Adult Coloring Books for Men: our Top Ten

Adult Coloring Books for Men: they exist, dude, and they rock!

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“Prithee, why are there adult coloring books for men?”
“Because, m’lad, we like to color as much as the lasses do.”

Why are there separate adult coloring books for men?

Isn’t it a free country, where anyone can color what they wish? Of course it is. But the fact is that men are sometimes reluctant to use things they see as “feminine.” And most adult coloring books, which often featuring flowery patterns and animals, can be perceived as aimed at women.

Men need de-stressing just as much as women do, but women have more outlets. Yoga, massage, spiritual retreats…  men participate in these too, but the ratio is far from equal.

Many amazing adult coloring book artists are men, so they understand what to put into adult coloring books for guys. The art in men’s coloring books is often mind-blowing. So what do men like to color? Is it beer, booze, and broads? That’s part of it. But there’s a surprising variety.

I spent hours combing through books to find adult coloring books that could please a male partner, friend, dad, grandpa, uncle, son, brother, nephew, and teen boy. Some are hilarious. Some just have amazing art. And let’s not forget… muscle cars. Here are Color Planer’s top picks for the best adult coloring books for men.

Doodle Invasion

Kerby Rosanes’ work is bound to please those who enjoy sci-fi, space, and humor. You could spend hours trying to find all the things in these 50 pages of doodle art. The amazing detail, adventure stories, worlds within worlds, and sci-fi vibe by Zifflin (writer) and Rosanes is sure to get a guy diving into galaxies of color.

Did someone say mechanical Hadron Collider mandala? Fantastic Machines harnesses the energy of retro and futuristic machinery in a coloring book perfect for men who geek out on the inner workings of things. 58 pages of art rev up your senses. Retro and futuristic meet here. Pinball, airplanes, space stations, and circuit boards bring out the artist/enginer in you. Beautifully illustrated by bestselling author/artist Steve McDonald.

 

#DADLIFE: A Manly Adult Coloring Book

Arr, matey. What’s more manly than carrying the heir/heiress to the throne in a flowered  baby sling? Dads everywhere will hide in their man caves for hours with this tongue-in-cheek coloring book of fatherhood.

 

American Muscle Cars, 1960-1975 (Dover History Coloring Book)

Artist Bruce LaFontaine’s perfect renderings of 44 legendary Muscle Cars puts you in the driver’s seat for a trip down memory lane. These were the coolest rides you could cruise in in the early 1960s and ’70s. From the T-bird to the Trans Am, relive the Mad Men days with these most macho vehicles. Each is shown in a setting such as in a neighborhood or business district. The book includes captions with interesting factoids.

The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book

Fans of the fantasy series no longer have to settle for watching its sumptuous colors on TV–now they can put them on paper. Meticulous, intricate drawings capture the universe of Game of Thrones. Famed illustrators including Tomislav Tomic, interviewed on our blog, contributed art. This book is a collector’s item with 45 exclusive pages. So guys, get out your red and gold pencils and dive into fantasy.

 

Color Me Drunk: A Drinking and Drawing Activity Book

This hilarious drawing/activity book even comes with a set of beer goggles. It has coloring plus more, so might be the perfect gift or coffee (beer) table book. Activities include decoding drunkenly sent texts, doodling regrettable tattoos, drawing a straight line drunk as well as sober, and “Wino Bingo.” Color Me Drunk is a perfect way to while away that hangover or night in the slammer.

Colin Thompson Funtastic 72-Page Adult Colouring Book (Ravensburger)

This whopping 72-page book brings the art of Colin thompson, prolific writer and illustrator and one of the world’s top puzzle artists, to your home. It has grayscale art, giving the images extra dimensionality. Designs are on both sides of the page, so you may want to stick with colored pencils. The binding is not glued, but sewn, so you will be able to lay it flat. Amazing architecture, machines, and more. Check out all of Thomson’s works!

Grimm’s Fairy Tales Adult Coloring Book (Zenoscope)

Like comics? This book of Grimm’s Fairy Tales has a bunch of sexy ladies drawn by top Zenoscope comic book talent. Truly a treat for comic book lovers and men who like a bit of sauce with their fairy tales.

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Unicorns Are Jerks: A Coloring Book Exposing the Cold, Hard, Sparkly Truth


Artist Nicole Lorenz has grabbed this cool humor trend by the horn. Filled with rainbows and irony, it will make your man learn to love purple fur. It’s also great for people who aren’t into coloring complicated designs. Better than a Starbucks Unicorn frappe.

 

This Bronx cheer of a book will have him laughing. This popular adult coloring book has pages with drawn text with charming sentiments such as “Meh” and “Let That Sh– Go.” The designs are fairly simple, so they can be colored quickly. Cheaper than professional anger management!

 

Coloring Is The New Meditation 1st Edition: Beautiful, Intricate, Hand-drawn Illustrations for an Absolute Immersion in Coloring Relaxation

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On a calmer note, patient, sensitive guys will love these amazing odes to nature and the spirit by artist Kent Chua. Adult coloring books for men are often simpler in style, but this is an exception. Chua creates complex, puzzle-like patterns out of scenes such as a mass of butterflies or treetop. The artistry here is in the stratosphere. Great for guys who love art and the natural world–thank goodness there are men like that.

 

 

Of course, if you’re looking for there are plenty of those on Amazon (warning: whimsical but very much for adults!). Coloring books take on pretty much any subject!

  • Daniel Harris

    This is incredibly sexist and insulting to men and women