Show Us Yer 'Stache and Win Big This Movember

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Last year's winner, Michael "MJ" Johnson. This year's winner probably won't be as epic, but we're excited to see some faces go from fresh to furry.
It's that time of year again. When outdoor parties turn into bonfires rather than grill-outs, when Sundays become dedicated to tailgaiting, and when we celebrate men's health and facial hair. While most of us will be observing Thanksgiving this November, another big holiday coming up is Movember, a month-long worldwide facial hair party. During this time, men stop shaving (or proudly rock what they already have) at art parties, rock shows, and bar crawls. Proceeds from these events benefit men's health organizations.  

City Pages is getting into the Movember spirit for the fifth year in a row with our Show Us Yer 'Stache contest. We're inviting folks to share their awesome looks -- be they dandy, burly, trimmed, waxed, dyed, or furry -- with our readers for a chance to win some kick-ass prizes.

This year's contest is a little different, so read closely after the jump. Here's how to enter:

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Meet Michael "MJ" Johnson and his 'stache

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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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Show Us Yer 'Stache 2013: VOTE for your favorite mustache now

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Previous winners Jim, Chris, and Thomas and their awesome mustaches
This November, people voted for mayoral candidates and clearer liquor-law parlance. Now, it's time to cast your vote on something even bigger: Who has the most awesome mustache? We've received a hearty stack of submissions for our Show Us Yer 'Stache contest. while many beautiful 'mos arrived in our inbox, we've narrowed the ballot down to five awesome looks.

Now it's your turn to vote. Who has the best 'stache?
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10 best and most underappreciated mustaches of Movember

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It's getting colder outside. Dudes' faces are getting furrier. It must be Movember.

Every November, guys pay homage to the greatest and grossest facial hair ever created, the mustache, in order to raise funds and awareness for men's cancers. This is also the time of year when we salute some of the greatest pioneers of the 'stache movement, from Hulk Hogan to Burt Reynolds. But what about those brave men (real and fictional) who proudly displayed a caterpillar on their upper lips, but slipped under the radar of pop-culture facial hair legend? Don't worry; we got you.

In honor of Movember, this week we're counting down the 10 most underappreciated mustached heroes in history. Let's get to sculpting.
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Meet winner Thomas Bakken and his 'stache

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Movember winner Thomas Bakken
This Saturday marked the end of Movember, a month-long festival celebrating mustaches while raising funds for men's health issues. City Pages invited folks with mighty mos to send in pictures of themselves for a chance to win fabulous prizes. We then narrowed submissions down to five guys with great looks, and asked readers to vote for their favorite 'staches. The people have spoken. With 46.2 percent of the votes, Thomas Bakken is our 2012 winner. We took a moment to chat with Bakken about his amazing 'stache.

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Moustache Run 5K celebrates facial hair, men's health through jogging

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Last Saturday, nearly 1,500 mustachioed Minnesotans assembled under the banner of the Moustache Run 5K.

The event  heralded the end of Movember, a month-long mustache celebration that raises awareness for men's health issues, such as testicular cancer and depression, while encouraging smooth-faced men around the world to risk their vanity and sprout some facial hair. At the event, there were both genuine mustaches and faux ones. Mustachioed women showed up, too, some with mos made from colorful felt. Other women had fake facial hair so wild -- elaborate, finely coiffed Fu Manchus, for example -- that folks with the real thing may have felt emasculated by their luxuriousness.

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Mustache Mike: Making 'staches stylish one customer at a time

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Photo courtesy of Mustache Mike
Receiving a haircut from Mustache Mike (née Mike Ader) is like opening a gift.

Unlike many in the hair trade, Mike turns you away from the mirror as he snips your strands. You give him the briefest of directions ("I want to look like Johnny Depp in Public Enemies" or "like Brandon Flowers on Saturday Night Live") and Mustache Mike supplies. The process is mysterious, the steps unknown, and while he cuts you two speak of manly interests like whiskey and women. At the end of the haircut, you open your gift: Mustache Mike turns you around towards the mirror to admire his handiwork. He often nicknames his cuts (e.g., "the Harvard Boogie" or "the Cadillac Whitesides"), and he Instagrams the especially cool ones.

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Show Us Yer 'Stache 2012: VOTE for your favorite mustache now

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Last year's stylish winner, Chris Sorensen
This November, people have already voted on weighty matters including constitutional amendments and presidential elections. Now it's time to cast your vote on something even bigger: Who has the most awesome mustache? We've received a hearty stack of submissions for our Show Us Yer 'Stache contest. Though many beautiful 'mos arrived in our inbox, we've narrowed the ballot down to five awesome looks.

Now it's your turn to vote. Who has the best 'stache?

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Mustache maintenance: 5 tips for Movember (and life)

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Erick DeLeon (right) hangs with another dapper gent
Movember is passing fast. As your facial hair has now begun to ripen, you've surely considered its care. A new mustache is like a new pet, after all. You wouldn't let a puppy loose in your home without toys, would you? A mustache is similar. It needs pampering and primping. It must be cleaned and brushed and told that it's loved.

For the low-down on must-have mo accessories, we spoke with Erick DeLeon, the fashionable, perpetually cool-looking manager of Martin Patrick 3 (a.k.a. MP3). The store -- stocked with rakish couture from Moods of Norway, Rag & Bone, and Naked & Famous -- is situated in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis, and bills itself a purveyor of "essentials for mankind."

DeLeon, a man who uses the term "dapper" as often as other Minnesotans say "don'tcha know," is a Movember participant and mustache enthusiast. With his knowledge of men's good-life goods, DeLeon gave us a list of mo-maintenance tips. (We're also sharing some of our pointers, too.)

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A salute to Movember: Iconic mustaches

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Actor Sam Elliot has always had an epic mustache
As children seek candy door-to-door on Halloween, men all over the world shave their faces baby-soft. On November 1, the mustache growing begins. Movember participants, a.k.a. Mo Bros, allow the hair above their lip to thicken, with hopes that the result will be more 19th century bare-knuckle boxer than '70s porn star or '90s pedophile.

The Movember magic began in Adelaide, Australia, in 1999, when some buddies grew mustaches for charity. They termed their pledge "Movember," a portmanteau of "mo," the Aussie slang for a 'stache, and November. The event grew in popularity throughout the following years, and participants have since raised millions. That cashola goes toward the Movember Foundation, which aims to raise awareness for men's health issues like depression and testicular cancer, the manliest of medical mishaps.

Now, as we near the halfway point of Movember, your mo should be looking less like a thin film of milk and more like a rich, dark caterpillar. As Movember inspiration, we've assembled a list of mustachioed forefathers (and one foremother). Consult this list in the weeks to come if your whiskered resolve weakens.

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