Adam Humphreys channels his own life experiences to create film, but labeling a movie as a “documentary” comes with a laundry list of conventions. It is his personal style that escapes any typical fashion rules or trends, satisfying his own personal human need for comfort. Humphreys has what I like to call a beard in transition, or one that never looks the same twice (notice the unkempt and smattered growth), and despite describing himself as a “gentrified hipster,” note that there is no statement to be made from his facial fuzz – he’ll skip the irony because his beard – although in a turnstile-like state of coming and going – always returns (est. 2006). I liken Adam to the biology student who wears a bucket hat with lycra pants and a utilitarian vest or the retired professor who ditches his expected suede patches for a cotton crew neck sweater and pair of Levi’s. In his dream-like world of film, there is no escaping certain cinematic formulas, but in fashion – or in this case, his fashion – there are no rules. Just Adam.
Name: Adam Humphreys
Occupation: Tree Planter and Filmmaker (check out his documentary, ‘Franz Otto: Ultimate Highballer’)
City: Brooklyn, NYC
Are you a grower or a show-er? Are you a guy who has always had a beard, or is your growth a response to a trend?
I’ve had a beard around 40% of the time between 2006 to present. I’ve shaved completely around 20 times during this period. I use a trimmer once every couple of weeks so it comes and goes. I don’t think my beard is a response to a trend; if something seems trendy I think I feel a small desire to do it’s opposite.
Do you keep it neat and clean, or is a little unkempt more your style?
Does your beard ever factor in to the clothes you choose to wear? Do you like to frame it as your statement, rather than wear bold patterns, graphics and colours to distract from it?
I notice I feel better wearing different types of clothes when my hair or facial hair is at different lengths. I think when my beard is smaller and my hair is shorter I want to wear less conventional outfits. I don’t consider my beard a statement.
Does facial hair suit everyone? If you weren’t fully bearded, would you sport a ‘stache?
How would you classify your style?
Gentrified hipster mixed with PNW school teacher who canoes on the weekend.
What do you think about bearded, less-standardized models on the runways of Yohji Yamamoto, Vivienne Westwood, Walter Van Beirendonck? Can high fashion be showcased in this way?
It doesn’t bother me, but it doesn’t excite me either.
Name one item of clothing you will never part with and describe a head to toe look you feel most comfortable in
Black Rad Pants by Mountain Equipment Co-op with the cuff at the ankle. They’ve redesigned them and the new ones are like gore tex trousers (awful). These are my favorite pants for planting, but I also wear them in New York.
Any advice to those gents out there who may want to achieve a beard like yours (i.e. shaving products you use, trimming tips, or just some sage-like wisdom)?
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photos by Jonathan Owen Black