Handlebar moustache

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Not to be confused with Horseshoe moustache.
Copenhagen wigmaker about 1893

A handlebar moustache is a moustache with particularly lengthy and upwardly curved extremities; a shorter version is named the petit handlebar. These moustache styles are named for their resemblance to the handlebars of a bicycle.[1] It is also known as a spaghetti moustache, because of its stereotypical association with Italian men.[2][3] The Handlebar Club humorously describes the style as "a hirsute appendage of the upper lip and with graspable extremities".[4]


Similar styles of moustache are quite ancient, appearing on statues and other depictions of Iron Age Celts.[5] In the United States, handlebar moustaches were worn in the later part of the 19th century by Wild West figures like Wyatt Earp.[6][7] In Europe, handlebar moustaches were often worn by soldiers during the 19th century through roughly the World War I era.

In 1972, to win a $300 "best facial hair" prize offered by team owner Charlie O. Finley, Oakland A's pitcher Rollie Fingers grew a handlebar moustache which he sported throughout his career.[8][9]

More recently, the contemporary hipster subculture has embraced the handlebar moustache by mocking conventional ideals of fashion, and by ironically combining a highly manicured handlebar moustache with the portrayal of an unkempt appearance or a haphazardly selected clothing ensemble.[10]

Famous handlebar moustaches[edit]

Company Mascots[edit]


This style is usually achieved by the use of moustache wax,[25] although hair gel, a curling iron, or natural curling can suffice.[26] Generally, the greater the curl of the extremities, the more dramatic the appearance achieved. When worn without wax or grooming, the moustache style may more closely resemble a walrus moustache.[27]

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  1. ^ Dictionary.com Unabridged. "handlebar moustache". Random House, Inc. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  2. ^ Gauri Shah. "'MOONCH'AS GRACIAS: Salman's Dabangglook has brought the good 'ole moustache in the spotlight.". Times of India. Retrieved 2012-08-15. The handle-bar a.k.a ‘spaghetti moustache’ grew in popularity thanks to Italian men. 
  3. ^ Clements, Caroline (29 October 2010). "Broadsheet's Guide to Movember". Broadsheet. Retrieved 2012-08-15. Handlebar or Spaghetti Moustache: Curling upwards at the sides like an Italian lion tamer 
  4. ^ "London's Handlebar Club campaigns against sacking of Indian airline steward". The Economic Times. 16 Feb 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  5. ^ The Celts Themselves
  6. ^ Barnett, Ryan. "Top 10: Outrageous Moustaches". Ask Men. 
  7. ^ "Handlebar moustache is a work of art to Russell". Daily News. Dec 27, 1993. 
  8. ^ "Biography". Rollie Fingers Official Website. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  9. ^ Armold, Elijah (January 25, 2007). "A Man and His Famous Moustache: Hall of Fame reliever Rollie Fingers and his facial hair visited York Area Sports Night". York Daily Record. 
  10. ^ Nelson, D. (14 June 2011). "What is a Hipster Mustache". Wise Geek. 
  11. ^ "The 20 Best Politician Beards And Mustaches". Complex Pop Culture. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  12. ^ "The 20 Best Politician Beards And Mustaches". Complex Pop Culture. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  13. ^ "Manly Facial Hair: 11 Different Types Of Mustaches". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  14. ^ "J.P. Morgan: Congressional Investigation". The History Channel. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  15. ^ "The Greatest Western Moustaches". American Cowboy. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  16. ^ http://www.forwardbloc.org/bhagat.html
  17. ^ http://www.iosworld.org/The%20Idea%20of%20Bhagat%20Singh.htm
  18. ^ http://www.mulnivasisangh.com/shaheed-bhagat-singh-youth-icon-of-india/
  19. ^ http://m.newshunt.com/india/english-newspapers/early-times/latest-news/shaheedeazam-bhagat-singh-foundation-organizes-free-medical-camp_32417080/999/c-in-l-english-n-earlyti-ncat-latestnews
  20. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/independence-day-special-asit-jolly-bhagat-singh-chandrashekhar-azad/1/376969.htm
  21. ^ "If I Were A Rich Man". Frieze Magazine. Retrieved 2014-07-07. 
  22. ^ "National Bohemian". Pabst Brewing Company. Retrieved 2016-10-05. 
  23. ^ http://www.rajeevmahajan.com/2011/07/long-live-maharaja-maharaja-is-dead.html
  24. ^ http://www.ibtimes.co.in/modi-wants-replace-air-indias-maharaja-mascot-common-man-602890
  25. ^ "The Wax FAQtor: Questions about Moustache Wax". The Handlebar Club. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  26. ^ "Grooming a Handlebar Moustache (part 2 of 3)". Handlebar Moustache Life. 
  27. ^ "Grooming a Handlebar Moustache (part 3 of 3)". Handlebar Moustache Life.