This year I quit driving delivery trucks and opened my own by-appointment tattoo shop, attached to my good friend Chris Duffin‘s powerlifting gym. I’m starting to develop a consistent blackwork style, and in 2015 I should have that dialed in enough to add a tattoo portfolio to this site. I also started taking boxing classes and broke my ankle in a SAMBO but came back strong with a 510lb gym pr deadlift and a 315lb bench in the second half of 2014. Not bad, considering I also turned 40 this year. I spent a lot of time being a gym rat who occasionally writes and tattoos, but I write about men and masculinity, so standing around bullshitting with powerlifters and strongman competitors counts as field research. Or that’s what I tell myself. Mostly it’s just fun. I was kicking around
competing in participating in a strongman competition for fun this spring, but some nasty bicep tendonitis in my right arm stalled my training in December, so I’m wavering.
For most of the year, I wrote monthly for RADIX, my favorite “alternative right” site, and also managed a few pieces for Counter-Currents and this site. I started Start The World, my podcast, but decided to produce it only when I had someone I particularly wanted to talk to or introduce to my audience. I was also interviewed on numerous podcasts, including Tucker Max’s Mating Grounds, Master Chim’s Pressure Project, Hangover Radio, Radio3Fourteen, Knowledge For Men, Practical Tactical, Alpha Man Project, Dating Skills Review, and probably a bunch more I’m forgetting and one recorded yesterday that isn’t out yet. I also did some interviews for international publications in Greece and Germany that may or may not have come out yet.
All of this extra promotion meant that 2014 has been the best year for sales of The Way of Men, and December 2014 has been the book’s biggest month ever (thanks in part to a boost from that viral Breitbart piece that quoted me). The Way of Men has sold well over 13,000 copies at this point and seems to be picking up steam. It came out in a French language edition this month, and there are Spanish and Portuguese translations in the works. I’ve finally started recording the audiobook, and I’ll be releasing that via audible.com in January. My book of essays, A Sky Without Eagles also came out this year, and it’s done surprisingly well.
Reflecting on my books recently has reminded me that somehow I became an author, and my books are the accomplishments I am most proud of in my life. I’m going to focus even less on writing essays and reviews in 2015, and am committed to starting and finishing my next book, Becoming A Barbarian (or something like that) before the end of the year.
Below are some my favorite projects I worked on in 2014.
In June I traveled to Virginia to observe a moot and ritual with a tribe of heathens called The Wolves of Vinland, wrote about it for this site, and recorded a podcast with Paul Waggener — outlaw country singer and one of the leaders of the Wolves. Since then, the Wolves have become part of my life, and a couple of them flew out to perform a ritual with me and others here in the Pacific Northwest.
Collecting my best essays, writing some new ones, recording an audiobook and drawing up the right cover art took up a big chunk of my time this year.
This is my favorite STW podcast so far. The author of Survive: The Economic Collapse and I discussed the deeper themes of one of our favorite movies.
In terms of style and insight this is one of the strongest pieces I’ve written.
This had a lot of crossover appeal, in that it pissed off many groups of people, and re-reading it has me disgusted all over again about the way that men sell out men and fawn over women who do…anything. Also see my 10% Law of Female Sex Pollution, which isn’t so much an argument as it is absolute truth. So many comments I got about that post were along the lines of “I’ve seen it play out exactly like that at my gym/workplace/etc.”
Making this video was the hardest thing I did all year, hands down. Big learning curves in several areas, combined with late night shoots.
We clocked in about 37 hours of tattoo time wrapping this Nordic wyrm all the way around a guy who walks around at about 250lbs.
While it is true that women enjoy sex, they are also pragmatic and especially interested in safety and security. If there has been a “war of the sexes” raging throughout human history, men have almost always been the victors, precisely because they are bigger and stronger, more willing to take risks, and more inclined to be violent. Women see the potential for violence in men and they recognize that it is the greatest threat to the new order of society–their order. A majority of women in the developed world now have more political and economic power now than they ever have in human history, and this increase in status is utterly dependent on the continued pacification of men.
So they lie. They lie about male sexuality the way men lied about female sexuality.
They’re willing to trade satisfying sex for quasi-coital man-milking if it means holding on to their newfound political and economic power. They’re willing to use the tragedy of rape as a tool to cow men morally–to make normal, decent men prostrate themselves to prove they are not rapists or enablers of rape. As with “privilege,” men will always be guilty until proven innocent, and no matter what they do, no matter how they dishonor themselves, they will never be innocent enough. To release men from guilt is to relinquish power over them, and this power has already corrupted the hearts of the women who revel in it and gain from it.
Especially prescient, and even more relevant now, given recent scandals in feminist journalism like the UVA gang rape hoax and other fake rapes fabricated so that feminists could acquire more power and resources.
Oh yeah…almost forgot one of my most important essays from RADIX.
The expectation that we are supposed to care about everyone’s happiness is what gives social justice warriors power. If you admit that you don’t care about their feelings, they have nothing. They don’t know what to do with “I don’t care if Barbies make girls feel bad about their bodies. So what?” Own it and tell them to fuck off.