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Guyliner Pictures

Updated on March 18, 2010

Ah, men in eyeliner. Love it or hate it, the trend is back in fashion, driven mainly by the awesomeness of its look on Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and its popularity among a number of punk and emo bands.

Captain Jack Sparrow

Even most people who hate guyliner LOVE Johnny Depp in guyliner as Captain Jack Sparrow. In their "guyliner exposé," the good fellows of DoubleViking.com wrote: "Fact: Jack Sparrow is the only man who can effectively pull of guyliner today. This is because the decided unmanliness of guyliner is completely counteracted by the undeniable, permanent badassity of being a fucking pirate."

Guyliner in History

I bet nobody called Ramses the Great "decidedly unmanly" for slathering on the kohl. Or maybe all those big fuck-off monuments scattered all over Egypt were just his way of overcompensating.

...For a guy who ruled Egypt, lived to the age of 92, and outlived most of his eight wives, innumerable concubines, and more than 90 children... I kind of doubt it, though.

Look on my Works ye Mighty, and despair!

Photo by Ian Muttoo
Photo by Ian Muttoo

Tutankhamun Shows off His Guyliner

Photographer Unknown
Photographer Unknown
Bowie as Jareth in the cult classic Labyrinth. Photographer unknown.
Bowie as Jareth in the cult classic Labyrinth. Photographer unknown.
Alice Cooper. Photographer unknown.
Alice Cooper. Photographer unknown.

Guyliner and the Music Scene

Guyliner's big resurgence in popularity began in the 60's when David Bowie started having some fun with it. Bowie, in fact, went even further and added eyeshadow and other types of color as well as the plain black look of the Egyptian pharoahs.

In the 70's, it was taken over by Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, and similar artists, mostly as a shock tactic. DoubleViking.com again:

"These guys knew that guyliner didn’t make you look more attractive, and they didn’t put it on in wimpy measures simply so they could appear more feminine. No, Alice and Ozzy slathered the stuff on, to the point where they looked like goddamned demons.

"They knew that guyliner should be used -- if used at all -- to terrify, not to attract: conservative housewives across the country reeled in shock of the things Alice and Ozzy did. Part of this shock may be attributed to the whole “biting the heads off bats” thing, but another part of it was almost assuredly the guyliner."

However, it was equally popular with the glam rock bands who often experimented, like Bowie, with eyeshadow and even glitter as well as guyliner:

Marc Bolan of T-Rex. Photographer unknown.
Marc Bolan of T-Rex. Photographer unknown.

Guyliner also features prominently in movies about the era, a phenomeneon of which I can only approve, especially when it gets me Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale, and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in guyliner...

Velvet Goldmine Trailer

Not that it takes a movie role to get McGregor and Rhys-Meyers in guyliner...

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Flaunt photoshoot.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Flaunt photoshoot.
Ewan McGregor. Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r-7M6AXkAk
Ewan McGregor. Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r-7M6AXkAk

How to Apply Guyliner

More recently, guyliner has been taken over by the punk and emo scenes, most famously by Billie Joe Armstrong and Tre Cool of Green Day and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. Wentz, in fact, is so famous for his guyliner that he's claimed his fans have protested when he doesn't wear it, and he's even made a guyliner tutorial video for People magazine. In addition to his work with Fall Out Boy, Wentz owns Decaydance Records, a music label whose artists include a number of other bands with propensities for guyliner, including Panic at the Disco. The members of My Chemical Romance, another band that loves the guyliner, are also friends and associates of Wentz. With the launch of his clothing line, he is increasingly recognized as a style icon even in mainstream publications.

I Don't Care

Pete Wentz

Pete Wentz. Unknown photographer.
Pete Wentz. Unknown photographer.
Pete Wentz in concert. Unknown photographer.
Pete Wentz in concert. Unknown photographer.

The Guyliner of Green Day

Source: greendayonline.com
Source: greendayonline.com
Source: greendayonline.com
Source: greendayonline.com
Source: greendayonline.com
Source: greendayonline.com

American Idiot

More Men in Eyeliner

Panic at the Disco's Ryan Ross goes WAY beyond guyliner...
Panic at the Disco's Ryan Ross goes WAY beyond guyliner...
Far into realms of fantasy...
Far into realms of fantasy...
But sometimes he sticks to the basics too...
But sometimes he sticks to the basics too...
And so do his bandmates.
And so do his bandmates.
Especially Brendon Urie.
Especially Brendon Urie.
Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance likes it too.
Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance likes it too.
And so does his brother Mikey.
And so does his brother Mikey.
While bandmate Frank Iero sometimes goes red...
While bandmate Frank Iero sometimes goes red...
Or even multicolored!
Or even multicolored!
Actor and lead singer for 30 Seconds to Mars Jared Leto is also a guyliner fan.
Actor and lead singer for 30 Seconds to Mars Jared Leto is also a guyliner fan.
As was Nirvana's legendary Kurt Cobain.
As was Nirvana's legendary Kurt Cobain.
Sometimes you get surprise guyliner from other guys. Like Horatio Hornblower.
Sometimes you get surprise guyliner from other guys. Like Horatio Hornblower.
And Aragorn!
And Aragorn!
American Idol 8 introduced us to a new star with a taste for guyliner: Adam Lambert.
American Idol 8 introduced us to a new star with a taste for guyliner: Adam Lambert.
He's even wearing guyliner on the cover of his first solo album!
He's even wearing guyliner on the cover of his first solo album!

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    • That Grrl profile image

      Laura Brown 

      5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I liked guy-liner on Andrew-Lee Potts in Mad Hatter.

    • zayir profile image

      zayir 

      6 years ago from INDIA

      adam is my inspiration

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      Toadgirl666 

      6 years ago

      Adam and billie bestz :)

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      Grace 

      7 years ago

      Love It!

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      Ale 

      8 years ago

      well all the guys I LOVE or like are there!!!!! (Billie Joe, Tre Cool,Gerard Way, Mikey Way, Frank Iero, Ryan Ross, Brendon Urie, Adam Lambert, Pete Wentz, and Jared Leto)

      ....BUT I REALLY LOVE BILLIE JOE AND GERARD WAY!!!!!!!!!

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      Deth Mettal 

      8 years ago

      Heeeey!

      What about Ozzy Osbourne! :O

      If there's a king to all this {excluding Tut! :P [I'm Egyptian btw!]} it should be Ozzy!

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      cini143 

      8 years ago

      its very nice photos of jack sparrow...........

      he was most talented

      ............

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      Noim 

      9 years ago from Bristol

      Love love love Jack Sparrow and Jareth (Bowie). I'm concidering dressing as the Goblin King for a party. All i need is Bowie's crazy gold guyliner and a few pairs of socks stuffed down my tights.

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      JennifersJumpers 

      9 years ago

      I guess Depp is the only one that can really pull it off. Just doesn't work on the others.

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      The Dame 

      9 years ago

      So, the guyliner how-to video cracks me up every time...Pete Wentz is kind of a skank, but he does have gorgeous eyes, I'll give him that.

      Miss g- Ryan Ross looks pretty feminine, but the guyliner works...hm.

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      miss g 

      9 years ago

      if the man's face is rough he would look good with gyuliner. if it's a little bit more feminine he will look awful. that's it!

    • kerryg profile imageAUTHOR

      kerryg 

      9 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Hope. Reeeaaallyyy painful to research this hub, as I'm sure you can imagine. ;)

      Netters, I agree that some men look a lot better in it than others, but overall, I can only approve. :)

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      Netters 

      9 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      It takes the right person to pull this off. Not every male can do it. Some look gay. Just like women, you have to have the right face.

    • Hope Alexander profile image

      Hope Alexander 

      9 years ago

      To quote South Park.... Niccee

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