Graphic designer Michael Allen appreciates facial hair. In fact, you could say that he’s somewhat of an expert in the art of the chin whiskers. Building on years of studying everything that makes beards cool, Allen created his own unique beard-y alphabet–called Alphabeard Beardface–as an homage to… all things beard? Anyway, in order to create the alphabet, Allen had to photograph beards at various stages of growth to make each letter. “Many beards have been sacrificed for this project,” said Allen. But in the end, I have to say, it was totally worth it.