Put up your dukes! The Art of Manliness pose contest

Our friends over on the popular Art of Manliness blog have announced a new photo contest – details here.

Entrants (from the US only) are invited to submit photos of themselves in poses inspired by the above image of the great bare-knuckle boxing champion, John L. Sullivan. The first-place winner will receive a fantastic prize package including a coffee brown Saddleback leather briefcase, the Art of Manliness book, eBooks, posters, calling cards and more besides.

Better wax up your mustache and get flexing …

A tip of the hat to the Art of Manliness

Founded by Brett and Kate McKay in 2008, the Art of Manliness website and forum has exploded in popularity, attracting over 50,000 subscribers and also spawning a best-selling book.

The essential Art of Manliness philosophy is expressed in the subtitle, “classic skills and manners for modern men”. Proposing that many contemporary men lack substantial role models, and in reaction against the shallow “men’s magazine” image of masculinity, Art of Manliness often draws its inspiration from 19th and early 20th century sources.

As well as promoting interest in Bartitsu via an online article and chapter in their book, the McKays’ website frequently features essays and discussions of interest to members of the Bartitsu Society, including martial arts, self defence, physical culture and gentlemanly deportment.

A small sampling:

10 Manly Feats of Strength
The Gentleman’s Guide to Umbrellas
10 Ways to be a Gentleman at the Gym
The Virtuous Life
Bringing Back the Hat

Pay them a visit, and remember to man up!