Here at Kentucky for Kentucky, we aim to celebrate our state’s most influential minds, thinkers, movers and shakers. That’s why we picked another quote from writer Jesse Stuart for our next kick-ass print project. Stuart (1906-1994) was a prolific and beloved writer of prose and poetry, biography and essay. He hailed from the rolling hills and valleys of Greenup County and went on to become the poet laureate of Kentucky in 1954.
Because we love artistic Kentucky collaborations, we asked the Louisvillian type wizard Bryan Patrick Todd to work his designer magic with Stuart’s pen. Due to the popularity of Todd's previous print, we knew he could work wonders with four simple words: “Kentucky is my Land”. Whether you live in Kentucky or are a Kentuckian abroad, you know in your heart that it's your land and it always will be.
“Kentucky is My Land” prints will be available this Friday in two styles. You can get yours silkscreened on a crisp black French Paper Co paper (19" x 12.5") for $25 (shown above) or silkscreened on a vintage Kentucky highway map (shown below) for only $65. Both signed and numbered by Bryan Patrick Todd. Both are hand-printed with love by Tim Jones. Both available this Friday at 10:00AM. We'll have 150 of the prints and only 35 of the vintage Kentucky highway map prints (dates range from 1930's-1980's with some wear).
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Sometimes the best ideas come to us after popping the top off a frothy brew. Ideas like, “Hey the shape of Kentucky looks like it would make the ultimate bottle opener!” With this eureka moment, the Kentucky for Kentucky team set out to make the world’s very first Kentucky-shaped and 100% Kentucky-made bottle opener that fits on your key ring. Open up and say "Hell Yeah!" Kentucky, because this trusty tool won't be leaving your side any time soon.
Honestly though, we can trace our lust for popping tops in the name of the Commonwealth all the way back to our Kentucky forefathers. These great trail blazers, emancipators, movers & shakers did more than just fight for our right to party as a unified land. They saw the beauty in every swerve n’ curve of our state’s majestic outline, and saw fit (through divine providence) that this heavenly shape would make the most ergonomically sound bottle opener known to mankind. This insight was discovered by modern day historian, and the near ancient manuscripts containing detailed depictions of bottle busting mayhem were placed in our “trusty” hands. Thus, the magical opener was born...
Around the same time as our historical discoveries, we started falling IN LOVE with vintage bottle openers. These well-crafted KY knick-knacks made our every pore ooze with bottled-up creative juices. The need became so strong, that we just had to bring the one, true opener to life.We had to hear the people cry out “Hell Yeah!”, as they were sippin’ on somethin’ sweet.
The holiday season is upon us. It's not even Thanksgiving yet, and the sounds and scents of Christmas pervade the air. Sure, mistletoe, peppermint and nutmeg are nice, but we know Kentuckians have been pining for something a little more savory to tickle their noses. That's why our Fried Chicken candle, our most popular "Scent of the Commonwealth," is back in action and shaking it's tail feather. Get yours this Friday at 10:00AM on our website!
Now the fresh, fried sizzle of savory golden goodness can drift into your hearts and homes once again. Handcrafted by olfactory genius Kathy Werking, this candle is made with real fried chicken. Werking cooked up this scent for us by frying chicken in all-natural soy wax and adding some secret spices. Light up this candle, close your eyes, and by God you'd think Grandma was frying up some drumsticks in the kitchen. With only 100 of these available, you'll want to keep this mouth-watering recipe to yourself.
These candles make the perfect Christmas gift for your extra crispy loved one. Live up to your true Kentuckian potential and snag yours on our website this Friday at 10:00AM. $28.
This candle's authenticity and goofy charm made quite a splash in the press last year for being the most unique Christmas gift. "USA Today," "Los Angeles Times," "The Huffington Post," "Perez Hilton," "TIME," "UNCRATE," "Fox News," "Fast Company" and "Good Morning America" are just a few of the media outlets and food blogs that caught a whiff of our Fried Chicken Candle.
"What's the next best thing to the aroma of fried chicken wafting from a hot iron skillet?
Why, that'd be the smell of fried chicken...
This Wednesday, we have a cornucopia of new products for you Kick-Ass Kentuckians out there: Pin-Up inspired sweatshirts, totes and posters, Hell for Certain T-Shirts and Sweatshirts, and Heaven Must Be a Kentucky Kind of Place Baseball Raglans!
There's a saying about Kentucky that it's full of Good Horses and Good Women. That's why we wrangled up one of our favorite graphic designers Rachael Sinclair to design some pin-up inspired goods to celebrate those qualities that makes Kentucky great. Get your own lovely lady on a Navy American Apparel Sweatshirt, a canvas tote bag, or as a poster on beautiful Linen Paper.
Pin-Up Sweatshirts are printed by Push Push Press on a Navy American Apparel Sweatshirt for $50.
Totes are printed on an off-white canvas American Apparel tote for $18.
Posters are printed on 80 lbs textured 11"x"18 Linen Paper by for $25.
Inspired by the real town of Hell for Certain, Kentucky, these babies are back by popular demand. Anyone who missed them last time, can now celebrate one of Kentucky's most mysteriously named towns on either a t-shirt or a sweatshirt. These will both keep you warm this winter if the flames of hell aren't doing the trick. Designed by type wizard Tim Jones and printed by Push Push Press.
Hell for Certain T-shirts are printed on a charcoal grey American Apparel Super Soft Tri-Blend t-shirt for $25.
Hell for Certain Sweatshirts are printed on a charcoal grey Alternative Apparel Crew Neck Sweatshirts $50.
And just to balance it out, we've got some heavenly goods for you too. Our ever-popular "Heaven Must Be a Kentucky Kind of Place" shirts are now available on Baseball style tees!
Heaven Baseballs T-Shirts are printed in Grey ink on a Cranberry and...
Here at Kentucky for Kentucky, we like to give props to the true Defenders of the Commonwealth who make this great state our favorite in the nation. This week our featured "Crusher for the Commonwealth" is a young lady by the name of Alex Skees. Alex, a Centre College alum, made a splash this week by attending the Hunger Games: Mockingjay premiere in London by bringing her own "Kentucky Kicks Ass" sign. Alex explains, "I've known since the first movie was cast that Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are from Kentucky, and I'd seen your photos of Jennifer wearing one of your t-shirts, so I thought it would be a fun way to try and grab their attention, and to show off some Kentucky pride!"
Alex and her beautiful sign accidentally photobombed a red carpet photo of Elizabeth Banks. Little did Miss Banks know, her beautiful gown was the not the only eye-catching sight in the photo. Alex's homemade sign proves that Kentucky pride knows no bounds. As if this wasn't cool enough, Alex got Kick-Ass Kentuckian Jennifer Lawrence to sign it.
When asked about Jennifer Lawrence's reaction, Alex says "Sadly, because there were so many people (they handed out at least 1,000 wristbands to fans for the event), Jennifer was pretty much just signing things as quickly as she could. I did notice that she sort of laughed when she saw it. She definitely seems as awesome as everyone says! She spent about an hour signing stuff for fans in the cold, and I heard afterwards she had been pretty sick, so that makes her even more kick-ass!"
It’s been a hot minute since we’ve visited Carl Wagoner’s pottery wheel of fortune, but with the holidays just around the corner, we’re ready and willing to get glazed in his world. Carl, Kentucky’s premier preacher, teacher, soldier spy has plied us with strong drink, and brought to our attention his wonders- the mighty jugs and mugs of the Bluegrass..
Earlier this year, we launched some of Mr. Wagoner’s previous clay dandies, and everybody celebrated his passion for crafting fine jugs. Now, back by popular demand, it’s time to showcase his double feature, and experience the gifts that truly keep on giving.
This Wednesday at 10:00am, we’re celebrating this kick-ass KY craftsman by launching both decorative clay jugs in an icy blue glaze, as well as speckled coffee mugs that proudly sport the visage of our fine state. Don’t miss your chance to party.
Lg. Jug- $48, Sm. Jug- $32, Coffee Mugs- $22/ea.
Photos by Cassie Lopez
Words by Joshua Kingsland
Sure, most of us know the alphabet, but not all of us know the Kentucky Alphabet. With this print hot off the Kentucky for Kentucky presses, you'll never need spellcheck again! We are stoked to announce that our wildly popular "ABCs of Kentucky" print by illustrator Robert Bridges is BACK!--just in time for the holidays.
Our "most pinned" print on Pinterest, this poster sold out in record time last holiday season. That's why we decided to run a second edition of this uniquely Kentucky abecedarius. On Friday the 14th, 500 signed and numbered prints will be available for purchase on our website. Check out the video below for a behind the scenes peek of the printing process.
This print is perfect for any wall space- be it in a classroom, kids room, or your office. Each letter represents its own uniquely Kentucky image.
A – Ali, B – Bluegrass, C – Kentucky Colonels, D – Derby, E – Ernest, F – Fried Chicken, G – Goldenrod, H – High Five, I – Isaac Murphy, J – John Jacob Niles, K – Keeneland, L – Lincoln, M – Mammoth Cave, N – Natural Bridge, O – Opossum, P – PawPaw, Q – Quilt, R – Rosie the Riveter, S – Shaker Village, T – Turtle Man, U – United We Stand, Divided We Fall, V – Vault (Fort Knox), W – Wigwam Village, X – Moonshine, Y – Y’all, Z – Zombie.
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...
Words by June Tate
Last fall, as we were enjoying the sights and sounds of season, something (or rather someone) quite extraordinary appeared on our radar. It was a fine, young gent by the name of Benjamin Aroh who was making a splash in the Kickstarter community. In addition to his undeniable charm and beaming Kentucky pride, Ben came bearing some handsome handcrafted creations. Among the myriad of magnetized key holders (which came in all shapes & sizes), we spotted a little something that was a must for our old KY home. Ben generously sent out a sample of his KY-shaped key holder, and we were in heaven. It came to us as no surprise that members of the Commonwealth both far and wide were clambering for what Ben had to offer; and in no time, his project was fully funded by good people who wanted to see cool stuff made in the Bluegrass.
A year later, we’ve caught up with Ben to check on the progression of his work, and are beyond tickled at what his busy hands have been dipping into. It’s not just about keys anymore- Ben has been laying the foundation for his own lifestyle oriented home goods line called “Aroh Made”. He launched the website earlier this season, and the response to his handmade treasures (which include: lamps, shelves, cutting boards & much more) has been above and beyond his wildest desires.
As a native of Louisville, KY, woodworking and carpentry have been in Aroh’s blood from the get-go. Passed down through family ties from generations of skilled craftsmen before him, Ben embraces his passion for working with his hands whole-heartedly.