This is Only a Test… Print

A very special guest post from our friend Brett at Printed Threads: The garment industry has done a really great job of making shirts harder and harder to print on.  The ink industry is trying to keep up with them.  Dealing with dye migration on poly garments has become fairly easy because we are used to printing liquid concrete (i.e. barrier base) now, but our
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Golden State Warriors 2017 NBA Champ T-Shirt

In case you hadn’t heard, the Golden State Warriors once again became NBA Champs last week.  With a hot-market printing contract in place we were tasked to print through the night and deliver upwards of 40k units within 24 hours.  So, when Game 5 came to an end last Monday with a Warriors win, the presses rolled.  Thought I’d share a few images…  

Golden State Warriors, 2017 NBA Finals Champs?

If you’ve engaged in “hot market” printing, specifically for MLB or NBA in which championships are determined by the winner of a best of seven series, you understand the anxiety and significant effort which goes into preparing your print shop for each potential series clinching game; adjusting your regular production schedule, setting up multiple presses, motivating your staff to work an overnight shift, etc.  If
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T-shirts as Great Billboards

Hey found two of our shirts had big public showings and even better, the displays were for good causes. It feels good to get something positive happening with some fabric and some ink slinging. There are a couple of great charities that my company Mirror Image works closely with: We print shirts for the Armenian Tree Project which is a great community project doing reforestation
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Cool Bella+Canvas Specialty Ink Videos

BELLA+CANVAS has started a youtube channel and just released videos on three of their garments being printed with specialty inks: triblend printed with adhesive and then foil applied,  slub being printed with metallic ink, and black heather being printed with reflective ink. They are simple and to the point and worth checking out. Look for them to release more videos in future.  

I Got Buff Without Working Out

Over the years our floors have gained a level of crust that is very hard to clean.  We always wipe up ink when it is spilled, but alot of times a stain is left over.   Just mopping is not really enough to get the floor clean.   A month ago I decided to invest in a floor buffer.  We purchased one from Uline.  By
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FESPA 2017 Overview

Your trusty observers Tom and Rick will have more in depth reports but here is what we see and what we heard so far in the first two days of FESPA in Hamburg, Germany  this week of visiting exhibitors and talking to attendees. A few observations so far: Digital/Screen-print hybrid machines are here in force. Digital printing is now being done at breakneck speed on
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