The Austin Facial Hair Club was founded sometime after 2007 with the goal of representing Austin, Texas, and the USA in the 2009 World Beard and Moustache competition in Anchorage, AK.

Since that time our beards and team have grown strong. Our team has made a proud showing at the 2010 BTUSA National competition in Bend, OR, where we continue to celebrate with Allen Demling, his 2nd place full beard win. We have also traveled abroad to the land of Trondheim, Norway for the 2011 World Beard and Moustache Championships, where Austin was the most represented city in the world. We will continue to raise awareness and funds so that we may send hairy Texans across the land in search of fame and glory for Texas.

The Austin Facial Hair Club is dedicated to promoting positive facial hair awareness and having a good time. The Austin Facial Hair Club is open to all men and women; hirsute, in pursuit, or just generally enthused by facial hair. Please check out our calendar of events and/or our facebook page for meetings and upcoming events.

Member Profiles

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Bryan Allan Nelson

  • President Co-Founder of the Austin Facial Hair Club, founded in 2007
  • 1st Place Red Fox 2009 Grizzly Beard Competition, Anchorage, Alaska
  • "Lifetime Beard Achievement Award" Austin TX 2010
  • 1st Place Full Beard over 1', 2012 East Coast Championships, Philadelphia
  • 1st Place Full Beard over 1', 2012 Holy City Beard and Moustache Competition, Charleston SC
  • 2nd Place Full Beard Natural US $5000 "Just for Men" Nationals 2011, Lancaster
  • 3rd Place Full Beard Natural US "Just for Men" Nationals 2012, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2nd Place Full Beard over 1', 2012 Gotham City beard and Moustache Competition, Brooklyn
  • 4th Place Full Beard Natural, 2012 German Nationals, Bad Schussenried
  • 2nd Place full Beard over 8" 2014 3rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Beard and Stache Championships, Richmond, VA
  • 1st Place Full Beard over 1', 2014 Holy City Beard and Moustache Competition, Charleston SC
  • Mens Best in Show 2014 Holy City Beard and Moustache Competition, Charleston SC
  • 2014 American Beardsman of the Year
  • Typewriter Enthusiast
  • Musician
  • Judge at over 20 Beard and Moustache Competitions around the Country
  • Starring cast member of IFC's "Whisker Wars"

Photo By: Dave Mead

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Alex LaRoche

  • Born in the late 70's in Eastern Tennessee
  • Moved to Austin in 2003
  • Works for a large computer and mobile device company
  • Homebrew, pickles, BBQ, electronic noise
  • Beard awards:
  • 2nd Place Gnarliest Beard - 2008 Misprint Beard and Moustache Competition
  • 1st Place Best Groomed - 2009 Misprint Beard and Moustache Competition
  • 4th Place Verdi - 2009 World Championship
  • 1st Place Freestyle - 2010 Misprint Beard and Moustache Competition
  • Semi Finalist Full Beard - SF 2010
  • 1st Place Freestyle Beard - 2011 Portland, OR
  • 2nd Place Freestyle Beard - 2012 Portland, OR
  • 2nd Place Freestyle Beard; Gotham Beard & Moustache Competition - 2011 New York
  • 3rd Place Freestyle Beard; Gotham Beard & Moustache Competition - 2012 New York
  • 1st Place Freestyle Beard; Lonestar Beard & Moustache Competition - 2012 Dallas, TX
  • Best In Show; Lonestar Beard & Moustache Competition - 2012 Dallas, TX
  • 2nd Place Full Beard Natural - 2013 Charlestown, SC

Photo By: Lee Niel Photography

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Taylor W (aka "Bad Taylor")

  • Born and raised in Hershey, PA.
  • Lived in Savannah, GA (SCAD), Florida, and a few other secret locations.
  • Industrial Designer living on the East side of ATX.
  • 1st Place "Sweetest Stache" / 2011 Misprint Beard & Moustache Competition / Austin, TX
  • 1st Place "Most Magnificent" & "Best in Show" / 2011 Jackalope Moustache Competition / Austin, TX
  • Competitor / 2011 World Beard & Moustache Competition / Trondheim, Norway
  • 1st Place "Moustache Over 12 Inches" / 2012 West Coast Beard & Moustache Championships / Portland, OR
  • 1st Place "Styled Moustache" / 2012 Lone Star Beards Moustache Competition / Denton, TX
  • 1st Place Overall / 2012 HandleBar 1st Annual Mustache Competition / Austin, TX
  • 3rd Place "Musketeer" / 2013 World Beard & Moustache Championships / Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany
  • 3rd Place "Full Beard Styled Moustache" / 2014 East Coast Beard & Moustache Championships / Philadelphia, PA
  • 1st Place "Full Beard Styled Moustache" / 2014 Alamo City Beard Con Facial Hair Competition / San Antonio, TX.
  • 1st Place "Full Beard Styled Moustache" / 2014 Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships / Charleston, SC
  • 2nd Place "Full Beard Styled Moustache" / 2014 British National Beard & Moustache Championships / Bath, England
  • 1st Place "Full Beard Styled Moustache" / 2014 Boulder Beard & Moustache Competition / Longmont, CO
  • 1st Place "Styled Moustache" / 2014 Mustachicuffs Competition / San Antonio, TX Judged a few different contests.

John Chapman

  • JCCHH Wellness Center founder, president, and client

Ben Whitney

  • Is the King of the Russ. He has competed in many categories, including Sweetest Stache, Garibaldi, and Ex-Con. Ben's facial hair is only outshone by his amazing mullet.

Photo By: Bradley Thomas

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Allen Demling

  • 2009 Gnarliest Beard Champion, Misprint Magazine’s Beard & Moustache Competition
  • 2010 2nd Place Full Beard, USA National Beard Competition

Miletus Callahan-Barlie

  • Born in 1977, where ????
  • Lived in Austin all of his life with the exception of a 7-year self exile to the state of Arkansas
  • Barista, Door Man, Cheese Maker, Semi- fine woodworker, are just a few of his trades.
  • Currently the Operations Manager of riverboats for Lake Austin Riverboats. enjoys kickball, gypsy movies, and Second Sunday Sock Hop.
  • Has competed in all four Misprint Beard and Muostache Comptetions.
  • Third place in 2008 (disputed)
  • Competed in National Beard and Moustache contest 2010.

Photo By: Jodie Holland

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Mike (aka "Ulv")

  • I'm sweet but can be nasty when crossed
  • 1st Place Fiercest Chops / 2008, 2010 Misprint Beard and Mustache Contest / Austin,TX
  • 7th Place Partial Beard / German Nationals 

Nick LaRoche

  • Nick LaRoche is a man of many trades. Besides being an accomplished beardsman (he has competed in or attended every Misprint Beard and Moustache Competition to date) he is also a home brewer, photographer, graphical designer (he has designed many AFHC pieces of art, as well as art for Allen Demling's City Council CamPAIN), amatuer ax thrower, lover and wii enthusiast.

Photo By: Bradley Thomas

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Myk O'Connor

  • I like BEER

Photo By: Joshua Branstetter

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Samuel Byus

  • "I don't know, I'll figure something out for my bio later."
  • Arm Wrestling Champion - 2013 Austin, TX

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Jeff Raye

  • Lifelong Austinite, 5 kids and married to my best friend (and Beard coach)
  • 3rd Place Goatee / 2013 Come and Shave it 7 / Austin, TX
  • 3rd Place Goatee / 2014 Come and Shave it 8 / Austin, TX
  • 2nd Place Groomed / 2014 Come and Shave it 8 / Austin, TX
  • 2nd Place Goatee / 2014 "Beardacon" / San Antonio, TX
  • Goatee Finalist / Richmond, VA
  • 2nd Place Goatee / Charleston, SC
  • Most Wanted Cuddle Buddy / 2014 North Texas Beard & Moustache Competition / Ft. Worth, TX
  • 2nd Place Longest Beard / 2014 North Texas Beard & Moustache Competition / Ft. Worth, TX
  • Best Goatee / 2014 North Texas Beard & Moustache Competition / Ft. Worth, TX

Photo By: Bradley Thomas

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Mac (AKA "Mactastic", AKA "Mactacular", AKA "Mactasticles", AKA "Austin Zangief", AKA "Zangief", AKA "The Gief")

  • From the halls of moustachezuma to the hall of beardoli...
  • Member of the AFHC (on probation since the incident of 2012)
  • Nerd, Gamer, Beardsmith, Biker, Bouncer, Brewery owner, Recipient of the order of the breezy ride, Naked hot tubber of the 1st order, and naked pool partier of the 2nd, order Defender of the Combo Kick of San Diego
  • 4 year member of the USMC Professional drinking team
  • 6th Place / World Beard and Moustache Championships / Germany
  • 2nd Place / 2011 5th annual Misprint Beard and Moustache Competition / Austin, TX
  • 2nd Place / 2012 Lonestar Bear & Moustache Competition / Dallas, Tx
  • 1st Place Full Beard / 2014 / Dallas, Tx
  • 1st Place Goatee / 2013 Dallas Facial Hair Club / Dallas, TX
  • 1st Place Goatee / East Coast Beard and Moustache Championship / Philadelphia, PA
  • 1st Place Goatee / 2013 Alamo Beard Competition / San Antonio, TX
  • Two Time, 1st Place Goatee / 2012, 2013 Great Lakes Regional / Michigan
  • 1st place (and still champion) / 2011 Hairy Man Championship / Round Rock, TX
  • Crowd Favorite/Most Popular Austin Comic Con, 2012, Austin, TX

Photo By: Adi Anand

Dave Quinlan

  • I grew this beard myself
  • "That's just like, your opinion, man."
  • 3rd place Freestyle Beard / 2013 Jersey Devil Beard and Mustache Competition/ New Jersey
  • 1st place Freestyle Beard / 2014 Garden State Society Beard & 'Stache Competition / Asbury Park, New Jersey
  • 1st place Freestyle Beard/ 2014 East Coast Beard and Mustache Championships/ Philadelphia, PA
  • 3rd place Freestyle Beard/ 2014 Battle on the Bayou Beard and Mustache Competition/ Houston, TX

Photo By: Bradley Thomas

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Patrick Langley

  • Moved to Austin in 2010 from Portlandia
  • Keeping it Weird, Beard, and Beered
  • INTJ, MBA, Father, Freelance Artist, Foodie, Sith Lord, Zombie Killer, That Asian Dude at the Facial Hair Competition

Photo By: Back Bay Photography

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Guido Cappello

  • Born in New York have been competing in facial hair competitions for going on two years. I have competed in 20 comps this year alone. Became member of the AFHC OCTOBER 23 2014.
  • 3rd Place Best Full Beard / 2014 Battle Of The Beards / Astoria, NY 4/8/14
  • 2nd Place Groomed Beard / 2014 Oak City Beard and Mustache Competition / NC
  • Distance Award / 2014 Oak City Beard and Mustache Competition / North Carolina
  • 1st Place Groomed Beard / 2014 RMBC First Annual Beard and Mustache Competition / Roanoke VA 5/17/14
  • 1st Place Full Beard Styled Mustache / 2014 Love For The Beard Competition / Fredrickburg, VA
  • 2nd Place Groomed Beard / Big Whisker Revival / Cincinnati, OH
  • 1st Groomed Beard / Second Annual Beardtoberfeast Beard and Mustache Competition / Fayetteville, NC
  • 2nd Place Full Beard Styled Mustache / 2014 / Boulder City, CO
  • 1st Place Full Beard Styled Mustache / 2014 Hampton Roads Beard and Stache Society Annual Beard and Mustache Competition / Virginia Beach
  • 1st Place Best Styled Stache / 2014 Coney Island 7th Annual Beard and Mustache Competition
  • 2nd Full Beard Styled Stache / 2014 Beard and Mustache Championship of The Universe / Atlantic City, NJ

Jackie Lynn Ellison

  • Born in Wilmington, Delaware. Developed in Texas.
  • Dude, artist, puzzler, conversationalist, and sensationalist.
  • 2nd Place Styled Moustache over 6" / 2012 Inaugural Lone Star Beard and Moustache / Dallas, TX
  • 1st Place Styled Moustache & Best in Show / 2012 Battle of the Beards / San Antonio, TX
  • 3rd Place Imperial Moustache / 2012 National Beard & Moustache Championship / Las Vegas, NV
  • 1st Place Styled Moustache / 2013 Beard Royale / San Antonio, TX
  • 2nd Place Styled Moustache / 2013 Come and Shave It 7 / Austin, TX
  • 1st Place Styled Moustache / 2013 Beardfest 2 / Dallas, TX
  • 1st Place Imperial Moustache / 2013 National Beard & Moustache Championship / New Orleans, LA
  • 4th Place Imperial Moustache / 2013 World Beard & Moustache Championships / Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany
  • 1st Place Handlebar Moustache / 2013 Handlebarmoustachelife.com Online Handlebar Moustache Contest
  • 1st Place Moustache / 2013 Cypress Saloon Live Beard & Moustache Championship / Cypress, TX
  • 1st Place Moustache / 2013 Movember Beard & Moustache Competition / Houston, TX
  • 1st Place Moustache Finest Gatter Soaker & Crowd Favorite / 2013 Albert's Whimsical Whisker Review - 40th Annual Dickens on the Strand / Galveston, TX
  • 3rd Place Styled Moustache / 2014 Come and Shave it 8 / Austin, TX
  • 1st Place Styled Moustache / 2014 East Coast Beard & Moustache Championships / Philadelphia, PA
  • 1st Place Styled Moustache / Beard Con 2014 / San Antonio, TX
  • 1st Place Natural Moustache & Best in Show / 2014 Beardfest 3 / Dallas, TX
  • 1st Place Natural Moustache / 2014 5th Annual Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships / Charleston, SC
  • 1st Place Natural Moustache / 2014 Battle on the Bayou Beard & Moustache Competition / Houston, TX
  • 1st Place Handlebar Moustache / 2014 British Beard & Moustache Championships / Bath, England
  • 1st Place Natural Moustache / 2014 2nd Annual Boulder Beard & Moustache Competition / Boulder, CO

Dylan Powell

  • Born in Danbury, CT
  • Moved to Austin in 2011
  • Codename status: Pending
  • Craft beer enthusiast
  • Likes: Long walks to the comic book store
  • Dislikes: Spiders

JT Elgi

  • Military Brat
  • Beard Enthusiast
  • Craft Beer Connoisseur
  • Owner of Craft Pride Austin, TX

Photo By: Ashley Tullis

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John Tullis

  • Born and raised Texan
  • Art Director and Designer
  • Rad dad
  • Future World Champion

Eric Hayes Patkowski

  • Serial non-competitor/bar stool warmer
  • Born in Texas in 1971, raised in Oklahoma, triumphant return to Texas in the 2nd grade, moved to Austin in December of 1994 after double-majoring in Political Science and History at UT-Pan American in the Rio Grande Valley
  • Leftist/craft beer aficionado with dodgy grooming habits and an itchy trigger finger
  • Feeder of squirrels, birds, feral cats and raccoons, and caretaker of Ernesto the Cat

Jason Van Leuven

  • Austin, TX
  • Am beard growin
  • Beer drinking
  • BBQ eating sumbitch

Ladies of AFHC

Sabrina Vela

  • Living the dream in Austin since 1996. The original slacker. I have small hands, but big dreams. I can sometimes predict the future.
  • 1st place in Southern Belle Moustache / 2012 3rd Annual Southeastern Beard and Moustache / South Carolina
  • 1st place in Southern Belle Realistic / 2014 5th Annual Southeastern Beard and Moustache / South Carolina
  • Best in Show Females / 2014 5th annual Southeastern Beard and Moustache / South Carolina
  • 3rd place in Ladies Moustache / 2012 Lonestar Beard League Beard and Moustache Competition / Dallas, TX

Jessica Ives

  • 1st Place Realistic Moustache / 2014 Battle on the Bayou Beard & Mustache Competition / Houston, TX
  • Best In Show / 2014 Battle on the Bayou Beard & Mustache Competition / Houston, TX
  • 3rd Place Moustache / 2014 Handlebar Moustache Competition / Austin, TX

Siobhan Fitzpatrick

  • Mullet tamer
  • Black pepper, knives, steak, snowboard and facial hair enthusiast.
  • Graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Political Science in 2004
  • 2nd Place Realistic Moustache / 2011 Stumptown Beard & Moustache Competition / Portland, OR

Taylor Sullivan (aka "Good Taylor")

  • Born in Ankeny, Iowa
  • Moved to Austin in 2011
  • Owner of Bitchin Stitchin

Karolina O'Connor

  • Super awesome beard coach, graphic designer, doodler, photographer, world traveler, graffiti enthusiast, and queen of polish sausage
  • Born in Poland, lived in Brooklyn, moved to Austin