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  • May 31 @ 7:07am
Wow, can't believe this is it!

…and can't believe I survived this month!

It would be so easy to cry, but instead I'm choosing to look up and just be thankful. I really do love all you moustachio-d and whiskerino-d people. Y'all make life fun and interesting. Thank you especially Mackle (and derble too!).


So, today's shot comes from one of Mrs. Mooka 's favorite movies, Amelie. And thus, this post is in honor of her and her many and inspiring talents.

First off, she's a home-school mom of three (which is a full time job and then some all by itself) and has for the past four years or so faithfully kept a photo-a-day blog as a talented hobbyist. Several months ago, to fulfill a life-long goal, that was postponed a bit (by life in general, marriage, children, etc.) she has gone back to school online to finish her degree in photography.

This month we have been learning together how to make the camera work for us, how to play with light, how to problem-solve as a couple (thanks for the inspiration HungarianCouple), how to kiss and make up, how to sit and study the genius found in so many films, how to appreciate art in the everyday (or in this case interject it IN to everyday life), how to laugh at ourselves (well mostly at me) and how to love traveling on this wonderful and swift-moving journey of life …together.

While she prefers to stay behind the scenes, I am happy to have her on board for the final shot. Thank you lovie! This month would have been impossible without you.


Well, we're off you guys, and I hope and pray that our paths will cross again soon.

Upward and Onward!!!



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Comments

Binkleberry says:
This is absolutely perfect. Of course so is everything else you've ever done. I am not surprised. I have come to expect greatness when I hear the name mooka.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:11am -
Hodges says:
I just would like to say you have definitely OWNED MM this year. Your pics were a daily pleasure and you amazingly kept your theme to even fit the daily themes. Pure genius! You will be missed and I hate it that you couldn't join us for bash.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:12am -
brokenchopstick says:
What can be said that won't be said a million times, squire? I can safely say, you've blown us all away with your film homages this month. This is a man at the top of his game!

All the best to you and yours!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:13am -
jnonfiction says:
You've brought the secret ingredient this year: love. It changes all things. Thank you for that.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:14am -
The Straub says:
Oh man! I hope that one day we can shake hands. It's been an amazing month and you brought it every single day. I am so glad that we get to meet the misses. Taking pictures together is a test in and of itself for certain. Also ... Amelie is amazing and one of my favorites. Also also, Hopefully one day we can hang out
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:14am -
theAwesomebot says:
I really think you could have won every day this month. But, I think in the spirit of fairness, Mackle made sure this didn't happen. Thanks to Mackle for giving others a chance.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:17am -
Eric says:
You broke the internet several times over with your film homages. Now I've got another reason to get down to Texas. You and your family be well. I'll see you around the internet.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:17am -
Robfrenzy says:
You sir have had some amazing shots this go around. Thank you for that and I wish you all the best!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:18am -
Aliciarosie says:
this was beautiful.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:20am -
teenagerobot says:
it's been an incredible month following your antics. thanks to you both!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:33am -
andy says:
I have really enjoyed your photos this year. Thanks so much for bringing it every single day and for inspiring us all.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:34am -
revgoomba says:
You have been awesome. Thanks. No... THANKS! Your photos were mind-blowing. From a movie-buff, thanks.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:36am -
miss_tache says:
couple things, mooka.
1. y'all are adorable.
2. i want to be real life friends with you.
3. thanks for all the feedback on my amatuer photos.
4. sorry i thought you lived in Scotland.

okay, that was several things. but they're all true. you're totally rad. i hope we find a way to stay in the loop.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:53am -
miguelito says:
your commitment this year is unparalleled. you brought it on the regular, when others like me were phoning it in. that is to be commended.

i'm pretty sure AliciaRosie will love this shot.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:54am -
ThatGuy says:
I don't think it would be out of line to say that you ended this adventure with the most consistantly beautiful month of photos ever. Your theme was no easy task, you did more than manage it, or simply complete it. You completely dominated your goal and we are all blessed to have been able to witness that greatness. It was truly a pleasure. Thanks for your genius. Til we meet again...
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:54am -
Aliciarosie says:
oh i do love this migs, so much. So much so that I am commenting again about how much I love this.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:57am -
MrsCurlyMcGee says:
sniff...i wish i would say i was as helpful as your love...but alas, i was grumpy and unwilling to cooperate at times (especially at 1am and onward). i enjoyed the work you two put into this month. it was superb.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:11am -
Senator Johnson says:
Your shots this month definitely helped to numb the pain of this being the final go. I would wake up every morning in anticipation of what you would surprise us with. Thanks, to you and the whole Mooka family, for sharing your talents with us.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:11am -
jbarr says:
you killed it all month. it's a pretty impressive calendar you put together. let me know when you come to fort worth, i'm easily reached on the facebook.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:19am -
Pip says:
Yours has been the best series of the month, and your ability to stay in theme while taking truly awesome photos every day (seriously, you killed it on a daily basis) was really fun to watch.

All the best in whatever's next. I hope we get some time together again; I've really enjoyed it.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:21am -
ElDuQue says:
@Mooka your dedication to MM and commitment to excellence in your photos are second to none. The days I was worn out and didn't think I could cram a photo in for the day I was brought to inspiration (and thus action) by your photos. Thanks for all of those things. 'til we 'stache again!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:22am -
The Hammer says:
I was so sad to see your last photo. I feel like I'm your friend. Wish I would have known about mm in the past... I'm a huge fan of yours thanks for all your inspring and great photographs.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:39am -
derble says:
I'll say it for the 15th time. You won MM this year. Thanks for infusing this year with amazing creativity. You're a great dude. Let's keep in touch.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:43am -
Mackle says:
While I think just about everyone here brought some serious game to Moustache May, I can't disagree with derble.. you killed it. You slayed. You demolished. Every single image in your archive is worth poring over. THAT is quite an accomplishment.

Please keep being creative and pushing yourself in these endeavors. You're way too good to slow down now.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:54am -
Capn J says:
All of that and more good sir. I have immensely enjoyed your movie theme all month. Thanks for helping make my May great!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:07am -
Vanbert says:
this year was yours and i bow to you. amazing amazing amazing stuff. i've never looked forward to someones post more then you. best of luck with all your endeavors, and dont stop playing a different movie role everyday.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:18am -
lactarded says:
i hope your ears were burning this weekend because we were definitely talking about your awesomeness. best of luck to you and Mrs. Mooka in all of your future photographic endeavours.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:31am -
Kippercat says:
I have loved the whole series of your's and mrs mooka's photos- really great shots and many of my favourite films magnificently honoured. Huge congratulations to both of you
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:44am -
wondermade says:
You've killed. There may not be enough movies to keep it going, and I know the time drain has been intense. But I'd follow along and advocate to others the same if you made this into a year-long venture. You've been doing incredible work and I appreciate the consistent quality.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:46am -
Western Dave says:
ride on dude. ride. on.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 11:00am -
Jason says:
You are inspiring. Thank you for the fun, thank you for the awe, thank you for the community. Be well.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 11:13am -
Dannz says:
You did make the MM for me what it really is, with all your dedication everyday to give us cinematic photos. And all your sympathy did make it even greater. Thanks Mooka, you rule !
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:02pm -
Vanbert says:
ps. is this a still from the new movie Larry Crowne?
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:34pm -
etcvisitor says:
wow, its like a beautiful ending to a truly interesting and sometimes scary hell ride of a cinematic mustachiod adventure!!!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:45pm -
Zea says:
I really admire your work. You have been a consistent marvel. *standing O*
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:59pm -
jmathias says:
Marcus! Our wives have a lot in common! Wow! She homeschools 3, loves photography, takes my pictures, wants to go back to school for photography. Amazing!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 1:23pm -
malphrus says:
your May has been amazing.

hope to be able to keep tabs and stay in touch in the future.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 1:42pm -
aaron b says:
This is my favorite, though it's very difficult to pick just one. I enjoyed your moustache this month. See you around the internet. If I'm ever deep in the heart of Texas I'll look you up.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 2:06pm -
kimmie says:
You ended on a high note...with one of my favorite movies.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 2:51pm -
EddieFonza5450 says:
Well behind every good moustache is a good woman to support you and they crazy stuff we do. When we lived in South Carolina we always wanted to visit Texas but I was down there to work. Now that I have changed careers we have time to travel.
Cheers my good man!!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 2:52pm -
mrs. hungarian says:
Please keep in touch. We love you all so much.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 2:59pm -
¡VivaBigote! says:
Amazing month, seriously. I hope you both are able to fulfill any and all creative endeavors in the future.

PS - Amelie is definitely in my top 5 favorite movies of all time
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 3:03pm -
keeperofthefort says:
Mooka. You knocked it out of the park this year. Continually astounded by your dedication to this theme and excellence throughout. Inspirational. And in regards to your question, I work with an international missions agency headquartered in Orlando, and I help run conferences to train Christian missionaries around the world or going around the world. It means a lot of travel, but it's fairy rewarding work despite it's difficulties. This summer I am in Paris on a summer assignment. Best of luck to you!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 3:04pm -
silentbobuk says:
What an inspiration you have been this month. incoming FB request, I shall keep a keen eye on the flickr too.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 3:15pm -
Shatrick says:
No, thank you Mooka. Your pictures have been a joy to follow. I expect for you all to continually explore your creativity. Keep up the good work and tell your wife that she is an excellent photographer. I too have a great passion for photography and if either of you ever have a question about anything photo related, I would love to give you my two cents. pcsheeha at comcast dot net.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 3:20pm -
Dschonn says:
Seems like every year, there's one guy who kind of defines the month. And this year, it was you. I was impressed every day not only with the faithfulness of your recreations but with the variety and quality of the movies you chose. I can tell that we could be friends. Be well.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 4:09pm -
MoustacheofDeath says:
@mooka, mooka, mooka...too many great shots to chose just one (well, maybe Death!). Incredible commitment, amazing creativity, technically brilliant, you've got all your ducks lined up in a row. Great to have 'met' you, hope one day we can do it in person.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 4:15pm -
PA Jakey says:
Hooray! Thanks for the inspiration, Mooka.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 4:23pm -
Brian says:
Love this movie and love your photos. I have been floored time and time again watching the ingenuity that went into your photos. Please keep in touch with me somehow so I can follow your future projects. Take care.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 4:36pm -
Slor says:
Your shots were unbelievable this year, although your 2001 photo completely blew my mind. Keep creating.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 5:30pm -
Mcburney says:
I couldn't bring it like you did consistently.. you deserve praise for really making this thing as good as it was.. take care out there.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 5:41pm -
SUPERPAPA says:
Great photos, great man. Thanks for the memories.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:18pm -
*Boy*Wonder* says:
you provided a lot of entertainment this month, take care mooka
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:34pm -
B. Michael Underhill says:
i've enjoyed every one of your shots. very inspiring and entertaining. i envy your creative edge. you've made this month truly great. thank you.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:03pm -
Hungarian Moustache says:
It's has been an amazing journey to watch your images unfold this month. I'm so happy for the mooka's.. you have so much love for each other and it comes through on pixel. I do not know where you to have found the energy this month.. but I do not think anyone has ever brought it the way that you two have. Thank You.. and let's try to get together in life sometime soon.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:10pm -
The Fat Nasty Himself says:
I'll miss your awesomeness and I truly enjoyed your creativity!!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:18pm -
mrs. hungarian says:
I love you all and your family, moustache down soon...let's connect!!!!!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:19pm -
mrs. hungarian says:
if their was a moustache academy award this year, you would have brought home a lot of gold!!!!!
miss you already!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:21pm -
Clever Chester says:
I have enjoyed your movie themes, and the greatness you have given us. Your sentiment was kind too. Good luck in your life, and in the wild Texas wilderness.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:22pm -
yourfavorite says:
I can't believe its over either friend. You've been amazing and your presence in my internet life will be missed.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:23pm -
specialshoes says:
you have ruled! take care, mooka.

i hope our paths cross again.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:38pm -
Savvystache says:
@mooka , you have been quite an inspiration and a great encouragment to me and my creativity this month. Your photography has been absolutely amazing and I have looked forward to your takes on themes. Thanks for all the kind words and I do hope paths will cross in the future! Later brother!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:39pm -
Mr. Mystery says:
@Mooka. You along with ElDuQue and Hodges was one of my all time favorite guys here in MM!!! There was never a picture of yours that I didn't like, and I hope to stay in touch with you in the future!!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:40pm -
damnweather says:
you are a total all-star. nice job, take care.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:54pm -
Philiciousness says:
The two of you have produced some amazing work this year. Thanks for all you have done here. Tke care.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 9:02pm -
Easy Rider says:
@Mooka Say what ever pleasantries you wish - YOU, sir, are a frickin genius! For you and the Mrs Mooka to pull off masterpiece after masterpiece all in the theme .... Crazy good! Thanks for making the daily perusal an absolute treat!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 9:12pm -
sMOUSTACHErman says:
That's a great picture. You've been awesome. I'm confident you'll stay that way. You'll be missed.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 9:15pm -
gunsmoke says:
@Mooka = legendary. Your contributions this past month have been majestic to say the least. The art you've created has been mind-boggling, and your encouragement has been wonderful to someone like me who is still trying to figure out photography. Thanks for all you are and do. I hope we can stay in touch.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 9:33pm -
Shablazm says:
You sir are glorious. You've taken it to a whole nother level! I'm glad that I could be around to share it. Take care sir!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 9:47pm -
JeremyOkai2.0 says:
you killed it this month, had fun looking at your photos to be sure.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:16pm -
jeremy says:
It's been a pleasure staching with you. Take care.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:34pm -
justjamey says:
Oh my gosh! This is amazing. Filed for sure. Your participation this month has been incredible. Let's keep in toooooouuuuch.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:39pm -
Andrew says:
Added on all fronts.

I wish I'd gotten around to this earlier, my brain is mush.

It's been an absolute pleasure seeing you totally dominate this month. You know you've gotten about a million times better than last year, right? And you dominated then, too!

Keep in touch, Mr. Mucha (btw Alfons is one of my all time favs)
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:48pm -
C Dub says:
Sooooooo goood! You are a total win, man. This shot as your final is just right. I love the story and your shared love of photography. she should be in front of the camera more often. you've got a pretty lady : )
i'm gonna print up one of your shots for my wall. i'll certainly reach out and let you know which, especially if i need a larger image.

keep in touch and I'll do the same.

check my internet homes at about.me/crswd
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 11:22pm -
Hope says:
It's been a fun may, and thank you so much for being your awesomeness. Your pictures have been great. I'll miss your pictures, and your moustache. Take care, and I'll have to use my Flickr more now that everyone has one.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 11:39pm -
hale says:
you owned moustache may. i was beyond impressed with what you can do. thank you for the inspiration. you are something special.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 11:52pm -
alijoon says:
You are too talented. You sure brought the heat. Keep on creating as you do and the world will be a happy place.
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 12:32am -
Ned Kelly says:
Its been crazy sir mooka, i dont know how you got the energy to do your shots, incredible effort!!
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 1:27am -
mOtke says:
I have loved loved loved your series and photos. As a film maker, my appreciation of this shot (my favorite film) and all of the others knows no bounds. Great stuff this year. Best of luck to you in the past and the future.
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 4:28am -
lurkin good says:
like B. Michael said, you're a real jerk...and a half! but no really, you're incredible and we almost always greeted each other with, "did you see mooka's today?!?" hahaha in keeping with your movie scene theme, I'd like to end with "here's lurkin at you kid." great job. hope to meet you in the not to distant future. take care.
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 5:55am -
Twisted Sistare says:
great great work. thank you.
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 8:22am -
PAT says:
Fitting finale, fitting sentiment.

Thank you sir. You made this month quite a treat. You set the bar. At points that made it frustrating to keep up to be honest, but it also shaped the tone of the game. Take care friend.
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 10:33am -
Grower&Shower says:
Your talent is astounding to me and I'm so thankful I got to be on a moustache website with you. It's been a pleasure.
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 12:06pm -
Stachtastic! says:
@mooka what else can I say that hasn't been said, you sir are Awesome!!!! (hopefully this will be the last comment and at the bottom for eternity!)

Good Journey My friend, we will taco one day in the future!!
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 5:27pm -
zackle says:
Keep up the awesome!
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 8:04pm -
Site closed!
Unfortunately, Moustache May can't last forever.. the site is closed until 2011.