The mission of Kentucky for Kentucky is to engage and inform the world by promoting Kentucky people, places, and products. Last November we added scents to that mission statement by introducing a line of candles called ‘Scents of The Commonwealth’. You might remember the ‘Fried Chicken’ candles - the hottest holiday gift of 2013. We're excited to announce that starting this Friday, we're back in the business of promoting Kentucky's finest scents. That's right, say hello to 'Scents Of The Commonwealth' Part Two.
Kathy Werking, one of the Commonwealth's most prolific movers and shakers, has brought a little something extra to the table. When we learned that Kathy was ready light one up for the Bluegrass, we commissioned her to do a special lineup of candles just for us. So, she got to work at Kentucky Green Studio and remixed the perfect blend of your favorite scents of the Commonwealth.
Once again, we've paired her project up with Rachael Sinclair, who designed hand-drawn labels that illustrate the sweetest sides of Kentucky's main attractions. And who doesn't want to illuminate a room with the nostalgic scents of Bluegrass, Cannabis, Fried Chicken, Mint Julep, Thoroughbred & Trailer Park? This creative collaboration sparked some heavenly aromas that will easily sweep you away to an Old Kentucky home away from home. We feel blessed, y'all.
*A limited number of these kick-ass candles go on sale this Friday April 18th at 10:00am on our website.
Is that a trailer park in your pants, or are you just happy to see us? Either way, nothing says sultry summer lovin' like the bad ass bungalows of the Bluegrass. Here in Kentucky, we proudly claim the existence of more trailer parks than there are Starbucks...in the whole wide world. Don't believe us?...
Let's give a toast to the Commonwealth, y'all, and gather round for the Makers Mark Handcraft Festival down in Loretto, Kentucky at the distillery. We'll be there peddling the finest Kentucky for Kentucky wares, drinking the finest of bourbons, and kicking ass. At the event, there will be 27 vendors selling handmade wares and 9 food trucks that will be cooking bourbon-inspired food - we're ready to partake with the best of them.
Get down to Loretto and have some fun, Kentucky for Kentucky style!
Saturday, April 12th from 10am until 4pm.
Facebook event, here.
Last April, we launched an epic print celebrating the most exciting two minutes in sports – the motha freakin’ Kentucky Derby. We collaborated with Louisville artist Rachael Sinclair on this decadent and depraved print. Not just any print, an infographic of kick-ass Kentuckian Hunter S. Thompson’s famous essay on the 1970 Kentucky Derby – The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved. Gonzo journalism’s original gangsta essay that appeared in Scanlon’s Monthly in June of that year.
You’ll notice, each silk on this print is symbolic of something from Hunter S. Thompson’s essay – Colonel Quick, Nekkid Horses, Whiskey Gentry, Dust Commander, Old Fitz, Chemical Billy, Inbred Horses and all other gonzo observations.
It didn’t take long for word to get out about Rachael’s epic tribute to Hunter S. Thompson’s ‘The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved”. The print was featured on Deadspin, Laughing Squid, Paste Magazine, Bleacher Report, Neatorama, and Buzzfeed. The first running of 100 prints got hot like Jennifer Lawrence and sold out in 15 minutes. The second running of 500 prints got hot like Vicco, Kentucky and sold out in one hour. Since selling out, these amazing prints have been fetching around $300-$400 on eBay. A year later and we're still receiving emails daily asking if we’ll be dropping a third running. It’s been by far our most popular print we’ve ever offered.
With that said, we’ve got great news. Some kick-ass news. In celebration of this year’s Kentucky Derby, we’re excited to announce we’ve committed to a third running of Rachael’s famous ‘The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent And Depraved’ print. Hell yes.
Purchase Information: A limited run of 500 prints will be available on Friday, April 25th at 10:00am on this...
Sometimes here at Kentucky for Kentucky we like to settle in with a good read, and when we do, it’s always something unique and inspiring about our favorite state. When a copy of Kiran Bhatraju’s Mud Creek Medicine: The Life of Eula Hall and the Fight for Appalachia found its way to our door, we couldn’t turn down this compelling tale of one woman’s fight to establish and maintain Mud Creek Clinic in the midst of abject poverty and challenging social circumstances.
A native of Eastern Kentucky himself, Bhatraju cites her story as equally inspirational both to those within their community and to outsiders, alike, determined as she was to “follow her own brand of tough-love, boostrapped compassion” in order to make her goals into reality. Her battles, however, were all too commonplace, as Bhatraju explains, “Eula faced hardship from the day she was born. And her biography - through severe poverty, abuse, lack of healthcare, black lung advocacy, clean water battles, and labor strikes – represents a lot of the struggles Appalachia faced in the 20th century.”
Eula had to fight hard for her clinic, overcoming many obstacles, including a varied past that included moonshining, labor strikes, fighting against domestic abuse, and a mysterious arson in 1982 that threatened to close her down forever. She struggled hard to serve the people of her community, reopening the clinic against the odds and rallying to keep her dream alive. Determined to provide healthcare to the residents of secluded areas of the Appalachian region, Eula Hall made it her life’s mission to rally for the needs of her community, to make sure the rest of the world heard the voice of Appalachia.
In case you didn’t know, Kentuckians Kick Ass: they get inked in the name of Kentucky-love. You’ve heard of state pride, Kentucky, but here in Lexington we’ve taken community involvement to whole new level.
The Lexington Tattoo Project is the brainchild of Lexington-based artists Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde, who called Lexingtonians to have the sentiments of a love poem to their city tattooed on their bodies. Written by Bianca Spriggs, the poem contains images and phrases essential to the spirit of Lexington. It can be found in its entirety not only on 253 unique bodies but also here.
The project has been covered extensively by local and national media, and has inspired other cities to create parallel artistic collaborations.
Lexington’s tattoo experience unfolded in three phases, and participants celebrated through every part of the process. First, Robert Alleyne and Jay Armstrong of Charmed Life Tattoo inked each phrase. Second, each participant was photographed. Finally, video installations showcasing the finished product was unveiled at PRHBTN in November of 2013; the book documenting the project was launched at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in February of 2014.
Now, we’re going to bring you another place to feast your eyes on the Lexington Tattoo Project in all its glory – you can buy the book for $49 here on Kentucky for Kentucky’s website starting on Friday at 10am.
When going through our vintage inspirations, we uncovered a gem that we just couldn’t let pass: a 1962 Kentucky Highway Map. Unlike our many other vintage Kentucky highway maps, this map was special. It had the words 'Kentucky Vacationland for Everyone' proudly displayed on it. Kentucky is the ultimate kick-ass vacationland for everyone. With that said, we want to make it known again that Kentucky is a wonderful vacationland for everyone. And so, fine friends, we’ve printed you a spring fling of a shirt, just in time to plan your next trip to the majestic wilds of your favorite state. Wear it with style and pride to Natural Bridge, Lake Cumberland, mighty Mammoth Cave, Pine Mountain State Park and beyond, Kentucky – because vacationland is right here in the state that you love.
Printed by PushPush Press on cream Alternative Apparel football-style ringer t-shirts, these are part of a limited edition run, $30 per shirt.
Words by Hannah Legris and photos by Stanley Sievers
We've got a fresh new batch of some kick-ass custom Ebbets Field Flannels vintage 'KY' baseball caps coming soon (hot new colorway). We've also got some fresh new Ebbets 'Y'ALL' baseball caps coming soon too. That's right, Y'ALL heard that right. Some kick-ass Y'ALL baseball caps coming soon. KY Y'ALL, cheers to the Commonwealth. Made in the USA by Ebbets Field Flannels. Hell yes.
Some people collect teacups, some people collect stamps, but here at Kentucky for Kentucky, we love any item that shines a bright light on Kentucky's awesomeness. And it turns out one of the best ways to look for these goodies, these emblems of our rich kick-ass heritage, is to take a step back into the past.
And that’s why we've rounded up a treasure trove of Kentucky memorabilia to feast your eyes upon. Here’s a sampling of the objects that excite us at Kentucky for Kentucky, the vintage inspirations that make our prints and apparel crush so hard. We’ve always looked to Kentucky’s epic past in order to get pumped for the future, and now you get a special sneak peak into our archives, too.
Whether it's a map, a deck of playing cards, or a set of salt and pepper shakers, it seems Kentucky pretty much looks good on anything. Digging through these souvenirs, we uncovered a bit more of what makes this state so unique.
Rest assured, Kentucky has been kick-ass for quite a long time.
Words by Hannah Legris and photos by Stanley Sievers
Remember those amazing sterling silver Kentucky necklaces that sold out in ten minutes? Those were awesome. We get emails daily asking when they'll be back in stock. Well, we're excited to announce that on Friday, March 14th, those amazing Meg C Sterling Silver Kentucky Necklaces will be back in stock. Back in action. Back to the future. A limited line of 100 handcrafted, sterling silver Kentucky necklaces will be available for you to purchase. These delicate necklaces are hand-designed and molded out of 100% sterling silver, making them a classic, lifetime investment. Pairing beautifully with both casual and formal clothing, it is an everyday piece that also showcases your personal connection to the Commonwealth. Made in Kentucky by Meg Carroll. Available on Friday March 14th at 10:00 am. Hell yes.
This Friday we are dropping a special design for all the intrepid explorers out there. The iconic likeness featured on this baseball raglan (a true American classic) comes from a vintage bluegrass automotive artifact from the 1960’s. Meant to grace the front of one’s car, this license plate touts a simple message: “Explore Kentucky.” Accompanying this message is a mysterious visage. Perhaps he's Daniel Boone, the famous trailblazing folk hero who swept though the virgin Commonwealth in the 1770’s. Or perhaps he is a pioneer of Kentucky’s mythical past, a mountain man imploring you to get off the beaten path. Or could it be George Clooney asking you to explore his beauty? Either way you interpret it, this heritage inspired shirt will draw out the adventurer within. Available on Friday April 14th at 10:00am.