Artist sacrificed many beards for the creation of his Alphabeard typeface.

Now a master of facial hair topiary, New York-based designer Michael Allen demonstrated to people that beards can be sculpted to take on different shapes and designs, and in his case, that means every letter of the alphabet.

Allen’s Alphabeard typeface started with the letters O, C, and  L and took nearly two years to complete. Now the finished stubble set even includes a comma and a period.

In an interview with Fast Company, Allen commented on how the idea for the project came from a casual conversation among his design colleagues back in 2011. Before he could shave a new letter, he would have to wait for his beard to grow back to a workable length, which averaged about three weeks to a month. It wasn’t till the end of 2013 did he craft the last letter, the elusive K.

BASIC MEMBER CONTENT
This content is available for Basic Members.
Already a member, log in