July 2011

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The Four Archetypes of the Mature Masculine: Introduction

by Brett

The purpose of the Art of Manliness is to help men become better men. To that end, we often explore some of the problems unique to modern men and offer suggestions on actions they can take to overcome those problems. One problem that we discuss regularly on the site is that of the modern male […]

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Manvotional: Sometimes

by Brett & Kate McKay

Sometimes By Thomas S. Jones, Jr. Across the fields of yesterday He sometimes comes to me, A little lad just back from play– The lad I used to be. And yet he smiles so wistfully Once he has crept within, I wonder if he hopes to see The man I might have been.

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Four Essential Power Tools

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Marc Lyman of HomeFixated.com. Tools. They are what separate most of us from the animal kingdom. For a species that started off chipping rocks into spearheads, we’ve come a long way. Even post-Neanderthal era, building just about anything revolved around hand (not power) tools. As your manly […]

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Beyond the Pup Tent: 6 Unconventional Outdoor Shelters

by Darren Bush

This post is part of a series brought to you by RAM. For more information about RAM Series trucks visit us at: http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/guts_and_glory/. What’s this?
Since the first dude crawled into a cave and grunted “Dude, this rocks,” shelter has been one of the big three human needs along with food and clothing. These days we think shelter, and we think house, something fixed and immovable, but for most of our human history we were wanderers. Portable shelters are part of our genotype. Here are three different kinds of outdoor shelters.

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5 Delicious Ways to Use a Store-Bought Rotisserie Chicken

by Matt Moore

I love eating leftovers. If you ask me, Momma’s spaghetti, pot roast, or lasagna always tasted better on the second day.  I suppose there must be something about allowing the flavors extra time to meld together that always makes repeat meals more enjoyable. However, my love for leftovers is most likely the exception rather than […]

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Lower Shipping Rates for AoM T-shirts! We Also Ship Internationally Now!

by Brett & Kate McKay

Hey Gang- Just wanted to announce some exciting changes with our awesomely manly Art of Manliness t-shirts. The great folks at TankFarm Clothing, the company that designs, sells, and ships our t-shirts, have switched their shipping service from FedEx to the U.S. Postal Service. This means two things. First, shipping rates for U.S. orders are […]

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Dressing and Style Tips for the Working Man

by Antonio

The term “blue collar” has its origins in the blue colored shirts of the working class. Unlike “gentlemen” who wore white shirts, the blue collared man labored with his hands and didn’t wear white cuffs or collars as they were impractical. Instead, he wore blue cotton shirts dyed with inexpensive indigo which helped cover up […]

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Put Up Your Dukes! The Art of Manliness Pose Contest

by Brett & Kate McKay

When I was brainstorming what would become the Art of Manliness back in 2008, I wanted an image that would be the site’s calling card, an image that people would see and automatically think “Hey, that’s the Art of Manliness.” I wanted it to be sort of old-school, so I scoured tons of old ephemera […]

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5 Unexpected Skills Needed on an Ultra-Backpacking Adventure

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Tony DiLorenzo from Fit Marriage. From the Mexican border to the vast expanse of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range to snow-capped Mt. Rainer and beyond, there is truly nothing like leaving everything behind to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).  Each year, around 300 brave souls attempt […]

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The Best Way to Find Your Vocation

by Brett & Kate McKay

Occasionally, you read articles that make such an impression on you that you find yourself chewing them over for days and even months afterwards. Such was the case for me recently with a great column I read a couple of weeks ago by David Brooks, a columnist for The New York Times. Pondering the recent wave […]

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So You Want My Job: Motorcycle Expedition Guide

by Brett & Kate McKay

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Warning: The reading of this post may cause extreme pangs of restlessness to […]

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A Young Man’s Guide to Understanding Retirement Accounts: The 401(k)

by Brett & Kate McKay

If you’re a young man, you’re probably not giving much thought to retirement right now. It’s understandable. It’s hard to plan and think about something that’s 40 years away (maybe many more–the traditional idea of retirement will likely undergo a lot of changes in the next several decades). Moreover, many young men put off saving […]

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Mountain & Sackett Tie Giveaway: July 2011

by Brett & Kate McKay

It’s back! Our semi bi-annual Mountain & Sackett giveaway is here again. I love Mountain & Sackett ties. They’re a family-owned business that’s been making ties right here in the U.S. of A since 1957. And the quality of their ties can’t be beat. Other companies use machines to pump out hundreds of ties an hour. The […]

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The Law of Sacrifice

by Brett & Kate McKay

Last month, James “Jimmer” Fredette was selected in the NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings. It was a moment that capped off a breakout season for Jimmer. In his senior year, Fredette captured national attention with his dazzling three-point shooting and led the Brigham Young Cougars to a record-breaking number of wins and the school’s […]

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Working Iron: A Primer on Blacksmithing

by Darren Bush

This post is part of a series brought to you by RAM. For more information about RAM Series trucks visit us at: http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/guts_and_glory/. What’s this?
We discuss the very basics of getting started in blacksmithing. You probably won’t be able to start blacksmithing right after reading this, but hopefully it will pique your interest enough to look more into this manly skill and trade. First, we’ll take a look at the basic tools you need to get started with blacksmithing. We’ll end by showing you the three fundamental ways of hitting hot metal in order to shape it.

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Being a Gentleman in the Age of the Internet: 6 Ways to Bring Civility Online

by Brett & Kate McKay

“All u need is one shell: for yourself. Done.” “Nothing says survival like a tube of Carmex. Add a little to that condom you stored and protect the world from more people like you…” The above comments were left on Tuesday’s post about building the Ultimate Survival Shotgun. That post was a big hit, quickly […]

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Lessons in Manliness from The Old Man and the Sea

by Bryan Schatz

“Que va,” the boy said, “It is what a man must do.” “Success” is all too often assumed to be the indicator of the value of a man. But success, in and of itself, merely speaks to a particular status and may have nothing to do with the journey that the man took to get […]

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Arming Yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse: How to Build the Ultimate Survival Shotgun

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor. As a Survival and Preparedness instructor, I take my line of work very seriously–sometimes too seriously.  Occasionally, though, I like to take on survival projects that are just downright fun.  This article highlights one of those projects. I’m fortunate in that […]

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Be Clutch, Don’t Choke: How to Thrive in High Pressure Situations (Part II)

by Brett & Kate McKay

In case you missed it: Read Part I of this short series. It’s the 2005-2006 NFL Playoffs. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts have battled it out for four quarters.  The Colts are down 21-18, and there are 18 seconds left in the game. The Colts’ kicker, Mike Vanderjagt, steps up to nail a 46-yard kick that can […]

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