We’re all told today how to act like a man. It’s ingrained in our movies, our music, even our weekly basketball pick-up games. If there's a more meaningless phrase a kid hears growing up than "be a man"... it's news to me as a now adult male.
Happy summer, ManMakers. Those three months where the days are long, and the weekends are time to just grab a bag and go. So, this is our handy guide to traveling: tips to plan, pack, and explore so you can get the most out of your trip.
Whether its our birthright or our burden (or, like most things, somewhere right in between) men gots to shave they faces. While we've been doing it for years, there's always room for improvement, to both care for your skin, minimize cutting, and getting the finish you want.
As the holidays loom ever closer, it's time to take a look at a few good gift ideas for the DIY guy on your list. It seems that we have just about every tool we need, and we can make just about anything. So what would be a great gift for the who can make anything? Here are a few places to take a look.
My buddy Andrew was recently searching a site selling vintage, "masculine" art, when he stumbled across this captivating photo of all-around man Ernest Hemingway, shirtless and holding a shotgun. With a bit of clever searching, Andrew discovered the picture is actually
A ManMade Twitter follower just sent me a link to this great Etsy shop, Maiden Voyage, who sell tongue-in-cheek graphic illustrations inspired by humorously outdated notions of manly things.
The team describes their brand,
The term "maiden voyage" conjures up images of massive floating zeppelins, prop driven planes and towering ships embarking on their initial journeys. With these vessels came adventurers and their desires to discover the unknown. Their expeditions were retold in countless enchanting tales. More often than not, recounts of these stories became embellished, adding to their mystery and intrigue.
It is this mixture of truth
Designer Dan Gneiding has released "Dude," a new "reverse contrast" typeface, inspired by country music legends: "Whiskey drinking, train hopping, fist fighting, hard loving, prison breaking, men and women, who poured their hearts out in song."
My friend Ez is straight fantastic. Her site, Creature Comforts, is among the best of the girl-y lifestyle/craft/food/beautiful photography/things the internet was made for blogs out there. And, it turns out, her fantastic taste can be applied to manly things too.
Rust In Peace is a [completely addicting] collection of images of classic, well-made objects that have aged to a patina that makes them even more amazing.
Over the last decade, there's been a hugh shift towards discovering the things that our grandparents knew. Post-Baby Boom adults everywhere are keeping chickens in their backyards, learning to can and preserve their own produce and cure their own meats, shaving with straight razors.
To tell you that Pinterest is hot these days would be like saying football is a sport. Duh. We all know that. But one complaint I've heard from a lot of guys is that Pinterest lacks one thing: men.
According to Mashable, nearly 70% of Pinterest users are female. So, for many guys who are on Pinterest, that means they get flooded with recipes for fancy desserts, photos of hair, and a ton of jewelry and fashion pins.
Well fear not, fellow dudes, because I've compiled a list of 20 male Pinterest users that you should follow. These guys have good taste, pin often, and, like I said, are guys.
In 1963, photographer John Dominis visited the Palm Springs home of Steve McQueen and his first wife, Neile Adams. Over the span of three weeks, the photographer shot more than forty rolls of film, capturing intimate photos of the couple daily life that reinforce why the actor continues to be upheld as an interesting paradigm of masculinity.
ManMade was founded on the idea that there's no such thing as the "average man," at least as far as creativity and hobbies go... But, as a site and community dedicated to making fruitful lifestyle choices, it is interesting to see how our own lives and habits might stack up against our peers. Compared to the "mean" man, let's say.
For example, check out this graph on average men's fitness to see how your health compares to others. Not like a locker room, howmanypushupscanyoudo sorta challenge
If you ask me, there are few better examples of the quintessential man than Ernest Hemingway. Sure, he had some flaws, but damn, he was a cool dude.
Last summer, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Hemingway's passing, the good folks at 1000memories created this great poster titled Live the Hemingway.
I'm betting the psychologists have probably figured this out by now: guys need a space. A special space. A clubhouse, a workshop, a pub, a lounge chair, an office, whatever...men are simply wired to seek a spot for themselves that energizes them.
Of course, moving beyond the way-to-old-to-be-safe-and-most-likely-smelly furniture and the vintage metal signs look isn't always easy. But that doesn't mean a man room has to be done up only in the colors of a sports team or feature multiple neon beer signs.
"Virility didn't have a manual -- until now! Whether you rock the wise Fu Manchu or the classic Lumberjack, this book has instructions on the care, growth and grooming of 30 retro and modern 'staches as well as coordinating style tips for non-facial parts."
On Wednesday, the New York Times featured a piece about "rough looking" furniture and "emphasizing the influence of the y-chromosome." Artists and designers such as Joost Van Bleiswijk, Aaron Raymer, Simon Hasan, Oscar Magnus Narud are creating pieces who's aesthetic only improves with a scratch or a nick in the veneer.
Murray Moss has dubbed the approach "butch craft", and "he has collected in an enticing show that opened Wednesday night at Moss, his SoHo store. It has a “rough-hewn, virile and heavy-lifting aesthetic,” Mr. Moss said, albeit one that is sensitively rendered or considered, a nod to the history and semiotics of the word “butch.”
The gathering ranges from collectables to hygiene products to vintage-inspired new handmade pieces. And we gotta say - we like it. Like it a lot.