This pictogram is simple and playful. I quite like it. The mustache has made the scene big time with the arrival of the Movember campaign back in 2003 to bring awareness to men’s health, more specifically in regards to Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer and Mental Health due to the growing number of men taking their own lives every day. Mind you this article isn’t about Movember, I just felt it important to briefly talk about this since it is a very important topic that some light definitely to be shed on.
Since the increased word of mouth, radio contest and so forth, men all over have been opting to keep their mustache permanently. Some have even gone on to keep a Noah type full on beard to match. This movement has given men the opening to be a bit more rugged and the ladies seem to like it. I’ve seen so many couples of gorgeous women with scruffy dudes. Hey, I say all the power to them.
This symbol has also made its way onto jewellery. I’ve seen countless stud earring, rings and necklaces with this as its feature image. They have been printed on pencils and have made it big in the world of arts and crafts, and even as one of the many props in photo booths. Yes, the mustache is back!
Now, let us examine this pictogram. It was definitely designed in Illustrator and is basically one shape that has been mirrored with the reflexion tool. I would reckon the entire shape is made up of no more than 5 points where the anchors have been pulled and the shapes stretched into place in order to create an organic shape.
You have the V shape of the cupid’s bow at the top, then at the bottom, you have a seamless sweeping connection of the upper lip. What I find humorous about this is the winged shaped tips of the mustache that curve upward. This is a fun pictogram that gets men involved in a difficult discussion but as far as I’m concerned, once it helps save lives, I’m A-OK with it.
This is by far one of my favorite pictograms. It puts a smile on my face every time I see it.