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"The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent & Depraved" Prints

By Kentucky For Kentucky |

It's Fall cleaning at the Fun Mall, y'all!  On our tidying adventure in our 10,000 sqft warehouse, we came across a very limited number of signed "Decadent and Depraved" prints by Rachael Sinclair left from our 4th running!  This Wednesday, September 28th at 10 a.m. we'll be putting these prints back up on our website! They won't last long, so if you've had your heart set on one of these awesome prints, you better act fast!  They'll also be available at the KYforKY Fun Mall while supplies last! Stop in and see us at 720 Bryan Avenue!

Created exclusively for Kentucky for Kentucky by Louisville illustrator Rachael Sinclair, the design features a striking visual interpretation of Hunter S. Thompson's famous magazine piece, "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved." 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.

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.


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