What do handlebars, pencils, cops, walruses, and Salvador Dali all have in common? They’re all types of mustaches! Everyone’s favorite piece of manly facial adornment, the Mo, slang for Mustache, has taken over the month of November and Studio 3! We got in on the fun with some portrait photography, inviting over a dozen men and their Mo’s to our Seattle studio to get their mugs shot. From all ages and backgrounds, all lengths and styles of mustache, we captured the essence of what being a “Man with a Mustache” is all about.
Movember, as it is known, is international awareness month for prostate cancer. Men everywhere are encouraged to grow their own signature mustache for the month of November, raising awareness and money for world-class men’s health groups that combat prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health challenges, including Live Strong and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Beginning in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has since grown into an international campaign. Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, as we are called, raise funds by asking family and friends to donate in support of the mustached month. Mo Bros start the month with a clean shave and let their Mo’s grow all month, to the delight of themselves and those around them. Last year, the campaign raised over $255,000 worldwide! These funds are used to help support research projects, life support groups, as well as awareness and education efforts. Through their efforts and the organizations they support, Movember hopes “to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health”.
The official Movember website includes the history of the month-long celebration, as well as dozens of ways you can help support the cause, including some hilarious Movember-inspired merchandise, from t-shirts to mustache-shaped cuff links.