Two Boise Men Share What Connects Them to the Community

Even the casual observer has noticed that over the past five years, beards have become more popular. Now that society is more accepting of beards, many guys are using them as an outlet to express their individual style. Wendy Rose, owner of the Beardsmith, helps men create a beard as a conscious expression of themselves rather than looking like they’ve neglected to shave.

How can you get the right look for your beard?

When clients come into the shop, they should have a goal for their beard. They may want a clean business look or to grow their beard out. Consulting with a professional will help achieve the look they are after. We work with facial features to create an attractive shape specific to each individual. Our technique is specific and consistent to our process. While the ideal beard is curly, dense and soft, we can work with all types and achieve the look you want. I love beards, and I love helping men feel good about their beards.

The Long Straight-Wavy Beard

Mike Beckman

Instagram: @thebeardedbeckman

How do you spend your time?

I would say first off, I am a pretty chill dude. I love everything Idaho: fishing, camping, golfing, floating the Boise River and anything outdoors. Pretty much everything you can imagine a dude with a majestic beard would do, I do. I currently have a standard Monday through Friday job and work in technology.

What do you hope for the future?

My hopes and dreams for the future are to be happy. I find joy in almost anything I am a part of or do and just enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I strive to just be a happy and loving person and maybe have a Harley again…

How do you connect with the Boise community?

I am born and raised in Boise. I love this place. I have lived abroad in Central America and have visited many places, but Boise and Idaho are always home, and I gravitate back here always.

I am the founding admin for The Chive Idaho, a charity organization focusing on the underdog and doing our part daily to make our community and world 10 percent better each day. We do this through various avenues and work hard to be a part of the community. We work with Sleep in Heavenly Peace building beds for needy kids; we held a golf tournament for the TGA to sponsor at-risk kids and get them into a summer golf program. We also help out at the Ronald McDonald House.

The Chive Idaho has a huge passion for helping others, and we are always looking for families who are in need. We are hooligans and underdogs ourselves, but we really work hard to lift up others. That to me is really the best way to strengthen a community and be a good person.

What is most important for a happy, successful life?

The most important thing is to be kind, be caring, be loving. Be the person who would always make your mother happy, and you will be happy. Help others and give back. Buy the coffee for the person behind you in the Dutch line once in a while. Notice someone struggling in the grocery store and pick up their tab. Smile at people! I know all of this sounds cliché, but the reality is little things can make a huge difference and maybe even save a life.

Be unapologetically yourself and do what you want and don’t let others affect your own happiness.

The Large, Thick, Curly Beard

Victorio Piva

Instagram: @victorios_secret

What do you do?

First and foremost I’m a father to my two children, Nicolo 7, and Marlow, 3. Currently, I am doing a little bit of everything, including pursuing my modeling career. When I’m not modeling I am in the mountains logging with my cousin. 

How did you get your start?

I got my start modeling by just being in the right place at the right time and then having the opportunity to work with some amazing photographers. Instagram has also been huge for me in this area. Recently I have been modeling for book covers. This has been such a huge surprise, and I feel so lucky and honored with each cover. I had the pleasure of working alongside Robert Comstock this past winter on a project. He is as amazing as his clothing line!

 What do you hope for the future?

I have signed with two modeling agencies, one based out of Las Vegas and the other out of LA and NY. I hope to take the modeling career as far as I can. I am also looking at two local barber colleges. I want to use my passion for beards and hair in avenues other than modeling and acting.
How do you connect with our community?

I am very involved in supporting different functions at my son’s school, Anser. YMCA sports programs take up a lot of my free time. I enjoy being a part of the Boise photography and modeling community. 

What makes a happy, successful life?

The most important aspect of a successful life is knowing my kids are happy and doing things they love to do. Being present in their lives daily and participating in all their activities makes me the happiest man around.