Domingo Gigante — Gomas

Algunos comentarios tras el post de ayer de Tom sobre la goma: – La goma (squeegee) es probablemente el elemento más subestimado en casi todas las tiendas que he visitado. Puede arreglar muchos problemas pero es casi imposible hacer una buena impresión con una mala goma. – No confíe en la compañía que fabrica su prensa. Según mi experiencia ningún fabricante pone buenos raseros en
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More About Squeegees

A few comments  of my own after Tom’s longer post on squeegees yesterday. –       Squeegees are probably the most underrated item in almost every shop I have visited.  You can overcomes many problems in a shop, but it is almost impossible to do good printing with bad squeegees. –       Don’t trust the company that makes your press, from what I have seen, none of them
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Squeegee Conscious

It used to amaze me how little attention printers paid to the all important squeegee.  Today it seems that more printers “get it”.  The use of triple durometer squeegee is commonplace in print shops as are squeegee sharpeners and I even hear printers talking about replacing squeegee blades on a regular basis (what a concept!).  A few years back I wrote a lengthy piece for
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TBT – Not Following One’s Own Advice

In honor of my post on American Apparel, here is my TBT post from my old blog, musing on procrastination and on equipment. It was inspired by head manufacturing dude at American Apparel Marty Bailey. Fact: We have one of the most reliable presses ever built, an MHM SP4000. The SP3000’s and SP4000’s we have had for the past fifteen years have worked day in
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Web Wednesday: What the…

We’re expanding Web Wednesdays to cover not just great websites, but also great web technologies and tools that are useful to apparel decorators.  One of my favorite tools online is What The Font by My Fonts.  Whether you are involved in the design process or not, as an apparel decorator you will inevitably find your self in a situation where you will have to do some
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A Day On The Farm

I spent last Friday with the folks at Farm Fresh Clothing Co. in Sebastopol, CA.  More than a print shop, Farm Fresh is a custom clothing company. They have complete control over the design of their apparel blanks to hand-drawn graphics to printing technique.  The quality style, design, and branding, established by Owner/Founder Matt Morgan, is palpable throughout the entire operation.  Enjoy…  

Misprint Monday: Cold Press Blues

Printers have a bad habit of forgetting to heat their pallets before starting a print run.  The underbase does not gel sufficiently and ink sticks to the back of the subsequent screens, chaos ensues.  Start wiping screens.  The result is that the first half dozen or more prints lack opacity and are grossly undersaturated, enough so that they are deemed as misprints.  “But it’s only
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Super Gel

My good pal KC Hruby did the art on this piece. It is a great example of being creatively thinking about some artwork and how it can go on a shirt, instead of either just sticking existing artwork on a shirt, or even picking from an existing bunch of techniques.       The artwork came through and included a signature photo of Alejandro Sanz,
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Domingo Gigante!

En honor al programa de TV de variedades Sábado Gigante bautizamos nuestros mensajes en español en The Ink Kitchen (La Cocina de Tinta) “Domingo Gigante!” Sábado Gigante es el show de TV en funcionamiento mas antiguo del mundo, 51 años y contando. Tiene una enorme audiencia en América del Norte y del Sur. El espectáculo originalmente se retransmitía los domingos y se llamaba  “Show Dominical.”
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Farm Fresh

I spent some time with the folks at Farm Fresh Clothing Co. in Sebastopol, CA yesterday. Great people, great printing, great ping-pong. Stay tuned for the full shop tour next week…