Misprint Monday: Copyright Violation Frenzy

Recently I wrote some thoughts here about rampant copyright and trademark violation, which is aided and abetted by lax policies of on-line services. It is easier to put up some BS product blatantly stealing the artwork and design of others than it is to get them to stop. This week I’m in the middle of a frenzy of producing Farm Aid merchandise and supervising its
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Misprint Monday: Print Problem Detective Work

Somebody showed me a shirt and asked what caused all sorts of problems with the print. What we see: Filled in negative space Registration problems including white underprint showing where it should not Blurry image “Bumpy” print, not smooth White ink turned pink   What is causing all these problems?   So what are the causes? Some ink detective work leads to the following conclusion:
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Misprint Monday: Down with Nazi’s

1,089,000 Americans died or were physically wounded in World War II fighting Nazi’s and other fascists. We don’t need a bunch of bozos walking around with swastikas. We had some stupid company a couple weeks ago making shirts with peace messages and swastikas, supposedly redeeming the symbol. Sorry, that symbol doesn’t get redeemed, they were forced with overwhelming pressure to stop and to apologize.  
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Design Theft

My pal Andy MacDougall wrote a great article in the recent SCREENPRINTING magazine.Basically there are jerks taking everyone’s images off the internet and DTG printing them on shirts and stuff and selling what they do not own. The artist gets screwed three ways to Sunday, no money, their art is out there in a crappy low res form and they get no credit for it. This
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Vendor Loyalty

On boards related to screenprinting and shirts and in discussions on Facebook I run into lots of people that shop around for the “best price.” As one person said today,  $.10 on 50K shirts is a big deal. However, more often I see people going across the road for two cents on 100 shirts. Even ten cents on a hundred shirts, is that worth it?
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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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Misprint Monday: White Ink Futures

At the end of January 2017 there was a major fire in the Huntsman plant in Pori in Finland. Despite the dramatic photos of this clearly very large fire, luckily there were no reported injuries or deaths. This plant produces a large portion of the titanium dioxide in the world used in white printing inks. So you might see white ink prices rise this year.
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Interview with Scott Craig GM of Wilflex AND Rutland

PolyOne Corporation, the company that owns Wilflex Inks, recently bought Rutland Plastic Technologies. This gives PolyOne ownership of the companies supplying ink to a majority of garment printers in the USA.  Last week I had a chat with the General Manager of Wilflex and now also of Rutland. Our chat reinforced some of the obvious benefits to what the merger could possibly mean, and reassured
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