Skateboard Printing

So,  I own a skate shop that is right down the street from my print shop.  Because of this I decided that we should print our own skateboards. Last year we purchased this fancy little press: http://www.neverthelessscreenprintingsupplies.com/silk-skates-deluxe-skateboard-screen-printing-press/ Really, we probably could have just built a jig and used some hinges, but these press has a couple nice features, such as pegs that mount the press to
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How Much do I Love these Lasers?

In 2015 I wrote about implementing a laser positioning system by Lase-it.  It seems everyday we have some sort of project which reminds me how happy I am that we made this investment.  Today we are printing these uber expensive (and very nice for us distance runners) paneled singlets.  Precision placement of the “Rebels” text on the biased panel, not a problem…  

Misprint Monday – Another Kind of Ghost

I was asked to look at some shirts today that supposedly had “ghosting” issues. Ghosting we have covered before (see a prior ink kitchen.com article), it basically is a bleaching process when certain inks give off a gas when they are hot and stacked and a lighter “ghost” image appears on the shirt placed on top of the ink. It also can happen from the front
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The Coolest Thing You Won’t See at ISS Long Beach 2017

If you missed the debut of MHM’s amazing IQ Digital machine at the SGIA Expo well that’s too bad for you because unfortunately MHM will not have an IQ Digital at ISS Long Beach 2017.  Fortunately for you The Ink Kitchen was there and we made a video to show off this revolutionary machine.

Amazon Vying for Bankrupt American Apparel

News broke last week that a host of companies are now vying for bankrupt American Apparel.  Most notable among these companies is, of course, Amazon.  Aside from the obvious brand recognition of American Apparel, there is plenty of speculation around Amazon’s motivation to aquire this storied company from private labeling opportunities to supply chain and manufacturing capabilities.  There is even the thought that “made in
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Japanese Woodblock Prints

I went this past weekend to the Clark Art Museum and there were two unexpected connections there to our industry. The main benefactor of the Clark Art Museum was Sterling Clark. His family money came mainly from owning the Singer Sewing Machine company. The second connection was an interesting exhibit on woodblock printng in Japan, which is a painstaking process that in the end has
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3 Simple Repair Aids : Cell, LED, Headset

I’m sure you have some equipment that you fix yourself, and when you do you are sometimes in tight quarters or in an awkward position and sometimes you are following instructions being given to you on the phone. Here are a few tricks: A good cellphone is essential these days when you are making repairs.You can get in and take a photo in places that
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Misprint Monday: Perfect Prints, Wrong G*&$#&%* Quantities

We printed some very cool shirts for premiums for WMBR which is a community radio station (that I happen to have two shows on for the past three years.) It is a great station which is all volunteer, and I have done the premiums for them for about 25 years. Things are almost always done right because in this case it isn’t about money, it is
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