Misprint Monday: Emulsion Trouble, Check Your Expiration Dates

Usually Tom and I relay a story of our own mistakes, which folks seem to enjoy hearing about. Today it is a mix of my woes and someone else’s. On a Facebook group this morning a fellow traveler in the world of screenprinting was having trouble with screens that would not wash out. What can cause this? Andy MacDougal mentioned expired emulsion as a possible
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More or Bigger is Not Always Better

Funny ad for sublimation I got in my email box today. “Which Do You Prefer?” I would say that most people over the age of 11 prefer the one on the left. Simple is usually better with clothing. Some people can rock a big yellow dashiki or a full color all-over super hero, but most people can’t. There is another point here, they talk about
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What’s a T-shirt Worth?

Today’s column is by my buddy Bill Mooney. He has an entertainment and music industry merchandising company. called Tannis Root. He’s a good guy with a great business. He also has had the most kick ass industry parties to celebrate his decades in business and I got to see Sonic Youth, the Condo Fucks, Mudhoney and Redd Kross at his bashes. Sustainability is a word
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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Merch 2018, What’s Shakin’ for Trends

It always is interesting to look around and see what people are wearing for printed t-shirts. The research is extensive at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival where close to 500,000 people of all ages will attend and most of them are wearing t-shirts. The general trends continue to be very simple designs, one or two colors, distressed and/or faded. Lots more heathered shirts
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Danny Sweem Named CEO of M&R

Danny Sweem was just named CEO of M&R, replacing founder Rich Hoffman who will stay on during the transition time. Look for more reporting on this in coming weeks. What follows is the resume type facts about Danny Sweem. Let me say that I’ve known him for almost 25 years and he is one of the most decent guys in the industry or that you
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Rick Named One of “The Most Creative People in Promo”

In a sweep of journalistic bravado, the latest edition of Counselor Magazine likens Rick to other titans of change agency like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, as they name him one of “The Most Creative People in Promo.” It’s hard to follow that with anything more impressive, so I’ll just leave the link to the article right here.

Corporate Social Responsibility at Hanes: Chris Fox in the News

PPAI media focused today on Chris Fox who is in charge of corporate social responsibility at Hanes. The article outlines the commitments he leads there in terms of treatment of workers, community development, and environmental responsiblity. Lo and behold, some of the initiatives not only were the ethical but actually made good business sense.

Where was your shirt made? How was your shirt made?

There is an article in the New York Times  this past Sunday about the human toll and the environmental toll of the international garment industry in Savar, Bangladesh. That’s the location where the Rana Plaza factory collapsed and killed at least 1,129 workers and injured over 2000 others, many permanently. Today will mark the fifth anniversary of that horrible tragedy. Sewing garments is inherently difficult
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