Business Story: Hawkinsville biz celebrates 14 years

Kim Hanna – accomplished self-taught graphic artist

HAWKINSVILLE, GEORGIA: Kim Hanna, age 49, has a name that is pretty familiar around Hawkinsville and Cochran.

She is one of those Southern girls that you want in your corner no matter what – not only is she a loyal friend but she is pretty talented too.

Kim is a well-known beautician, but also with her sisters, Lyn and Candie, had a pretty good reputation as a race car driver.

She just smiles humbly and brushes off any compliment or praise given her way. And with the way that she was brought up – well, that makes sense. The whole Hanna family is known for having great work ethics.

It is the graphic design work that has become a focus for Kim.

Kim owns Jus’ Kuttin’ Up Graphics and Apparel. “I think in 2006, I was racing and got into doing graphics which led to businesses and trucks … I then invested in a digital print machine to do graphic design digital shirts and canvas photos.”

Located in Hawkinsville, Kim’s customer base reaches all over middle Georgia and beyond.

With her sister, Lyn, at her side, Kim offers a number of services. “We do vinyl letters for signs – large and small; vehicle letters; initials; all the way to transfer trucks; vinyl shirts and digital print shirts, which includes graphic design and photos on shirts.”

She told The Murphy Gazette during a Facebook chat interview, “I offer my services with no art charge nor a set-up fee. I can produce one shirt or hundreds.”

While working, Kim and Lyn will listen to music. “Oh yes, music is our go-to. If it’s got a good beat, we are working faster and feeling better. We don’t have just one type of music we listen to, we enjoy it all.”

Kim added, “In an industry (signs/decals) that was dominated by males, it took a while to prove my skills.”

But her determination to learn and do her job never swayed her from her goal. In reflecting on her first designs, Kim said, “I was super proud to know that I designed and accomplished what I set out to do.”

Doing t-shirts, she said, “was a learning process. I was super excited about the machine, but had to quickly build up my knowledge about new computer skills.”

She was very excited to announce a line of new products she would be adding to her inventory. “I will be adding one of a kind tumblers and glassware along with personalized earrings.”

When asked to offer advice for those wanting to launch their own business, Kim thought for a minute, and then she said, “ Always have an open mindset to new things. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. Always own up to that mistake and learn from it.”

Kim added, “Be humble, kind , and be appreciative toward your customers. Never doubt your ability to do exactly what you want to. Everyone works at a different pace so choose yours and build on it.”

She concluded with a definition of hope, “Waking up each day with the mindset to do great things for your business and customers.”

Check out some of Kim’s work at Jus’ Kuttin’ Up Graphics and Apparel on Facebook, or contact Kim via phone or text at 478-308-0312 or email her at


Author: rlhwrites

Curator of prose and such.

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