Patriots Win. The Thrill of Victory. The Agony of …Victory

You can see the piece the local TV station did on our company Mirror Image printing Patriots shirts here. The story is accurate but the back story had a little more pain in it. “Hot market printing” is the phrase used to describe printing shirts right after a local championship game so that shirts can be in local stores the next morning. My company has
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Acres of Promotional Products

The PPAI Promotional Products Expo starts tomorrow January 16th. Well it started yesterday if you are into seminars. The product area opens Tuesday January 16th at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. I’ve been exhibiting or attending for a long time and it actually seems to have improved in that it is now on one big floor not upstairs and down, and the
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Long Beach Here We Come

ISS Long Beach 2018 is coming up next week. See us there at our decorator’s “hangout” where we will have tunes (vinyl only,) couches to rest those dogs and chat chat chat, and we will also have what most decorator’s pick as their social lubricant of choice (i.e. beer…) Here’s a few moments captured by our pal Ben at the 2016 show.  See you in
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Mis-Print Monday: Black Ink, Black Shirt. Simple, Right?

This “expectation vs. reality” example shows that this “simple” and “clever” concept is actually not so simple to achieve (and maybe not that clever?) We get a ton of requests to print black ink on a black shirt.  To achieve the effect, the following considerations must be taken into account: First, and most importantly, what is the designer/customer actually trying to achieve? Typically the designer’s
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Gildan To Close New Bedford, Massachusetts Dyeing Facility (and Warehouse in CA)

Gildan has decided to close their garment dyeing facility in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Gildan bought the plant from Comfort Colors in 2015. It will close now as of February 28th, 2018 and 90 workers there will lose their jobs. The facility originally was opened in 1995 in a cavernous former armaments factory by the then Comfort Colors owner Barry T. Chouinard. Soon after buying Comfort
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Misprint Monday (on a Friday…) : The Grey Blues. Brett on Triblend Issues

From our pal Brett Bowden at Printed Threads in Texas comes this tale of woe. It doesn’t seem right to publish a story about a “bedeviled” Christian shirt on Christmas (this coming Monday) so we put this out today, a Friday. The joys of printing on Triblends (cotton, polyester, rayon) that are 100% black… Our job with Triblend printing is that we’ve got to make
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Looking Outside the Industry for Solutions

Guest post from our pal Brett Bowden from Printed Threads in Texas: Earlier this year I was getting frustrated at our pallet storage situation. We have so many different sizes of pallets and at any given time we might need to move them from press 1 to press 4. After looking at all of our screen printing suppliers and using some screen rack type solutions,
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Misprint Monday: North Korea Unveils New Intercontinental T-shirt Cannon

Great piece on new North Korean technology at Bluerock Public Radio’s website. Satire is a great weapon. It does give me occasion to tell of my interaction with a t-shirt cannon. Some years back I was at a minor league hockey game of the Providence Bruins. Some up with people looking folks skate out between periods and try to whip the crowd into a frenzy
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