This past weekend, the AAF Lexington ADDY Awards went down. Our ‘Gold-Plated Kentucky Fried Chicken Bone Necklaces’ took home the big bad ‘Best Of Show’ award. Hell yeah. Thank you AAF Lexington, you kick-ass. We also wanted to thank and congratulate everyone involved in bringing this project to life - Meg C Jewelry, Stanley Sievers, Hannah LeGris (LeGangsta) and June Tate. You gals and guys crushed it.
Unfortunately, we were unable to attend the big ADDY award show. In lieu of us being there we created this video acceptance speech (created by Ian Friley of Kong Production) that was played during the award show - check it out below.
Our acceptance speech in the wild (via Adam Kuhn's Instagram)
If you are not familiar with our ‘Gold-Plated Kentucky Fried Chicken Bone Necklaces’ check out the case study video below.
This Friday, we'll be one step closer to our goal of having you fine citizens outfitted in Ky for Ky gear from head to toe. We've got hats, shirts, sweatshirts, and even aprons covered, and now we're showing a little love to your feet. Literally kick ass in our custom Kentucky socks made in the USA! Emblazoned with the Commonwealth of Kentucky in your choice of Kentucky blue and white, or the Commonwealth Seal navy and gold (with more colors coming soon). Wear these to the game, office, or with your tighty whiteys like Tom Cruise in Risky Business. He did live in Louisville for a couple years in high school after all. Get ready to get nods of respect when you walk around town in these bad boys.
A limited run of Kentucky socks will be available for purchase this Friday on our website at 10am. Made in the USA. Step up your sock game and crush it for the Commonwealth.
Photos by Savanna Barnett
by Coleman Larkin
“MU-LLET! MU-LLET! MU-LLET!”
“HEY! JOE DIRT!”
“WHERE’S YOUR Z-28!?”
The heckles were coming from every direction last January when the Buckhorn High School Wildcats ventured out of their Perry County home to compete in the All “A” State Basketball Tournament at Frankfort. Their first-round opponent was the always tough University Heights Academy of Hopkinsville, and the Wildcats fell to a quick double-digit deficit while the packed house continued their barrage of insults.
“GET A HAIRCUT!”
Little did they know that this was all part of the plan, that they were falling into a carefully laid trap, awakening the superpowers that lay deep within the luxurious follicles of Peyton Cooper and Shannon Blank.
“It gets in their heads,” says Blank, a sophomore point guard. “They’re more worried about our hair and talking trash than they are the game.”
Cooper, a senior and also a point guard, says the same. The smack talk is all part of the fun. “Doesn’t bother us. We take it as a compliment.”
Their coach, John Noble, is in on the joke, too. He doesn’t put any restrictions on his players’ hairstyles or facial hair. He likes for them to have their own identity.
“I had a mullet in 1991 and didn’t know it. Back then it was just called a haircut. But I’m real proud of (Cooper and Blank). They’ve got them looking pretty nasty. Pretty skanky. They’ve done a real good job with them. I think the guys definitely feed off of the negative energy from it. I mean, when you’ve got hair like that you better be tough.”
Cooper’s mullet started from scratch over two years ago, an ironic homage to his idol Alan Jackson.
The younger Shannon already had long...
Photos by Ashley Osborn (@ashleyosborn)
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Happy trails, Kentuckians! This Friday, we're launching a knockout product sure to awaken your adventurous side and wet your whistle. One of Kentucky's finest potters, David Kenton Kring, designed and handmade 25 bourbon flasks for all you pioneers out there. This vessel honors kick-ass Kentuckian Daniel Boone, a folk hero and explorer who was one of the first to recognize the kick-ass qualities of our great state. Boone was born in Pennsylvania in 1734, and soon became an adventurous youngster brave beyond his years. Legend has it he shot his first black bear when he was 12 years old. His wild spirit couldn't be tamed, so he set out to blaze trails through the young country. Boone led an expedition in 1759 where he and a team of explorers discovered a trail through the Cumberland Gap. His exploration paved the way for other explorers to access the frontier of Kentucky and Tennessee. Without him, Kentucky wouldn't be the same, and we thank him for that.
Make tracks this Friday by purchasing your own handmade and Kentucky made flask on our website starting at 10:00AM.
Front of flask: Daniel Boone X Kentucky Kicks Ass
Back of flask: Daniel Boone's quote: 'All You Need For Happiness Is A Good Gun, A Good Horse, And A Good Wife'.
Photos by Savanna Barnett
Painting by George Caleb Bingham, Daniel Boone Escorting Settlers Through the Cumberland Gap
His fellow Planeteers--Josh May, Jonathan Hootman and Ben Spangler--rep the Fire, Wind and Water. And when their abilities combine what you get is a superhero business that’s equal parts record shop, instrument exchange, music venue and community gathering space.
“It definitely made it a lot less intimidating because everyone brings a different skillset,” says Hootman. “We all keep full-time careers outside the record store. I don’t think we’d be able to do that in a larger city, which is part of what we like so much about being in business here. We don’t have to choose between our passions.”
For Hootman, those other passions include yoga and biology. May, Carter and Spangler are Director of Marketing & Sales at Appalshop, Director of Programming at WMMT-FM (Appalshop) and Director of the Appalachian Media Institute (Appalshop) respectively.
Notice a theme?
“Appalshop’s obviously made a huge contribution to the economy here,” says Spangler.
But it’s deeper than that.
“15 years ago they get this building and they basically let young people do what they want there. And what we did was have shows. It created a pretty strong music scene here. Particularly punk music. That’s how most of us met. That’s how I met my wife. That’s how Josh met his girlfriend. Fast forward to now when these people are adults and you’re...
Do you love fried chicken? Were you born in the great Commonwealth of Kentucky? If you answered yes to both those questions, you’re gonna love the new ’Kentucky Born And Breaded’ gear we're launching this Friday. The concept and design came from one of Kentucky for Kentucky's very own. Quietly crushing it for the Commonwealth since day one is Andrew Allingham, the man that makes sure your Ky for Ky orders arrive at your doorstep. Simple and charming, this shirt combines Kentucky pride with fried chicken (a great Kentucky invention) in the most genius way we've ever seen. Wearing this shirt is sure to make people smile- everybody likes a good pun, fried chicken, and Kentucky.
Kentucky should be very proud of Andrew (Drew Bug), he’s knocked it out of the park with ‘Kentucky Born And Breaded’. We sure are.
Available this Friday the 20th on our website at 10:00AM. Get your "Born and Breaded" in either a green and white baseball style t-shirt ($30), a super soft oatmeal t-shirt ($25), OR a canvas tote ($18) both hand printed by Push Push!
Get your little one breaded too- See our cute kids t-shirts and baby onesies below!
Photos by Savanna Barnett Design by Andrew Allingham
This Friday, we'll have our original "Open Up and Say Hell Yea!" style, and a new one with our classic logo "Kentucky Kicks Ass" emblazoned on it (both designed by Cricket Press). 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...
Made from durable stainless steel, our bottle opener is the result of many Kentucky collaborations. To make this godly creation, we trekked through the fine blue grasses of design, engraving, and manufacturing. First off, we teamed up with our go-to guru of Kentucky Inventions Brian Turner (of Cricket Press fame) to churn out the dapper design. Next, we sent it off to the good folks out at Kleencut Technologies in Western Kentucky to punch out the shape of...
Inbred & Undead
These kick-ass Kentuckians are fixing to drop a super weird web series about a hillbilly vampire
by Coleman Larkin
“The way I feel about most Eastern Kentuckians is that we don’t want people from the city to come down here and mess with us. We just want to be left alone. Hicky isn’t a bad vampire. He doesn’t want to bite people. He just gets his check at the first of the month, catches The Pop Train, sells the pop and buys blood. He’s a good vampire. He just wants to live his life. He moonshines. He gets drunk on snake venom. That kind of thing.”
That’s director Charles Shouse giving the short and sweet of his latest project, Hicky the Hillbilly Vampire, a bizarre (in a good way) comedy web series filmed in Kentucky and set to debut on Valentine’s Day.
Charles’ brother Mike and friend Zack Hall co-directed/produced the series.
“We wanted to take all of the sensationalism and stereotypes proliferated by mainstream media, put it all in there and just have fun with it.”
What they ended up with was a wild story about a reluctant one-fanged vampire by the name of Vernon Ray Hicks, aka Hicky, full of serpent-handling Pentecostals, pill pushers, bigots, yankees, werecreatures and Mountain Dew mouth.
“We don’t want to make everybody happy. We want to offend some people. If everybody likes it we did something wrong.”
Shouse, 44, was born and raised in Jackson, Kentucky. Breathitt County. He got his degree in video production from Morehead State. He was accepted to film school in LA and made the move in ‘92. But it was an expensive place to be and his money evaporated quicker than he thought. “It was either live...
Love is in the air! Looking for the perfect gift to bestow upon your significant other over a romantic dinner of fried chicken, hot browns, and bourbon? Come to our pop-up shop this Friday the 13th at our office and you're sure to find something! We'll have our classic gear plus new items such as Y'ALL door mats, enamel camping mugs, 100% Kentucky made bottle openers, and I Love You Kentucky shirts (by Rachael Sinclair). We'll also have prints, a bargain bin, and some down home libations. Nothing says romance like Kentucky for Kentucky swag. See awesome flyer illustrated by Ben Wade below for details!
Photos by Savanna Barnett and Cassie Lopez
Flyer by Ben Wade
Words by June Tate