Category Archives: Austin

Born To Lose, Live to WInBeezelbub


Kong is excited to announce two new designs for the Kong Artist Series. “Born to Lose” uses discharge ink, on a tri-blend Bella+Canvas shirt which keeps it nice and soft. The other is our “Beelzebub,”  a black ink on black shirt with a high gloss overprint. Available in men’s and women’s styles, these cool shirts throw out the meek in favor of the metal. Get yourself one exclusively through the Kong Shop.

Two Arms Inc. is a ( soon to be husband and wife team ) founded by Mike Tabie and Karen Goheen in 2009. They met 6 years ago in Orlando, FL while working with a local design agency and screen-printing together on nights and weekends. Karen and Mike independently moved to New York but continued to work separately within large and small design agencies. After a year they decided to take the plunge and partner together and start a business focused on their unique own vision. Two Arms’ focus and dedication to craftsmanship, attention to detail, and that sweet spot between concept and execution have got them noticed in a lot of places, just like these shirts will get you noticed. For more info visit

November Sale

Kong is offering you a deal during November– 50- 1 color Premium Ring Spun Cotton Bella Canvas 3001’s with a 1 (one) color front imprint for $340 per shirt (not including sales tax). That works out to less than $7 a shirt! Please email with the subject line: November Sale and get yourself some cool shirts!


Kong recently completed printing 14,000 flags for this upcoming installation on Lady Bird Lake. This temporary art installation will be on view publicly for three months this fall. Women & Their Work invited visual artist, Beili Liu, (as lead artist), Emily Little and Norma Yancey (architecture), and Cassie Bergstrom (landscape architecture) to collaborate and the project, THIRST, was created. This large scale, site specific installation is located on Lady Bird Lake. THIRST memorializes the loss of the over 300 million trees that died in the drought of 2011. – quoted text from Women and Their Work’s Website. Please visit to learn more about this project.

Here’s a short video of the prayer flag hanging test:

Over the last two months, Kong has been printing a custom line of apparel for the startup Girls Will Be. Their mission is to create clothes that break free of the stereotypical girly styles dominating retail today. Girls Will Be is committed to providing girls more options to express their individuality with colors and designs that go beyond pink, girly embellishments and gender stereotypes.

highres_113_scKong worked diligently to customize every aspect of the printing of this line of 14 new designs. Girls Will Be founder, Sharon Choksi was onsite in the press room, working  with our team to make sure each color was perfect, each placement exact and that every detail of this Made in the USA (and printed in Texas!) product was high quality and fun. Please visit the Girls Will Be website and store. We’re sure you’ll find something special for that little girl you know who prefers to express her individuality in a color other than pink!

You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Hardly Sound is a documentary series focused on Texas underground artists and their stories and airs on KLRU-TV PBS.
Recently, they have begun production for Season 2 of the series with the initial episodes set to begin airing  on Labor Day 2013 on KLRU.
Kong is proud to be a supporter of Hardly Sound, which digs deeper into the stories behind independent music in Austin and Texas. We hope you will support their efforts to raise more capital and continue producing the show. Please have a look at the videos below and then Visit and GIVE  a DONATION to support them. Not only will you learn more about local musicians, you may get a cool shirt printed by Kong for your generosity!

Support Hardly Sound at Indiegogo! from Hardly Sound on Vimeo.

Kong Screenprinting Sponsor Spot from Hardly Sound on Vimeo.


M-Lon is the pseudonym of Miguel Gonzalez, an artist, illustrator and designer from Caracas, Venezuela. M-Lon is currently living in Austin, working on a new series of paintings and prints at Kong. Araguaney is the national tree of Venezuela and when you see the beautiful, full yellow trees spotting the green landscape, you understand why. M-Lon began working on this limited edition of 100 6 color screenprints with a series of sketches and painting studies that enabled him to get the color and composition just right before working on the prints. This is his first foray into screenprinting and Kong was happy to collaborate on the edition, which turned out beautifully!

A portion of the edition will return to Venezuela to be exhibited and sold to raise monies for a friend’s healthcare.

Find more information about Miguel on his twitter feed and his facebook page.