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World Meet ‘17

In August of 2015, The Bearded Villains got together as a family in the first ever, Bearded Villains World Meet, hosted in Las Vegas Nevada. This was repeated again in August of 2016, also in Las Vegas. After the second Meet was held, they brilliantly decided to change the location every year, and 2017 was to be held in beautiful Miami Florida. So as the new tradition served, on August 12th 2017, BV305 became host to approximately 250 Bearded Villains from all across the world, not to mention the many others who accompanied them, and the supporters who came along for the ride. The Main event was held on a Saturday (August 12th), but we had to start the celebration early. Friday night, the Meet and Greet at The Garden, in Wynwood was the night that started it all.

There were two things clearly evident on Friday night, one was the unrelenting Florida heat that is just as much a part of the experience, and two was the undeniable, and unspoken excitement in the air for this grandiose collection of bearded excellence. Brothers from all over coming together to exchange handshakes, hugs, the infamous BV305 salutes and fond memories. As the event was hitting mid swing, the worry the Miami boys had, came true……rain! It’s no secret Miami has what we locals have come to call “Bi-polar” weather, and on most occasions rain would ultimately end any gathering set outside. Yet this was another experience and memory the Villains took with them. How is this? Cue, the thunder dome!

A hollow rounded structure that sat empty, still just a shell of aluminum and glass being built to house future events, but at that moment, served to host all who gathered for the meet and greet wishing to avoid the downpour. Like the Villain Brotherhood itself, the party could not be denied, and as the rain subsided the party flawlessly transitioned back to the artificial grass of the Garden. Cheers and laughs were plentiful and not a person in the entire area was shaken out of continuing making memories that would last a lifetime.

Off to the main event! It was easy to tell when the World Meet began, as brothers from every chapter came together again, dawning cuts (sleeveless vests) boasting numerous chapter and achievement patches. People filled the doorways and filed into the vendor/sponsor room, unable to resist the opportunity at grabbing all the merch they could get. Each table working feverishly to make sure that their patrons found themselves completely satisfied with their desired keepsakes.

From stylish and delightful eye candy at the swimsuit table, to the Pulpo Beard oils and must have combs, Mr 25/8 lacing people with some dope gear, to the brothers at the BV305 table laboring like well-oiled machines, this room was a constant bustle, assuring no one left without some Miami swag. As the day drew on and the Beard and Mustache competition drew near, a singular voice could be heard over the intercom, perfectly directing traffic and energizing a heat zombified crowd. MDLP, your gracious MC/host provided perspective as well as genuine excitement as each contestant stepped on stage to strut their stuff.

The real highlight of the night was when BV305 presented a check to Behavior Links. The sum of $5,000.00 was raised by the contributions of all the brothers and sisters who were present, and was joyously and a bit emotionally (by both parties) handed to this very generous non-profit. With this help, they will be able to visit several locations and will change the lives of a multitude of people in need.

All in all, the 2017 Miami World Meet was a success. Many will walk away from this experience with a plethora of memories, and surely many pictures will be posted in the coming months to highlight the thrill of the weekend. We’ve asked many brothers, to share their fondest:

Justin BV502 Capo said: “It was an incredible experience! One that I won’t soon forget. Being able to meet, talk and spend time with brothers from all over the world at a KICK ASS event! And all for a truly awesome cause!”

Jimbo, Swamp Side Capo said: “The BV World Meet was a one of a a kind experience of true brotherhood, friendship, loyalty and respect. Even though it was called a World Meet, it felt more like a family reunion.”

Ed “Lali” PR Capo said: “It was a magnificent experience! BV305 treated us like VIPs. There are no words to explain how happy and proud the Puerto Rico chapter is of you brothers.”

Morgan Louisiana Capo: “The world meet was a great weekend spent with fellow brothers. I love big meet ups like this, the experience you get from being around each is something you will never forget. Then to tie in a great cause like behavior links? What more can you ask.”

Mauro Argentina Capo: “In truth, I have no words for you guys for the appreciation at the acceptance and affection offered. Everything was beautifully organized, was overall a 10, was worth the misery of travel for me. Everyone conducted themselves professionally. This was an absolute party, and we are extremely satisfied at this experience. Thank you for all your support, 1 million times over.”

Jorge “Pulpo”: “Not only have you guys set expectations, but completely raised the bar for how a chapter is supposed to run and operate a huge event like this. Your precision and attention to detail is impeccable and cannot be compared. From the moment we landed, my wife and I were showered with love.”

The boys at BV305 had a lot to say about the 2017 World Meet as well. The commonality being in the opportunity of meeting so many brothers, and feeling the love that comes from this worldwide family. Having shared in the company of this extended family, the devotion that resonates in these brothers for their cause, and most importantly the money that was raised for such an amazing organization. Overall, they will always remember the moment when everyone came together for the World Meet picture, as all present flags were brought forth, and in unison the chant of “305! 305!” began, and was heard throughout the streets of Miami. This was a truly humbling experience for the Bearded Villains Miami Chapter.

Daniel “d0n_big0te” Perez, Captain of BV305, shared these words on IG, accompanying a video of this precise moment.

“It was at this moment. These 10 seconds, that really pulled on some heart strings for me. To hear villains from all over the world chanting 305!! 305!! Was a moment I will never forget in my life. WE worked so hard for this meet, I forgot to take in what was going on, but for those 10 seconds, I bowed my head and thanked god, because I was reminded of the respect BV305 has all around the world, and I am forever grateful that; that is the case. My city, my brothers, my heart. TILL THE DAY I DO!!!”

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Map your Meet

So, you’ve made it, you’ve finally arrived at Miami, and the weekend is about to begin, but where do you start? Here are some ideas to map out your meet. Friday, we start our journey positively, by giving back to the veterans who fought for our great nation. We will be at Carrfour Supportive Housing-Harding Village between 10AM and 2PM, where we will be donating food clothing and hygiene products, as well as providing our veterans with free haircuts. Later that evening, the Meet in Greet will be held at Wynwood Garden located in the center of Wynwood (home of art Basel and many other hot spots). Wynwood Garden is a great outdoor bar that will be sure to satisfy your need for food and drink and proper bonding time with our brothers.

From there we’d encourage you to explore the area! Wynwood is the perfect spot to capture the dope shots you’ve envied, captured by the Miami boys.

Saturday is the main event!

Doors open at 3 PM. Make sure you get yourself some raffle tickets, as we will be announcing winners every hour. Take some time to get situated and check out the sponsor tables! Meet the Ritz Boys from the Beardstrong podcast, head over to the main table and get fitted for the bad ass ring you’ve been wanting from rotten bones. The BV305 squad will be waiting there also with those shirts you’ve been waiting to adorn. Also, new and only currently to be found at the Meet, check out our hot BV305 pendants.

Our brothers from Chico’s Marked 4 Life will be tattooing as well, so maybe it’s time you get that BV tatt you’ve anxiously been wanting. Check out some local artists at work, as they create their art live via graffiti. Make your way over to the tables, and check out some apparel from Parks and Wreck, and Beardsace, but first stop at the bar and quench your thirst with some craft beer from our very own Miami Brewery. They’ll assure you’ll get a taste of Miami in every sip of their Big Rod, or Miami Vice beer.

By this time, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite so head over to our food trucks and get your fill of some sought after Cuban food from Tony’s Kitchen, or some unique culinary creations at Mr. PB&J. After every good meal, we know that usually follows…THE DREADED IDUS. No need to worry though, we got just what you need. You’ve heard this a lot from BV305’s IG stories, time for you to learn what all the hype is about. Cafe’ La Llave will be there, just go up and ask for a colada, and wake the hell up!

The Beard and Mustache competition starts promptly at 5 PM, so if you’re competing, head back over to the sponsor booths, and load up on some of Maestros balms to shape your face sweater. You can’t forget your oils though, slide back over to the main table, as we’ll have Azbane products there as well, with their great scented oils. You’re in Miami right? Make sure you get yourself some Miami Nights oil from Pulpo, and take a little bit of Miami back with you every time you apply.

There are certainties when one comes to Miami, and they are sunshine, beaches and bikinis! During the Beard and Mustache intermission, make sure you check out our gorgeous local women, as they compete in a bikini contest. After the comp, time to check out some more merch. Sadly, our journey ends on Sunday, but in true Miami fashion, why not go out with a bang! Meet us at the illustrious Miami Beach on Sunday morning, for some fun in the sun. This is not an actual event, so make sure you bring any goodies you care to indulge in. But otherwise, let’s make our goodbye one to remember, in true Bearded Villains style. See you then!!

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Miami

Miami Beach. Close your eyes and think of those two words. Those 10 letters in succession probably bring up images of bathing suits, white sand beaches, and clear blue waters. Muscle beach, and a nightlife worthy of the stars. Somewhere off in the distance, some tourist is singing songs about lying on the beach to the break of dawn. “Welcome to Miami”.

But before Miami was the travel destination for all who love warm weather, it was feral. Swamp marshes, wild animals, and native Tequesta tribes. (Of whom named Miami “Mayami” meaning big water) Shells were carved into tools as native’s hunted bears, deer and wild fowl. European settlement didn’t arrive until 1513 in the form of Spanish Explorer Ponce De Leon. And it wasn’t until 1822 that Florida was purchased by America for 5 million dollars.

In the 1940’s, Miami became a huge training ground for all branches of the armed forces. With the end of the war came the veterans who had grown fond of “sand in their shoes,” setting up households in Miami as permanent residences. By the 1950s, the population of Miami had grown to 172,000. 1959, the city became an international haven for refugees. During the 1960s, Miami served as a center of international activities involving the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The city became a Latin American capital and continued on this trend through the 1980s. Miami was flooded with businessmen who brought billions of dollars into Miami, which were quickly funneled through front organizations into the local economy. Luxury car dealerships, five-star hotels, condominium developments, nightclubs, major commercial developments began very hastily.

In the latter half of the 2000–2010 decade, Miami has seen an extensive boom of high rise architecture, dubbed a “Miami Manhattanization” wave. This has included the construction of many of the tallest buildings in Miami, with nearly 20 of the city’s tallest 25 buildings finished after 2005, 2007 and 2008. This boom has transformed the look of downtown Miami, which is now considered to have one of the largest skylines in the United States, ranked behind New York City and Chicago.

So, Miami Beach. Close your eyes. Now what do you see?

August 2017, Miami Beach will be host of the bearded villains world meet. Another piece of history, for an already historical town.

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2017 World Meet

When you hear the name “Bearded Villain”, what pops in your head? At first it may sound like someone you would want to steer clear of. But in all actuality we are a brotherhood of elite bearded men from around the world dedicated to the beard, charity, family, respect, and loyalty. On August 11th 2017 great men from around the globe will merge on the great city of Miami, Florida to celebrate our unique brotherhood.

Established in 2014 by President Von Knox, Bearded Villains has now grown into a worldwide organization. With chapters around the globe, these fine men not only positively impact their communities through their work, but display a comrade for each other few have ever seen.

In 2016 Las Vegas, Nevada played host to the 2nd annual BV World Meet. Hundreds of Bearded Villains from around the globe converged on the city. The event was a huge success and brought together bearded men from various backgrounds to unite in the name of brotherhood. Events included a beard competition as well as a “pin-up” contest. This year’s event looks too far exceed the previous year in attendance as well as community involvement.

Touted as “Beard Bash Miami”, this years Bearded Villains World Meet will look to showcase the beautiful city of Miami and the very best it has to offer. Some of the confirmed events include a beard and mustache competition, bikini contest, barber battle, and pool party just to name a few.

Many more details are yet to be disclosed. But you can stay up to date on all things World Meet by following Bearded Villains Miami on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Event sponsorship inquiries can be directed to beardedvillainsmiami@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you in our great city!