Just in time for Derby week, we’re releasing a new limited-edition run of our popular “Decadent and Depraved” art prints by Louisville illustrator Rachael Sinclair. Created exclusively for Kentucky for Kentucky, the design features a striking visual interpretation of Hunter S. Thompson’s famous magazine piece, “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved.”
Now in its fourth running, these signed, collectible prints have been featured on Deadspin, Laughing Squid, Paste Magazine, Bleacher Report, Neatorama, and Buzzfeed. This guy is even offering one on eBay for $685.
Snag yours beginning at 10 a.m. this Friday, April 22, on the website and in the store before they’re gone like American Pharoah in the home stretch.
Originally published in the June, 1970 issue of Scanlan’s Monthly magazine, Thompson’s take on the 96th running of the Kentucky Derby, reported from the trenches along with illustrator Ralph Steadman, depicts a booze-fueled orgy of indulgence and decadence in which the writer ultimately realizes he’s played a part. It also introduced the world to Thompson’s gonzo style and marked the first time Steadman and Thompson worked together.
Each silk in Rachael Sinclair’s print is symbolic of something from Thompson’s essay. References like “Colonel Quick,” “Nekkid Horses,” “Whiskey Gentry,” “Old Fitz” and “Chemical Billy” interpret the article in infographic form, and touches like the diagonal red-and-white stripes of an Old Fitzgerald label on Old Fitz’s silk and the chemical structure of phenacyl chloride, the active ingredient in mace, featured on Chemical Billy’s silk exemplify the insane attention to detail that went into the print’s design.
This Hunter S. Thompson Poster Is Awesome —Buzzfeed
Each 20” x 24” poster is printed by Thoroughbred Printing in Lexington, Kentucky, on 80-pound speckled paper from French Paper Co., and is signed by the artist. They’re ready to frame and hang to showcase your love for Kentucky and horse racing, as well as your personal gonzo style.
Purchase your signed copy of these collectable prints beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, April 22, in the shop.