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 (magazines, pamphlets, etc) from the past 150 years to find something that fit. After hours of searching, I found what I was looking for.
It was a picture of famous 19th century bare knuckle boxer John L. Sullivan striking a manly fisticuffer pose while sporting an awesome handlebar mustache. I slapped him in the header to serve as the virile and rugged balance to the well-mannered gentleman on the other side. Together they form the two aspects of manliness we talk about on AoM.
Show Off Your Art of Manliness Pride: The AoM Pose Contest
Are you an Art of Manliness man? Are you a guy who’s dedicated to bringing back real manliness and making the corner of your world a little manlier each day? We want you to show off your Art of Manliness pride by taking a picture of yourself striking your best AoM pose.
See John L? That boxer guy at the top of the site? See how he has his two fists up?
We’ll call it the “AoM Pose” for brevity’s sake. Any person who assumes this pose will feel 100 times manlier. Go ahead–try it!
Did you feel the testosterone course through your body? Of course you did.
Are you feeling inspired now? Good. Here’s how you can enter this contest.
Step 1. Join the Art of Manliness Community .
Step 2. Take a picture of yourself striking your best AoM Pose. You can get as creative as you want with your picture. So long as you have your two dukes up, you’re golden. Have fun!
Step 3. Upload the photo to the Art of Manliness Community Photo Page. 
Deadline to submit is Wednesday, August 10, 2011 by 11:59:59 PM CDT. You can upload your photos anytime before or on that day.
Selecting the Winner
After we receive the photos, we will pick the 5 best entries and post them on the site. Starting August 16, 2011 and running until August 23, 2011 voting will be open to the public at The Art of Manliness website. The AoM Pose with the most votes by 11:59 PM CDT will be named the winner.
Grand Prize: For such a virile contest, we couldn’t think of a manlier prize than a large coffee brown Saddleback Leather briefcase . John L. Sullivan would battle a hundred men at the same time for a hundred rounds to win such an awesome briefcase.
In addition to the briefcase, the Grand Prize winner will also get one of everything in the Art of Manliness shop :
- The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man 
- 30 Days to a Better Man eBook 
- Man’s Guide to the Holidays eBook 
- Building Your Resiliency eBook 
- A box of AoM Stationery 
- One Art of Manliness T-shirt 
- The Man in the Arena Poster 
- IF Poster 
- A set of Art of Manliness Calling Cards 
And here’s something awesome. The winner will get a signed copy our new book Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues  before it is even released. Imagine the manly pride you’ll feel knowing you’ll be the first man on the block to own this masterpiece of a book.
Total retail value of Grand Prize: $675!
First runner up: Our first runner-up will receive an AoM prize package that includes our two AoM posters, an AoM T-shirt of their choice, and a signed copy of our first book The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man.
Total retail value of runner-up prize: $53
What are you waiting for? Show your Art of Manliness pride, strike your AoM pose, take your picture, and enter today!