I.K. Threads

When The Know-It-Alls debuted at ISS Long Beach last month we received a lot of compliments and questions on our custom threads.  Here’s what we did… Designed by Rick and Tom then printed/stitched at Motion Textile, we created four unique pieces: The “Know-It-All Hoody” (N280 NANO FULL-ZIP HOOD)     The “I.K. Cardigan” (District Made DM315)   The “KnowTee” (4980 Nano-T)     The “Ink
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Hanes and Andrew Verga, the Printer’s Friend

Yeah, Hanes is a sponsor, but they were a preferred vendor long long before that. It is interesting to see Hanes which is probably the most “established” shirt brand be at this point one of the most cutting edge in terms of fabric technology, screenprint friendly tools, and product development. I have a new Nano zip hoodie and I love it. Good stuff. Here goes
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HOARDER ALERT!

Do not watch this video if you are a hoarder. Tom and I have some hoarding tendencies, you can see us fidget a bit as Paul Gallagher, successful CEO of Hirsch International and a most zen individual, tells of his making the Hirsch offices more efficient and by doing so, his elimination of “things.” One hears of efficiency and of going paperless a great deal,
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TBT – Not Following One’s Own Advice

In honor of my post on American Apparel, here is my TBT post from my old blog, musing on procrastination and on equipment. It was inspired by head manufacturing dude at American Apparel Marty Bailey. Fact: We have one of the most reliable presses ever built, an MHM SP4000. The SP3000’s and SP4000’s we have had for the past fifteen years have worked day in
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A Visit to American Apparel

  The  Ink Kitchen aims for the quick jab, a paragraph and a photo and back to your day. Occasionally a subject will deserve a longer form. A day long visit to American Apparel is such a topic. From time to time you’ll see these longer pieces, probably about once a month. You also are going to see that I have a pretty positive attitude
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TBT – Old and New Friends to the Rescue

This week’s Throwback Thursday post– Our business of slinging ink is a sleazy one. The rag trade tends to the dishonest, the penny pinching, and the unethical. It has been mused that it came from the fact that screen printers historically plied their trade printing license plates in prison. I don’t buy that explanation, as the most stand up guy I know in the industry
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Layabout or Visionary?

Our mate Joel Taylor is owner of PSI Screen Printing and he hales from Currumbin Waters in Queensland,  Australia. His shop is not far from Brisbane, which is a long way from Long Beach, CA where Know-It-Alls Tom and Rick interviewed him for The Ink Kitchen during the recent ISS show.  His wife luckily considers him a visionary (not a layabout, which is English English
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