They are everywhere, not only on faces, but they have been spotted on stickers, jewelry, and even on clothes; no doubt mustaches have become a pop-culture phenomenon. We have appreciated them for centuries, although, why the sudden outburst of admiration for this humorous looking facial hair? With the increasing infatuation for mustaches, society will realize that they are a unique significance of personality and individuality in America. The origin of the mustache dates back to the B. C. s, but lets speed up a few years to the classy 19th century where the mustache makes its appearance.
Throughout this age, men sported the mustache to gain stature in the community; it provided a way to make the man appear desirable and wealthy. Though there are numerous forms of mustaches, the “handlebar” and the “toothbrush” were the most common to wear. The “handlebar” mustache appears just like its given name, it is shaped as an “M” and twirls at the ends, giving it a distinctive style for men. Then, there is the ever so popular “toothbrush” mustache Adolf Hitler donned during WWII.
Just like the “handlebar” it too appears like its given name. The mustache from afar looks like a small square on the man’s upper lip, giving it a very powerful, leader-like, appearance. Dictators wore mustaches to look powerful and mighty, wealthy men wore them to show status, regular men wore it because of the style. “Obviously with this kind of history to the mustache it grew in infamy and power – becoming a true symbol of decision making men, gun wielding men, and of course, the type of men that incite genocidal terror.
It took many years for the mustache to redeem itself from this elitist group and become an item of regular wear for the common, every day citizens of the world” (“History Of The Mustache: A Mustache Evolution”). No matter the man or mustache, it was truly a significant aspect of the man’s personality. Stature was the primary purpose of the 19th century in America and ultimately made them the classiest men in our age. Mustaches became unpopular after the 1940’s when other fads were introduced. Not only until a few years ago did we see the mustache slowly emerge from the darkness.
The young men of today have found that mustaches in all shapes and sizes should make a comeback; they are named, the Hipsters. They express themselves as unique, not being in a particular category, but one thing does truly define them, that is, their mustache. “While many people believe that hipster mustache styles originated as a way for members of the counter-culture to mock conventional ideals of fashion and style, some believe that this kind of mustache has a more straightforward appeal. Instead of being worn ironically, it is possible that in some contexts these mustaches are worn for purely aesthetic reasons” (Nelson).
With the artsy feel for the Hipster community, personality defines the mustache that they wear. Every mustache style has a definition; they have to find the one that fits their personality the best. One of my friends with a Hipster mustache expressed to me, “Mustaches are a symbol of masculinity. ” Many people have found his mustache to be enticing and unique and therefore, a perfect aspect to his personality. Shopping in a store, it is probable that an individual will find a logo of a mustache on an inanimate object.
Whether it is on stickers, jewelry, or even on clothes, the list will go on. The words, “I mustache you a question,” on t-shirts is one of the popular things people will buy now a days, but why buy things with mustaches on them? Simple, it is defined as “hilariously cool” in today’s generation. The fact that individuals of all kinds can buy and wear fake mustaches is what will increase the infatuation in society. Stickers are positioned on inanimate objects in stores to amuse shoppers in stores. Pictures of babies are showed on Facebook having a fake mustache on.
Shirts have been shown to say, “I mustache you a question,” to show creativity. Everyone has a specific reason as to why mustaches are so popular today, but for now, they will just hold a reminder to the future just how big of a phenomena it was. The sudden outburst in admiration of mustaches in our society has caused people to become happy and expressive. Men can show off their mustaches in a way that defines their personality. The increasing infatuations for mustaches are unique aspects of our culture today and the significance of personality and individuality in America.