We give Portland Monthly
a lot of crap, mostly due to its obsessive use of numbered lists and the word "Top" (Top Dentists, Top Doctors
etc.). But the local magazine's January issue has scored a direct hit on the heart of the Willamette Week
staff with a photo essay on the bearded men of Portland
—especially the over-the-top face-huggers of 30-something "creative classers."
Even better, former WW
designer Thomas Cobb
, who nowadays works as an art director at PM
, created a full illustrated history of beards
as an online companion to the story. With a drawing style that falls somewhere between the pages of a medical text and the cover of a Harry Potter
novel, Cobb delves deep into facial hair lore, lovingly penning portraits of "Trendsetters of the Bearded Northwest"—everybody from Bigfoot and Bill Walton to John Muir and Al Gore.
Hurry up and check it out. After all, beards are so
Oh, and here's a portrait Cobb drew of himself when he still worked at WW.