Baseball season is upon us, friends, and it’s time to get classy out there at home plate. Whether you’re up at bat, in the grandstands, or on the streets, you’ve gotta represent the home team – and that’s Kentucky, the original Kick-Ass Commonwealth.
New to the lineup, we’ve got a light grey and white “KY” hat in lightweight flannel and a light grey and royal blue “Y’ALL” hat. Already in the warmed up in bullpen from last winter, we’re also offering our navy and white “KY” hat, an old favorite and as good as it ever was. Ebbets Field Flannels are knows for their quality and dedication to mid-century American athletic flannel design. Their products are focused on craftsmanship, limited small-batch production, and American heritage.
So get outfitted, Kentuckians, because these aren’t going to last long – our first round sold out in minutes. Our custom Ebbets Hats feature adjustable sizing, unique attention to detail, and street cred that’s impossible to replicate.
DETAILS: Made in the USA by proud ‘Mericans, Horse hair buckram crown, Satin taping, Felt ‘KY’ emblem, Cotton sweatband, Old-school wool broadcloth, One Size Fits All, Leather strap, Kentucky Kicks Ass.
Available Wednesday, April 30th at 10am - $50 per hat.
It’s time for derby season, Kentucky, and the horses aren’t the only ones who need to show. You’ve got to be ready to appear at the track with style and grace – and what better way to do so than wearing a pair of earrings handcrafted in the Bluegrass? When we told Meg that we wanted a pair of earrings for derby season and beyond, she got to work and made us something we’re proud of. Pair them with your finest haberdashery or wear them outside the box – either way, you’re sure to win.
These three-dimensional horsehead earrings are handcrafted from sterling silver and draw on vintage design inspirations. They’re a classic, dynamic piece that will continue to hold a special space in your jewelry box well after this year’s races have been run. Act fast, because they’re limited edition - only 50 pairs available at 10am on Friday, March 25th at $120 a pair.
Like they always used to say way back in the day-
'You can't lead a horse to water, but you can lead a horse to your ear lobe'.
Photographs by Cassie Lopez, Words by Hannah LeGris,
The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent And Depraved was originally published in Scanlan's Monthly, vol. 1, no. 4, June 1970.
I got off the plane around midnight and no one spoke as I crossed the dark runway to the terminal. The air was thick and hot, like wandering into a steam bath. Inside, people hugged each other and shook hands...big grins and a whoop here and there: "By God! You old bastard! Good to see you, boy! Damn good...and I mean it!"
In the air-conditioned lounge I met a man from Houston who said his name was something or other--"but just call me Jimbo"--and he was here to get it on. "I'm ready for anything, by God! Anything at all. Yeah, what are you drinkin?" I ordered a Margarita with ice, but he wouldn't hear of it: "Naw, naw...what the hell kind of drink is that for Kentucky Derby time? What's wrong with you, boy?" He grinned and winked at the bartender. "Goddam, we gotta educate this boy. Get him some good whiskey..."
I shrugged. "Okay, a double Old Fitz on ice." Jimbo nodded his approval.
"Look." He tapped me on the arm to make sure I was listening. "I know this Derby crowd, I come here every year, and let me tell you one thing I've learned--this is no town to be giving people the impression you're some kind of faggot. Not in public, anyway. Shit, they'll roll you in a minute, knock you in the head and take every goddam cent you have."
I thanked him and fitted a Marlboro into my cigarette holder. "Say," he said, "you look like you might be in the horse business...am I right?"
"No," I said. "I'm a photographer."
"Oh yeah?" He eyed...
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.