Last last summer after John Jansky completed my “Playoff Beard Art“, I asked him about doing something with my Souza Financial Group logo. John delivered the finished product to my office today. It is awesome!
Besides the great colors, John was able to incorporate my passions.
First and foremost in the center of it all is my family. Next up is the Blackhawks behind the “SFG”. Next is the Cleveland Indians. The maroon represents my schools; DHS & SIU. The outermost ring is of course my business.
Saturday, April 27th, the Blackhawks played their last regular season game. That was the beginning of my playoff beard. The playoff beard is a tool that fans use to cheer their team on in the playoffs. The basic premise is that you stop shaving when the playoffs start, and you don’t shave again until your team is eliminated, or you win the Stanley Cup. Because the Hawks won the Stanley Cup, that meant I went 60 days without shaving. I have never had facial hair in my adult life (early playoff exits in the last two seasons meant the beard never really took hold).
I carried the beard on vacation to Disney & the Bahamas, dripping sweat down my neck the summer through. The longer the hair got, the prouder I was as that meant the Hawks were still winning. I hatched the idea of doing something with the beard if we won the Cup. That’s where my friend John Jansky came in.
John Jansky is friend of mine from Danville High School. He does some amazing speed paintings, but also does work with household kitchen items like; salt, sugar, chocolate sauce, ketchup, etc. I didn’t contact John until after the Hawks had won. (I didn’t want to jinx us winning.) I then called and the conversation went like this;
Keith, “John, have you ever worked with hair.”
John, “No, but I want to.”
Keith, “Well, here’s my idea. You know if I have this playoff beard and now that the Hawks have won, I..
John, (interrupting)”…you want me to do something with your beard?, Yes, yes I will.”
John is an amazing, talented artist. I’m proud to call him my friend and thankful for the ability to let the 2013 playoff beard live on. Thanks, John & Go Hawks!
Don’t let someone who is living their nightmare tell you that you can’t live your dream!
Quick name a website that has been around longer than Twitter, Facebook or The Chive? I know it’s easy, but hey 10 years is nothing to sneeze at. What started as a site for my constituents to contact me turned into my personal blog. Anything amazing on here? Not really, but hey, half of life is just showing up and that’s what KeithSouza.com had done for 10 years, show up.
Here’s what the old version looked like back then.