SAN ANTONIO -- A local man is hoping to put San Antonio on the map with his mustache.
He'll be traveling this weekend to take part in the "National Beard and Mustache Competition" in Nashville, Tenn.
Ricardo Ruiz's mustache is hard to miss.
“Over the years, I started growing my mustache and created my own style with it,” Ricardo Ruiz said.
His handlebar mustache is inspired by local singer Juan Ortiz and artist Salvador Dali.
“I’ve always liked this style of mustache,” Ruiz said. “It’s something that was really popular during the Victorian era.”
With a 2013 title under his belt, Ruiz thinks he has a good chance of taking home a win at this weekend’s competition in Nashville.
“We are going to really give them a good run for their money, so I’m very positive and excited about it," Ruiz said.
Ruiz is taking extra time this week to prepare his entire look around his mustache.
“Just like the girls in the morning, I just put my grooming products into my mustache. I blow dry it, and I’m out,” Ruiz said.
He’ll be decked out in a Fiesta king outfit, and he called on well-known artist and barber "Rob the Original" to help him with his original look.
“I know we are going to have a winner. That is a given," local barber and artist “Rob the Original” said.
Rob worked to incorporate Salvador Dali into Ruiz's look, and made Dali into a life-like portrait.
It's an ode to the one of the most famous mustaches in history that could help Ruiz win the title of best mustache in the nation.
“I want to make San Antonio proud. The key thing to take away is that people are going to remember the Alamo, and now they are going to remember the mustache,” Ruiz said.
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