Stop Panicin’ and Get a Mannequin

From our pal Brett Bowden of Printed Threads: Something that I have struggled with for a long time is placement.  Where is the perfect place to start a print.  Is it 4 fingers from the collar?  Are my hands a normal size?  When struggling to decide if something is printed in a spot that will look good when wearing, sometimes you just have to put
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I”m on shaky ground here and I might lose half of our readership by posting this. Most of the country hates the Patriots, but I’m admitting here that I’m a huge Patriots fan and huge Tom Brady fan. There is a new commercial out and I”m not really a fan of the product and it looks a little too 1984 for me, but there is
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Farm Aid 2015

There is  Willie Nelson (with Imagine Dragons) at Farm Aid 2015 wearing a shirt we designed and printed at my shop Mirror Image. It is always a thrill to see your handiwork up on the big stage and broadcast around the globe. Folks at my shop including Pam, Brian, KC, Ruth, Aimee, Ray and all the production folks worked very hard to get good designs
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Canned Cleverness

We printed some sample Nano shirts for Hanes and we at one point discussed some clever packaging ideas, but I forgot about all that until today when a can of Nano arrived. They are nice soft shirts that actually fit more than teenagers and I enjoyed receiving the clever packaging that promotes these good shirts. Unlike many promo shirts this Nano is nice enough that
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Computerized T-Shirts, Coming Soon?

That shirt was made a few years ago by Georgia Tech. It is called the smart shirt, and is for use on the battlefield to diagnose where a wound occurred. It was the start of what will be coming to the marketplace sooner than we could have imagined, computerized clothing. Google is ramping up their game and soon you may be waving your hand over
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Shirt Company Feels the Heat

I cannot understand how somebody could be so stupid as to put out a shirt to the general public as the Under Amour company did this week (see below.)  Call a spade a spade, this was a moronic move. Under Armour  removed the shirt, but somehow I wish we could sentence those responsible to a couple hundred hours of reading up on World War II history.
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Trends. New Orleans, Nashville and Beyond. A Trip to Simple.

I just spent some time in New Orleans at the Jazz and Heritage Festival with 460,000 other music lovers, most of them wearing t-shirts. Then I was in Nashville at the ISS show with shirt vendors and fellow garment decorators. Add in a few forays into gift shops and airport stores and I have a view of what is going on in t-shirt land. My
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T-Shirt Capitalization

There was actually a time (back when dinosaurs ruled the earth) when t-shirts were more of a promotional item. Now they can be the major source of financing (I think Indian Motorcycles relaunch was in that category.) At the opening of the new Professor Longhair Museum in New Orleans there was no admission fee, they were just selling t-shirts for some revenue. New Orleans folks love
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