Happy Birthday to Walt Whitman’s Original Hipster-Brooklyn Beard!

The great poet turns 200 years old today. Here’s where to Whitman-ize your own bushy facial hair and make Walt proud.

Today we wish a very happy birthday to the man who originated the still-going-strong Brooklyn hipster beard…Walt Whitman. That’s right, the 19th-century bard and Brooklynite (he lived in the borough for 28 years, so he was legit) rocked the thick, slightly scraggy, slightly greasy but fully magnificent beard long before organic beard oils were sold at Rite Aid.

Honor the revolutionary poet today (and every day!) by getting your Brooklyn beard on point. Book a facial hair trim and treatment at our favorite Whitman-approved barbershops, then look in the mirror and sing a song of your badass self.

Fellow Barbers

Book a shape-up with one of the many bearded barbers at one of FB’s nine chic locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn—and take home some of its own yummy-smelling products, to boot. Slather them on while you hunker over your MacBook writing rhyming couplets.

Fellow Barbers Walt Whitman
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The Stepping Razor Barbershop

An old-timey shop serving up undercuts, messy quiffs, pompadour fades, and, yes, beard treatments. 952 Flushing Avenue, Bushwick

Blue & Black Barbers/Apothecary

Enjoy a “beard facial”—and beer on tap!—from the very stylish specialists at this Carroll Gardens favorite. 488 Court Street, Carroll Gardens

Blue & Black Barbers Walt Whitman
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You can caffeinate while looking sharp here, courtesy of Parlor Coffee and Cotter’s tattooed master barbers. 563 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint

Cotter Walt Whitman
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Persons of Interest

This barbershop has both beer (in a camping-ready cooler) and coffee! Its Williamsburg location hosts a Stand Coffee, and its Fort Greene spot shares space with Head Sounds Records for double the cool. 82-84 Havemeyer Street, Williamsburg; 88 South Portland Avenue, Fort Greene; 299 Smith Street, Carroll Gardens

Photo courtesy of Persons of Interest via Facebook

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