We delved deep into the historical vaults to dish up a little Kentucky history for y’all. This week, we’re bringing you a poster and a shirt that celebrate the etymological roots of our kick-ass Commonwealth. The spelling of our state has changed significantly over time, and the primary origins are likely of Iroquois or Shawnee language meaning “meadow” or “prairie.” Various other spellings have been pinpointed, and they are primarily of Native American origins. From Wyandot the term signifies “the land of tomorrow.” Alternatively, Shawnee linguistic origins parallel the word for a river’s head; in Algonquian it may mean “river bottom.” According to the Kentucky Tourism Center, there are many possibilities for the original choices for the state name, including the theory that early Kentucky pioneer George Rogers Clark once darkly suggested – that the word means “the river of blood.”
For this new round of posters and shirts, we enlisted Jeremy Booth to design our strange and historic spellings of ‘Kentucky’ into something even more special – in the classic container of a moonshine jug, of course. Booth – of ‘Happy Chandler’ fame – is a young designer and typographer based out of Louisville. After becoming inspired by the work of Original Makers Club designer Jon Contino, he began exploring hand-lettering and typography, and was encouraged by Over app creator, Aaron Marshall; eventually, Booth created the hand-lettered typeface Goon, which became popular on the app. That’s when we discovered Jeremy and he got to work designing typography-oriented prints and t-shirts for us. The enthusiasm of our Kentucky for Kentucky following has given him a huge amount of exposure, pushing his career forward. As Booth enthusiastically informed us, “The success from that collaboration has landed me my first exhibit this...
We keep selling out of gear. We're really sorry about that. Lucky for you, we've got some good news. This Friday, February 21st at 10am EST our online shop will be re-stocked with all sorts of fresh Kentucky for Kentucky gear. All the good stuff - like blue Y'ALL sweatshirts in every size. A complete list can be found below of new inventory coming that will be available on Friday. Cheers to the Commonwealth, Y'all!
120 Counties T-shirts, Ladies’ 120 Counties, 120Counties Sweatshirts, Andrew Jackson T-shirts, Happy Chandler T-shirts, HeavenT-shirts, Ladies’ Heaven, Heaven Tank Tops, More Bourbon T-shirts, Kentucky for Kentucky T-shirts, Kentucky Kicks Ass T-shirts, Kentucky Kicks Ass BaseballRaglan, Kick Ass Kentuckian T-shirts, Kick Ass Kentucky Baseball Raglans, Ya’llSweatshirt in Navy, Y’all Sweatshirt in Grey, Y'all T-shirts.
120 Counties Onesies, Kentucky Kicks Ass Onesies, 120 Counties Bibs, Kentucky Kicks Ass Bibs, Kids’ Colonel Sanders T-shirts, Kids’ Y’all Sweatshirts, Kids’ Kick Ass Kentuckian T-shirts.
Heaven Tote Bags & Happy Chandler Tote Bags.
Last Friday, we had the chance to partake in a little down-home sweet celebration with the launch of Sarah Baird's Kentucky Sweets: Bourbon Balls, Spoon Bread & Mile High Pie. We all gathered to toast the Commonwealth, enjoy a a round of deserved just desserts, and gave Sarah's book an epic Kentucky welcome.
Video by Stanley Straight Edge Sievers VII
“I Hope To Have God On My Side, But I Must Have Kentucky” - Abraham Lincoln
Born in what is now known as Hodgenville, Kentucky, Abraham Lincoln is one of the most kick-ass Kentucky originals. A true Kentucky playa. Tomorrow, we wish him a happy birthday and celebrate all that he has contributed to American history. As a tribute, we’re rolling out two sets of prints to share with the world. Both prints are available for purchase on Wed Feb 12th at 10:00AM ET on our website.
First, we’ve got 150 limited-edition metallic gold and black Lincoln prints on white French Company Paper, designed and printed by Tim Jones in Lexington, Kentucky, $25 each. Print size is 12.5”x19”. Tim's first batch of Tim’s Lincoln prints sold out fast, fast like the Kentucky Derby. Don’t hesitate, they won’t last long.
Second, we’ve got 50 limited-edition vintage Kentucky highway map prints. After a few months of acquiring more of these sweet old Kentucky highway maps we’re back in action. Back to the future. Back to releasing another batch of these beautiful prints. These vintage maps date anywhere from the 1930’s to the early 2000’s and they are all in great condition. Each print is one of a kind, designed and printed by hand in Lexington, KY by Tim Jones. Sizes vary, but most are around 16” x 26”. Once again, don’t hesitate. Tim’s vintage Kentucky map prints always sell out super fast. Fast like a Corvette.
Photos by Stanley Sievers and words by Hannah Legris and Tom Cruise
Like the epic rounds of flasks and mugs that came before – Lincoln, Colonel Sanders – Kentucky for Kentucky’s new Loretta Lynn collection is sure to please. Designed, thrown, stamped, rinsed, and glazed by the ever-steady David Kenton Kring of Lexington, Kentucky, these Loretta mugs and flasks are just as limited-edition as ever, with only 25 mugs and 25 flasks available for purchase on Friday Feb 14th at 10:00am. We’ve worked with David Kring in the past, but this time we sat down with him and asked him to tell us a tale of how he came to be a potter in this great state of ours.
He begins his story as follows, “I was born down by the river in Frankfort, KY. Upon my birth a huge tornado picked up myself and good amount of KY river clay. In the spinning vortex I created a vessel to surround myself and keep me safe. After landing I became baked by the hot Kentucky sun inside the ceramic womb I had created for myself. Eventually, I was found by a dark skinned gypsy and her fortune telling cat, Sebastian. She raised me for several weeks and taught me how to drink bourbon standing up and to cast certain spells. She soon realized she could not contain the man I would eventually become and traded me to a local salesman, Phillip Kring, for a pack of cigarettes and a pair of boots.”
David’s family owned Mitchell's Clothing, a Frankfort, Kentucky staple started in 1947 as an army surplus store by his great grandfather Virgil Mitchell and eventually evolved into a small general clothing store. Kring explains that this was a formative...
In order to make the “ABC’s of Kentucky" print, we knew that we needed to dig deeper and get a closer look at our Kentucky roots, which is why we made a trip to the Kentucky Room at the Central Branch of the Lexington Public Library. Established in the 1920s, The Kentucky Room houses hundreds of years of newspapers, state and local government documents, and fascinating lore from county histories. When we arrived, we got a glance into these rich archives, and were thrilled with what we found. With the help of the librarians there, we were able to compile a complete Kentucky Alphabet, each letter representing a different piece of Commonwealth lore.
While touring the Kentucky Room, we learned many new facts! In the wild days of the 1960s, for example, the artist Henry Faulkner could be found running naked through the library stacks, just to play pranks on the librarians there…a racy way to get your kicks, but we approve.
One of the stranger items in the collection is a scrapbook of funeral notices from 1806-1887 that were gathered by Cyrus Parker Jones, an African American who operated a stall in the Lexington Market who may have hand-delivered many of the notices himself.
Not only can people come to the archives to learn about their Commonwealth, they are often able to dig into their own pasts. The librarians in the Kentucky Room have even been able to reunite families using genealogical data, microfilm, city directories, and the many modern digital tools at their disposal.
Though many genealogists and local historians frequent the Kentucky Room stacks, anyone can come in to learn more about the finer details of our state. As Virginia McClure, Eli Warner and Patrick Lynch explained to us, “The goal of the...
On the evening of Monday, February 3rd, we had the opportunity to participate in a majestic scene in Covington, Kentucky for One Damn BadOyster Fest. At this epic event, we found every type of oyster in the land, the beer flowed freely, and we cheered William Goebel, a Covington native and American politician who served as the 34th governor of Kentucky. A champion of the laboring class, Goebel was wounded by an assassin the day prior to his swearing in ceremony, which subsequently took place on his deathbed. Legend has it that Goebel's last words were, “Doc, that was one damn bad oyster.”
Monday, we gathered to celebrate his legacy and to reenact the event of his death. For the sake of the night, we commissioned a wild and wonderful poster created by Zach Evans with BLDG. Covered in the paraphernalia of the times, this screenprint comes in a limited edition of 50 – and we only have nine remaining to sell. At $35 a print, all of the proceeds go to benefit the Covington Awesome Collective, a group that we, most certainly, believe in. Get your hands on these posters while you can!
Get ready to make it a Valentine’s Day to remember, Kentuckians, because we’re placing this fine state even closer to your heart. On Friday, February 7th, we’re launching a limited line of 50 handcrafted, sterling silver Kentucky necklaces that are going to make your sweetheart even sweeter on you. 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.
Our state necklace is definitive, thoughtful, and understated—and, like you, it has a Kentucky story to tell. This week, we’re featuring the art of Meg Carroll, a Long Island transplant who has set down roots in Lexington, where she has made her career as jewelry designer and artist. Though she came to Kentucky by way of New York, Vermont, and the US Virgin Island, Meg explains, “In 2011, fate brought me to Lexington and I decided to stay. The people and the place just got under my skin and I decided it would be great place to open my first store. So in 2012, I opened Meg C Jewelry Gallery.”
Meg says living in Kentucky has also given her the opportunity to become involved in a supportive community where she is able to be involved with trunk shows and local events while keeping her own store in the center of downtown. In addition to her regular stock, she creates custom-designed pieces based on customer requests. The Kentucky for Kentucky sterling silver state necklace is one of those special projects, only available through our own limited launch.
Though she grew up by the ocean and studied in New York City, since moving...
We're dropping a kick ass new limited edition print this coming Friday (Jan 31st). An awesome new print by a talented artist by the name of Robert Bridges. A print that appeals to proud Kentuckians (both children and adults). It's called the "ABC's Of Kentucky" or as we like to call it "Kentucky Always Be Crushing". Read all about the print and it's talented maker below.
Each letter of our Kentucky Alphabet print plays on artist Robert Bridges’ whimsical style, and represents points of Commonwealth pride. The print is playfully emblematic of the Kentucky’s rich heritage, past and present.
Originally born in California, ‘The ABCs of Kentucky’ illustrator Robert Bridges credits his life in Kentucky with allowing him to become closer to a rustic, wooded sense of place that has changed his artistic style. As with the images that he’s created for Kentucky for Kentucky, Bridges primarily works with gouache on watercolor paper, giving his illustrations a lightly antiqued, but detailed, feel.
Bridges also credits his move to Kentucky with helping to shift his art in a direction that is less dark and more playful, “I think a by product of living here and spending more time with my family has caused me to be a bit more introspective about what I wanted my work to say. I always felt that my work had to be ‘serious’ to have any sort of artistic merit. I have had time to see life for the good thing it is and to experience wonder and realize that it is okay to lighten up.” Though he has done commissions for clients in places as far away as England, Japan, and Norway, Bridges has found an artistic community in Lexington...
Our online shop got crushed over the holidays. We've finally got around to a much needed re-stocking. Tomorrow (Tuesday Jan 21st) at 10:00AM our website will be re-stocked and ready to party again with all the good gear (Y'ALL sweatshirts + t-shirts). Plus will have some new gear available (Colonel Sanders riding a chicken shirts, 'Happy' totes, and 'Counties' shirts in cranberry).