Misprint Monday – Sometimes It’s the Shirt

Discharge printing is getting more and more popular as a way to produce soft prints on soft shirts. It doesn’t always work. The process is that the discharge agent in the ink combines with water and heat to neutralize the dye in the shirt. The color of the ink then goes into the fabric and there is no need for the usual underprint of white ink. It
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Dov Charney leaves American Apparel

Dov Charney was terminated by American Apparel last week. I see quite a few articles calling him a “sleezebag” and lots of folks really seem to enjoy seeing him fall. There are quite a few inaccuracies in the reporting, and most people don’t know the man. One article says he was partly fired for using company funds to pay for a plane ticket for his
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Stretching and Blocking – Fun with Spandex (and Dye Migration)

All purpose ink that works for everything? Fahgettaboudit Today’s post considers a new dye blocking ink to print with a little more smooth, soft, and stretchy results. These days if you only want to print basic t-shirts you will go out of business. Polyesters, spandex, bamboo, rayon, triblends, wicking, ringspun, open end and all kinds of new things all the time are finding their way
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Misprint Monday – GOAL!!! World Cup Mis-steps

I’m not sure who will win the world cup, though in my pool I’m doing pretty well so far with the Netherlands and Chile. Brazil may have a great team, but I’m disgusted by the horrible police brutality going on in Brazil around the World Cup. However, thoughts today are on neither of those things, I turn instead to my world, the garments. Most of the
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Web Wednesday– HanesInk.com from a Designer’s Perspective

Every now and then during the course of a crazy day when questions are flying about garment styles and available colors and you find yourself thumbing back and forth through catalogs throwing little pieces of sticky notes between the pages to save the sections you’ll need to go back and reference… you discover that someone has already eliminated this archaic process and has thoughtfully laid out
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Web Wednesday – Continental Clothing

This sign for the Fair Wear Foundation was outside a t-shirt shop selling pretty typical tourist shirts in Heidelberg Germany. I asked the owner about the Fair Trade shirts and whether any consumers there cared about that. She looked at me like I was crazy and said, “yes, of course.” I think that in the USA we have quite a ways to go in terms
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Misprint Monday – Clean Bill of Health in the Netherlands

A few notes while passing through the Amsterdam airport and looking at shirts. I don’t know about the rest of you in the business but before I can even think of how clever (or not) a shirt might be, my eyes automatically scan it for being out of register, dye migration, off the mark right or left, too low…. It is a gift and a
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Domingo Gigante– FESPA Digital

Imprimir sobre ropa realmente ha evolucionado mucho y el mejor lugar para verlo es en los ganadores de los premios FESPA 2014. EEUU lideraba el mundo de la impresión pero los ganadores de este año eran de Rusia y Polonia. Cuentan con detalles increíbles en 3D e impresiones lenticulares, el resto del mundo está en efervescencia. El nivel de detalle es tan bueno que uno
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