You can't push the limits unless you know what the limits are.

Rules & Regulations


Starting at midnight on May 1st, 2006 until midnight May 31st, 2006 the celebration will be open to the public. All times are Pacific Standard Time.

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Participants may enter with a full on moustache. Clean shaving is not required.

Psuedonym is optional.

Levels of free time vary between each participate. Given this notion, no judgements will be placed on those that can only do the least amount of participating - i.e. upload a photo. Lack of submitting a new photo within a five day period will result in the removal of the users account.


Participations do not need to shave clean in order to begin this celebration. If one were to have 4 weeks of prior growth and decided to fashion this into a moustache for a month it would be completely as accepted as an individual that had no growth on the celebration start date. This is a celebration, not a contest.


Pushing the limits of the moustache definition will not be allowed and may possibly end a user up in the Hall of Shame. Beards and connecting goatees are not allowed. A little additional flair (chops, soul patch, chin growth) are all perfectly acceptable but the focus of growth must be the upper lip / moustache area. If the participant questions if their configuration meets this criteria, it probably does not. Having a moustache is an undeniable way of life.


By supplying a photo for upload and display during Moustache May 2006 the participant enters into an agreement stating the following:

  • The photo is, in fact, the participant
  • The photo has not been altered by digital means in regard to enhancing facial hair growth, shape, or density.
  • The photo may not contain added text, graphics, or clipart unless in participation with a themed day.

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Figure 49:
Photos must be taken "landscape" or in a 4x3 ratio. To crop an existing photo in Photoshop select the marquee and set the style to fixed aspect ratio (4w x 3h) in the properties bar.

Images supplied by the participant must be in JPEG format sized no smaller than 450 pixels in width cropped to a 4 x 3 aspect ratio (see Figure 49). Photos may not contain profane gestures, nudity, hateful imagery, or turkey sandwiches.

Only one image per day may be submitted to the celebration. Submission of more than one image per day will result in the previous submitted image to be overwritten and all comments and ratings for that image removed.

Notice: The Moustache May server operates on Pacific Standard Time. A 'new day' does not start until midnight on the United States West Coast. Please take note of this before submitting an image.


Failure to comply with these rules and regulations will result in the participants account to be sequestered into the Hall Of Shame. Participants placed within these shameful halls will no longer have access to their account and, thus, image upload will be forever suspended for them. Ridiculing members of the Hall Of Shame is the equivalent of beating a dead horse.


No one wins at a party. Everyone does. There will be a "Faster Moustache" award to a different participate for the duration of the contest but no physical prize or overall winner will be declared.


Have no doubt that this is as much a social experiment as it is a bonding of like minded individuals through an internet forum. Get out there and show your stache love.

Moustache Types

Dali - Narrow, long points bent or curved steeply upward; areas past the corner of the mouth must be shaved. Artificial styling aids permitted.

English - Narrow, beginning at the middle of the upper lip the whiskers are very long and pulled to the side, slightly curled; the ends are pointed slightly upward ; areas past the corner of the mouth must be shaved. Artificial styling aids permitted.

Fu Manchu - long, downward pointing ends, generally beyond the chin

Handlebar - bushy, with small upward pointing ends

Imperial - whiskers growing from both the upper lip and cheeks, curled upward (distinct from the royale, or impériale)

Moustachio or mustachio - large luxuriant moustache, with hair sometimes growing down the sides of the mouth. Also known as a Nosebeard.

Pencil- narrow, closely clipped, outlining the upper lip, with a wide shaven gap between the nose and moustache. Also known as a mouthbrow.

Toothbrush - thick, but shaved except for about an inch (2.5 cm) in the center; associated with Adolf Hitler and Charlie Chaplin.

Trash - thin trashy mustache most famously found on John Waters, Gary Neville and Ted Turner

Walrus - bushy, hanging down over the lips, often entirely covering the mouth

Ghengis - See Jim Renaud