A few things I learned while attending last Saturday's Metropolitan Pogonotrophy Society beard and mustache competition at The Rutledge:
• Dudes come from all over to compete in these contests. The overall winner was Nate, pictured below, who said he was a Nashville native but traveled all the way from L.A. for the competition. His chops were outstanding.
• Serious competitors come up with characters to go along with their facial hair. There was a Pai Mei, a satanic Elvis, several hillbillies and at least one extra from Dallas.
• The women's categories aren't throwaways — these ladies are serious. There were hot-pink beards, beards made from a tangle of guitar picks, and a few Cousin It replicas in the bunch.
A few more (extremely low-quality — sorry) photos after the jump.