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.