Saturday, May 22, 2010

What Could Have Been

These are the descriptions and their corresponding images for the different options available at China Prom.  I wanted the images creepy, sinister in their un-reality; Ingrid succeeded beyond what I could have hoped.

The Clean Cut

I know what you’re thinking: “Cop Out!”, but hear me out.  Maybe for me, normal is the new weird.  A good many of you have never actually seen me in person with a normal haircut, and some of you have only known me with a mustache (and for that I’m sorry).  Are you sick of being creeped out by my Fu Man Chu?  Now you can do something about it.  On behalf of my wife Marilyn, I’m giving you the chance to vote for a ‘normal’ hairstyle.

The Super Bowl
This cut was inspired by Lin Yu Chun, who gained Internet notoriety after belting out a stirring rendition of “I Will Always Love You” on a Taiwanese talent show.  There’s always been something powerful and moving about the symmetry of the classic bowl cut, but Lin Yu Chun has updated it with a modern swoop along the temple ending in an angular sideburn, boldly defying the gentle curves of the bowl.

The Friar Tuck

In homage to feudal piety, the Friar is in the same family of the bowl cut, only inverted;  more accurately, it’s a bowl within a bowl.  A small rice bowl and a razor is all it takes to prove my faithfulness.  In fact, I’m pretty positive that the good Friar uses the self-same bowl to form his shiny pate as he does to help himself to seconds at the Monastery shi tang.   I am not ashamed.

The Statue of Liberty

Back in the fall when I did a vote-off on our blog, the Statue of Liberty came in second place behind the Page Boy Bob.  It’s a daring tribute to Democracy and Lady Liberty, involving shaving off all but the bangs, which are then spiked into pointy sunbursts of Freedom.  By voting, you are waiving your right to sue, should I accidentally poke one of your eyes out.

Front to Back

How’s this for symmetry?  I found this online and thought to myself: “I’ve got the ‘stache for it, I’ve got the glasses, this cut was made for me.”  That might not be 100% accurate, but having a mirror image face on the back of my head promises to be entertaining.  The level of detail on this man’s head is minimal, but I’m confident that the right stylist could really work some magic.  You won’t be able to tell if I’m coming or going.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

For a Good Cause

  Some of our friends here have started an annual benefit event called China Prom, which is exactly what it sounds like.  For all of us Peter Pan style 20/30 somethings who are stuck in the past, we get to live out the nostalgia of yesteryear.  And raise some money for a good cause.

  The main cause this year was The Starfish Project, and since I totally believe in what they do, I decided to auction something off for the event.

  As you can see, I auctioned off a crazy hairstyle, which I have to wear around town for a week and a half.  Some other guy online in a green turtle-neck did this and I liked it so much that I made it a choice for the auction.  It was a pretty close race between what I like to call the Front to Back and Evan's personal suggestion from back in the fall: The Statue of Liberty.

  I asked Ingrid to help photoshop some samples of the different hairstyles, but I'll leave those to a different post.  For now, enjoy my double face.

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