Why I Love My Mustache: Archie Griffin

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When did you grow your first mustache?

I had a mustache actually in high school. They used to make us shave it off because I wrestled.

A lot of African-American men would get bumps when they would use razors early. You didn't want that, and the way to [avoid] that was to keep a mustache. In a way, that was the inspiration when I would wear the long chops and sometimes a slight beard.

Have you ever shaved it since?

I cut it for the first time last year. I had it off for almost a whole year. Then I grew it back. I kind of missed it a little bit.

Why wear a mustache?

I've always had it. I like a mustache.

Have you ever rocked other styles?

I used to wear it all the way down. I used to wear the sideburns connected to it.

I like it more angled up, and [my barber] kind of cut it almost straight across last week. So I'm trying to get it angled back again. I like a neatly groomed mustache in my older age.

How do you maintain it?

As you can see, I don't have a whole lot of hair, so I only need to go to the barber shop every two weeks or so. When I'm there, I always have them edge it up for me.

For the most part, I do it myself. The new regular razor I've got, it's got a little thing where you can edge, actually. I've got one of those straight razors, but my barber's a lot better at using that than I am.

Do you have a name for it?

No. I've never named my mustache. It's always been part of me. It's Archie - "The Griff."