One of the good things about being a baby boomer is that as you reel in the years you become less and less a slave to trends.
Like shaving, or more specifically, not shaving.
For some years now, the hip thing has been for men to go around sporting several days of growth on their face. Apparently, this is supposed to make them look macho, sexy, and appealing to women.
I can't imagine women enjoy kissing a guy with a three-day growth of extra-coarse sandpaper, but then I have never kissed anyone with stubble. OK, there was this one girl in grammar school when I was growing up in Waterbury, but it didn't last.
Sometimes you will see baby boomers attempting to emulate the stubble style, but I don't think it works for men once one's beard includes a mix of colors. Unless, of course, they are going for a kind of derelict thing (think Frank from the TV show "Shameless.")
While stubble is still "cool" there seems to be a trend building toward clean shaven. Unfortunately, when I say clean shaven, I am not talking about just the face. Many younger men are now engaging in a shaving regime called "manscaping."
Manscaping is the scorched-earth approach to bodily hair. Women, of course, have been engaging in this for years. Some even opt for a medieval, clear-cutting treatment that involves hot wax and tearing out hair at the follicle level.
I can't say I have ever seen a completely — and I mean completely — manscaped male in person at this point, or that I want to. But you have to think a grown man with not a visible hair on his head or body must resemble just a larger version of an eight-month-old baby.
Hopefully, this is not the look they are going for, but you never know these days.
One thing hairlessness does provide, is a clean surface for tattoos. I mean, you don't want a prominent tattoo of your wife or girlfriend with hair growing out of her face … in most cases.
Tattoos are another trend that doesn't translate well for baby boomers. The problem here is gravity, which tends to alter skin art over time. Sadly, it is not uncommon to see a boomer with a once elaborate tattoo image of a loved one that now reminds you of the joke:
Horse walks into a bar and the bartender says "why the long face?"