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Pop Culture Design School: The Batman

Welcome to of Iron & Oak's Pop Culture Design School, where we play interior designer for some of Pop Culture's most famous figures. Today's lesson: The Batman Batman provides an interesting thought exercise because of the wildly different design directions for both billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, and the Dark Knight himself. So today we're gonna split the difference and provide a couple of great examples for seating that both of Gotham's front page poster boys would be able to see themselves in, let's get started

How to Build Your Own Sneaker Room

If you're like us, this little sneaker habit of yours has probably already spun out of control. If it hasn’t, it will, because sneakers are awesome. They’re really really really cool and once you get a whiff of that new pair smell the urge to cop more can be hard to resist. If you’re already 100+ pairs deep and slowly crafting a labyrinth of shoe storage in your garage you may be a bit beyond help, but for those of you still building your arsenal or sitting pretty on a…

When PLAYBOY Informed Sexy Design & Made the Bachelor Pad a Cultural Tradition

by Guest Contributor, The Selvedge Yard's Jon Patrick Debuting in 1953, Hugh Hefner’s Playboy magazine represented the ultimate liberated lifestyle for men of the 1950s, ’60s and beyond. Some called Hef’s imaginative, artistic spreads on architecture & interior design nothing more than self-indulgent, male sexual fantasy cloaked under a flimsy cover of so-called culture. For the man that wanted to be (or fantasized of being) the master of his own hedonistic domain — Playboy was his blueprint. And Hef perfected his own personal blueprint for tapping directly into the wallet of a…

5 Inspirational Quotes About Men

5 Inspirational Quotes For Men About Growing Up

Suck it up, and be a man.

We’ve all heard those words at some point in our lives – some of us maybe more than others, unfortunately. But what does it take to really be a man? There are a lot of different thoughts and theories on what it takes to grow up and become a man, but a lot of the more stereotypical ones usually come with some sort of backhanded insult. Because, you know, just deal with it. Right?

If you were to ask us the true definition of a real man, we’d be at a loss for words. It’s hard to categorize three billion unique individuals into one single category. But if we were to take a stab at it, we’d say, at his core, a real man puts other’s needs before his own, works hard to achieve success and isn’t afraid to be someone others can look up to. Consequentially, this idea also applies to women. Moral of the story? We’d say the key to being a real man is just being a good person.

For a man who’s out and on his own for the first time – whether he be in his twenties, thirties or even forties – it can be difficult to navigate the cruel world life has laid out for him. Some of his friends may tell him again to “suck it up,” but hey, man…blaze your own trail. Don’t just “be a man.” Be your own man, and do it well with no regrets.

We’ve put together a small collection of inspirational quotes for men about growing up. We believe that, no matter how old you are, there’s always room for growth and hope that you guys can find a bit of guidance via these quotes. 

Every Man Should Know: How To Wear Cologne

Have you ever been enjoying yourself at a gathering or bar when suddenly a fellow male passes by, wafting in a pungent trail of overly musky cologne? It's overkill, and it kills the mood, right? I know many of us have experienced this at one point or another, and if not, then sadly, you may be the culprit at hand. Here's a helpful guide to effectively wearing cologne. Every man should know because, after all, the way you smell is the best way to make great first impressions. HOW MUCH…

How To Drink Whiskey Proper

Every Man Should Know: The Wonderful World of Whiskey

Mark Twain once said, “too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”

It’s been brought to my attention that a lot of guys out there aren’t aware of what whiskey (or as I like to call it, “writer’s blood”) actually is. This entry will serve to educate those men out there who, for some reason, just can’t put down that warm can of Coors Light. It’s time to man up and class up.

First off, tons of manly men drink whiskey. It’s the drink of choice for famous authors Ernest Hemingway and the aforementioned Mark Twain. Early American actor, Clark Gable, was famously known for his love of whiskey. Upon traveling to Africa, Winston Churchill found the water so unbearable that he improved it by mixing it with whiskey. Hell, Frank and Jesse James — America’s favorite old-timey outlaws — are even related to the Samuels family, the distillers of Maker’s Mark. Frank’s .36 caliber 1851 Navy Colt revolver is on display at their distillery in Loretto, Kentucky. 

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