Saturday, February 4, 2017

How Should a Giraffe Tie His Necktie

How should a giraffe tie his tie
How should a giraffe tie his tie
Well, to start with a giraffe should tie a Windsor Necktie Knot regardless of where on his long neck he ties his knot. The Windsor Tie Knot is simply regarded as the most attractive and classy way to tie a tie - it's the symmetrical shape and the sexy dimple that the knot creates.

I came across a website for Colorado 9News from November 30th, 2016 that had a most interesting post concerning neckties.  The title says it all; "How Should a Giraffe Tie His Tie?"

The origin of the question regarding this novel fashion statement was from a funny tweet "When giraffes go to work do you think they put the tie at the top or bottom of their necks? Asking for a friend"  You can see the funny tweet from comedian Jeremy Hammond from Brooklyn by clicking the link above.

It was under the heading "A Random Internet Debate" which clearly made a point that the nation is so divided over the Presidential Election that maybe this would be a fun diversion.  I could not have agreed more.  To serve the purpose of taking a break this topic otherwise seems irrelevant   Surprisingly though this subject is hardly meaningless if you take into account the decline of sophisticated apparel for men and the apparent serious interest that this tweet garnered in neckties and how and why they should be worn.

The tweet and the follow-up articles on web blogs and websites, on radio talk shows, and television reports went viral. Among the traction that this Tweet received included The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Fox News Insider, Reddit, and Mashable, and much more Internet and traditional news outlets. There is possibly a deeper reason for the interest beyond having some fun - apparently there is an interesting underlying sociology impact here.

USA Today did a fairly extensive article on this topic which included some critical fashion critiquing. ".... Most ( people ) have concluded that they would wear the tie at the bottom of the neck, because that’s where a human wears a tie. And a dress shirt goes to the bottom of the neck, so if a tie is placed under the collar, the answer would have to be the bottom of the neck.  My colleague Ted Berg brings up a rather compelling counterpoint: Maybe they make different shirts for giraffes. It’s an interesting theory, but has been debunked by this very scientific photo of a giraffe wearing a collared shirt:." read more here - USA TODAY, The Internet is locked in an intense debate on how a giraffe would wear a neck tie

Oddly enough, I have thought about this before. About three years ago, I had discovered a very special television commercial for Marriott that cleverly expressed the notion of a giraffe tying his tie as an obscure method of representing what a businessman's needs are concerning comfort when it comes to hotel accommodations.  I posted the commercial as I thought it was worthy of being on my blog for fun without realizing the implications that a giraffe having to tie a tie was as a metaphor for many men and their frustration with knotting neckties and otherwise being professionally prepared for serious business.  You can see the commercial here A Giraffe Businessman Ties his Tie For Work.

It is their long necks that make them such a spectacular sight, and as well their out of the norm physique that
What if a giraffe  wore a suit and necktie
creates their unique needs for comfort.  A bit extreme as a comparison to a businessman's desires.  Not so -someone and some marketing firm were paid big bucks to create this campaign for Marriott and the very smart people at Marriott bought it which quite creatively gets the point across that Marriott Hotels are perfect for businessmen or in the case of the commercial -a business-giraffes.

The reaction online as to how a giraffe would tie his tie is quite remarkable. It is not such a stretch to consider this academic rather than just a novelty topic. Reviewing the many comments and some of the blog articles revealed an ingenious approach to answering the question. Specifically, the article in USA Today by journalist Steven Ruiz which points out that tying a tie is a very demanding task and getting it wrong can be embarrassing.  To be clear about this point just think about the press coverage President Trump received when his tie was tied way too long at his inauguration.  He was ostracized by many mainstream media journalists and condemned as a man that was careless about how he grooms himself and not being kept - therefore not worthy of being president. If a tie is tied too short a man will look fat and stupid and if it is too long he will get the similar wrath that President Trump received when he tied his tie long enough to pee on.

I took the time to create some really nice Photo-Shopped images that emphasize both neckties tied high up the neck under the giraffe's chin and lower just above the giraffe's shoulder line. I even created a photo of a giraffe wearing a suit and tie which suggests making it more sensible that a giraffe would not tie his tie below his chin because this would make his wearing a suit and dress shirt with his tie impractical - unless he had his shirts and suits with exceptionally wide collars. That would be a really unconventional and uncomfortable shirt and suit to dress in. Neckties and dress shirts often with suits are more or less inseparable.  The collar factor was repeated several times in comments when a rational process of thought was applied to answer the perplexing question for giraffes and their wearing ties.

So, the funny tweet actually has some merit to it considering the giraffe's lengthy neck. Let us not forget that the giraffe has to get it right just like a man does when he ties his tie.  Whoever dreamt up the Marriott television commercial had a similar thought when creatively using a giraffe as an example to convey that the Marriott has accommodations that are very comfortable and easy to feel at home in.

If you watch the video the giraffe ties his tie right in the middle of his neck, go figure!  The photo below illustrates giraffes trending wearing ties below their chin and just above the shoulder.

You can comment which is your favorite concept for giraffe necktie fashion.  Across the Internet, there is an overwhelmingly amount of votes for giraffes to tie their ties just above the shoulder.
When giraffes go to work do you think they put the tie at the top or bottom of their necks?
When giraffes go to work do you think they tie their tie at the top or bottom of their necks?

Would a giraffe wear a bow tie
A giraffe wears a bow tie
What if a giraffe favors bow ties - how would he wear it, high or low on his neck?  I am sure, that would further complicate the debate.

Additionally, I have a page on my retail website that is home to a creative collection of my original art that I call Neckties In Photo Art ( click this link ) that includes a tiger wearing a necktie, and a Gorilla wearing a tie.  In both cases, these dapper jungle beasts are wearing suits and ties which made sense to me and gave me the insight to having a giraffe wear a suit and necktie.

A gorilla wearing a necktie
A gorilla wearing 
necktie
A tiger wearing a tiger tie
A tiger wearing a 
tiger tie

Guinness World Record - The Most Tied Neckties In One Minute

The most "Four In Hand Necktie Knots" tied in one minute

Believe it or not ( Knot ). It's the Official Guinness World Record for necktie tying in one minute - 13 ties tied.

In 2008 on the set of Zheng Da Zong Yi - Guinness World Records Special in Beijing, China, Yu Zhenzhen (China) secured a record for the most neckties tied with a four-in-hand knot in one minute.  The Four In Hand Tie Knot, also known as the School Boy Tie Knot and the Regate Tie Knot, is the most necktie knots tied in the world because it is a fast process and simple method to learn. In fact, 85% of the neckties tied everyday are tied using the "Four In Hand" tie knotting method.

The previously record for the most neckties tied with a four-in-hand knot was 9, achieved by Sarah Redding (Germany) on the set of Guinness World Records - Die Grössten Weltrekorde in Cologne, Germany a few months earlier.

The Four In Hand Tie Knot
The name Regate Tie Knot follows a fashion trend set by French Yacht racers who favored this tie knotting method.  French fashion designer Pierre Cardin favors this tie knot as it is narrow and compliments his favored design in shirt collar and jacket lapel width. The name School Boy Necktie Knot is the result of young men in school preferring this tie knotting technique because it was easy to learn. The name Four in Hand Necktie Knot found its origin and name as that members of the Four-in-Hand Club in London began to wear their neckwear in this manner of knotting, making it fashionable.

A necktie knotted in this method is narrow, asymmetric, and appropriate for most, but not all occasions. When tying the Four In Hand Tie Knot you will need to make adjustments when you are finished to make sure that is not horribly crooked.

From our friends at Ties.com - How to tie a Four In Hand Tie Knot by www.ties.com

The Four in Hand Necktie Knot Diagram





Saturday, January 21, 2017

Why President Donald Trump Wore a Red Necktie for the Inauguration

President Donald Trump at the inauguration
ceremony in Washington DC
President Trump wore a red tie on Inauguration Day because it presented him with the look of ultimate authority. Red ties are power ties.and if there ever was a guy and a time to wear a red tie this was it. He is a tough guy and takes no flak from anyone - to say he has enduring pride would be an understatement.

The color red illustrates confidence and aggression therefore with the commencement of taking on the responsibility of being the 45th President of the United States wearing a red tie would seem to fit the bill - certainly for President Trump.

This president has been underestimated and slandered by the mainstream media creating false news providing a great deal of miss guided ill-faith with many Americans. The Democratic Party just will not accept the loss of the election which was due to the fact that their candidate was not qualified.  Hillary Clinton is just not liked and not trusted by a majority of Americans which seemed to become a galvanization across the nation as her email scandal-plagued her.  The releasing of emails included very damaging content from her private server, the Democratic National Committee, and her campaign manager John Podesta that somehow were hacked or leaked and then released by Wikileaks painted a very unflattering insight into who and what she is.

The man who was democratically elected to lead the United States for the next four years had to endure something that no other president-elect has had to bare regarding the transition of power.  If he wore any other color necktie he would be in effect surrendering to the apparent conspiracy by the conservative left and other people in government especially the Democrats and certainly the biased mainstream media outlets that were relentless in their assault on him.

Check out our previous post earlier today about red neckties Never Wear a Red Necktie Unless...

Obviously a Photo-Shopped image of
 President Trump's extra long necktie
The Internet and many non-virtual media outlets were ablaze with commentary concerning President Trumps red satin silk necktie, namely the length of it.  The wide blade of his tie extended well below his belt which is the rule of thumb for a correctly tied tie. Twitter posts were abundant with many "haters" relishing in the fashion blunder. No doubt most of the Twitter critics have no idea how to tie a necktie which makes them non-credible fashion critics.  Some media reports were critical about President Trump's choice of wearing a red tie one calling it an "angry red tie."  I guess some were offended by the message that the red tie was conveying.  No doubt liberal journalists ( especially CNN correspondents ) just do not like President Trump and are probably a member of the "Not My President Club."

Read a post on Live Science Web Site  Red vs. Blue: Why Necktie Colors Matter

A Google Image Search of presidential inaugurations dating back to JFK in 1961 yielded only one president who wore a red tie at the swearing in ceremony. Barack Obama wore a red tie for his first inauguration in 2009. He certainly did not have to cope with the negative aspect of President Trump's transition so presumably he wanted to make a statement that he was strong and going to be in charge of the government. The 43rd President of the United Sates, George W. Bush wore red neckties on white shirts for every major speech in the beginning of his second term - he made sure he was taken seriously.

I would imagine that President Trump will opt to wear his signature red necktie often especially when he feels like he just is not getting treated fairly by the press or political adversaries.

Contemporary Presidents who did not wear a red necktie at their inauguration.




Friday, January 20, 2017

Never Wear a Red Necktie Unless ...

...you want a lot of attention. 
However, be forewarned.

Wearing a red tie may not always 
be such a good idea


Never wear a red tie unless you want to convey a message that you are aggressive and over-confident.  If you are dressing for a job interview you could shoot yourself in the foot if you wear a red necktie.  For instance interviewing for a car salesman position sporting a red tie would make the general sales manager feel threatened thinking that you are too self-assured and his job could become your job

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A new study by researchers at Durham University found that wearing red illustrates anger and a dominant character.  Men are offended by other men wearing red as being domineering, however, women do not react the same.  By contrast, women are attracted to men adorning red ties or clothing.   The study found that red has a subconscious effect on the brain that is useful for conveying potency but less effective if the aim is to evoke trustworthiness.  The color red is the color of passion, and lust which explains why woman are attracted by it.  Men wearing red are very sexually desirable to women.  Wearing red will make you stand out in a crowd which makes it a likely choice of garment color by extroverts.



When confronted about his choice to paint 
his airplane red, Baron Von Richthofen 
acclaimed that he did not want to hide
 - he wanted the enemy to be scared.





In nature many animals display red to ward off competitors. This is a trait that is apparent in the human species as well. The WWI German ace pilot Manfred Von Richthofen - the "Red Baron" shot down a record 80 planes.   When he was confronted by other pilots in his squadron complaining that his choice to paint his Fokker Dr.I triplane red as it was hardly stealthy, he acclaimed that he did not want to hide - he wanted the enemy to be scared.
Baron Von Richthofen


Matadors use red capes when fighting bulls, however, a common miss belief is that red makes the bulls angry - the red capes movement does cause the bull to become aggressive.  Bulls are color blind so the red cape has no effect on the bulls however it surely has an effect on the crowds in the bull ring.  A display of confidence could hardly be greater for the matador as he artfully used the red cape to taunt the bull causing distraction creating an advantage for the matador.

 Bulls are color blind so the red cape has no effect
on the bulls however it surely has an effect on the
crowds in the bull ring.

Consider Superman wearing a blue cape or worse pink. Do you think he would command authority in the least? Anything red illustrates strength and commands attention. The saying, "seeing red" indicates having the emotion of anger, which by error was coined due to the misunderstanding that the bull becomes fierce at the sight of the matador's red cape!  Never-the-less the color red is firmly rooted in language slang as an expression of rage.


If you are a ladies man or you feel up to intimidating men with the self-conviction of an abundant ego then wearing red neckties is for you.  Otherwise be duly warned about what the color red says. You may be commanding the appearance of being too audacious for a social event or for being trustworthy and personable to get the job.  On the other hand, if you can walk the walk and talk the talk you may be so cavalier as a knight slaying all adversaries in your endeavors.  Add some unyielding charm and you will get the killer babe which in many cases is a greater accomplishment than getting employed.

Superman's cape was not red by mistake
check out Why President Donald Trump Wore a Red Tie At His Inauguration

The Huffington Post - What’s The One Thing You Should Never Wear To An Interview? A Red Tie.







Tuesday, January 3, 2017

In 1965 The Rolling Stones Were Asked To Wear Neckties By the Royals and the Illuminati

The Rolling Stones were asked to wear neckties in 1965 to create a demand for ties by young men as the neck wear industry in England was failing.

The Tailor and Cutter, a British menswear magazine, issued a plea asking the Rolling Stones to wear ties and save the necktie industry.  Almost certainly this request was part of a much greater controlling force that by design had more than just an influence in apparel as an agenda. 

The music and the dynamic character of the rock and roll bands that made a great impression on the world and especially the United States in the 60s was not a mere happen-stance.  At the very least the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were a product of social engineering which controlled the population in an almost "science fiction" like manner.  An attempt to create a fashion statement while coming to the aid of a faltering fashion industry was probably not the main reason that Mick Jagger and fellow band mates were encouraged to wear neckties,.rather this was part of a grand process of cultural shaping and society discipline by an agenda executed by the world's elite.

Mick Jagger sporting a 
conservative tie


The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in Sussex, England, is the world’s center for mass brainwashing and social engineering activities (LaRouche.com, 1980). This think tank was initiated in 1946 as a sophisticated organization that along with other institutions on both sides of the Atlantic shapes the destiny of the entire planet, and in the process, change the paradigm of modern society. Tavistock is directly under the council of 300 which is beneath the 13 ruling blood line families that are in essence the Illuminati.


The Rolling Stones wearing ties
being fashionably correct in the early 60s
Lyrics, were not always solely the creation of the musicians making sure that specific messages were conveyed. Those tunes that did become born at the result of creativity of the band members had to be approved by the powers that be.

Apparently The Grateful Dead was under the thumb by Tavistock's partners in the USA - The Bookings Institute, The Hudson Institute, The Princeton Institute, The RAND Research and Development Corporation, and The Stanford Research Institute.  MI6 oversees Tavistock and the CIA manages the USA think tanks.

Mick Jagger was hardly easy to manage as were the other Rolling Stones musicians. It was soon after the plea to be dressed in suits and ties that Jagger and his fellow rockers wore what they wanted, and that was not neckties.  The fashion styles that they fancied were wild and at times outrageous - a natural for such avant-garde artists as the Rolling Stones.

Checkout our post The Rolling Stones - Rebel Rock and Rollers Just Won't Retire

Monday, December 26, 2016

Mens Dress Shirts - Possibly the Sexiest Thing a Woman Can Wear

Julia Roberts, photographed by Cedric Buchet 
for Marie Claire, Dec 2013.
A woman wearing a man's dress shirt fashions a very special sex appeal.

What makes a man think that his girlfriend or wife is really sexy when she wears his dress shirt?

The flowing blouse manner of the fitting reveals almost no hint of the female body, save legs and a deep neck line.  It is that obscuring that creates a sexy attraction that spellbinds the lady's man.

It is the ethereal look that makes it so sexy
In the morning when she gets up to make coffee and breakfast a man's lover will throw on his shirt as convenience effecting a robe like garment when she leaves the bed.

Her body enveloped in his shirt simply strikes sex appeal - these photos should leave no doubt.

Women wearing men's shirts

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Hugo Boss Fashion Superman Alex Thompson Leads in the Vendee Globe Yacth Race

Alex Thompson is not just a "superman" sailor he is an entrepreneur and knows how to impress his sponsor Hugo Boss with spectacular stunts.   He does Keel Walking, Mast Walking and Sail Boarding dressed to the nines in a Hugo Boss Suit and Tie.

Alex Thomson dives off the top of a mast in his Hugo Boss suit ( although it takes skill to dive more than 30 meters while moving ) for the PR requirements of his sponsor, Hugo Boss. . Photos and videos of Thompson Keel Walking, Mast Walking and Sail Boarding while dressed in a Hugo Boss suit and necktie were seen around the world on the Internet, and television, magazines and news papers.

His daring ways proved to be a great way of getting Hugo Boss to foot the bill for his challenge in the solo world yacht race.  All kidding aside he is the leader in the grueling single handed sailboat race in an older out of class boat that traverses the globe circumnavigating Antarctica in the treacherous Southern Ocean.

So besides mast walking, keel walking, and surf sailing in fashion suits and ties by Hugo Boss Alex Thomson has greater sporting ambitions: he wants to become the first British winner of the Vendée Globe.  Read more here.  Alex Thompson Vendee Globe

Check out our earlier post Alex Thompson Keel Walking wearing a Hugo Boss Suit

Click here to view the video of Alex Thompson promoting Hugo Boss in a most unique fashionable way and Thompson Sail Boarding wearing a Hugo Boss suit and tie
Alex Thompson wearuing a Hugo Boss suit and tie creating quite a stir in the fashion world "mast walking" on his Hugo Boss racing yacht
Alex Thompson is quite the daredevil making an unusual fashion statement for his sponsor Hugo Boss sail boarding in a suit and tie and also at the right a more traditional fashion modeling.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Rolling Stones - Rebel Rock and Rollers Just Won't Retire

Mick Jagger and fellow Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, and Keith Richards are as vibrant as ever.  The Rolling Stones are recording a new album their first since 2005 with Eric Clapton contributed to the effort as a special guest.  And they are back on tour again with three dates in the USA including Las Vegas. 


An explanation by Rolling Stone Magazine as to why the iconic band will never quit - gotta read this article to find out.

The Rolling Stones are releasing a new album later this year that promises to be heavy blues like the band's original sound.  It has been over 10 years since their last release "A Bigger Bang" so this album is greatly anticipated.  They are also back on tour in 2016 with two shows at the Empire Polo Club in Indio California on October 7th and 14th and a show in Las Vegas on October 19th at the T-Mobile Arena.  The "Lucky Dip" Las Vegas Show quickly sold out as could be expected for the Sin City.

In 2016 they performed 15 stadium shows in Latin America the "Ole Tour" including Santiago, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo and Porto Alegre with Lima, Bogotá and Mexico City and Cuba - from February 1 through March 25th.   Their 2015 "Zip Code Tour" had 17 Stadium dates in North America including San Diego, Columbus, Milwaukee, Dallas, Nashville, Raleigh, Orlando, Atlanta, Pittsburg, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Detroit, Buffalo, and Quebec.  They performed 29 shows in 2014 the "14 On Fire Tour" that included Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Tokyo, Oslo, Zurich, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Madrid, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, Macau, Singapore Shanghai and other cities,  In 2012 and 2013 their "50 Years and Counting Tour" had 4 dates in Paris and London, 23 dates in North America including Montreal, New York, Newark, Las Vegas, Oakland, San Jose, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC. Los Angeles, Anaheim, and 3 dates in England ( 2 in London ).  They performed the historic Havana Cuba Concert for free making that event a really great one for the people of Cuba who never had the chance to attend a rock and roll concert. In just the last 4 years the Stones have been almost everywhere - so they can hardly be accused of forgetting their fans and where they are.

The Rolling Stones
In all, they have performed over 5000 gigs since 1963 when they first toured in England performing 17 concerts in just the 35 days. Since then as young men adventuring in music and now seasoned veterans the Rolling Stones have become the definition of Rock and Roll. Front man Mick Jagger has driven the band over 5 and a half decades never becoming out of fashion and always on the cutting edge of Rock and Roll. In the late 90s it was reported that the Stones could not quit touring because they were so far behind in taxes that if they were to stop they would become bankrupt and jailed. None-the-less, these guys love what they do and they are loved for it across the world so they tour and perform because that is their life.

The Rolling Stones performing Satisfaction
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A special artistic event "Exhibitionism" that first was staged in a London Museum in April of this year will travel to New York City in the fall.  The Stones and Exhibitionism features stage clothing, classic album artwork, vintage gear, guitars, drum sets, photography, stage designs, personal diaries, "We've been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale," Mick Jagger said in a statement. "It's not going to be like walking into a museum. It's going to be an event, an experience. It's about a sense of the Rolling Stones – it's something we want people to go away talking about it.”  Visitors will Experience the band and their iconic music, as never before with behind-the-scenes footage, a recreation of the band's first apartment and more memorabilia. The unique exhibition will be at the West Village's Industria Superstudio in November, the first stop on what's being billed as the largest touring experience of its kind ever to be staged.

Click here - The 50-year history of 
the Rolling Stones Concert Tours through 2005

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Horsing Around in Tweed Suit and Necktie

A suit and tie fit for a Horse
Well no one can say that this horse wearing a suit and tie is not dressed to the nines.  

Save greyhound racers horses are the only animal that wears clothing, especially race horses, however this tweed suit is taking horse dressing to quite an extreme.

 This three-piece suit, billed as the “world’s first Harris Tweed suit designed specifically for a race horse.”  The bookmaker that commissioned the tailoring was timely just before a major race in England - Cheltenham Festival, one of Britain's most prestigious racing events. The very unique suiting was fashioned by a former apprentice to the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, Emma Sandham-King. The horse-sized suit was accompanied by a hat, necktie and white undershirt.

The suit took four weeks to complete and took almost 20 yards of tweed imported from Scotland.  The handsome retired race horse is named Morestead posed with as well a retired jockey, Sir Anthony McCoy, a 20 time champion . This horse may not be suited for a fashion runway however this ex-racer can run and run and run.

Sir Anthony McCoy and Morestead - a
handsome
duo in matching tweed suits.
Looking really handsome and very fit

Monday, April 25, 2016

Contemporary Man and the Power of Samson’s Long Hair

Samson Strength Came from His Long Hair
The Biblical tale of Samson and Delilah is the story of a man’s love for a defiant woman which led to his demise.  

It was wearing his hair in lengthy locks that gave him his strength, a secret that would become known to his adversaries.  It was not a style he was portraying but a ritual that he attested to which he drew his strength from - his long flowing hair.  The invincible Samson became quite vulnerable once Delilah cut his hair thus creating such a great mystique over the ages that a man’s desire to grow his hair long has deemed a value more than just an attempt to become attractive.  As not just a vogue statement of personal styling this instance in history is where wearing long hair as fashion for men has its roots.

Fashionable long hair for men is seen throughout history starting most notably in the Old Testament where the men of Nazareth are depicted as wearing the hair long to show devotion to God.   Most illustrations and painting of Jesus show him with long locks of hair as a sort of display of divinity. His flowing locks amplify his charismatic manner inviting alliance and trust.

Prior to Christianity in 2200 B.C. Egyptian men wore their hair short however often wore sensational headdresses with wigs or hair extensions.   In ancient Greece men with long hair was a status symbol of wealth and power.  The common man wore his hair short however in line with the notion of men wearing their hair long as prominence the Greek Gods, Zeus, Apollo, Poseidon had long hair as did warriors and heroes such as Achilles. Warriors of acclaim considered their long hair as a sign of aristocracy and combed it publicly in a show of vanity.  In the Sixth Century Greek men favored shorter hair styles with the exception of the Spartans.

Viking warriors wore their 
hair long
Men of Asia throughout history generally wore their hair long across all social strata, as if they had the same belief as Samson regarding long hair as a source of power.  Paintings of Samurai will attest to this.  Prior to the beginning of the 4th century Romans and all men within its control did not cut their hair short for the most part however around 300 B.C. they adopted short hair styles as by order of Cesar.  With the exception of some philosophers who were thought to be too consumed with thought to be concerned with cutting their hair short hair styling for men throughout the remaining rule of the Roman Empire.

Vikings wore their hair long following the Following the ritual of Samson.  Their warrior ways certainly follow the concurring fashion of Samson.  The collapse of the Roman Empire, most of Europe adopted the hair style and dress of the Germanic peoples.  During the reign of the Merovingian dynasty, King Chlodio V was nicknamed "Le Chevelu" due to his long hair, much lengthier than his predecessors. During this period, long hair was a symbol of status, as with the Greeks centuries earlier. Royalty wore their hair long in long style while men of the lower classes and slaves had short hair or shaved heads.

Native American men 
kept the hair long
In the 17th century men wore wigs that afforded them long full wavy hair that could easily be changed to suit attire or affair.  In France it was a sign of status, made popular by King Louis XIV who made public appearances and posed for magnificent portraits in long, dark wavy wigs.  It might be noted that King Louis XIV made the wearing of neck clothes or cravats (neckties) fashionably acceptable during the 30 year Religious Wars.  The Croatian Mercenaries wore their hair long and also wore red neck clothes in battle.  It was this form of uniform that gave notice by the French Royalty.

In the New World it was deemed fashionable for men to wear their hair long.  Politicians would adorn wigs which was the norm for men of stature and wealth.  It should be noted that President George Washington went against the trend of his day by not wearing a wig.  Instead he powdered his hair, and pulled it back, accenting it with long sideburns.  Native Americans wore their hair long in functional style more than fashion style as their belief that
Sir Isaac Newton
their hair was an extension of their feelings and a source of strength - in line with the faith that Samson, Achilles and the warriors of Greece, and others held with conviction.

Musicians such as Mozart and Beethoven wore their hair long as did many artists which became the norm leading up to the Bohemian Movement at the turn of the 20th century.  History will note that up until the First World War men wore their hair long.  It was the military influence of having short and trimmed hair for men that ruled through the first half of the century establishing a tradition in the military around the world.

Ludwig Von Beethoven
Hair styles would again change to become longer with the onset of beatnik poets in the 50s. By 1960, a small "beatnik" community in Newquay, Cornwall, England (including a young Wizz Jones) had attracted the attention of their neighbors for letting their hair grow to a length past the shoulders, which resulted in a television interview on BBC television's Tonight Series and other media promotion. The 1960s also saw The Beatles who started the widespread long hair trend that became a social revolution. Long hair, for men, became a political or counter culture phenomenon as protest. And women just loved their men in long hair.

This cultural symbol extended to several Western countries in the Americas, Western Europe, South Africa, and Australia.   Specific long hairstyles such as dread locks became the fashion statement of Caribbean men of African descent most notably made popular by Rastafarian musicians like Bob Marley.  In the late 70’s Rock and Roll groups like Led Zeppelin and the Who created the wave of very long hair styles that defined the decade.  The surfing counter culture life style as well embraced very long hair styles as a certain form of self-expression that was the signature of being out of the loop and living an esoteric life style that embellished the freedom of riding waves and tuning out of the politically charged civilization of the “Cold War”.

Oscar Wilde
The long hair panache of men out-lasted the free love revolution along with the rebellious anti-establishment philosophy of the hippies, Vietnam War protesters, rock and rollers, artists, surfers and snow skiers.  Sporting a bohemian style of hair remained popular throughout three decades until short hair styles became the fashion trend in the 90s.  Surprisingly before the end of the century baldness became quite fashionable in contrast to centuries if not millennium of great efforts of gentlemen to conceal their lack of hair.  The fashion solution of wearing hats, or donning toupees, and endless hair growth remedies and even surgery were in demand to answer the failure to have a full head of hair.  It was as if being bald was being considered sexy as merely a contrast to what had endured for decades and periodically throughout history – the yin and yang of fashion.

In later part of the past century men having short hair styles was in many cultures viewed as being under society's control and conforming to the establishment. While in the military, prison or in the employment of a fundamental career men were forced to wear their hair short.  Religious formalities and social uniformity regarding men with long hair as un-kept or not wholesome gave way to fashion. In contrast, men sporting long hair styles were accepted by society by sheer force, almost every guy had long hair in the 70's and 80's.

Brad Pitt
When the fade of long hair style started to become unfashionable or obsolete men that wished to wear their hair long regardless were sort of deemed renegades.  Not the average man can repeal the trends in fashion especially when it comes to hair style. Being bald and proud was something that was not easily accomplished.  As with wearing hair long for the contemporary man the scenario is the exact same. Only men with strong personality and the capability of carrying himself in character will sufficed.  These are usually self-made men or have become resilient to the confines of the system becoming employed outside the mainstream in sports, entertaining, or in the fashion business.

Now, having long hair signifies being outside of the mainstream and having their own special fashion statement of expression.  Think of soccer star David Beckham, or movie star Chris Hemsworth as contemporary men with long locks of hair.  These guys have much more than simple sex appeal – they
Chris Hemsworth plays Formula One 
Race Drive James Hunt circa 1976
have charisma that is beyond the norm.   They have the Samson dynamic.
 
Led Zeppelin - Iconic Rock Band 
and their long locks