Misprint Monday: Candidates Be Careful

As the political campaigns heat up, check your spelling. Note the enthusiastic but unspellchecked folks behind VP Biden, and their “FOWARD” message. I hear on two campaign stops they trotted out Drumpf, errrr Trump signs that had Tennessee spelled wrong. Once yes, twice oh no. More serious than an innocent spelling error, Bush in his last election cycle had goods made in Myanmar (Burma) being
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Shop Tour: Bibliographia

Today’s post comes via Andy MacDougall, screen printer extraordinaire and all around good guy (and fun guy.) You can check out some of what he does at squeegeeville.com.  I titled this a shop tour, but we are talking the reverse, this is about a shop that comes to you. In 2008, printmakers Delilah Knuckley and Abraham Mong fell in love when they were in Richmond,
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Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! April 22nd has been the annual day since some folks started it in 1970. After witnessing the terrible Santa Barbara oil spill Senator Gaylord Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media. He persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes from Harvard as national coordinator. Hayes built a
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Dumb Theft by the Gap, Plain and Simple

The above Facebook page is the official page of the band (and very good band at that) The Shins. The GAP was selling The Shins shirts and another band without permission. I think that is called stealing. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Gap removed the items, I should hope so. You can buy the real Shins shirts at their merch page.`

That Order That Sounds Too Good to Be True

That order that is too good to be true? It is too good to be true most likely. Take a deep breath and delete it. Via the comments we got this request at the ink kitchen yesterday: Am interested in purchasing some blank t shirts and below is the specs and quantities needed.order: Brand:Jerzees/Gildan Size:Adult small size Quantity:400PCS 100% or 50/50% Cottona Color:Orange Brand:Jerzees/Gildan Size:
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Watch What You Wear

I just attended the Human Rights Conference of Amnesty International. There I heard of  case of Mahmoud Hussein who is a 19-year-old student in Egypt.  He has been languishing in an Egyptian jail for wearing a “Nation Without Torture” t-shirt. He was arrested but not been charged or tried for any offences. He has been tortured and ill-treated in detention and forced into signing a confession. For
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The Most Powerful T-shirt in the World Right Now

That sea of yellow is a crowd of Malaysian anti-corruption protesters. Their protests which feature the color yellow, in particular people wearing yellow t-shirts are growing increasingly powerful as reported by many news agencies. The shirts all say #Bersih4 and Bersih is Malaysian for “clean.” They are calling for clean elections since the head of the government has perhaps put 700 million dollars into his
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Believing What You Read (or not…)

Two quick points on this cover of this issue of ECOTEXTILE: 1. ECOTEXTILE is an excellent source for information on the sustainability end of the business. You can get headlines via email for free or subscribe for the full articles.  2. There lead article this month make a great point regarding sustainability, both environmental and labor claims should be verified. In Eco terms, folks often call it
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Ship Happens: Part Two (Variation on Mis-print Monday…)

A couple months ago I posted a warning about ship timing.  Before the holidays carriers are covered up with Christmas gift deliveries.  Well… the saga continues as the winter weather takes it’s toll on cities in the North.  A  week ago I fell victim to a horrible shipping error.  We were shipping 3 pallets with $25,000 worth of merchandise to an event.  The shipment was supposed
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