Movember vs The Ever Important Job

[I wrote a waffling/attempt to draw you in type intro, but if you’re looking for the rant, scroll down, just past the pretty pictures, yes that’s me in my boxers snowboarding]

My Movember team this year as of November 1st consisted of 2 members. We’re currently up to 5 and I assume that will MO in days to come…but….

This year, I am partaking in my 3rd year as a member of FukushiMO. The idea of FukushiMO started back before it became a Facebook page I could link you to. It was started by Peter Gillam, an Australian (where Movember began) giving a speech at a Fukushima Board of Education Assistant Language Teachers’ Annual Meeting (it’s called something else, but I’m drunk so forgive me). He gave a speech that talked about how growing a mustache in our home countries was done to raise awareness and money for Men’s health everywhere. Even that year I didn’t participate, being an ex-pat for so many years prior, you’re out of the loop when it comes to this stuff, and I didn’t know.

But this is all background noise. After Gillam’s speech, we all kind of jumped on it and FukushiMO has been going strong. It’s something that, after all of us have come and gone from Fukushima Prefecture, we still take part in. A way to re-connect with people you saw everyday in a past life, that rarely comes up in your current day to day. Through the storied MOtoshop wars and social media connections. Epic examples below!



With that all being said, this year, has been different than others. While most of the core group has moved on and moved out of Japan, and back to the rat race of their western culture jobs, our participation rate has dropped. Largely, this year, because of the ever-overbearing employer.

[Begin Rant]

Here’s my thing gentlemen, if your employer or a potential client can’t get behind an international movement that benefits Men’s Health and Prostate Cancer research, should you really fucking be working there? Ya, the paycheck is great and all that shit, but seriously? You can’t look a client in the face, say, “Ya, it’s Movember, sorry about that,” and move on? You really need to question where you’re at in life if, in 2007, 2008, 2009 and beyond we rode down a hill in our boxers, in Japan, as teachers of their youth! But now you can’t grow a fucking moustache “because of the job.”


Here’s a picture of me in my boxers, snowboarding, because, I don’t want to put a picture of the rest of you, and get you fired. I have them though!

This goes for everyone else out there, if you’re in a job where a mustache would compromise your ability to do, or to retain said job, you should think twice. Seriously, WHAT THE FUCK?

I’ve heard every excuse in the book thus far. “I’m looking for a job.” “I’m new at my job.” “I’m afraid that John in accounting will judge me!”

Fuck John! And fuck all that other shit, you’re a grown man. John probably wishes he could grow a sweet ‘stache, but instead he just puts his head down, shaves his face daily and moves on hoping for that pension. Jesus, what a terrible life John leads.

I’m obviously a little bit biased, as I am my own employer (shameless plug, who really wants to hire me after reading this blog? I don’t know?) but even my brother, a high ranking employee of a large engineering firm puts together a huge Movember Team each year, supported by that company, and they crush what FukushiMO makes based on their “larger than ex-pat working in the western world” salaries. So, really, if you’re playing the corporate game, you don’t have an excuse.

In conclusion, (yes, I’m drunk enough that I will use “In conclusion” to finish my rant like I’m in the 5th grade) there is no reason to not participate in Movember. I don’t care if you’ve moved on in life to another team of people you see on a daily basis, but I do care if because of your job you deem something like growing a mustache beyond your reach (facial hair growth ability aside).

In most cases none of you have been told to not grow one, it’s out of fear of the boss-man/woman’s repercussions that you don’t. And while I’ve said to question your standing at said job, I would suggest that you ask your boss about starting a team. Most likely she/he’ll be on board, and if he/she’s not, fuck them!

Movember, do it!

Fuck whoever else stands in your way. Or just donate to us in the links below, because you’re afraid.

[End Rant]

Fukushimo 2013 GTA

Donate to me:

Donate to my team:
(Please spread team donations amongst all members. It makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside.)


My Movember Email

The following is an email I sent out to family, friends, lovers and other random people that gave me their contact info.  Have a look and consider donating to Fukushimo or myself.

Dear Family, Friends, In-Common-Laws and Randoms that I added to this email…

Movember is once again upon us, and I have shaved my illustrious beard in the name of awareness for Men’s health and prostate cancer.  Myself along with the gentlemen of Fukushima-present and Fukushima-past have banded together again as Fukushimo (think Megazord)!
Seven days in, I have a decent Mo (as a girlfriend and as one growing on my face, so 2 Mos).
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But a stellar & ridiculous Mo is not enough!  The machine that is Movember operates off of donations and the more we get, the more magnificent of a collective Mo we can grow, it’s a scientific fact!
So, with that said, I’m emailing all of you in hopes of gaining a donation from you for either myself, or Fukushimo as a team! Anything from a dollar to a million dollars is acceptable.  For donations over a million, just send them directly to my bank account and I’ll make sure it gets to the right people 😉
If you do donate to the team, please share it amongst all of the team members, as we get more stuff that way! Now, as an alternative, you could donate to Drew, but his Mo is far less photoshopped and I’ve already donated to him, so it’s cool, just move on.
What’s in it for you, you may be asking yourself?  Fear not, random friend, in-common-law, girlfriend, family member or other (you categorize yourself accordingly).  For any donation, I will create and send to you a Movember Duck Face Photo, that is the perfect size to be hung in a den, placed on a mantle piece or saved to a hard drive never to be viewed again.  Have a look and tell me you don’t want one of these bad boys…
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Note the personalization there!  It’s a nice touch that you won’t get from other Movember groups!
If all of this isn’t enough for you, check out my epic and sad Movember Shave video on YouTube!  It’s 2 minutes of your life you’ll never get back, but it’s set to some pretty intense music, thank you Requiem for a Dream! (If you’re too lazy to click the link, have no fear, it’s embedded below)
With all of that, I’ll leave you.  Regardless of if you donate or not, I’ll still love/like/include you on mass email blasts in the future, so no worries.  Feel free to share this email around or like Fukushimo on Facebook for the impending Mo-toshop war I am bound to have with Steve Paugh (It is coming sir, oh you wait!).
For those of you that can donate, thank you in advance.  Your thank you will be posted to my Facebook page or Twitter account in the near future.

MOtoshop War for #Movember

What started out as an innocent little bit of photoshop work to promote my Movember Team Fukushimo, a play on Fukushima, Japan, as the team is made up of current and former residents with a few others sprinkled in, has turned into a game of “Which barely literate idiot can click enough filters on photoshop to best the other.”  It has been a decent bit of entertainment or dare I say, Brentertainment over the last couple days for the masses on facebook and twitter, and by masses, I mean, me, my mother and probably Steve, my worthy advesary.  My last Movember update featured a few of these pics, but I’m going to use this post to update all of them as I’m sure there will be a few more added throughout the month, so feel free to check back later for more.

If you’re feeling generous, head to my Movember Page and donate to me, my team or any other team really and if you want to see what our merry band of Mo Misfits looks like, here are all of our social media hubs of glory.

Now to the MOtoshop! Obviously in chronological order.

It all started so innocently, look at Steve’s face, he just looks like he should be the girl in this right??  I on the other hand, well, look at my rippling abs!

Done by Brent

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A brief Movember/Fukushimo Update

Well, our team is almost at $800 by mid month, but for some reason everything has slowed down quite a bit in the last little while.  Here’s hoping that some of the horribly bad photoshopping I’ve been doing over the last little while creates a spark of some sort.  If you’re wondering what why November and Fukushima have been spelled incorrectly in the title.  I refer you to my previous blog.  For those in the know, click to behold my photoshopping skillz.

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Fukushima + Movember = Fukushimo

Dear friends, family, and people of the internet,

Each year, the Fukushima community comes together in November to take part in Movember.  Former and current international residents of Fukushima prefecture, Japan, combine to make Fukushimo.  Chapters are created in different countries all over the world in order to raise awareness of men’s health and funds are directed to Prostate Cancer societies.  This year I have joined our Canadian team in hopes to raise funds and awareness, as well as to grow a ridiculous moustache.  I have shaved the beard that I have been sporting for the last 5 years, to the probable delight of my mother and the dislike of my girlfriend.  To see me, sans beard, is by itself worthy of your money, as I look ridiculous.

Day 1
I ask that you please show your support and donate to our worthy cause.  If donating is beyond your means at this time.  I will allow you to forward this post to at least 5 people as your get out of jail free card.  Please check in on our team and my page from time to time in order to witness the ridiculousness that is grown men competing to grow the most ridiculous moustache.
Thank you,
Brent Stirling – Fukushimo Team (or donate here) (*note, if you are going to donate to the team, please spread it across all members, so we all feel the love)
Here’s our team picture.  Still missing a few members, but it’s a scary sight nonetheless.
Check out this blog post by The Stevolution about Fukushimo as well.  He’s a funny guy.