Douche or Dreamboat?

I can’t tell you how many times I have seen this picture and thought, “Who the fuck is this guy and why is he everywhere?” I have just now inadvertently  discovered his identity: Francois Verkerk, a model.

I was pretty sure that he was a vintage guy but now I know he’s contemporary, I don’t know what to think. I think I hate him. What an ass.

On the other hand…. I do like a dandy when he has the goods to pull it off. But no, no. I want to kill him.

What’s your take?

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47 Responses to Douche or Dreamboat?

  1. Ann says:

    Oh, no. Not for me. That mustache looks like a poor imitation of our beloved Sardonique, does it not, Sister??? Now THERE is a man who looks the part.

  2. andrea says:

    Don’t go to Williamsburg Brooklyn- that’s where they breed. It’s that whole hipster/steampunk thing. They do look ridiculous.

  3. littlebadwolf says:

    oy, vey, a man who puts that much time and mousse into his hair and moustache and also smokes has to be a douche. pheh.

  4. annemarie says:

    No take really, but I wouldn’t fuck him.

  5. Winterbird says:

    The David Lynch hair-do frightens me.

  6. I’m in the loathe camp. Honestly I am so not going to Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn, thanks for the tip off Andrea – although London town is sprouting all manner of these faux dandies too – UGH, maybe ugh is douche bag too but ugh!

  7. lori says:

    douche. definitely.

  8. Heidi says:


  9. Cricket9 says:

    Yeah, a douche. I bet he’s checking himself constantly in any reflecting surface at hand.

  10. Leira Zetroc says:

    LOL no, I’m sorry to differ, but that ‘stache is so DISGUSTINGLY EPIC. Must have a lot of balls to walk around with that thing on your upper lip.

  11. Eliminate! My eyes are burning! XXX Suzanne

  12. Iron Chic says:

    Portlandia ripped this a new asshole already:

  13. Jen says:

    Dreamboat! Love a man who makes the effort and has references. He’s probably a douchecanoe but as long as I can dip the lights and get him to be quiet, no probs.

  14. Mary says:

    Love everything about this look, the moustache, hair, the way he’s holding his cigarette. Why the hate? It’s from a fashion spread, for christ’s sake

  15. Molly says:

    I can see Marys point of view that it is a fashion spread, however when I look at this picture I can’t help but see all the douche bags at my Uni (art school) that try to pull this off and fail in full douchebag glory.

  16. Suspended says:

    He looks very much like a well groomed lesbian.

    Hey Leira, balls? keep it in perspective. He’s walking around with a moustache not a pink leotard.

  17. Marky says:

    Douche. And here’s a similar one:

    *Note: Just tolerate the 15 second commercial, the video is worth it. Vapid.

  18. Bevitron says:

    I’m such an old fart that to me, this look is in the same category as fingernails grown out ten inches long. I guess it’s okay for a fashion spread – just hate the Trotsky top/Himmler sides hairdo. Still, I vote douche.

  19. alicia says:

    Douche. I associate handle bar mustaches with pedophilia.

  20. Andra says:

    Absolute wanker!

  21. ali says:

    the hair almost counteracts the mustache. but at the moment i am on super douche-y anti-mustache crusade, so, for political reasons …..
    he is a douche.

  22. Anne says:

    Only thing that can make him hotter is some scars or puck marks to put some mean into him.

  23. Tanya says:

    I hate this whole pastiche, early-twentieth-century mustache meets Hitler-youth/rockabilly hair thing going on. Mostly, though, I hate his smirk.

  24. Sister Wolf says:

    Tanya – Hahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahaha!

  25. Debbie says:

    Most likely an arrogant douche. But I like it.

  26. Sandra says:

    I’m tired of everyone and their goddamn mustaches!

  27. Andra says:

    Good ring though. I have one almost identical.

  28. Debra says:

    What Tanya said and he holds his cigarette like a girl(a Nazi girl, but a girl).

  29. patni says:

    This is really tough. I too love a dandy. If he was vintage I would looooove him. But knowing he is modern, my mind jumps to arrogant hipster douchebag. The kind of sniveling ass that the sartorialist photographs with his damn socks showing. But, as you say, i love a man who makes the effort and likes to dress. tough one. But I am certainly on the side of douche.

  30. thriftstorelawyer says:

    i love the comments so much more than the photo. trotsky-top-with-himmler-sides hairdo is the best description i’ve ever read.

    i still would have let him take me home from a greenpoint bar in my drunk and desperate 20s. only because i lacked both self esteem and self awareness.

  31. lisa says:

    Kill him….I’ll help.

  32. Stacy says:

    Stink stache

  33. kate says:

    there’s just no such thing as a guy who looks like that and has a good personality. the two are mutually exclusive. not that he’s not hot.

  34. Suebob says:

    Men with complicated facial hair are usually douchenozzles.

  35. Desiree says:

    Hey Frank! Loose the mo and maybe we can come to some arrangement.

  36. Taylor says:

    I don’t like him, but if he were Italian and ‘rocking’ that look, I would be really attracted to him probably.

  37. candy says:

    He reminds me of BEL AMI the main character from GUY DE MAUPASSANT, a french writer. He looks so French. I like to see different looks. I wouldn’t judge him, I think tehre are women who lik emen like that and others who hate them. If he treats women with care,then that’s a good point, if heis an asshole, I would hate him for that.

  38. Alicia says:

    If that isn’t Daniel Day Lewis in a period piece or a carnie, then he’s a douche. Handlebar moustaches make me want to punch people.

  39. Just a Girl says:

    Douche with way too much moustache cream at the ready.

  40. Sketch42 says:

    This dude is only tolerable in black and white! I just googled him and he’s a REDHEAD! Which makes the whole shtick revolting instead of sexy.

    Go look, you’ll gag a little.

  41. Simon says:

    And You can get two at the price of one….

  42. How is he keeping a straight face? Does the man not have a mirror?

  43. Wedy O. says:

    Well, I think it’s kind of a cool look. He’s certainly given his “look” a lot of thought.
    The mustache? I dunno……makes me think of a Victorian Gentlemen with good manners and social etiquette. I think people long for a time when people were simpler, and more couth. (By the way, is it just me, or does the look actually seem gay? )
    Anyways-I’m not sure why the other women’s comments are so scathing. Is being a hipster so terrible? Don’t jerks and A-holes come in all shapes, sizes, sexes, colors, looks and classes?

  44. Dj says:

    Another doucheboat. I think it would be fun to be seen with him….but no to anything else…too fussy…..

  45. Legrbl says:

    ITT OP is jelly. Don’t let the insecurity lead your way brah. Nothing wrong with the above dude, it takes a man to rock the style he wants especially if unconventional.

  46. Style says:

    Absolutely stylish and out there. This guy pulls it off superbly. It take a man to step out of the mediocrity and boring blandness of mens style today. 9/10. He look like he doesnt give a rat arse about the haters above.

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