By Louis Pearlman
The Beard Project is an investigation into the beard subculture in New Paltz where beards of di erent shape, color, and size overwhelm the small town. The subject of facial hair has always fascinated me. Fittingly, for this thesis project I conducted necessary research to delve deeper into the bushy world that is beards. As part of my research, I shaved my beard to experience the reactions of others to my baby face, conversed with bearded strangers, documented the opinions of beards from the clean-shaven, and attended a national beard competition. The Beard Project book showcases all that I have learned in this year. If you like beards, take a trip to New Paltz—you won’t regret it.