V-Neck Trouble

Printing off the collar on a v-neck tee can be, as this graphic reads, “trouble”.  An ideal graphic, ie: low to moderate coverage, halftone, or distressed, a lightweight garment with a flat collar (in this case District DT161 makes all the difference as does a low viscosity ink (in this case Rutland chino base with 25% black pigment).  Hopefully these pics shed a little light…

Domingo Gigante: I.K. Hilos

Cuando “The Know-It-All” (el sabiondo) debutó en ISS Long Beach el mes pasado recibimos una gran cantidad de elogios y preguntas sobre nuestros hilos personalizados. Esto es lo que hicimos … Creamos cuatro piezas únicas diseñadas por Rick y Tom e impresas y cosidas por ” Motion Textile” (Movimiento Textil). The “Know-It-All Hoody” (N280 NANO FULL-ZIP HOOD)   The “I.K. Cardigan” (District Made DM315) The “KnowTee” (4980 Nano-T) The “KnowTee” (4980 Nano-T)

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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In the shirt, on the shirt, above the shirt.

TBT Hail Thursday! Old post on depth in screenprinting. Digital is all well and good, but screen printing is deep man. Screen printing has depth. This is a great shirt to illustrate the point. Notice the grey area, that is curable base, no pigment. You can also use very low pigment percentages up to 15% and it will just make the shirt darker. It creates
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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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Domingo Gigante!

En honor al programa de TV de variedades Sábado Gigante bautizamos nuestros mensajes en español en The Ink Kitchen (La Cocina de Tinta) “Domingo Gigante!” Sábado Gigante es el show de TV en funcionamiento mas antiguo del mundo, 51 años y contando. Tiene una enorme audiencia en América del Norte y del Sur. El espectáculo originalmente se retransmitía los domingos y se llamaba  “Show Dominical.”
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Solvy: en Español

Solvy es una lámina plástica manufacturada para la industria del bordado. Se coloca sobre cualquier superficie de tejido, por ejemplo: sobre el  acrílico de un sombrero o encima de un polo de punto. Solvy permite acabados uniformes y un detalle más fino ,respetando las puntadas del tejido sobre el que se aplica. Se utiliza poniendo la lámina sobre el tejido y entonces se procede al
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Solvy Salvation

When you have a coarse weave such as an acrylic knit hat or pique knit polo shirt, you can get the embroidery to come out well with digitizing if you are a jedi master of embroidery, but a simple “trick” for mere mortals is to use Solvy on the surface. Solvy is a plastic film manufactured for the embroidery industry. It is placed on top
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