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OUR SUMMER SALE IS LIVE! July 03 2017

 

Today through Sunday, save 25% on everything in our online shop with code SUMMER17 at checkout! 

 

-Sam

 

PS - We are now offering free U.S. shipping on all orders of $50 or more, so be sure to stock up!

 

MEMPHIS RECOGNIZES! 😎 May 07 2017

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.

 

-Sam

 

BLACK FRIDAY SALE DETAILS! November 22 2016

 

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! 

 

-Sam

 

RECOGNIZE CREW NOW AVAILABLE November 17 2016

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

 

-Sam

 

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SALE + TEXAS TAX-FREE WEEKEND August 06 2016

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!

 

-Sam

 

*Sale and tax holiday both end at midnight Central tomorrow.

 

 

RARE YOUTUBE REDEEMING QUALITY - THE WEIGHT July 10 2016

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.

 

 

-Sam

 

DIRECTOR'S COMMENTARY - SHIRT THIRTEEN March 10 2016

 

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.

 

-Sam

 

*PURCHASE SHIRT THIRTEEN HERE

 

SHIRT THIRTEEN NOW AVAILABLE March 10 2016

Shirt Thirteen ($32) is now available in the KH Shop. 

 

 

Check out all of the newest Kill Hubris releases, including Shirt Thirteen, here.

 

-Sam

 

KILL HUBRIS TRAVELS - DALLAS March 08 2016

Caught the double bill of a lifetime Saturday night.

 

 

-Sam

 

RECOGNIZE CREW January 30 2016

The upcoming Recognize Crew features embroidered, college-inspired typography similar to that of Shirt Twelve.

 

 

-Sam

 

CREW-NECK SWEATS SOON COME January 15 2016

 

-Sam

 

RARE YOUTUBE REDEEMING QUALITY - OASIS UNPLUGGED January 15 2016

Sadly this was never released because Liam was absent with a "sore throat." Noel channels the resulting frustration into an energetic performance.

 

 

 

-Sam

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR! January 06 2016


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.

 

-Sam

 

MY MOST-WORN SNEAKER IN 2015 January 03 2016

New Balance 998 (Made In USA)

 

 

-Sam

 

RARE YOUTUBE REDEEMING QUALITY - THE CRANBERRIES UNPLUGGED (FULL SHOW) December 08 2015

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.)

 

-Sam

 

 

2015 BLACK FRIDAY DEALS November 25 2015

 

Quick reminder about current and upcoming deals:

 

  1. Our Black Friday Sale begins this Friday (November 27th) and runs through Cyber Monday (November 30th). During this time, receive 25% off of all orders by entering the code "BLACKFRIDAY15" at checkout.
  2. Our recently-announced Latin Coasters promotion also ends on Cyber Monday. Until then, all orders of Latin Coasters will also receive one (1) free Latin Mug (while supplies last).
  3. And, as always, orders of $75 or more ship free to U.S. destinations.

 

Finally, in case you missed it, our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide will help de-stress your Christmas shopping.

 

Happy Holidays!

 

-Sam

 

2015 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE November 22 2015

 

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.

 

For the Art Lover

Shirt Nine ($32) brings Surrealism to the Rat Pack.

 

(Read more about this design)

 

For the Americana Lover

Shirt Twelve ($32) features iconic, college-inspired typography. 

 

For the Loungewear Lover

Our premium, 100% cotton Washed Basics Pocket Tees ($30 each) are perfect for everything from layering to #netflixandchill. Available in two (2) seasonal colors.

  

For the Sports Fanatic

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.

 

For the Well-Appointed Coffee Table

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).

 

For the Coffee Connoisseur 

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.

 

Happy Holidays!

 

-Sam

 

 

 

LATIN COASTERS NOW AVAILABLE November 13 2015

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. 

 

-Sam

 

LATIN COASTERS October 29 2015

More home goods are in the pipeline - Latin Coasters made of black bridle leather.

 

 

-Sam

 

NEW CHAMPION RAGLAN NOW AVAILABLE October 06 2015

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

 

-Sam

 

NEW CHAMPION RAGLAN October 05 2015

With the MLB postseason imminent, tomorrow seems an appropriate day to release a new Champion Raglan

 

 

-Sam

 

WASHED BASICS POCKET TEES NOW AVAILABLE October 02 2015

The Washed Basics Pocket Tees ($30 each) released at today in two (2) washed seasonal colors:

 

 

Check out all of the newest KH releases, including the Washed Basics Pocket Tees, here.

 

-Sam

 

WASHED BASICS POCKET TEES October 01 2015

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.

 

Prepare yourselves for a cascade of Instagram reminders making use of the eggplant emoji.

 

-Sam

 

POCKET TEES ALSO COMING SOON September 06 2015

 

-Sam

 

RARE YOUTUBE REDEEMING QUALITY - "JESUS HITS LIKE THE ATOM BOMB" September 06 2015

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.

 

The Soul Stirrers also recorded this tune, but the above arrangement is closer to that of The Pilgrim Travelers.

 

-Sam

 

END-OF-SUMMER SALE August 21 2015

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.

 

-Sam

 

NEW RAGLAN SOON COME August 20 2015

 

-Sam

KILL HUBRIS TRAVELS - EAST TEXAS August 09 2015

Favorite part of the drive home.

 

 

-Sam

 

TAX-FREE WEEKEND; FREE SHIPPING August 06 2015

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.

 

-Sam

 

RARE YOUTUBE REDEEMING QUALITY - "DARK END OF THE STREET" August 05 2015

Eldrich King, Terry Evans, and Bobby King, ladies and gentlemen...

 

 

From BBC2's The Old Grey Whistle Test. Year unknown.

 

-Sam

 

LATIN MUG NOW AVAILABLE July 21 2015

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.

 

-Sam

 

LATIN MUG COMING SOON June 25 2015

 

In the meantime, check out its counterpart - Shirt Ten.

 

-Sam

DIRECTOR'S COMMENTARY - SHIRT SIX June 22 2015

 

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:

  • The use of a hot-air balloon for big-headedness;
  • The clown literally playing with fire; and
  • The recurrence of Shirt Three's self-aware elephant.
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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.

 

-Sam

 

*Purchase Shirt Six here.

 

JACK FREEMAN SHOWING OUT IN THE VINTAGE BALLCAP April 17 2015

Jack Freeman showing out on Delo's hook (and giving the Vintage Ballcap a cameo). NSFW.

 

 

-Sam

 

WORDS TO LIVE BY March 28 2015

(Image credit: @nypl)

 

STREET ART - VANCOUVER March 21 2015

Late find. Timely commentary. 

 

(Nobody Likes Me by @iheartstencils)

 

-Sam