This Creative + Colorful Beard Duo Should Be Every Man’s Style Inspo
Johnathan Dahl and Brian Delaurenti (the one with the white streak), together known as The Gay Beards, are 25-year-old Portland-based BFFs that document their most creative outlet: their beards. Since they both are in creative fields — Johnathan’s a musician + Brian’s an artist — it really comes as no surprise that they’re showcasing their talents with such a unique medium through their Instagram account, which features beards accessorized with everything from flowers, glitter, flags, feathers, paint, vegetables and so much more to sharing beard care routines, tips + tricks and even comedy sketch videos on their YouTube channel. Clearly these guys can never get enough of their beards (and neither can we, TBH).
While you would think something like beard art would be something you would blatantly set out to do, the bearded boys told Groomed Man that it started out a little differently. “One day in July of 2014 we were sitting on the couch, feeling anxiously creative, and we thought, why not go take a picture of our beards? We went off exploring, took a couple photos for our newly created Instagram and the rest truly was history. You could say it just felt right.” We know we’re glad they stumbled upon something that just felt right, because the facial art not only provides us major inspo to send to our man, but it also gives us ideas for the tops of our heads. Seriously, why not throw some veggies, butterflies and straws into our locks?!
Just like with any artist, you love all your work, but there are definitely certain pieces or supplies that you love working with or looking at more than others. The Gay Beards shared with Mic: “Flower beards usually take the cake for being our favorite style of beard to put together, but even having to deal with the mess, glitter beards are always our favorite reason to have a good chuckle.” We’d pick those two as our faves too, boys. Thanks for all the creative facial work + never shave those beards off! Ever!
Do you think your man could rock a colorfully decorated beard? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!