With the sun fully set on summer, and the brisk fall air twirling golden everything around us, we've decided to trek into some uncharted KY territories. As October comes to a close, and spirits come out to play, we know this is our chance to unearth some freaky finds. With adventure on our minds, we partnered-up with our pal Coleman Larkin to uncover the secrets of a sweet little spot known as Hell For Certain, Kentucky.
To commemorate his journey into the depths of mystery and intrigue, we've created this kick-ass shirt to represent it's namesake. The design was crafted by one of the masters of KY darkness Tim Jones, and printed on a super-soft American American t-shirt by Push Push Press. Get ready to howl with delight this Friday @ 10am. $25.
We are born to leave here. The scriptures has told us that everybody won’t sleep in the grave, that there can come a time for a change. How many of you have read about the rapture of the church? How many of you have read that story over at First Thessalonians Chapter Four where it says the Lord himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God? And the dead in Christ shall rise when? FIRST! Amen? Then those of us which are alive and remain shall be called up how? TOGETHER! If the Lord were to come back and the rapture of the church were to take place right now the graaaaaves would BUST OPEN! I truly believe that. I might could be a nut but I believe it. Amen? I BELIEVE THE GRAVES WILL BUST OPEN AND THE BODIES THAT DIED IN THE LORD WILL COME FORTH!
In the background a tambourine jangled and a few murmurs of agreement bubbled across the airwaves. These hyperventilating Pentecostal preachers always put my mind in a literary mode. Everything becomes a symbol for something else. I’ve left my home in Pike County and am driving southwest. The cold exposed stone of the mountains blasted away for the Hal Rogers Parkway sweats in the sun and the coal seams shine like obsidian. It makes me feel like Moses parting the Red Sea to roll between them, and I imagine them crashing together behind me, drowning my enemies. I am invincible, after all, says the preacher. Even when I die a part of me, the real me, will continue. “You are somebody somewhere forever,” is how he...
This week, we’re celebrating a Kentucky born and raised marvel of country music- Ms. Loretta Lynn. This honky-tonk songstress grew from her roots as a coal miner’s daughter in a little nook of Eastern Kentucky to become the maven of the music industry that we all know today. She’s got countless industry awards and prestige to her name, as well as being an inductee of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Loretta has been soothing savage souls and tugging on tender heartstrings for over 5 decades. She is truly a kick-ass Kentuckian of the highest order, and we’re ready to shout it out everywhere from the highest hilltop to the deepest holler- WE LOVE YOU LORETTA LYNN.
In order to celebrate her majesty properly, we’ve teamed up with some badass KY artists who know a thing or 2 about the bluegrass. First off, we headed down to Bowling Green, KY to visit our pals Jim and Connie who are the driving creative force behind Print Mafia. This cult-classic collective rolls deep in everything print-worthy in the music industry and beyond- We knew they’d be top notch candidates to celebrate Loretta in her finest print form.
The Print Mafia dynamic duo set to work to create a masterpiece of honorable proportions. They wanted something that would capture both the beauty of Loretta’s image and the strength of her words. Using the song lyric (“Remember when those city lights shine down / That old moon shines on your Kentucky girl”) as inspiration, they were sparked with something similar to the Holy Ghost. Through this divine inspiration, they created a stunning 18” x 24” high contrast print on a rich, off-white 100lb stock. These beauties are signed & numbered as a limited-edition...
With the holidays just around the corner, we know how important it is to get in those last little indulgences. That's why we're kicking off an EPIC $10 PRINT SALE this Friday & Saturday (10.17-10.18). We're conjuring up the spirit of a proud Kentucky through these kick-ass print collaborations by some of our favorite creatives. Check it out, starting this Friday @ 10:00am- we know how you like it.
Allegra Lockstadt, our featured artist this week, has created a Kentucky image that is richly detailed and deeply embedded in the natural world of our lush state. Allegra spent many of her formative years in Kentucky, though she now draws from afar. Many displaced Kentuckians can related to her feelings, “my personal story and association with Kentucky is that it's home at a distance: I've lived outside of Kentucky for the past 6 years, but even so, it will always be part of my history and part of who I am no matter where I end up.”
When working with her to design the print, we knew we wanted a fresh take on another aspect of the state’s identity while simultaneously creating play with the lyrics of ‘My Old Kentucky Home.’ Allegra’s take on the project accomplishes those goals and more, the resulting print is tinged with nostalgia, wildness, and a touch of the psychedelic.
Lockstadt articulates her connections with the design, “I wanted to create an image that Kentuckians abroad could relate to in this same way. And I wanted to make that idea of Kentucky as a distant home really 'romantic', somewhat mystical, nostalgic and beautiful, making sure it reflected the natural beauty of Kentucky which is hard to find elsewhere. Hence, the use of...
As we sit back and sip a small-batch of fine Kentucky bourbon, and let a sweet, subtle purple haze make it's way into our mind's eye- we can't help but to get a little "clarity" on the state of things. Sometimes, it takes nothing more than a simple sip & smoke to remind us that- you can't truly know where you're going, until you take a long, hard look at where you've been.
A couple years back, we tapped into the brainwaves of the whole world with the intoxicating message of a holy Commonwealth that reigns supreme. We know you felt it.The pulse is strong, and the message is simple- Kentucky Kicks Ass.
Kentuckians have been influencing and creating universal culture since the beginning of time. We were the first to sing "Happy Birthday", fry chicken and slap high-fives. We invented bourbon, Bluegrass music, horses and not to mention the Kentucky Derby. We made cool cooler by birthing Clooney, Depp,and Hunter S. Thompson. We raised many a strong KY woman with tales to tell. Women like Loretta Lynn, Jennifer Lawrence, all the Judds, and Diane Sawyer. We redefined sports entertainment with Ali, Sea Biscuit, and Rondo. Weinvented the gas mask, people...and we'd do it again.
This week, we’re stoked to launch some killer ‘Kentucky Kicks Ass’ flags. Kick-ass flags for proud kick-ass Kentuckians. Flags that let the world know who we are and what we do. Celebrate Kentucky's kick-assery with a big ol’ Kentucky Kicks Ass’ flag. Hell yeah.
100 flags will be available this Friday at 10:00am. These babies are made in the USA, and showcase double-sided "Kentucky Kicks Ass" logo detail. Flags are crafted from a durable poly-blend and measure 3' x 5', $48. They're to be flown with...
This week, we’re launching a line of coffee mugs and pour-overs by adopted Kentuckian, Mike Rozzi. Sold in matching sets designed around and inspired by the Kentucky Coffee Tree, we’re proud to offer 25 limited-edition sets perfect for coffee drinkers who want to brew one cup at a time. Each mug and pour-over is hand-thrown, hand-detailed and glazed by Rozzi in his home studio, which is located in Lexington, Kentucky. Available on our website this Friday, September 26th at 10:00am.
A native Pennsylvanian who fell in love with Kentucky, Rozzi has found a creative wellspring in Lexington, the place he now calls home. As he explains, “I grew up in New Castle, Pennsylvania, just North of Pittsburgh. I moved to Kentucky a while back simply because it was a small town that looked charming. The city itself gives me all I need. Long introspective walks through historic parts of downtown have roused my most creative self. I definitely feel apart of the creative community. I feel creative. And lots of my friends are creative too.”
As his naturalistic pottery indicates, Rozzi finds visual inspiration in the landscapes of the Commonwealth, often wandering in the great outdoors in order to clear his head. He explains his process, “Raven Run Nature Preserve is one of my favorite places in Kentucky. Any free time I can spare throughout the week, I go there to clear my head, collect my thoughts, or have some fun with friends. It's beautiful and inspiring and only down the road a bit.” As devout fans of the natural wonders of our state, we have to agree that Rozzi’s muse is our own.
In addition to the physical landscape of Lexington, Rozzi cites his friends and...
Ask and Y'ALL shall receive.....more Y'ALL gear. We're teaching you how to be epic southern crushers, one Y'all sweatshirt at a time. You asked for more Y'all apparel and we're filling the order. The world wants to see us crush Yale with Y'all and we're ready for it, friends. So this week we're doing a massive restock of your favorite line to make sure you're decked out for fall, Kentucky-for-Kentucky style. Fill your closet while you can: Y'all sweatshirts, t-shirts, kids gear, and fresh-to-death raglans. Yes, you can have it all.
Fun goes down this Friday September 19th at 10am on our website.
Fall is here and you need a new sweatshirt. In addition to the big Y'ALL restock going down on Friday, we'll also be dropping these fresh new 'Bluegrass State' old school pennant sweatshirts.
Words by Hannah Legris and photos by Stanley Sievers
Welcome back to Kindergarten, friends—Kentucky for Kentucky-style, that is. Which means this school is way cooler than your Kindergarten. In fact, it kicks ass. With the iconography of the Commonwealth in mind, we’ve had hometown crusher Rachael Sinclair draft a specialty version of a children’s eye chart. Complete with the outlines of Kentucky’s great symbols—the state itself, goldenrod, a horse head, a (fried) chicken, a bourbon barrel, banjo, My Old Kentucky Home, and jockey silks—this will be the ultimate litmus test to ensure that you’ve raised a tried and true Kentuckian.
Referencing the LEA symbols test—still used as a means of pediatric eye assessment for very young children—these Kentucky for Kentucky optotypes will make measuring your child’s vision fun and patriotic. Alternately, if you’ve been hitting that bourbon a little too hard this eye chart is a quality means of assessing just how drunk you really are. Kentucky Eye Charts. Good for kids. Good for you. Good for Kentucky.
Designed by Rachael Sinclair and printed by Tim Jones in Lexington, Kentucky on 12 1/2” x 19” French Paper Company Paper, a limited edition signed and numbered run of 50 prints: $20
Photos by Cassie Lopez and words by Hannah Legris
We’ve been searching far and wide for some old Kentucky highway maps for a new batch of our famous vintage Kentucky map prints. We can’t keep em in stock and they’re getting harder and harder to find. After several months of seeking and acquiring these sweet old Kentucky highway maps, we’re finally ready to release a new batch. Actually two new beautiful batches. We put Tim Jones to work and had him pull two of our favorite quotes to give to you this Friday in celebration of everything Kentucky and to kick off the start of Kentucky Heritage Bourbon Month. Thank you, Andrew Jackson and Jesse Stuart. Thank you Tim Jones and Bryan Patrick Todd. Thank you Kentucky and Kentuckians. Each map print we make is unique, and they've never been know to last long, so mark your calendars for Friday, September 5th at 10am if you're looking to call dibs on one of these Kentucky Wonders before the well runs dry.
First up, we celebrate Jesse Stuart and his amazing quote about Kentucky being the heart of America. Designed by Bryan Patrick Todd in Louisville. Printed with love by Tim Jones in Lexington. We’ll only have about 40 of these available. They go on sale this Friday at 10:00am. These vintage maps date back to anywhere from 1940 to 1980 and they are all in good condition. Sizes vary, but most are around 16" x 26". Act fast, map prints never last long.
“If these United States can be called a body, then Kentucky can be called its heart.” - Jesse Stuart