We’re launching a collection of shirts and prints by Kentucky artists we love! Look for new designs from Louisville-based illustrator Robby Davis beginning at 10 a.m. March 22.

Folks who’ve followed KYforKY for any length of time know that we’re all about celebrating the creativity, passion and general kick-assery of the people, places and products that make Kentucky great. To further that mission, we’re launching a new series of shirts and prints showcasing the work of some of our favorite Kentucky artists.

 

We’ll kick it off at 10 a.m. this Wednesday, March 22, with a limited run of two new designs from Robby Davis. Robby is a Louisville-based artist, designer and illustrator who works in a variety of mediums. You might recognize his illustrations from cans of Against the Grain beer, among numerous other high-profile projects.

Robby created two new designs for our series — a cool spin on our “Kentucky Kicks Ass” motto that will be available as a T-shirt, and an eye-grabbing “KY Ooze” design that will be available as both a shirt and a high-quality art print, hand-printed by The Giant Robot on 100 pound French Paper.

 

Robby finds inspiration everywhere, he says, “from other artists, illustrators and designers, but also from good beer and terrible humor.” The ’90s-era cartoons of Robby’s youth — especially Animaniacs, Earthworm Jim, The Tick and Boogerman — also inform his whimsical perspective.

 

“I was really into drawing characters from those shows, and my ‘style’ definitely includes some of those influences,” he says. “In my personal work, I enjoy the idea of narrative. Whether it be verbal or visual, I always try to tell a story using a juxtaposition of tragedy and happiness.”

 

When he’s not making art or working as an interactive designer on apps and websites, Robby and his wife enjoy road tripping and searching out odd, hidden treasures in the states that they travel through.

 

“Kentucky has a lot of those gems,” Robby says. “Just this past weekend we drove up to Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, to check out the famous general store.”

 

Check out more of Robby’s work here, and look for his new KY designs in the shop beginning at 10 a.m. March 22!


New Horse Humping socks coming your way this Hump Day, y’all! Wednesday at 10 am we’ll be dropping two new colorful pairs of  Horse Humping socks by Southern Socks on our website! Get into a Springy mood with these bright and fun socks in celebration of the biggest money-making industry in Kentucky! New socks are available in green and yellow! Made in the USA.



Welcome back to Kindergarten, friends—Kentucky for Kentucky-style, that is. Which means this school is way cooler than your Kindergarten. In fact, it kicks ass. With the iconography of the Commonwealth in mind, we’ve had hometown crusher Rachael Sinclair draft a specialty version of a children’s eye chart. Complete with the outlines of Kentucky’s great symbols—the state itself, goldenrod, a horse head, a (fried) chicken, a bourbon barrel, banjo, My Old Kentucky Home, and jockey silks—this will be the ultimate litmus test to ensure that you’ve raised a tried and true Kentuckian.

 

Referencing the LEA symbols test—still used as a means of pediatric eye assessment for very young children—these Kentucky for Kentucky optotypes will make measuring your child’s vision fun and patriotic. Alternately, if you’ve been hitting that bourbon a little too hard this eye chart is a quality means of assessing just how drunk you really are. Kentucky Eye Charts. Good for kids. Good for you. Good for Kentucky.

 

Designed by Rachael Sinclair and printed by The Giant Robot in Lexington, Kentucky on 12 1/2” x 19” French Paper Company Paper, a limited run of these signed prints will be available this Friday, March 8th at 10am.

 


A Ky for Ky Knock-Off Brand!

Good news, y’all! By popular demand, our BRAND NEW ‘Cantuckee fer Cantuckee’ tees released at last weekend’s EPIC 3 DAY WAREHOUSE SALE will be available on our website for a LIMITED TIME ONLY this Friday, March 3rd at 10am! We’ll have 10 kick ass new t-shirt styles available at just $15 a pop, printed in-house by The Giant Robot on 100% preshrunk cotton jersey tees! As an added bonus for our out-of-staters, we’re also launching a handful of $8 kick ass Kentucky mugs! HELL YEAH. But act fast… these shirts will only be available at KYforKY.com for a LIMITED TIME.