Get ready Kentucky, the NoLi CDC’s Night Market is back! Back in action this Friday July 3rd from 6-10pm. Hell yeah! An epic Northside evening of live music (Lexington Lexington), yummy craft beer (West Sixth), cool local vendors (like us), food trucks, 5,000 kick-ass Kentuckians (and a few tourists), fresh air, hip outdoor lighting (makes for great Instagram photos) and live Tinder-ing (love). There’s even going to be a kids area thanks to Our Playhouse Preschool. Along with our friends at West Sixth Brewing, we’re a presenting sponsor. That means, we’ll have the most badass Kentucky for Kentucky Pop-Up-Shop you’ve ever seen (fresh new gear). Serious, we'll have all sorts of fresh gear available: Kentucky socks, Y’ALL socks, Y’ALL tanks, Lexington Rainbow gear, Kentucky gear and more. Plus we'll have two bourbon barrels full of $10 shirts! Come thirsty, hungry or naked... The Night Market will have you covered! Be sure to stop by and see us, the first 50 customers (stickers don’t count) will receive one FREE Lexington Rainbow print ($25 value)!
What: NoLi Night Market
When: Friday, July 3rd 6-10pm
Where: 700 Bryan Avenue Lex KY 40505
The first 50 customers (stickers don’t count) will receive one FREE Lexington Rainbow print ($25 value)!
TWO BOURBON BARRELS FULL OF $10 SHIRTS!
Do you love drinking Kentucky bourbon? Are you good at drinking Kentucky bourbon? Are you a proud American? Do you want to become a member of the ‘USA Bourbon Drinking Team’? If you answered ‘Hell Yes’ to all four of those questions then welcome aboard, you badass Kentucky bourbon drinker! You are now a member of the ‘USA Bourbon Drinking Team’. So you’re a new member, now what? Continue drinking Kentucky bourbon and set yourself up with some fresh ‘USA Bourbon Drinking Team’ gear! This Friday July 3rd at 10am, the official gear of the ‘USA Bourbon Drinking Team’ will be available for purchase on our website. We’ll have ‘USA Bourbon Drinking Team’ t-shirts, baseball raglans, tank tops, bourbon barrel heads, barware and some kick-ass decanters available to proud members of the ‘USA Bourbon Drinking Team’ across the country. Designed by Kentucky crusher and ‘USA Bourbon Drinking Team’ member Tim Jones. Details and photos below.
‘USA Bourbon Drinking Team’ t-shirts, tank tops and baseball raglans. Wear these shirts and show your team spirit. Let everyone know you may or may not be drunk on Kentucky bourbon. Let everyone know you’ve made it to the big leagues, you’re now an official member of the ‘USA Bourbon Drinking Team’. Hell yeah! Available this Friday at 10am on our website.
‘USA Bourbon Drinking Team’ Bourbon Barrelheads made in Kentucky by Amie Rae Designs. Hang this authentic kick-ass bourbon barrelhead in your office, man cave, bar, restaurant, nursery or classroom and let the world know that you love to drink Kentucky bourbon and you’re the best at it! Let 'em know you’re on the team! Available this Friday at 10am on our website.
‘USA Bourbon Drinking Team’ barware: rocks glasses, shot glasses and decanters with ‘USA Bourbon Drinking Team’...
Show It Like You Know It
Malcolm J. Wilson’s unfiltered look at the real Humans of Central Appalachia
by Coleman Larkin
Something about the way photographer Malcolm J. Wilson freezes the light on his subjects, or the way the dark rivulets of, say, the wrinkles in their skin, seem to carry on in fluid motion like shadowy creeks, makes them look as if they’ve been carved from marble a millennium ago. You might not know who they are. You probably don’t. But you get the sense that they’re important. That they matter. And that’s the point.
Inspired by the wildly popular Humans of New York, Wilson started a Facebook page of his own, one that tells the unfiltered stories of the real people who live in the often misunderstood area he calls home: Humans of Central Appalachia.
In less than a month he’s garnered around 8,000 followers and spends much of his time crisscrossing the region in search of subjects to keep up with the demand for his mix of honest, objective storytelling and documentary photography.
“I got humans over there,” Wilson might say, with the deepest respect, referring to some potential subjects over in Hindman, Kentucky. “Then I think we’re going to head over to Wiley’s up on Pine Mountain. Lots of good humans up that way.”
Born and raised in Cumberland, Kentucky, in Harlan County, Malcolm J. Wilson, 59, started fooling around with cameras in high school, but the practical part of his nature convinced him it was best to pursue a more stable career, so he put photos on the backburner and took an engineering scholarship to UK.
That didn’t last long.
It was October, he remembers. It was a Thursday. He was sitting in a calculus class...
On June 12th we had the pleasure of speaking at Creative Mornings in Louisville on the topic of Revolution. We had a blast. We want to give a big huge thank-you to Ben Terry, Creative Mornings Louisville, and Access Ventures for inviting us to speak. Big thanks to Resurfaced for the amazing venue, and another big HUGE thanks to everyone that attended, y’all kick-ass! We talked about our Kentucky Kicks Ass campaign and offered up 15 steps on how we bootlegged the Kentucky brand and caused a little revolution. For those of you that missed the event, you’re in luck! The video of our presentation is now live and can be viewed below. You can also read about the talk on Louisville Business First. (photos and video via Creative Mornings Louisville)
Photos by Creative Mornings Louisville
This fresh-faced Mormon evangelical duo doesn’t quite know what to do with Mike Johnson, also known as Bird for undisclosed reasons, also known as Byrd, also known as The Bird/Byrd, also known as The Bird/Byrd Man and just plain old Michael to nobody but his mommy (also known as The Mama Bird). He’s kind of a little guy but he definitely doesn’t act like it. And that bothers people in a real bad way. And that’s real good. Because bothering people is what The Byrd Man is all about.
“Ahhh nevermind. I’ll just join yours. What is it ya’ll believe? Somethin’ bout a man in the woods or somethin’ like at?
“Why yes. John Smith was---”
“HA! I’m just fuckin’ with ya, bub. It’s a cult. No offense. But ya’ll’s in a cult.”
You can tell when Byrd is really proud of himself because he squeezes his eyes closed and laughs like a crow. He caws, sucking up the insecurities of everyone around him. Mission accomplished. Poor Mormon boys never saw it coming. He spins on the heels of his annihilated leather boots and turns his back on their ties and white button-ups.
“Let’s roll, bub. I’m tryna get me some chicken on a stick.”
Hillbilly Days has never been a cultural touchstone but at least it used to have some character. This was back...
Carl’s Kentucky Mugs
Carl’s Kentucky mugs are back! These beauties are handmade in Kentucky by the Mighty Carl Wagoner and feature a glaze in your choice of speckled green or blue. These always sell out in a flash, so be ready to get your own this Friday at 10:00AM exclusively on our website. Drink your coffee, bourbon or moonshine in style with a creation made entirely with Kentucky love.
*Sold individually on our website starting Friday, June 26th at 10AM. Available in two new colors. Made In Kentucky.
Bourbon Glasses by Cricket Press
Ask and you shall receive! We're stoked to announce that our "Bourbon A Kentucky State of Mind" and “Kentucky Bourbon Neat” glasses will be back on our website this Friday! Designed and laser etched by the good folks at Cricket Press in Lexington, these bourbon glasses go hand in hand with the fact that there are more bourbon barrels than people in Kentucky. An essential for those who like to drink America's Native Spirit in style.
*Sold in sets of 2 on our website starting Friday, June 26th at 10:00AM. Only 50 sets of each available. Designed specifically for the consumption of Kentucky Bourbon.
Photos by Savanna Barnett
From boiling brains to the printed page, from telephone poles to bedroom walls to basement boxes to U-Hauls to curbside piles and into the unknown. The life of a punk rock flyer, like a punk rock song, is short but it is dense. The visual equivalent of a sonic boom. A solar flare. And it often ends abruptly, unceremoniously, dissolved by the rain or simply hidden beneath another.
In Louisville, in the 1980s, there was this old guy that hated flyers. Just hated them. And you’d see him trudging down Bardstown Road ripping them from their staples like a psycho.
Even today, word is that the Jefferson County PVA likes to get up early on Saturday mornings and yank down flyers on the very same strip. It’s like yoga to him. Invigorating.
Truth is flyering was never really permitted in Louisville. But it was tolerated as a fact of pre-Internet city life. For many, it was more than tolerated. It was appreciated as an artform unto itself, a DIY tribute to a vibrant music community that spanned the Commonwealth.
Hey y'all! This Friday we're excited to launch a line of hand crafted bourbon shot glasses in celebration of a few of Kentucky's finest bluegrass and country musicians. Kentucky ceramist, David Kring, has given us the chance to celebrate the lovely men and women of Kentucky music while ALSO celebrating our love of bourbon. These hand made porcelain shot glasses pay tribute to four honky tonk heroes, born and bred in our kick-ass commonwealth! Say hello to your new drinking buddies, Bill Monroe, Tom T. Hall, Skeeter Davis and Loretta Lynn! And as if these kick-ass shot glasses aren't enough, Amie Rae Designs has produced the perfect compliment to these country music legends. These handmade Kentucky-made "drunk." tasting staves add a little organization to your recreation; made from Kentucky bourbon barrels! So line up your country singers and take 'em one at a time. Even share if you're feeling generous! Shot glasses and tasting staves will be up for sale on our website on Friday, June 19th at 10AM! Like all good bourbon, these kick-ass shot glasses and tasting staves were handcrafted by proud Kentuckians right here in good ol' Kentucky.
Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass.
Tom T. Hall, a country singer-songwriter legend.
Skeeter Davis, the famed female pop-country singer.
And of course Loretta Lynn, the multiple gold album country music singer-songwriter.
Words and photos by Savanna Barnett