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TYLER JACOBS IS MY NEW BOYFRIEND!!! (Tyler Jacobs Talks Yo Gabba Gabba, Beards, & Big Men’s Style @ CHUBSTR)
Tyler Jacobs is “One of the dudes behind Yo Gabba Gabba! and The Aquabats! Super Show.” He’s also a talented artist, a prolific viner (find out what that means below), and a big guy who’s constantly honing his sense of style. We discuss all of this, beard care, psychedelic funk, and more below. CHUBSTR
Many of our readers are facial hair enthusiasts, so I’ve got to ask about that majestic beard. How long have you been growing it?
I stopped shaving when I turned 30, which is almost 6 years ago. I kept it trimmed (about a guard 3) for most of that time. Then last year I put the question up on Instagram “should I trim or should I grow”? The demand was pretty impressive that I let it grow, and it was pretty majestic. It got me a lot of attention from beard enthusiasts. I was about planning on entering a competition in June and when the date came, I couldn’t buy tickets on the site. I even wrote an angry e-mail… Turns they never took the site down from 2012 and I was only a year late! I trimmed it a few weeks later, but it’s getting quite full again.
Do you think of yourself as having a specific kind of style?
Well, I went through a big skinhead (the anti-racist/traditional kind) phase when I was a teenager and I’ll always love a lot of the 60′s British mod style. Now I’m more into the folky-manly vintage look that just happens to be really big right now. I kinda went through a style re-awakening earlier this year when I signed up for Pinterest (Not ashamed to be I’m an avid Pinner). I was really impressed with guys like Tony Sylvester, Ethan Desu and Greg Chapman. Then I found Chubstr and was like “Hey I can dress well too!” I’m trying to explore more tweeds, denims, sweaters, layers, etc. But of course, it all takes time. I saw a quote that really stuck with me: “If only I could illegally download clothes!”
It feels like men’s style is coming back with a vengeance, and the fact that there are guys of all these different sizes that are into it i think says something.
Totally! I think there’s a big cultural shift to bring manliness back. My friend Brett McKay runs theartofmanliness.com and the success of that site really reflects what’s going on right now. And I think bigger guys are starting to get recognized not only as existing, but even appreciated in a lot of places. I think that’s an awesome thing.