Best of the web: Graphic design hoarders, beard thieves and how to "make an art"

Beardfolio: In 2009, Texan photographer Matthew Rainwaters shot the strange and wonderful contestants of the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Anchorage, Alaska. Described as “a magnificent showcase of chops, bristles and whiskers,” the images were finally compiled into book form. The resulting photobook, “Beard,” is now out from Chronicle. For those of us whose boyfriends are embarking on annual facial hair experiments (under the pretense that it’s “warmer”), looks like we have at least one Christmas gift taken care of.

(Related: a dangerous beard-thieving ring is now under investigation in Amish country.)

How to Make an Art: I might be late to the party with this one, but in case you haven’t already seen it, Hennessy Youngman’s YouTube series, “Art Thoughtz,” offers important insights into the ongoing debate over what “counts” as art. For example, a pile of chairs four-stories high would be considered art, in Youngman’s point of view, because he “can’t possibly sit in all of them,” while a urinal with too many drains doesn’t, because he “can actually pee in it.” Ah!

Design Hoarders: Portland-based graphic designer Aaron Draplin allowed Level Magazine to tour his massive, hoarder-like collection of antique signage and graphics with some controversial revelations along the way, including the admission that many of the pieces were actually stolen. “There’s a lot of larceny in here, to say the least,” Draplin says. “Street value: 10-15 bucks. Fuckin’ rad value: millions and millions of dollars.”