Mark, AKA Mantic59, and the man behind Sharpologist, is helping men around the globe with everything your father didn’t teach you about shaving.
Mark has been a key consultant with OneBlade since day 1, and we’re proud to now have him a OneBlade ambassador. Mark’s knowledge and expertise is incredibly valuable for anyone and everyone that shaves! Be sure to follow him at @Manic59 .
Today, we sit down with a Q&A to get to know Mark a bit more and hear what motivates him to be the best version of himself every day.
Lastly, Mark’s rounded up a OneBlade deal exclusive to his readers, check it out here.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm admittedly a "shave nerd"-- I'm interested in all things shaving but especially the "old school" shave experience with lathering shave cream/soap, shaving brush, and single blade razor. However, I'm not entirely grounded in older technology, which is why I appreciate the OneBlade razor; an old-school single blade but with modern pivot technology (one of the few recent razor design innovations I can get behind). Meanwhile, I live in Texas with my wife, 72 razors, 48 shave brushes, hundreds of shave creams, soap, and four cats.
What fuels your fire?
I blame my wife. :) She gifted me an old-school barber shave as a wedding anniversary gift years ago and the results were so dramatic (and she was so thrilled!) that I had to find out more.
How do you start your day? How does this impact the rest of your day?
Like most people, I try to start my day with a good breakfast. I had some trouble with my blood sugar a few years ago so I learned the importance of eating reasonably well and exercising moderately.
What’s your morning routine?
Since I now do shaving advocacy as a full-time job, my day revolves around shaving! I start the day by checking my sharpologist.com website for messages, comments, and analytics. Then, I'll browse the shaving-related websites and forums for trending topics (these days I don't often post on the shaving forums unless I can contribute something important but I do read them). Next, I get to my own shave; sometimes testing a product and sometimes just shaving with my personal favorites (like the OneBlade razor) just for the enjoyment of the process.
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Why is preparation important?
As with most things in life, the processes we all must face throughout the day can become easier, or at least more effective, with preparation. Warm-up before exercises before working out helps avoid injury. Preparation before a shave helps avoid poor performance and irritation.
There are conversations and confusion about what it means to be a man in today’s world. What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self? Why?
Try to build self-confidence and "aspire to inspire before you expire."
How has OneBlade changed your experience with shaving? Why did you decide to partner with OneBlade?
When I first saw the OneBlade I was skeptical, I thought it was just another "gimmick" to try to distinguish another new razor brand in a sea awash with competing razors. Then, I tried it and fell in love with the effortless close shave it gave me without having to focus so much on a shave technique like most other single blade razors. I could more fully enjoy my shave experience as a whole.