We caught up with one of the Internet’s most talked about Beardsmen, Jeffrey Buoncristiano’s life turned upside down when he started to grow his epic beard.
Can you try to give our readers a bit of a background on yourself, a quick spill about things you are into?
I am from Cape Cod, Massachusetts and now live in Brooklyn, New York as a freelance Motion Graphics artist. When i was on Cape I Worked about three jobs, for a few years, saving up to move to New York to fulfill my passions for post production. I’ve always worked in video production as a hobby or for fun, and one day it hit me that I could be doing it for a career so i worked really hard to make that come true.
Congratulations on the buzzfeed and reddit article! How did it all come about?
Thank you! haha i don’t even really know…Two words.. “The Internet”! The Reddit community I suppose, it was and still is an extremely supportive and informative community. Really it all started with them, and I owe my fellow redditor’s a nod with respects as well as the writer of that article Rachel Zarrell for reaching out.
What other things are you passionate about? (Except your beard)
My passions are in motion graphics, photography, and modelling. I spend almost all day everyday, thinking or working in image creation of some sort. Whether I’m creating, watching, researching, it’s something I love all aspects of creation. Sometimes I like to just build things with my hands too but I haven’t been able to do much of that since I’ve been in New York.
Can you try to take us through your daily routine when it comes to beard care? Do you use products like oils and waxes? Do you have any specific brands that you prefer?
Sure, let’s see.. I guess, my daily routine is my 1 minute beard . I do other things depending on the day, situation, my mood, or how much time i feel like spending on it. You’ll see I make videos at Beardbrand’s youtube channel helping people by showing some various things I do.
I always use an oil or balm/butter. I love using it. Sometimes I just use it for fun. If I walk by my supply, I just put a tiny bit in there. I represent Fellows Essential Gentleman (UK). They are my main men. Beardbrand (US) is also my crew of course. Those are my main dogs and great companies to work with.
Do you trim and maintain your facial hair on your own, or do you only let your barber handle it? Who is your ‘go to’ guy for trimming and maintenance?
I don’t trim my own. I am right handed and find it cumbersome to try and trim the left side of my face so I go to Christian over at Soon Salon in Brooklyn. The dude just kills it every time! He’s so sick and we see eye to eye on a lot of things concerning the men’s style. I also don’t trust anyone else with my beard.
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We can see that your beard has opened you up to new opportunities, what has been your greatest beard achievement?
I couldn’t say there was any one thing. I suppose just overall confidence and quality of self image has definitely improved.
What is the one bearded piece of wisdom you would like to share with our readers?
I don’t think trying ride another persons look is helpful. I think one of the best things about beards, is that they are unique to each person. There is always some way to make YOUR beard look ITS best. Some people look killer with a long beard, some people look equally sharp with a short beard. I think it all depends on taste and working with how yours grows. Think more of being inspired by others beard shapes and styles instead of copying.
Lastly, which are your favourite Instagram pages that you can’t live without?
Whoa! tough one… I guess my brother’s page ( @scottbuon ). His art is just getting sicker and sicker. I like to see what he’ll do next because it’s always amazing and insanely creative!