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A Follow Up to My Last Article… and a Message to Artisans Everywhere

I thought I would write a public response to the accusation that I am hitching on to TSE’s success as a Blogger on YouTube by none other than TSE himself, Christopher Bailey.

My blog is well thought out.  I think about what I am going to write before I write it, so when I am writing an entry, I am not thinking of the success of someone else.  I have stated before that I respect Christopher Bailey for what he’s done in the Wet Shaving Community to a point.  He’s brought up some great topics and created some fantastic content.

Now about me and MY blog.  The intention of my blog has shifted from doing videos (which I admit are not up to snuff at this point, I am a rookie still and will likely only do the occasional video now) to what I think about the industry to how it can be improved.  I thought this is was implied in previous posts but evidently, this all got skipped over so I will reiterate what I stated in my previous post.

I simply wrote something down as a suggestion to the Industry based on what he has chosen to do via his blog.  I know he doesn’t need my approval in life – that is clear.  He does his thing and he does it well.  I think if he has the authority to dictate form, what I want to know, is who doesn’t?  I certainly have a right to put in my two cents.

If anyone else did what he is doing currently in their wet shaving video blogs, I would say the same thing, and that is this:  The Artisans need to be regulated by an Association with strict guidelines.  This would then equalize them and keep them in check, so we don’t have people saying “These artisans have integrity, thus you should spend your dollars on them,” without having any comments on how the other Artisans didn’t make the cut.

In conclusion, I want to thank those who have commented and given their support.  I am clear about my intentions to make the Wet Shaving Community a better one.  What I am not clear on is anyone else’s, so they will have to define what a better Wet Shaving Community and Artisan Community is.

Artisans, I challenge you to come together as a team to figure it out by yourselves and not let a Blogger define who you are… or in this case, who you aren’t.

I challenge you to have integrity but don’t brag or silently encourage a Blogger on to tell us you have integrity.  I challenge the Artisans to unite before some random guy who isn’t an Artisan tell us all who to shop from and who to ignore because he’s ignoring them.

You’re better than that.

Here’s a link to TSE’s response over the hullabaloo I created from my post about “people saying he was calling for regulation.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JntvJqY_B0E


Matt Gray – @mkgray69 welcomes comments that are of quality and not mean spirited and is an Advocate for Wet Shaving Etiquette and Good Form.  Comments are welcomed below or directly to him at WetShavingTimes@gmail.com. Shave intelligently, friends.





  1. Rob says:

    Total unbiased opinion here. Your posts come off as being very hung up on TSE. Outsiders view, do what it is you want to do, but don’t start down that journey by criticizing someone else, even if you feel that criticism is constructive. The criticism is coming off as less constructive and more combative. Maybe that’s not you intention, but that’s how it looks in this case.

    Do your thing and if others agree and enjoy they will follow and support. But, just as you should do your thing, you need to understand others are entitled to that exact same privilege.

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  2. Thank you for your comments. I really appreciate the politeness. This is not about Chris, this is about something he CREATED. Maybe I might have misjudged it, maybe I haven’t. I have to figure that out by following the money to get to the truth I guess. Or so he says.


  3. Bryan says:

    Matt is just an attention seeker..just like CDB says


  4. HRF says:

    To be honest, this is another reason why I don’t read shaving blogs or watch videos telling me how to do something I already know. I get discourage when I see and read stuff like this. So much for “the community”.

    I think your article is well written, but I will like to suggest that investing your time on someone else is just a waste of your time. Just do your own thing! Good luck!

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