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.
A few of my favorite sights from recent Memphis trips, in no particular order.
View of both the Hernando de Soto Bridge and the Mississippi River from the rooftop of the Peabody Hotel.
The neon of Beale Street, looking uncharacteristically dim on an overcast afternoon.
Al Green's church, established 5 days after I was born.
Intimate Elvis Costello solo show at Minglewood Hall, closed out with 14 songs across 3 separate encores.
Stax Records, home of Otis Redding and the Staple Singers.
Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, and Howlin' Wolf recorded here.
Slow-smoked pork BBQ Nachos from Central BBQ.
Memphis is highly recommended.
In general, this design came about because I wanted to experiment with Surrealism - the juxtaposition of the familiar with the bizarre and dreamlike. Rene Magritte's The Son of Man was one of the works that opened my eyes to visual Surrealism and was the more specific inciting inspiration for Shirt Nine.
The films of Tim Burton were also on my mind at the time, particularly Sleepy Hollow. Surprisingly, H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man was not, but I obsessed over this vintage poster at a bookstore in Memphis recently when it reminded me of the similarities, both to The Son of Man and the finished Shirt Nine. Science fiction and Surrealism have much in common.
I've also been a fan of the Rat Pack since I was old enough to appreciate the similarities between my maternal grandfather and Dean Martin. Confident yet affable. Fun. Smooth. Effortlessly cool. (Pockey also loved velour track suits, which may too be hereditary.) Shirt Nine's tailored black suit, undone top button, slim tie, and tie bar are a nod to them... and him.
A bit of KH symbolism also recurs - the balloon representing big-headedness. If you've read up on the Brand Philosophy, you know that I view arrogance as an obstacle - ironically, one we place in our own paths and whose removal is therefore within our control. Having the balloon leashed to the subject by a ribbon is meant to convey that, while our ego sometimes over-inflates our sense of self-importance, its effects on (a) how we view ourselves and (b) our interactions with the world are indeed within our control. In short, true cool doesn't get carried away.
Having the ego leashed is also a play on my good-luck song, "I've Got The World On A String" by Louis Prima. Coincidentally, there's a Rat Pack version as well.
To my great satisfaction, this design turned out exactly as it looked in my head and I'm grateful to Jeremy Biggers for the patience and sure hand that helped bring it to life.
PS - Grab one of your own here.
If you approached me on the street and asked me about Kill Hubris, no doubt I'd have a fair bit to say. But I'm terrible about blogging.
So, as an exercise in self-correction, I'm reviving the Director's Commentary series and putting myself on a weekly blogging regimen. Each week, I'll talk inspirations, evolutions, and processes of notable Kill Hubris product designs - beginning next week with Shirt Nine.
The rules are simple:
1) Follow Kill Hubris on Instagram (@killhubris); and
2) Like at least one of the contest-announcement posts featuring the Raglan. At least one will be posted per day, beginning today.
All entrants' names will go into a hat and the winner will be drawn and announced on Monday, February 16th. Once announced, the winner will have 24 hours to respond with contact info and size or another name will be drawn.
Good luck and spread the word!
UPDATE (02/16/15) - Pierre Ortega Diaz (@portega0703) was the winner. Congrats Pierre!
Wishing everyone the merriest of Christmases and meaningful time with loved ones.
You've probably noticed our site makeover by now, but be sure to browse on your phone/tablet too, as it's far more mobile-friendly.
Oh, and, in case you missed it, Kill Hubris' Fall 2014 Lookbook can be found here.
The Kill Hubris Champion Raglan ($37.50) released at noon Central today.
This tagless baseball tee features 3/4-length sleeves, a woven "Kill Hubris Athletics" label, and a Champion "C" logo applique.
Check out all new KH releases, including the Champion Raglan, here.
Five new products are available in the KH Shop this holiday season, several of which are connected by an Americana theme. The sixth and final Fall 2014 release will be the Champion Raglan, available at noon Central on Saturday, December 6th.
Shirt Eleven is another patriotic rendition of the Kill Hubris logo, this time in the stark, contrasting colors of winter.
Shirt Twelve continues the Americana theme with college-inspired typography.
The Champion Raglan is an Oxford Grey and Navy 3/4-sleeve baseball tee featuring a woven "Kill Hubris Athletics" label and Champion "C" logo applique.
On the Accessories side, the 7" x 21" Traditional Pennant by Oxford Pennant was hand-crafted in Buffalo, NY, from wool felt.
And the Logo Lapel Pin is self-explanatory.
Finally, Shirt Two got a text-free reboot.
Happy holidays everyone. Shop a little... love a lot.
Shirt Ten's restock includes both original colors (Denim Blue and Nautical Red).
Cupid is getting a reboot.
Heard through the grapevine that David Porter (top right), the former in-house songwriter for legendary Stax Records in Memphis who co-wrote Sam & Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin'," "Soul Man," "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby," and "I Thank You," with Isaac Hayes (bottom left), picked up Shirt Four this past weekend at Lansky 126.
Don't really know what to do with myself right now.
The excessively-Instagrammed Vintage Ballcap ($40) released at noon Central today.
Produced for Kill Hubris by Ebbets Field Flannels, each 6-panel, fitted Vintage Ballcap was hand-made in the United States from genuine burgundy wool baseball fabric. Details include:
See all recently-released products, including the Vintage Ballcap, here.
In case you missed it, the new Pennant Lapel Pin ($8.50) hit the KH Shop this past Tuesday. Each pin is 1-1/2" long and die-cut in the shape of the Kill Hubris modern pennant. As a reminder, the modern pennant is also featured on Shirt Eight ($32) and matching Pennant Mug ($12.50), which are available together as the Pennant Pack for the discounted price of $38.50.
Check out all the new KH products, including the Pennant Lapel Pin here.
Two new tees released today at noon Central in the KH Shop, just in time for Christmas.
Shirt Nine ($32) is a photo-realistic twist on the classic cool of the Rat Pack:
And Shirt Ten ($32) is a minimalist, Latin presentation of the Kill Hubris motto "Confidence + Humility = Grace," available in 2 colors - Denim Blue and Nautical Red:
Check out all new KH products, including Shirts Nine and Ten, here.
As a reminder, the Kill Hubris Black Pack released at noon Central last Thursday.
If purchased separately, the black leather Logo Key Fob, produced for Kill Hubris by Edison Mfg. Co., is $30 and the matching Script Bracelet, also by Edison, is $36. They can, however, be purchased together for the discounted price of $56. The option to bundle can be found in the drop-down menu on either product page.
See all new products, including the Black Pack, here.
Two new leather accessories will release this Thursday, October 31st, at noon Central in the KH Shop.
The leather Logo Key Fob will make its return, this time in black, and will be individually priced at $30. Each Fob was handmade in the U.S. by Edison Mfg. Co. and can function as a belt clip using the hand-set nickel-finish snap.
Releasing alongside the new Fob will be the matching Script Bracelet, individually priced at $36. Also handmade in the U.S. by Edison, this 3/4"-wide bracelet features the Kill Hubris script wordmark laser etched in 2 locations and also fastens with a hand-set nickel-finish snap. It will be available in 2 wrist sizes: 7-1/4" (Small) and 8-1/4" (Large).
Although they will be available for purchase individually, the Fob and Bracelet also make up the heavily-tweeted Black Pack and will be available together for only $56 - a 15% savings.
The heavily-tweeted Pennant Pack released at noon Central today.
If purchased separately, Shirt Eight is $32 and the Pennant Mug s $12.50. They can, however, be purchased together for only $38.50. The option to bundle can be found in the drop-down menu on either product page.
See all of this summer's new products here.
The second wave of Summer 2013 products (less formally, the "Pennant Pack") is set to release this Friday, June 5th, at noon Central in the KH Shop.
The Pennant Pack includes Shirt Eight ($32), a modern take on the traditional athletic pennant:
And matching 15-oz. ceramic Pennant Mug ($12.50):
If bundled, the Pack can be had for $38.50.
Two new products for Summer are set to release this Friday, June 21st, at noon Central in the KH Shop.
Shirt Seven ($32), a patriotic flip of the Kill Hubris logo in the colors of summer, is the perfect choice for 4th of July kit:
And the second offering in the Kill Hubris Home line, the long-teased Eucalyptus Spearmint Logo Hand Soap ($10):
Ready to get these into circulation. See you at your computer (or my house) Friday at noon Central.