Man Shaves off Half His Beard and Creatively Fills It in with Amusing Objects

So Paolo-based photographer and art director Adriano Alarcon can grow quite a beard, and he spent four months cultivating his facial hair before shaving exactly half of it off. It's an unconventional move to say the least, but one that was well worth it. His photo project called Fifty Fifty Selfie Barber Shop is an amusing look at how he fills in the other half of his beard.

Alarcon uses anything but hair to furnish his bare skin. Small objects like popcorn, plastic dinosaurs, puzzle pieces, and even fake bugs are arranged in the shape of his beard, and they match up with the real thing. Depending on what the pieces are, he'll also pair his facial expressions accordingly. When a fake cockroach is about to crawl into his nose, Alarcon looks hilariously pained. Chocolate sprinkles have a different effect. He's seen trying to lick them off with his tongue.

Alarcon tells the 500px blog, “The project is just a fun way to talk about two recurrent issues on the web: selfies and beards.” We agree!

Fifty Fifty Selfie Barber Shop Tumblr
Adriano Alarcon website
via [Distractify and 500px]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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