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Halloween ‘Hangover’ style: Get your Alan on with beard and satchel

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Back in the summer, I told you where you lone wolves could score Alan Garner’s Human Tree T-shirt as proudly worn by actor Zach Galifianakas in ‘The Hangover’). Over the weekend, I received a post in the comments asking where one can get one’s hands on the glorious leather man satchel -- which makes me think there’s someone else out there with the same Halloween costume idea that I have.

The bag in question is Roots’ Village Bag in Vintage Tribe Leather ($124), which, according to Roots’ website, is made in Canada from hand-distressed leather.

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For those of you without the ‘Fat Jesus’ facial hair -- in my opinion, the key element such a costume requires -- I recently stumbled across a 2-month-old site, hangoverbeard.com, dedicated to selling a respectable facsimile of Galifianakis’ ‘Hangover’ beard.

It’s the brainchild of a 24-year-old San Franciscan named J.D. Beebe (that’s him in the above photo) whose day job is working at an advertising agency, and who describes himself as ‘facial hair impaired with latent beard envy.’

Beebe said, based on the success of ‘Borat,’ he’d originally hoped to launch a site in the aftermath of ‘Bruno,’ (sequined lederhosen, perhaps?), but when that didn’t do as well as he’d hoped, he shifted gears.

‘I’ve been a fan of Zach Galifianakis’ comedy for years,’ Beebe said. ‘And when I saw that beard on the big screen I knew the beard had landed.’

Beebe thought he’d sell ‘maybe a few’ of the beards but has sold about 160 to date, at $20 a clip (which includes shipping). The beards arrive ‘un-hemmed’ and need to be modified into the full Garner glory on display in the photo above.

So that leaves you aspiring Alans a few key costume pieces: the trousers (if you’re really dedicated you’ll opt out of the pants altogether) and the sunglasses.

And trust me, don’t even think about asking your friends if you can borrow their baby for the night.

-- Adam Tschorn

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