Apr 27, 2017 Happy Belated Birthday, William Shakespeare! Long before earrings were hip for modern men, before Justins both Bieber and Timberlake, there was William Shakespeare, who was born this week on April 26 in 1564. As seen in the Chandos Portrait, the most famous painting depicting what it is believed to be the playwright, William (or "Dub-Shakes," to his hip hop peeps) is seen sporting a stylish hoop earring. Earrings were fashionable accessory for men during the Renaissance, whether to show an adventurous streak or, as with pirates, to help cover funeral costs in the event of death. Neither a borrower nor a lender be! Pick up your own pair of masculine hoops for yourself or for the men in your life, right here at LooptyHoops! And Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!