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Kentucky Artist Series: Austin Dunbar

By Kentucky for Kentucky |

Grab these kick-ass Kentucky T-shirt designs when they debut at 10 a.m. July 8!

Welcome to the heart of summer, y'all. In the woods, on the water or out and about in the city, nobody does this time of year better than Kentucky.


To celebrate this vibe, we've collaborated with one of our favorite designers, Austin Dunbar, to create two new bad-ass T-shirt designs. We'll launch both designs beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, July 7, online and in person at the Kentucky Fun Mall.


Austin is the founder of Durham Brand & Co., a creative studio based in Covington that's worked with brands large and small. Or, as described on the company's website, they're a "steady made design studio built with grit and grace."


Built with grit and grace? Sounds like Kentucky's DNA to us, which is why Austin is the perfect person to help us come up with two new designs that speak to the heart and soul of our great state.


We've worked with Austin in the past — on a Colonel Sanders print, Rabbit Hash print, and the packaging for our Kentucky Rocks ice cube trays — and we're psyched to continue the collaboration with these awesome new shirts.


First up is our new "Beautiful and blue since 1792" design that's sure to appeal to all true-blue Kentuckians.


We're also debuting a new "Bluegrass is best" design featuring the bold but oh-so-true statement that we first put out to the world: "Kentucky kicks ass."


"Looking at vintage typography, texture and composition is something I'm always interested in, if the project allows," Austin says of the designs. "And since Kentucky has kicked ass for a long time now, it was a good fit to throw it back a bit. It allows me to play into a more authentic, nostalgic place and help it look like something your dad may have worn in the late '70s, which will forever be in style."


Hand-printed on the softest shirts around right here at the Fun Mall, you know you're getting quality, y'all. Grab yours when they go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 7, in our online shop!


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