Our long-time Memphis retail partner Lansky 126 now carries Shirt Thirteen (below) and has restocked several of our other designs!
The Lansky family outfitted Elvis in his heyday and their stores in the historic Peabody Hotel remain Memphis institutions. If you're headed to Graceland or Stax any time soon, be sure to swing through 126 and shop with Stephanie.
Friday through Monday everything in our store, including the just-released Recognize Crew, will be 25% off. All orders placed during this time will also receive a free Logo Lapel Pin while supplies last.
Be sure to check back Friday for the discount code!
The long-awaited Recognize Crew is now available in the KH Shop. This 9.7 oz. Champion crewneck sweatshirt features oversized direct embroidery of our fan-favorite "Recognize" motto and a full, athletic fit.
Check out all the newest Kill Hubris releases, including the Recognize Crew, here.
This weekend only, all even-numbered tees are 25% off. As a result, 6 of our most popular tees, including Shirt Four below, are available for only $24 each.
Furthermore, thanks to Texas' Sales Tax Holiday, all purchases made this weekend will be tax-free.
Take advantage here!
*Sale and tax holiday both end at midnight Central tomorrow.
Happy Birthday to Mavis Staples—a true national treasure. Been listening to one of my all-time favorite performances (from Martin Scorsese's documentary "The Last Waltz") to celebrate.
The short version is that Shirt Thirteen came about because I love the college-inspired typography of Shirt Twelve so much. But working "Recognize" into the Kill Hubris lexicon hasn't been quite that straight a line.
Coming of age in the '90s, I heard "recognize" every time I turned around (particularly in West Coast rap). Admittedly, I wore it out myself. If we know each other IRL, you know that the majority of my vocabulary comes from Friday and Tombstone, but—outside of work—a good chunk of the remainder comes from the music I grew up with. As a result, it felt natural to use "Recognize" to succinctly emphasize the responsibility each of us bears for the way we conduct ourselves. It also has an exhortational quality that fits nicely with the concept of arrogance as a self-imposed obstacle, thus the tagline—First Rule Of Holes: If you're in one, stop digging.
Over the years, I have brainstormed, sketched, and commissioned other "Recognize" designs. I even produced one of them four years ago but shelved it at the last minute because it didn't feel all-the-way right. In contrast, everything about this one feels right, and I'd like to thank Bobby Cerda for his typographical expertise on both Twelve and Thirteen.
*PURCHASE SHIRT THIRTEEN HERE.
Shirt Thirteen ($32) is now available in the KH Shop.
Check out all of the newest Kill Hubris releases, including Shirt Thirteen, here.
Caught the double bill of a lifetime Saturday night.
The upcoming Recognize Crew features embroidered, college-inspired typography similar to that of Shirt Twelve.
Sadly this was never released because Liam was absent with a "sore throat." Noel channels the resulting frustration into an energetic performance.
Now that the holiday rush has subsided, I didn't want to let another minute go by without expressing my gratitude to each of you for your support and encouragement in 2015. Kill Hubris continues to punch above its weight thanks in no small part to relationships started online.
You each have my heartfelt best wishes for a fulfilling, healthy, and prosperous 2016.
New Balance 998 (Made In USA)
This is all I've been listening to at my desk lately.
I knew this show took place because "Linger" was included on my Very Best of MTV Unplugged import, but I'd always wondered what became of the full recording. Glad to learn it wasn't lost to time and bootlegs.
(Yes, Vimeo... but I found it after following several YouTube rabbit trails. And the quality is much better.)
Quick reminder about current and upcoming deals:
Finally, in case you missed it, our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide will help de-stress your Christmas shopping.
De-stress your Christmas shopping with these Kill Hubris essentials — all under $40. And, don't forget, orders of $75 or more ship free to U.S. destinations.
Shirt Nine ($32) brings Surrealism to the Rat Pack.
Shirt Twelve ($32) features iconic, college-inspired typography.
Our premium, 100% cotton Washed Basics Pocket Tees ($30 each) are perfect for everything from layering to #netflixandchill. Available in two (2) seasonal colors.
The Kill Hubris Champion Raglans ($37.50 each) are tried-and-true fall classics. Available in two (2) color combinations.
And the wool felt Traditional Pennant ($24) is a nostalgic finishing touch for any bedroom, media room, or home office.
The leather Latin Coasters ($30 per set of 4) bear the Kill Hubris motto, "Confidence + Humility = Grace," translated into Latin.
*A fan favorite, this motto also appears on Shirt Ten and the Latin Mug (below).
Pick up the sturdy, 15-oz. Latin Mug ($12.50);
Or the equally-sturdy, 15-oz. Modern Pennant Mug ($12.50).
For more options (or to be sure you cross the free-domestic-shipping threshold), browse all Kill Hubris products here.
The Latin Coasters ($30 per set of 4) are now available in the KH Shop.
These 12-oz. bridle leather coasters were made for Kill Hubris by Loyal Stricklin in Opelika, Alabama, and each features the Kill Hubris motto, "Confidence + Humility = Grace," translated into Latin.
All Latin Coaster orders through November 30, 2015, will include one (1) free Latin Mug (while supplies last).
Have at 'em.
More home goods are in the pipeline - Latin Coasters made of black bridle leather.
A new Kill Hubris Champion Raglan ($37.50) is now available, just in time for the MLB postseason.
Check out all new releases, including this Champion Raglan, here.
With the MLB postseason imminent, tomorrow seems an appropriate day to release a new Champion Raglan.
Check out all of the newest KH releases, including the Washed Basics Pocket Tees, here.
The Washed Basics Pocket Tees will release tomorrow at noon Central in the KH Shop. Each Pocket Tee is 100% cotton, tagless, and features a pocket at left chest and woven label hand-sewn at bottom hem.
Colors available will be: Washed Eggplant
and Washed Teal.
Arnold McCuller, Bobby King, Terry Evans, and Willie Green, Jr., bring the cold-war gospel.
From Les Blank's "Ry Cooder & The Moula Banda Rhythm Aces: Let's Have A Ball," shot at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA, on March 25, 1987.
We've marked down several products for a limited time, including:
The Vintage Ballcap by Ebbets Field Flannels (25% off)
The Traditional Pennant by Oxford Pennant (20% off)
The Anniversary Bracelet by Good Wood NYC (25% off)
And Art House One (aka "Locals Only") by Heather Abbott (also 25% off).
Sale pricing will be honored through September 23, 2015 (the first day of Fall); no discount code is necessary. Take advantage here.
Favorite part of the drive home.
Texas' Tax-Free Weekend begins tomorrow and ends Sunday. During that time, all U.S. orders (not just those from Texas) also ship free with code "BACKTOSCHOOL" at checkout.
Take advantage here.
Eldrich King, Terry Evans, and Bobby King, ladies and gentlemen...
From BBC2's The Old Grey Whistle Test. Year unknown.
The Latin Mug ($12.50) is now available in our online store.
This sturdy 15-oz. ceramic mug features the Kill Hubris motto, "Confidence + Humility = Grace," translated into Latin. A fan favorite, the Latin motto also appears on Shirt Ten.
Be sure to check out all the newest & most popular Kill Hubris releases, including both the Latin Mug and Shirt Ten, here.
Shirt Six first came about as a way to point up the connection between the brand name and the expression "eating humble pie." I was planning a trip to Chicago at the time, which brought to mind the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and the original Ferris Wheel.
(Image credit: Wikipedia)
And with the Iron Man 2 Blu-ray also on a constant loop in the background, it didn't take long to arrive at the idea of a food tent at a public festival.
(Image credit: Stark Expo; color inspiration speaks for itself)
Shirt Six bears the most purposefully-playful Kill Hubris design to date. As the concept developed, I felt a light-hearted presentation was important to offset the weighty centerpiece - the Wheel of Fortune. In ancient Greek and Roman times, Fortune was considered fickle. The goddess spun the Wheel to unpredictable results. Not being a subscriber to coincidence, I prefer to believe that it is possible to make your own luck through hard work and treating others as you'd like to be treated. People notice. Positivity radiates.
Aside from the introduction of humble pie into the Kill Hubris parlance, there are several other brand-specific symbols:
Bringing balance to this elaborate design while simultaneously watching it come to life was exhilarating, and I'd like to thank Alex Lopez for his hard work.
*Purchase Shirt Six here.
Late find. Timely commentary.
(Nobody Likes Me by @iheartstencils)
Shirt Two is my love letter to the role of mythology in storytelling.
Although Cupid is often used in pop culture as a mischievous remedy for unrequited love, many of his myths are darker than you might expect. In "Cupid and Psyche," for example, his mother (Venus, the goddess of Love) tried to use him to punish a mortal whose beauty offended her. Unsurprisingly, her plan backfired. Literary tradition aside, most people are familiar enough with "Valentine's Day" Cupid to know that his lovestruck subjects are unable to focus on anything (or anyone) other than the object of their desire - an exaggerated reaction used to great dramatic or comedic effect (and sometimes both).
For the purposes of Shirt Two, however, I chose to interpret Cupid's function more in line with Kill Hubris philosophy. Cupid has long struck me as an ironic expression of the importance of selflessness in romantic relationships, and this design stands for the proposition that it is our responsibility to be self-aware enough to know that the world doesn't revolve around us. Further, with self-awareness comes the opportunity to self-correct (figuratively, a self-inflicted Cupid wound); thus the tagline, "To truly love, you have to think of more than yourself. Cupid can help."
On a historical note, the currently-available version of Shirt Two is a reboot of an earlier release that featured the same classical art (which I love) but also bore the brand name (in a font I grew to hate). Shirts One, Two, Three, and Four were all released at the same time and, because the full brand name didn't appear on any of the others, I felt pressure to include it with Cupid. Unfortunately, I chose the font before I was aware of how commonplace it was (irritatingly, almost always alongside bad design).
This is the version that should have been all along.
*Buy Shirt Two here.