Meet the 2017 MEANest BEARD Champion!

We are proud to introduce the 2017 MEANest BEARD Champion!

Jamie Murphy - Wapato, WA USA - @fastbackbeast68 

Jamie Murphy - The 2017 MEANest BEARD Champion.  The 2017 MEANest BEARD Worldwide Contest. 126 contestants from 23 countries.  Best beards with a MEAN attitude.  MEAN BEARD Co.

"Finish Carpenter for the last 20 years.  Husband and father of 2 kids.  I have a collection of classic Ford Mustangs 65, 66, 67 Coupes and a 68 Fastback.  I also have a 1971 Bronco that I am currently working on.  I compete in the occasional charity beard competition.  I was inspired by the show "Whisker Wars".  I knew I could grow an epic kick ass beard like the guys on the show.  So I was bound and determined to do so!  I've been growing a full natural beard now for 3 1/2+ years, that includes the stache untrimmed and untamed.  Beards bring confidence!" - Jamie Murphy

The MEANest BEARD CHAMPION was selected out of the TOP 3 MEANest BEARDS in the world by the  narrowed down from the TOP 12 MEANest BEARDS out of the 126 MEAN BEARD contestants from 23 countries who participated in the 2017 MEANest BEARD Worldwide Contest.

The judges had a very difficult task in front them.  The title of MEANest BEARD Champion could certainly have be awarded to any of the TOP 3 MEANest BEARDS.  They all have exceptional beards, unique in their own way, and they all have a story and a meaning behind their beard that inspires greatness.  All top 3 contestants have beards that are a symbol of strength, freedom, truth, patience and perseverance which defines a MEAN BEARD, and they all clearly share the same passion for the beard.  Ultimately, the judges had to determine the one sole winner for the title of the 2017 World's MEANest BEARD.  Votes were cast, and tabulated, resulting in a fairly close finish, and the clear winner was determined. 

"Yet another big red beard, an immense beard.  Obviously, growing a beard requires skill, and clearly Jamie has it as he is also a carpenter by trade. We dig his passion for cars, and his collection of classics sounds awesome.  Jamie's got that MEAN attitude, it's when you set a goal and you are bound and determined to accomplish it with great confidence, and you do!" - MEAN BEARD Judge Panel

Jamie is awarded title to the 2017 MEANest BEARD and will receive the MEANest BEARD trophy and a MEAN prize pack valued up to $1,000 which includes beard care products from MEAN BEARD Co., and cool items donated from the contest's sponsors - Elderwood HandcraftGonzalez HandmadeSan Antonio Hard GoodsOne Eyed Cat Crafts, and MEAN Clothing Company.

Thank you to ALL contestants who entered the 2017 MEANest BEARD Worldwide Contest, you all inspired us, and helped make this contest a great success, double in size from 2016.  Thank you to our prize sponsors, the judges and to everyone who left a comment and followed the contest.  We look forward to seeing you again in the 2018 MEANest BEARD Worldwide Contest.  Be cool, be kind, prosper onwards and stay MEAN!

You can view all 126 contestants and their full stories on MEAN BEARD Instagram or Facebook, or a brief here on the website contest photo gallery.

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