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Aravanan Sivaloganathan of won GeekWire's 2012 Movember competition.
Aravanan Sivaloganathan of won GeekWire’s 2012 Movember competition.

Who is master of the mustache?

Do you have a Y chromosome? Look around, a bunch of us do. And it’s time celebrate.

It’s mustache season people. Movember is here.

Celebrating the stache during Movember has become a time honored tradition at GeekWire and throughout the tech community at large.

Like Hercule Poirot, many of us choose to grow “the mustaches” simply because we can. During Movember, however, we get the chance to put our lip foliage to better use by drawing awareness to men’s health issues. And of course, we get the chance to compete.

Who has the best mustache in the Pacific Northwest? We’re hosting a competition to find out.

To enter, email a picture of your growing work of art along with your name and job title to, anytime before Friday, November 28th at 5 p.m. Naming your mustache is acceptable as are brief descriptions. For example, “this is The General, named for its robust texture and the for the confidence it instills in me to lead.”

We’ll pick the winner from the pool of photos. The best mustaches will get published on the website and the winner gets a pair of tickets to this year’s big GeekWire Gala hosted at MOHAI on December 3rd.

Gary Bedell of Slalom is a past winner of GeekWire's Movember challenge
Gary Bedell of Slalom is a past winner of GeekWire’s Movember challenge

There are a few official Movember rules to consider. First, no head starts. Your entire face must be clean shaven by midnight on November 1st. Second, beards and goatees are forbidden. No Van Dykes or Chin Strips this month. Third, as your mustache begins to fill out and becomes a handsome focal point, use that notoriety to draw attention to men’s health. Forth, and this comes directly from the head Mo Bro, you must conduct yourself like a true gentleman.

There are as many breeds of mustaches as there are men to grow them. Here are but a few of our favorites given to inspire you.

—The Bandito (thick, downward sloping and tapered at the end)
—The Frenchman (well groomed, symmetrical, and waxed at the edges)
—The Einstein (a favorite among geeks, thick, shaggy dog, unkempt)
—The Magnum (the most manly of all mustaches, no description needed)

Past winners of GeekWire’s Movember competition include 2012 champ Aravanan Sivaloganathan of, and 2011 champ Gary Bedell of Slalom.

Who will be next master of the mustache? It’s Movember, let’s find out.

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