Kentucky Fried Chicken Bone Gold Necklaces

Last week we (Kentucky for Kentucky) launched a rad new product - Kentucky Fried Chicken Bone Gold Necklaces. We worked with local jewelry designer Meg C to handcraft gold necklaces  made with real bones from a Kentucky Fried Chicken 8-piece chicken dinner. No joke, read all about it on our blog. The necklaces sold-out in a few hours and received a ton of press. It was a win/win. They were featured on the LA Times, Daily Mail, People Magazine, Eater, FoodBeast, Complex, Metro, USA Today, PSFK, CNET and a ton of other news outlets around the world. Lots of hot television news action with NBC and ABC. Boomtown. 

A few photos and a kick-ass video below by the talented Stanley Sievers. 



5-WORD WEBBY SPEECH

This past Monday several of us at Cornett got lucky and had the pleasure of attending the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences 18th Annual Webby Awards in New York City. Somehow our ‘Beardvertising’ website won a People’s Voice Award. We had a blast, it was an amazing evening. Like Buzzfeed said, it was the ‘Internet party of the year’. Funny man Patton Oswalt hosted. The inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee was in the house to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his invention (the Web). The “Godmother of Punk” Patti Smith presented to person of the Year to Bansky. Questlove presented the Webby for Artist of Year to De La Soul. Speaking of De La Soul, ‘Three Feet High And Rising’ was the first Compact Disc I ever owned. That makes me old. George Takei was in the house talking smack about William Shatner. It was really awesome to see all of our Internet heroes (gangstas) under one roof.

A famous tradition of the Webby Awards is their “5-Word Speech”. Check out our “5-Word Speech” below. According to my dad it was a horrible “5-Word Speech”. That speech was for you dad, I love you. 

American Marketing Association’s ‘Kentucky Kicks Ass’ Case Study

The American Marketing Association recently published a case study on both ‘Kentucky for Kentucky’ and our ‘Kentucky Kicks Ass’ campaign in it’s May 2014 Marketing News issue. Check out the full article here. Thanks Molly for the great case study!

Peggy Bendel, president of the New York-based travel marketing firm Bendel Communications International and a board member for the Association of Travel Marketing Executives (ATME), says that the “Kentucky Kicks Ass” messaging is disruptive and untraditional, as is the effort, itself. “They’re not only using some of the iconic Kentucky things, like bourbon and the Kentucky Derby, to appeal to tourists, but it also seems to be appealing to people who live in Kentucky or who are from Kentucky who’ve moved elsewhere,” she says. “Anything that raises the visibility and positive awareness of a destination helps with tourism.”

Adds Krista Pappas, also an ATME board member and the COO of Somerville, Mass.-based DuVine Cycling and Adventure Co., a marketing futurist and the former head of travel media at NYTimes.com: “It drives value to the state for sure, and that’s what [the state and the Kentucky for Kentucky team] want. … It’s reaching an audience that [the state] wouldn’t otherwise have, to promote Kentucky in a way that it otherwise wouldn’t be.”
— American Marketing Association

Wife's Birthday Card

It was my beautiful wife's birthday yesterday. This was her epic 'Tom Cruise' themed birthday card. Thanks baby Clay for helping me put this bad-ass birthday card together. 

"Reinventing The Corporate "About" Page"

We recently launched a much needed new website for Cornett. It's dope, check it out. The 'ABOUT' page on our brand new and improved Cornett website has been receiving quite a bit of buzz recently.  You can read about it on both Fast Company and PSFK. Check out the 'ABOUT' page here

Taking inspiration from the Internet’s all-abiding love for things organized neatly, the Kentucky-based design and branding firm asked their employees to come to work with their 10 essential items: the objects they just couldn’t live without. After photographing what their employees brought in, they made the resulting gallery the company’s corporate “About” page.
— Fast Company
All of my gear.

All of my gear.

BASS ON DA FLY

Hit a farm pond and did a little bass fishing on the fly with my buddy Colin last night. Good times.

Beardvertising X The 18th Annual Webby Awards

Beardvertising has joined Jay Z, Beyonce and Pharrell in being a nominee for the 18th Annual The Webby Awards in the professional services category. We're stoked! We're competing for both The Webby Award and The Webby People's Voice Award. If you got a sec please hook us up with a quick vote for the People's Voice Award. Do it for the beard.  Thank you! 

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR BEARDVERTISING FOR THE WEBBY PEOPLE'S VOICE AWARD. 

ADDY AWARDS

Our #ShareTheLex campaign recently won a bunch of ADDY awards. It took home the big ‘Best Of Show’ award, ‘Best Social Campaign’ award, the ‘Ralph Gabbard Broadcast’ award, and a gold ADDY for video (branded content, more than 60 seconds). It also won the ‘Tom Cruise Certificate Of Scientology Excellence’. Our Beardvertising campaign also won Best Copy-Writing and took home a gold for a Non-Traditional campaign. 

"Hipsterish Brands Reimagined As Their Corporate Counterparts" In Da Press

Hipsterish Brands Reimagined As Their Corporate Counterparts

We’ve all seen the corporate logos reimagined as the hipster logos. We’ve all seen the hipster logo generator and the hipster logo guidelines. They are both awesome. How bout those NFL teams reimagined as hipster logos. Hilarious. 

We (Cornett) thought it would be fun to reimagine a bunch of hipster-ish brands as their evil corporate counterparts. We got together with several different members of our design team here at Cornett and we got to work on making a bunch of hipsterish brands look a little more corporate. The results are pretty damn funny. It was also a fun little agency side project. 

Notice Urban Outfitters? The logo is the same either way. Get it? They’re a corporate hipster brand, ha. 

Team Cornett Designers: Ace Hotel by Nick Child, Deus Motorcycles by Tim Jones, Vice by Jason Kaufman, Band Of Outsiders by Danielle Podeszek, Dollar Shave Club by Steve Broderson, Fab by Clay Gibson, Freeman’s Sporting Club by Nick Child, Brooklyn Brewery by Shannon Adams, Dogfish Head Beer by Shannon Adams, Intelligentsia Coffee by Bobby Oakley, Brooklyn Nets (we didn’t do this one), Sight Glass Coffee by Clay Gibson, St. Archers Beer by Shannon Adams, Urban Outfitters (we didn’t do this one), Warby Parker by Clay Gibson, Poler Stuff by Tim Jones, State Bicycles by Nick Child, Mast Brothers Chocolate by Tim Jones, Best Made by Tim Jones. Layout by Kris Ange. 

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‘Ninjas’ A Tale Of Throwing Stars, Sake, And Deceit.

Ever hear of an indoor throwing star range and sake bar? Neither had I, until this one day a few months back when this crazy idea for an ‘indoor throwing star range’ popped into my head. To my inner 12 year old self the concept was a dream come true. Alcohol and throwing stars. Throwing stars and alcohol. Everyone loves throwing stars and everyone loves alcohol. Everyone loves ninjas. I love ninjas. Why the hell didn’t something like this exist? Seeing a need for an establishment that allows people to pound sake and chuck throwing stars, I set out to bring this business to life.....on the Interwebs of course. I enlisted a group of trained ninja assassins at Cornett to make this happen: Kris Kross Ange on the design, Golden Nick Child on the video, and Shammy Shamick Gaworski on the web development.

We purchased a very long and awesome url www.ninjasindoorthrowingstarrange.com. We created a hipsterish logo. We then created a simple one page website packed full of ninja goodness. Stuff like WuTang Clan lyrics, ninja warriors and Japanese curse words. We put together a simple little video based on Youtube’s ‘best death scene ever’.  We even made a fake gmail account under the alias Satou Watanabe. Everything came together like ancient oriental magic and ‘Ninjas Indoor Throwing Star Range’ was birthed and thrown like a throwing star onto the world wide web. Of course the Internet loved it. 

No one knew what to believe, but they all believed it to be awesome. Everyone wanted to believe it was real. Everyone was talking, tweeting, and Facebooking about this crazy throwing star range coming to Lexington, Kentucky in the spring of 2014. No one could believe that Lexington, KY (not Brooklyn, NY) was going to be the first city in the US to have an indoor throwing star range. People were sending us emails asking if this was real. People were sending us emails asking how they could become a franchisee (we received seven of those emails). The media was emailing us and asking if they could interview the ninjas behind this. People even emailed trying to sell us throwing stars. Everyone was excited about pounding sake and chucking throwing stars. 

The media jumped in a started writing about this indoor throwing star range. It got big in Japan. Ninjas have always been big in Japan. It was written about on Guns.com. America loves guns. I faked an interview with Yahoo. I felt bad about that. i don't feel bad about using the alias 'Timothy San Bernardino', I love that name.  We came really close to dressing up like ninjas and going live with a local news station. I really wished that had happened but unfortunately it didn't. Check out some of the stuff the media had to say about ‘Ninjas Indoor Throwing Star Range’ below: 

“If this website is to be believed, come 2014, Lexington, Kentucky could easily replace Orlando, Florida as the most popular vacation spot in the country. Because next spring the city will be host to the nation's first indoor throwing star range and sake bar.” - Gizmodo 

Ninjas' website links out to a Lexington-based marketing agency called Cornett, so there's unfortunately good reason to think this might be nothing more than a publicity stunt.”  - Gizmodo

"Why the word “f*ck” is displayed in large katakana characters on the website, though, we’re not sure.” - Rocket News 24  (Nice little easter egg on the site)

“"Ninjas" and "Kentucky" are two nouns that very rarely manage to show up in the same sentence. But all that's about to change when the first indoor throwing star range opens in the Bluegrass State this coming spring.”  - io9 

Ninjas is an upcoming indoor throwing star range and will be the first of its kind in Kentucky.” - Laughing Squid

When we asked about owner Watanabe’s background, San Bernardino stated simply, “he is a ninja.” He adds that Watanabe owns several dojos (martial arts schools) across the state of Kentucky and, many years ago, operated a now-defunct water park.” -Yahoo 

So why the hell would we want to make a website and video for a fake business? Why does Tom Cruise do what he does? We'll never know. We do know that ninjas, throwing stars, blow guns, Wu Tang Clan lyrics and alcohol are an awesome combination. Our little bad ass throwing star range earned Kentucky and Lexington a little media. It earned Cornett a little media. It gave the Internet some fun content to play with. Hopefully the websites that wrote about it got a ton of shares and views. I think the Laughing Squid article had over 4000 tweets. Maybe it sparked some ideas. Maybe it will make someone rich, ninja rich. Maybe it created some awesome memories of throwing throwing stars as a child. Who knows, maybe we’ll turn this joke into a reality and end up opening the world’s first throwing star range and sake bar later this year. Until, then go get your ninja on online

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FEED A BABY LIKE A BOSS

My daughters recently graced the front page of Reddit and imgur with this hilarious photo of my six year old feeding her baby sister with her foot. Or as one redditor liked to call it: feeting the baby”. The photo has been making the rounds on the old Internet. It was picked up by Buzzfeed, the Huffington Post, etc. While we don’t condone, encourage or ever want to see another ‘feeting’ going down in our house, we think the photo is pretty damn funny. We applaud her multitasking skills. She appears to be like her daddy, lazy with a side of ADD. 

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MY LIFE TO RAP LYRICS

We keep spending most our lives living in a gangsta paradise” - Coolio

Almost exactly one year ago today I became a true player. I threw my hands up in the air like I’s a true player. I did this by turning my boring little Instagram account into a gangstas paradise. In December of 2012 I began adding rap lyrics to my Instagram photos. Every single photo I’ve uploaded this past year has been accompanied by a rap lyric. I’ve taken the ‘insta’ out of Instagram and turned it into a ‘Gangstagram’. From Snoop Dogg to Kanye West, I’ve been documenting my life (and my kids) using epic rap lyrics. My taste in rap lyrics tends to lean towards the 1990's (Snoop, Wu-Tang, Dre, Too $hort, etc), but you'll find a good mix of quality rap lyrics from both the past and present. 

I began this project last December while on a fly fishing bro-down trip in Pennsylvania. Lots of photos of myself and my buddies holding huge steelhead we slayed on the fly. This December I find myself at home taking photos of a new son and daughter. Little twin gangstas birthed by my beautiful wife in November. Crazy what can happen in a years time. 

To assist me on this journey from gent to G, I’ve been using a number of different tools. I’ve used the Instagram for the social sharing. I’ve been using Rap Genius to discover many of the rap lyrics. I’ve been using both the Over app (made in Kentucky) and the Studio Design app to add text to my photos. Like Boyz 2 Men they’ve all worked together in perfect harmony. 

What’s next? I don’t know. I’m gonna stay committed to my rap lyrics for a bit longer. I’m gonna stay committed to living in a gangstas paradise. At some point I might transition from the rap lyrics to some death metal lyrics. Maybe Korean pop music. I can’t decide between North or South Korean. We’ll just have to see.

You can check out some of my most recent Gangstagrams from this past year below and you can check out my full year of gangsterous Instagrams by clicking here to visit my feed. I think there’s around 230 Instagrams all together. 

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