnum P.I. so they can't be all bad.
I have a goatee, but don't ask me to shave the bottom part of it. Makes me look too much like a dad.