mindo cikanavicius' stoic portraits bear bubble beards made from soap
mindo cikanavicius' stoic portraits bear bubble beards made from soap
feb 03, 2016

mindo cikanavicius' stoic portraits bear bubble beards made from soap

mindo cikanavicius’ stoic portraits bear bubble beards made from soap
all images © mindo cikanavicius




beards have clearly become somewhat of a ‘thing’ in recent years — on designboom, we’ve featured the ‘alphabeard’ by michael allen, a typeface shaved away from facial hair; ‘beard baubles’ to decorate your face like a festive tree; and photos from a moustache championship in portland, oregon.


as a visual narration of modern man’s obsession with facial hair, new york city-based photographer mindo cikanavicius turns beards’ synonymous theme of masculinity on its head through the series ‘bubbleissimo’. a hybrid between the english word ‘bubble’ and the italian suffix ‘issimo’ — meaning extremely, or a lot — the very foamy series sees stoic portraits of smartly-dressed men sporting stubble made of soap. ‘the bubble soap beards and mustaches were applied to show how fragile manliness can be in today’s society,’ cikanavicius explains. 

a mustache is made using sculpted foamy soap suds

a style of beard known as the ‘fu manchu’ is positioned on the man’s face  

this ‘franz joseph’ beard has been applied from bubbles to comment on the fragility of masculinity 

a burly beard bubbles up around the figure’s face 

a smartly-dressed man sports stubble made of soap

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