Meet Michael "MJ" Johnson and his 'stache

Categories: Movember
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As usual, our Show Us Yer 'Stache Competition was a mighty one, featuring a variety of lengths and styles. Many folks turned up to vote, but only one man could win the prestige, the bar gift cards, and the fashion prizes. This Movember, Michael "MJ" Johnson reigned supreme, taking the vote by a landslide. Before hooking him up with his killer prize package, we took a moment to chat with him about his awesome 'stache.

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So, what's the history of this particular mustache?

It's nickname is 'Wu-Tang Whiskers.' It's over two years of growth and styling practice. I'm a three-time Minnesota State Champion, the current National Champion, and I just won a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships in Germany. However, I feel this City Pages contest is the true pinnacle of my mustaching career.

Do you have any advice to men who want to grow a mustache like yours?

Let it grow, read The Moustache Grower's Guide by Lucien Edwards, and use Dream Beard beard oil to keep it healthy (and so you don't have to steal your wife's conditioners).

What's your all-time favorite celebrity 'stache?

When it comes to celebrity facial hair, there are two that reign supreme: Borat and Kevin Love. So much power.

Do you ever get any weird comments about your mustache?

Oh, yeah. Lots of times people will stop, stare, and say, 'Where did you get those?' or 'That's not real' or 'Can I touch it?' but my favorites are when people see it and say, 'I like your...' (four-second pause, and then points in the general direction of my face) '...thing.' Kids are great; they check it out for a few seconds and say, 'You have a mustache.' In general, everyone is nice.

Did you have a campaign strategy during the contest?

I envisioned myself eating Sea Salt with a shot of tequila from Barrio in new clothes from Heime's while at the Wild game. Highly motivating.

What do you think gave you an edge?

The Minneapolis Beard and Moustache Club. I think a lot of the members went to bat for me. Also, I reached out to past City Pages winner Chris Sorensen for support. He's clutch.

Anything else to add?

If you don't have a mustache or beard, I recommend trying one on for size. It's quite the adventure.

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With a fellow mustache grower

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39 comments
Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson

Thanks everyone for taking the time to checkout this post. Much appreciated and Happy Holidays! Thanks City Pages!

UncleGeen
UncleGeen

Sounds like the ladies are really into it!.. Or maybe not even a little.

Judy Ewell
Judy Ewell

Winder how many birds have perched on that ! Yech !

_Joe_
_Joe_

This was not a 30 day growth.  DQ'd

David Olson
David Olson

Can you please get , The Baby Jesus Chris Kluwe's opinion please. I can't express mine until I hear his. Thx

Josh Lynch
Josh Lynch

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Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

Or stache extensions to grow within 30 days. That looks like 400-700 days naturally grown

Dani De Tuncq
Dani De Tuncq

Where would the fun be in that Brenda ? Manliness is a full time commitment, not a one month fling.

Angelina Santiago
Angelina Santiago

I met him & think his woman @ Surlyfest. They were very cool & friendly people. His stache is even more glorious in person:)

Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane

Exactly Brenda. If this contest was for Movember as in no-shave November, then WTF is the point of this guys stache winning?

Bree Hanson
Bree Hanson

James Matthew Foote and this guy have amazing mustaches! Sexy!

Brenda Westin
Brenda Westin

Great they have a competition, but if you want to make it a fair one only "November" entrants in it, these weren't just grown in a single month.

Chad Evenson
Chad Evenson

Brent Schoonover you gotta reshare your pic with MJ from Surly Fest 2013 now.

Julie Daily
Julie Daily

I'm entitled to my opinion, and that's it!

Joel Holden
Joel Holden

The dude he's standing next to in the article has a wayyyy better stache.

_Joe_
_Joe_

The trick is to twist it into your ear hairs...

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Shayne O'Neil: The man who did not know what cunnilingus was.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

I assume you know the saying about opinions and assholes?  You made a nasty public comment about a fellow humans appearance.  You were politely asked if your nastiness was necessary.  Your defense was that you are entitled to your opinion.  In that vein of thought, I would like to point out that you're an asshole... I'm entitled to my opinion and that's it.

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