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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“Crows and People Like Shiny Things…”

When we first started in business in Cambridge, MA in the late 80’s, we were near MIT the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There I meet Andy Hong of the MIT Media Lab, the first customer who brought a case of beer to us to thank us for a job well done. I digress… Being near MIT, not surprisingly a high tech company moved in near
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Foaming Web Wednesday: Beer and Screenprinting

A Polish designer, Kamil Piatkowski, has created a bottle design called Regular Beer that uses screen printing to elegantly save on the mental and physical energy used to print bottle labels. The post on psfk combines what is of interest to many readers of this blog, printing and beer, not necessarily in that order…

Human Rights Shirts

I am in Brooklyn in New York (look it up, there is a Brooklyn in CT as well) at the Annual General Meeting of Amnesty International. Volunteers from all over the country get together to work on human rights issues. They also wear all kinds of t-shirts. T-shirts are clearly a way that many people choose to express their political and social views. It always
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Celebrating Celebrity Sightings: Your Shirts on Famous Folks

Last year saw the unfortunate death of Robin Williams. A friend sent this photo of him to me. In the photo Robin Williams is wearing a shirt that we printed from a line we sold at the time, Ken Brown Designs. Below are a couple more celebrity sightings, both of shirts we print for my pal Smitty who makes shirts (as well as big sculptures out
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Creative Time

My daughter Ivy Neff is at the end of her undergraduate studies at a cool art school north of Boston called Monserrat. It was written for her art school cohorts, but I think her Facebook post might also resonate with many folks I know in this industry. “To any Montserrat seniors who think that documenting your studio hours is a waste of time: When I
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Tag You’re It

The Samuel Adams Boston Brewery gift shop was looking to have some shirts done with a vintage football feel. We were to use a very simple distressed “84” as that is the year they were founded. They loved the garment as well as the distressed numbers and wanted to brand the shirt in a way that complimented the style. Being a simulation guy… I created
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Heavy Metal Quilting, What a Use for Old T-shirts

Incredible quilts from old metal t-shirts. I’ve seen quilts done before but nothing even close to this creative. The Huff Post mentions the quilter’s “ability to turn “your grandmother’s sewing circle” into a celebration of vintage tattoos, the occult and motorcycle gangs. Blending, as he puts it, B-movie horror film style with the delicate intricacy of quilting, he creates the perfect mashup of traditional and
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