New Orleans as Yearly Check on Shirt Design

I attend the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival annually and so do almost 500,000 other people. It is interesting to stand back and see what folks in the crowd of all ages are wearing to a casual t-shirt type event, and always interesting to see what the Jazz Fest merch looks like. On both fronts one continues to see simple designs: one color, distressed,
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Decorating Advice (Finally…)

Comfort Colors just sent out an email blast promoting their decorating tips. You can read about many different ways to make your comfort colors shirts look better. This seems to be part of a wave of garment companies looking to help their customers proactively with tips on decoration, rather than waiting for decorators to run into problems. Alternative is going to run decorating tips. Haneslocator.com has
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Reflections at the End of the Trade Show Season (at the end of the retail era as we knew it…)

I woke up to a Business Insider article about the decline of retail stores.    They report that a third of malls are in danger of closing, and that visits to malls decreased 50% from 2010 to 2013. Noted at our industry shows, American Apparel will be closing their 110 retail locations and Abercrombie closing 60 outlets. Some are calling it the “retail apocalypse.” Add
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The Only Thing Worse Than a Bad Boston Accent…

I live in Cambridge, MA and the last time I checked it was not part of the City of Boston. Some new t-shirts appearing at “our” new Target (really? in Central Square? Good luck unless they have a liquor store in there) store were designed apparently by a New York firm. How you could design shirts  like this and not check with a real Boston
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Cubs and Indians Win! No, not a misprint Monday on that but…

The Cubs and Indians are in the World Series! Who would have thunk it? Besides my thinking that if the Cubs win the next round that Theo Epstein becomes a candidate for the Baseball Hall of Fame, I have a couple of other thoughts as a t-shirt printer. Clearly most of the t-shirt world is going towards subtle prints and soft prints. I don’t have
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Arrggh: Pirate Printers Literally Taking It To the Streets

“Pirate Printers” Raubdruckerin literally take to the streets in their home Berlin but also in Lisbon, Amsterdam, Paris and around the world and print shirts using objects on the streets. So cool. Some photos and then a more or less translation down below about what they are about. Raubdruckerin uses existing surfaces such as grids, concrete and manhole cover as a stamp and produce graphical
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Shop Tour: Anderson Studios

The Nashville ISS show is this week, I hope to see some of you there. Last year I had the distinct pleasure of visiting with Andy Anderson and seeing his shop in Nashville. He is a real renaissance man, with three distinct areas of expertise: motorcycle design and painting, underwater photography, and then to top it all off he is probably the best printer of
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Shirt of the Week: Unathletic

Jim Seery is a drummer in the bands the Coffin Lids and Triple Thick as well as the chef at the Plough and Stars in Cambridge, MA. I’m not sure whether he is athletic, but I’m sure he’s got a good shirt. Like most good shirts, it is simple and to the point. The word “Unathletic” in an athletic font, that’s plenty of wit for
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