Judge: Chaz Singh

Chaz SinghLocal Labour councillor Chaz is a Plymouth legend – always out and about meeting people, helping people, representing many good causes and being an all-round top bloke. He’s also fond of a selfie or two – see Beards of Plymouth for his fantastic photogallery of bearded locals. In his own words…

Quite simply, Chaz is #thatmanwiththeturban. A familiar sight in Plymouth and an honorary Janner (according to Reuters), after emigrating from Birmingham in 2002.

As a Sikh he has never cut his hair, and that makes him pretty special. His beard is uncut, his turban is his crown, and that is his identity.

Chaz put the ‘T’ in Urban Outfitters, and #TurbanOutfitters pretty much went viral – so now he’s a global superstar too!

Follow @plymouthchaz to find out about everything he’s up to.

Judge: Simon Sheffield

Simon SheffieldSimon is an old friend of Mrs DCBMC’s [Oi! Less of the old!] and his dulcet Brummie tones have been heard at many beard and moustache competitions across the country. In his own words…

Simon first got into competitive bearding when he attended the British Beard & Moustache Championships in Bath in 2014, and although he just went to see what it was all about he ended up taking 1st Place in Natural Goatee! He followed this up by with 1st Place in Partial Beard Styled at DCBMC 2015.

Around the Summer of 2015 Simon became involved in Beating Bowels Cancer’s project ‘Me, My Beard, and Why’ to raise awareness for the charity’s Decembeard appeal. This project featured bearded men whose lives have been affected by bowel cancer; Simon had lost his mum to bowel cancer in 1999.

From this Simon became an ambassador for the Beating Bowel Cancer charity Decembeard appeal. He raised almost £3,000 through great things like the Be Beard! competition in Walsall and selling Be Beard! tshirts, but also through foolish things such as shaving off his double award-winning beard.

Simon has re-grown his beard, and within 7 months it got him 2nd Place in Natural Goatee at Beard On! in Derbyshire. He has been put forward to be a Decembeard ambassador again this year, but he won’t shave his beard off again…

Simon is a member of The British Beard Club, is involved with the Black Country Beardsmen, and has a cat.

He also has a wife, the lovely Sharon, but you wouldn’t know that looking at his Facebook photos. It’s all about the cat…

Judge: Ryan Pike

Ryan PikeRyan can regularly be seen at beard and moustache competitions across the UK and further afield. He’s also one of the nicest people you could hope to meet. (And daftest, but you can’t have everything!) In his own words…

Born and raised in the West Country, Ryan is a proud member of both The Handlebar Club (HBC) and the West Vlaamse Snorrenclub (Brugge Moustache Club).

Originally growing a moustache for November 2011 and shaving it off, his daughter said he ‘was no longer Dad without one’ so he quickly had to grow it back and has had one ever since.

A competitor in nearly every UK and European event over the last few years, Ryan is currently ranked the UK No. 2 and World No. 11 Natural Moustache and is well known at nearly all facial hair clubs and establishments across both the country and continent, often appearing in time-honoured HBC fancy dress or tweed.

Judge: Daniela Holland

Daniela HollandDaniela is the supremely talented hairdresser responsible for Mrs DCBMC’s ‘My Little Pony’ look. Married to Louis Holland, she owns and runs The Blind Pig salon with him. In her own words…

I’m honoured and surprised to be a judge at DCBMC 2016.

I trained as a hairstylist in Toronto many moons ago. I’ve been working in hair salons and barber shops since the age of 18, which sadly was also many moons ago. I’ve been very lucky to work with some very gifted people over the years.

I’m looking forward to a great day – great beards, great moustaches, great people.

Judge: Louis Holland

Louis HollandYou may remember Louis from last year, he’s Mr DCBMC’s demon barber with a penchant for pirates. Here’s a bit more about him…

Born in California after his parents had immigrated there from the Japanese island of Kyushu, he developed spinal tuberculosis at the age of two and spent most of his early years in hospital. For long periods he was wrapped in a full-body cast and was told he would never walk.

He had recurring roles in M*A*S*H and Happy Days, and left the latter to star in his own show. For his role as Keisuke Miyagi he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. The SpongeBob SquarePants episode ‘Karate Island’, for which he voiced Udon, was dedicated to his memory.

[Hang on, isn’t this Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita? Ed.]

Oh. Erm… Oh well, if you want to know more about Louis and his Plymouth barbershop The Blind Pig, catch up with him at DCBMC. He’ll be set up in the corner doing quick beard tidy-ups for those last-minute competitors that get convinced into it by their friends on the train to Plymouth.

Judge: Graham Miles

Graham MilesGraham is representing The Lions Barber Collective, raising awareness of suicide and depression in young men and women. In his own words…

Aloha,

My name is Graham, I’m 35 and I live by the sea in Devon.

I have had a beard for over 2 years, and love the way it looks and how it makes me feel.

I’m married with 2 young boys who fill my life with such joy. I’m a avid movie fan and listen to a lot of music.

I’m proud to come to judge and be judged at DCBMC, and proud and humbled to represent The Lions Barber Collective, a cause that is close to me.

See you there!

DCBMC presents your host for the day: Betty Boom Boom

At DCBMC 2015 Betty Boom Boom was our fearless Beard-Wrangler, coralling queues of competitors and being generally marvellous and super-organised as ‘Executive Assistant in Charge of Assisting the Host’ (© Mr DCBMC 2016).

This year Betty’s making the step up – quite literally – to take the stage as DCBMC 2016 Host. We are absolutely delighted to be able to present you with one of the UK’s most unique burlesque performers. Here’s Betty Boom Boom in her own words…

A theatre trained performer, Betty Boom Boom has been worrying burlesque audiences since 2011. With a unique perspective on anything film or TV related, and a fine array of comedy hairpieces, chest wigs and facial hair, anything could happen in the next 5 minutes! Be very afraid… and/or confused!

And if that has you intrigued, do stay for the evening entertainment – Betty will be performing burlesque routines between our live music acts, and it promises to be like nothing you’ve ever seen!

Betty will be ably assisted by DCBMC 2016 Beard-Wrangler Lauren. A passionate pognophile, Lauren can’t quite believe her luck that she gets to spend a Saturday entirely surrounded by bearded and moustached men. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it…


Photograph credit: Dare to be RARE Photography

The Lions Barber Collective

DCBMC are proud to support The Lions Barber Collective, an international collection of top barbers who have come together to help to raise awareness of suicide and depression in young men and women.

Formed by Devon barber Tom Chapman after one of his friends committed suicide, the Collective aims to be a helpful point of call for young men and women to talk about depression and subjects that they may find difficult to breach elsewhere. Tom hopes that the friendly and comforting environment of barber shops will allow the Collective to help.

“People tend to tell you their problems and you get to know about their families and their lives” said Tom. “We can work on the trust we already have and let the person know it is ok to talk to us. We can then advise them to go onto the next level [of care].”

“We’re developing BarberTalk, which is bespoke training for barbers on how to recognise, talk, listen, and advise their clients. We’re not trying to make people into councillors; we’re just trying to help people recognise the problem and getting people to open up. A barber shop is a place of trust.”

Collective members donate their time to attend barbering shows and related events, demonstrating their skills and raising awareness about the mission of BarberTalk. They also support the charities PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide) and Pieta House: Suicide and Self Harm Crisis Centre.

The Lions Barber Collective will be represented at DCBMC 2016 by Graham Miles of South West Beard Club. Do go and see him for more information about this fantastic organisation, and buy merchandise to help them with funding for BarberTalk training and supporting their charities.

Charity Real Ale Bar

The Charity Real Ale bar is back – huzzah! Huge thanks to the fine folk at Bays Brewery for providing it this year, and thanks to Pete at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel for arranging it with them.

BAYS

4-pint vouchers will cost £10, and £1 per pint will go straight into the charity pot. Marvellous!

Bays’ beers include:

Gold
An easy drinking, light golden ale. The unique blend of hops creates lemon citrus overtones which tantalise and refresh the pallet. 4.3%

Topsail
A well balanced beer, deep amber in colour with a subtle sweetness throughout. 4%

Devon Dumpling
A strong golden beer with a fresh hop character. This ale has a smooth taste with a balanced sweetness throughout. 5.1%

GOLD TOPSAIL DUMPLING

Mrs DCBMC will have a pint of Devon Dumpling – thank you very much!

Portrait Photography: Marcus Hodges

For all you dressed-up-and-ready-to-pose types, this year’s official DCBMC photographer will once again be the super-talented Marcus Hodges, recently seen shooting Pete Butchers for Mariner Jack – we’re such a lovely cosy community!

After the event we’ll get Marcus’ photos up on the website as soon as we can, but please be patient because he’ll take LOADS and insists on every one looking as perfect as possible. It’ll be worth the wait – promise!

Marcus Hodges