Meet the Wolfe-man and his back hair art

Meet the Wolfe-man in this segment of Idaho Life.

NAMPA - According to a recent magazine survey, there are nearly 100 million men in America who remove their body hair, whether it be from the face, body or wherever. And they spend thousands of dollars doing it.

There is one man in Nampa who hasn't exactly refused to remove his body hair but he does it in a rather unique way.

It's a problem that plagues many men. Mike Wolfe has had it since high school.

"I was a little embarrassed to say it," said Wolfe.

So much so, Wolfe was afraid to tell his wife about it on their first date 16 years ago.

"He said I have to tell you something. And I'm kind of getting nervous, my heart's beating a little bit,' Jamie Wolfe said. "He leans over and whispers, 'I've got back hair.'"

"And she was like, 'Okay.' And i said, 'No, seriously. I have back hair,'" said Mike.

So instead of shielding his situation any longer, Mike's decided, at the age of 35, to share it.

"Everybody always makes fun of the guy with back hair. Well now it's my turn to shine, right?" said Mike.

With his college buddy, Tyler Harding, they set up a sort-of salon in Mike's garage. And start with a sketch.

Mike and Tyler have known each other for more than a decade. But Mike says it took some courage to ask his friend for a favor.

Back in 2008 Mike asked Harding to trim a design in his back hair.

"I said, 'Hey, Tyler. I need an American flag on my back.' and he just laughed and said, 'I got this,' recalls Mike.

In fact, Harding has had Mike's back ever since. They called that first creation "Am-hair-ica the beautiful" and a Calend-hair was born.

Each month is uniquely named, like The Grim Reap-hair for October, the M-hairy-achi Band for May for Cinco de Mayo.

It takes Mike four months to grow out his canvas of back hair. And it takes Tyler about an hour to try to trim themselves a spot on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, their latest design.

Mike has expertise on his side...or on his back.

Harding, when he's not dodging back-hair spatter, is an assistant principal at Caldwell High School. But he was once a graphic artist.

"Yeah, now look at me go," said Harding. "I'm just trying to find my niche, trying to find what feels good."

They do what can be called an extreme kind of man-scaping.

"Pssh, it's manhandling back hair," said Mike. "It's disgusting. But it's funny. You can't deny it's funny."

While Mike can thank his family for the fitting last name of Wolfe he has to welcome his wife's ability to appreciate his coiffed crusade even more.

"Looking back now this might be because of me," said Jamie. "Maybe I shouldn't have given him so much confidence in his back hair."

Mike says some of the proceeds from the sale of his "Calend-hair" will benefit Gates of Hope, a charity through his church that helps an orphanage in Kenya.

He and Harding plan to use the rest of the proceeds on a "Hair-cation of a Wife-time" - to say thanks to their wives for putting up with them.

Get a look at the 2016 Calend-hair here.


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