Chairman Of The Beard

October 20th, 2009

Chairman Of The Beard - Family Portrait

You don’t get to hold the cat for nothing.

(submitted by Brendon)

(title submitted by John)

135 Responses to “Chairman Of The Beard”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Why didn’t anybody smile?

  2. enderzshadow says:

    Mr. Bigglesworth is upset. And when Mr. Bigglesworth is upset, PEOPLE DIE!

  3. anniebananie says:

    OMG… still laughing! Far-away look in kitty’s eyes…. can’t type LOL!!!!

  4. Curious says:

    Brett says it’s his picture but at the top it says “submitted by Brendon”. ??

  5. hcw80 says:

    Dad kind of looks like a youngish Col. Sanders. I hope that cat is not a new secret ingredient….you know, recession chicken.

  6. Gregorian says:

    I actually got the feeling that these “men” were all actually Cats somehow partially transformed into humans. Part of some evil plan of world conquest.
    Here they are posing with their Imperious Leader.

  7. madpariah says:

    I see an xmas card for Meyer & Sons Construction, Inc.

  8. laura says:

    OMG some people at work were showing me this website the other day and how funny it was. so im sitting here showing eric and whose picture do i see…??? hahahahhahahaa omg thats f****** awesome. + 10 agility lol

  9. doggiekittymama says:

    I always thought Olan Mills was some fancy photography chain. Nice to know the wealthier relatives go to a place like K-Mart for thier photos! Love the image of the guys in suits and cats walking through there. Way classier than the people of WalMart.

  10. carol says:

    Beautiful kitty! Don’t know why it’s in the picture, but it sure is cute.

  11. Aaron Mlynarski says:

    Brett I can’t believe how many people comment on this gem already. I know Brett and this is all real. They took many of these photos….this was just the best one.

  12. clucky says:

    Simply adorable…esp. the cat’s expression.

  13. AFR says:

    Now i REALLY can’t get the theme tune to ‘Top Cat’ out of my head! I will be singing it all day…

  14. Tocsnai says:

    Uncanny family resemblance. Without the differing hair, could we tell these gents apart?

  15. Stephanie says:

    I love that Ryan looks about 20 years older than he actually is. Men with beards are winners. This photo and the whole photo session is genius. Studs, all of you.

  16. Gentlewoman says:

    That is one squicked-out looking Bengal cat. I can’t imagine why she seems so distressed.

  17. ZERO says:

    cairman of the beard?!?

    we all know the cat is the one calling the shots!

  18. Lucy says:

    What’s your dad’s secret to keeping cat hair off the suit? Seriously. I can’t even look at my cat without becoming covered in cat hair.

  19. Steve says:

    Dad wanted to stand, but the sons forcibly held him down by the shoulders long enough to snap the picture. “You’re gonna sit there with the cat until we say you can get up!”

  20. kathy says:

    Walking through KMart, in suits, with a cat…classic American awkward.

  21. MyLeftNut says:

    Isn’t the guy on the right Ron Livingston? Office Space, Band of Brothers…

  22. Mark R says:

    If you all ever shave, please take another picture and this time bring one of those hairless cats.

  23. Richard Davies says:

    Budget cuts affect the casting of the chief villan & henchmen in the next James Bond film.

  24. Modine says:

    Nothing says “Sensitive New Age Guys” like getting your portrait taken with your cat. This is awesome.

  25. Matt says:

    This is one of the first photos in a long time to make me laugh out loud. The effect of scrolling down, first i was like wow these three are awkward, then I saw the cat and just lost it!

  26. Denise says:

    Looks like the cat got the memo about holding the dreamy, far-away eyed pose. Sweet!! My cat would never cooperate…

  27. mixedmedia says:

    Anything that makes me burst out laughing at work has to be good. All of it–just perfect.

  28. Mack says:

    haha….that cat looks truly thrilled to have his picture taken

  29. Dysfunk says:

    “No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die…”

  30. stupidtweets says:

    If only the cat would grow a sick beard now too…

  31. corkystclair says:

    Given everything that’s going on in this little gem, I believe if you look up “awkward” in the dictionary, this photo accompanies the definition.

  32. Bonnie says:

    Um . . . please explain the cat.

  33. Marie says:

    I love that these nicely suited, bearded, serious gentlemen think so much of their cat that it just *had* to be part of their family photo. Fantastic.

  34. Nikkiface says:

    But why didn’t the guy on the left grow a full beard? He doesn’t match! *OCD twitch*

    • Bree says:

      LOL! I was totally thinking the same thing!

    • charlene says:

      its not that he didn’t… bret couldn’t…LOL forever cowering in the shadow of ryan’s facial hair

    • Mel says:

      Comment win, Nikki!! I couldn’t breath for a couple minutes after I read that! But you know that should be “CDO” which is OCD, only with the letters in alphabetical order like they’re supposed to be….

  35. Fred says:

    The seated gentleman (dad?) has no pocket square! He should have put the cat into his pocket.

  36. Lance says:

    Brett, you guys are too much. Definitely belongs with these other photos. That cat looks a bit surprised; I hope everyones fingers are where they’re supposed to be.

    I’ve been to that Olan Mills. A fine establishment, indeed.

  37. Nikki says:

    That cat is absolutely adorable! I’d include him in my family picture, too!

  38. o.m.g. that’s amazing.

  39. Susan says:

    The only reason the cat is in the photo is because the goat canceled at the last minute….

  40. Niolani says:

    I like the cat’s expression. Priceless.

  41. Skipping Lunch says:

    The cat was merely doing his “Commanding Humans with your mind 101” homework and was totally surprised when his mental manipulation exercise actually worked!

    There was much boasting in class the next day!

  42. Rebecca says:

    I like the fact that the explanation makes taking a photo with the cat seem like a perfectly natural consquence of growing beards πŸ™‚

  43. Monica says:

    that cat looks so frightened!! its eyes are practically bulging out of its skull!

  44. charlene says:

    to bad your cat got jacked!!!

  45. Natasha says:

    LOVE the expression on the cats face. LOL

  46. kandee says:

    The hand shelf!! Cool!

  47. Rocketboy says:

    I’m sure if you just give the guy with the cat a little more time, their love will surely grow.

  48. John says:

    Shouldn’t the title be Chairman of the Beards.

  49. sjdm says:

    @ Dee: me too…and the funny part is the cat’s whiskers resemble the guys’ mustaches too

  50. Dee says:


    I don’t know about anyone else, but I really want the story behind that photo.

    • Brett Meyer says:

      The story was that we all grew sweet beards and talked dad into taking the picture. The embarassing part was that we went to Olan Mills in Redlands California to take the picture…. which we thought was a respectable establishment. Turns out Olan Mills is a tiny room in the back of Kmart. Imagine our embarassment when we had to walk through Kmart in suits with the damned cat. How awesome are we. is proof that the photo is really me. Sad thing is that I submitted it to this website over 2 months ago when we actually took the picture. But Im glad it finally made it.

      • Renee says:

        Funny! Because when I looked at the picture and then read the title, I had to look twice to make sure it didn’t say “chairman of the BEARDS”

      • Dee says:

        Best story ever! Thanks for the explanation. πŸ™‚

      • Tim says:

        Congrats on making AFP, Brett! But I’m sure even you gotta agree – kitty’s rocking the meanest goatee of the bunch!

      • Surreall says:

        Hey it’s great to hear from the actual “poster” of the picture. At least they can’t say you photoshopped it! (Well, someone probably will, but anyway..)

        Thanks for sharing!

      • Jennifer says:

        Ok but why the cat?

      • Vintagevamp says:

        No offense, Brett, but the picture turned out a little creepy. Blame it on Olan Mills!

      • Nancy says:

        The story is as awkward as the photo! Congratulations!

      • kmac says:

        Oh, I LOVE this picture! Thanks for making my day, Brett!

      • Rohwer4 says:

        This photo is pitch-perfect. You three are handsome guys, and the serious looks in the suits might hint at pretension, but then there’s dad holding the skinny little cat in the middle of it all! Just makes me smile.

      • Doubter says:

        If you are indeed the poster of this photo, why do you have the exact same photo on your facebook profile, that is not proof – you could have taken it from this site… change your profile picture so that it has some other photo of you, that would be proof!
        Besides – where is the Olan Mills mark on the photo???

        • Brett Meyer says:

          No im not the poster. I submitted it way back when we took it, but they didnt post it then for whatever reason. But I am one of the guys in the photos, Im the one on the left. Look on my facebook profile at the date when I posted it… way before it was ever posted here and look at the rest of my facebook pictures. Theyre all me πŸ™‚ Im the one on the back with the gross moustache and not a full beard. Anyway glad I could help and answer any other questions about the picture. Im on the left, my name is Brett, the guy on the right is my younger brother ryan and the guy sitting down is our dad. The cats name is Nala. Shes 6 years old and a Bengal. Glad to help.

          The End


      • hcw80 says:

        I had the same look of fear and dismay as the cat the last time I went to K-Mart too.

      • Anna Rexia says:

        You guys make for a handsome bunch, but the cat looks like it should have a thought cloud over it’s head with “HELP ME!” in it. =)

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