The American English “mustache” is taken from the French word “moustache,” and is derived from the 14th century Italian “moustacio.”
While it is possible cave men could have shaved with stone razors, the oldest known portrait showing a shaved man with a mustache is an ancient Iranian horseman from 300 BC.
For centuries, many cultures have been associated with mustaches. Mustache styles have developed from those cultures.
Who hasn’t heard of a Fu Manchu or a Handlebar?
Jimmy Buffett sings about his yearning for a pencil-thin mustache like Gomez Adams or John Waters. Hulk Hogan made the Horseshoe mustache popular.
Since “Magnum P.I.” went off the air in the ‘80s, it seems the mustache has lost some of its coolness.
A group of around 20 local men are doing their part to bring awesomeness back to the mustache through a fundraiser for Walker County’s only homeless shelter.
Rock the ‘Stache is currently underway in Walker County as a way to raise money for the Haven of Hope, a transitional living facility operated by the Walker County Coalition for the Homeless.
I’m honored to have been asked to take part in the fundraiser. In my attempt to be crowned “‘Stache King,” I’m growing facial hair until the end of November and selling Rock the ‘Stache T-shirts for $20 each with $15 from each sale going to the shelter. The goal for the entire project is to raise $15,000 for the shelter.
My shirts, which are grey with crimson lettering, are available at the Daily Mountain Eagle office. If I’m not in the office, Melanie Rickles, our newsroom secretary, will be happy to assist anyone wanting to purchase a shirt.
A special “Alive after Five” event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29, in downtown Jasper to conclude the Rock the ‘Stache fundraiser. All participants will be there to sport their mustaches. Several local entertainers will also be on hand to perform. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Walker County Courthouse.
Each participant was asked to come up for a catchy/funny name for their “team.” Any of my supporters will be members of “Brochepus Jones and the Funky Facial Hair Band.”
Other local guys participating in the event, the team name and the location of their shirts are:
•Abe Cannon, Team Black Beard, Carl Cannon Chevrolet
•Jeff Boshell, Team Paprika, Boshell Homes
•Nick Key, Sumiton Stache Co., Sumiton Police Department
•David Woodley, The Kountry Boys, Kountry Karpets-Sumiton
•Al Blanton, Chico Santana and the Flying Burritos, Amanda Darty Dentistry
•Tim Appling, Team T-Bone
•Reggie Watts, High Point Handlebars, High Point Furniture
•Willie Moore, Willie and the Moestaches, La Ti Da Salon
•Charles Stephens Jr., Roll Tide Roll TRS, Stephens Law Office
•Mark Sparks, Team Diamond Dash, Young Jewelers
•Andy Byars, The Stachelor, Byars Realty
•Joe Downs, Downs with the Stache, Downs & Associates
•T.J. Armstrong, The Pentecostal Playboys, Jasper Honda
•Jud Allen, Jackson, Fikes, Hood and Brakefield
•Walker Wilson, The Italian Stallions, Bank of Walker County.
•Philip Williams, Meek High School
•Jason Adkins, Walker County Board of Education
•Rusty Richardson, The Hairy Haberdashers, Bernard’s Store for Men.
Please help all us guys help others as we Rock the ‘Stache!
James Phillips is Editor of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-221-2840.