Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Matt's tatt



Meet Matt Bischoff, who will be competing for Beard Team USA in the freestyle full beard category at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Brighton, England, on September 1. Matt's long, red beard is permanent -- much like a tattoo.

Now meet Hans Langseth from Norway. According to Guiness, the late Hans sported the world's longest beard. In fact, Longseth's beard is or was on display at the Smithsonian, the same as the Hope Diamond and the Spirit of St. Louis. Someday Matt hopes his beard will be as long as Hans's was.

Not only is Matt's beard here to stay, so is the tattoo of Hans Langseth on Matt's back. Also like Matt's beard, the tattoo is still a work in progress. In the case of the tattoo, the artist is Chris Garver.

Matt, his beard, and his tattoo will be featured on an upcoming episode of Miami Ink on cable TV (TLC). Stay tuned.

27 Comments:

At June 27, 2007 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Need to post the completed artwork :)

 
At June 27, 2007 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the episode of Miami Ink last night , Great tat , wish I knew were he got the pic of Hans would love to have a copy to frame!

 
At July 01, 2007 6:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, I got an email from a friend telling me about this and I was in disbelief, because I am the Great Great Granddaughter of Hans. Just to let you know he was from Norway but spent most of his life on a farm in rural west-central North Dakota. I am looking forward to watching the re-run of the show!

 
At July 03, 2007 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt - Good luck in September!!! I saw the episode of Miami Ink and loved your enthusiasm! You're love of Han's and all things "beardly" was inspiring!

 
At July 06, 2007 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Matt, I saw the Miami Ink show and could not believe it. I am also a great, great, great grandaughter of Hans Langseth. My Dad has a gold piece that Hans won in a contest for having the longest beard. We also have several pictures of Hans and his beard. It is sort of cool that someone has recognized Hans and his beard. Good luck at the competition.

 
At July 06, 2007 5:26 PM, Anonymous Jay Gerig said...

HOLY CRAP THAT'S MY GREAT GREAT GRANDPA!!!!!! and looking at the other responses i see others too. my name is Jay Gerig, my mom's maiden name was Langseth and that same picture is framed on all my aunt and uncle's walls. seriously cool man. i wish you luck matt. (kinda want hans to keep the record, but still, good luck)

 
At July 06, 2007 11:36 PM, Blogger Megan said...

Just thought I would join the list of Hans' great-great grandchildren who are supporting your quest. You know it was actually his underbeard, the part that grew from his upper neck and not just his face, that was so long. When he died it was a full foot longer that his 17 1/2 foot record. Good luck and thanks for bringing Grandpa Hans into the spotlight.

 
At July 07, 2007 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey--I feel like this is a family reunion of people related to the guy with the beard. That is my great-great-grandpa too. My grandpa used to talk about Hans. He said that Hans would sit in a chair while his daughter-in-law (my grandpa's mom) would wash the beard. It was so long that she would have to pin it out on a clothes line to dry. He would sit in the chair and wait while it dried out on the line! Then he would wrap it all up and tuck it into his vest. Not to rain on your goal or anything--but my grandpa remembered Hans as being a very "smelly" old man. Good luck :) Tracy Nitz

 
At July 08, 2007 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well. another Hans Langseth relative: We were to see his beard displayed at the Smithsonian Institute and there they measured it at 19 and a half inches, so you have a ways to go, Matt. Another Langseth

 
At July 09, 2007 6:22 AM, Anonymous Another Langseth said...

This is my great-great grandpa as well. I feel like this is a family reunion too! Good luck Matt!

 
At July 09, 2007 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to join the family in supporting you, Matt. I am also a great- great- granddaughter. I am Jay's and Tracy's cousin Alicia. We all have that picture, I even have copies for all 4 of my children. I to would like to keep our little claim to fame, but the best of luck to you.

 
At July 09, 2007 5:11 PM, Anonymous Matt Bischoff said...

This is Matt. I am so stoked that everyone is posting on this. My email address is beard@fuse.net. shoot me an email and I will be happy to send good photos of my tattoo. It is absolutely amazing. love beard

 
At July 11, 2007 10:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the great granddaughter of Hans. I have two pictures of Hans in my family room. My dad knew him well but shaved every day.I love to tell the story to new people I meet but only after I know them long enough so they don't think I am wierd.
Good luck but I think you will need a little fertilizer

 
At July 11, 2007 10:55 AM, Anonymous Matt Bischoff said...

Attention all Hans relatives. This is Matt Bischoff, the guy who has the beautiful tattoo. I would be happy to mail each of you a cd rom with tons of digital photos of my tattoo. Also, I want to start a website about Hans if any of you have any great stories pics etc. My email address is beard@fuse.net
Look forward to hearing from you.
Matt

 
At August 02, 2007 3:52 AM, Anonymous drShop said...

WooW =)

 
At August 06, 2007 10:16 AM, Anonymous b gunderson said...

i found this great link for repros of the photo from NDSU in Fargo
http://www.lib.ndsu.nodak.edu/ndirs/collections/photography/Folio131.htm I am from western ND and my relatives are slo of Norwegian Ancestry so when I saw the story on Miami Ink I had to do a little research. GUNDO(Gunderson)

 
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At September 06, 2007 2:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also saw this episode on Miami ink, however when I was watching it, i thought wow that is cool because Hans Langseth is my great-uncle.

 
At September 06, 2007 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hans is also my great grandfather. The Langseth family is bigger than people think.

 
At October 18, 2007 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not related to Hans in any way. Although I wish I was. I'm an 18 year old beard grower who just has to tip his hat to Hans Langseth. He's pretty much my hero.

 
At November 01, 2007 3:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm also related to Hans (he's my5x great uncle), but could never come close to growing my beard that long. Dig the tatt.

 
At November 20, 2007 5:08 PM, Anonymous Wes K. said...

Saw the rerun of Miami Ink and had to look into this Hans Langseth thing. That's one heck of a beard. ND winters are cold, I could use 18ft of insulation myself. I also went to NDSU with a Langseth gal, cute girl, no beard though! Props to your beard and your tatt Matt!

 
At November 26, 2007 2:36 PM, Blogger Derek said...

Hans is my Great Great Great Granddad, and im aspiring to grow one just as long

 
At April 08, 2008 12:19 AM, Blogger Miss Trixie said...

I am a great, great grandaughter too. Funny how many people have posted the same...

 
At June 24, 2009 9:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt,

Now that's dedication! My great, great grandfather would be proud of you. We have a new web site honoring him. It's www.hanslangseth.com.

DuWayne Langseth

 
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