Hanes and Andrew Verga, the Printer’s Friend

Yeah, Hanes is a sponsor, but they were a preferred vendor long long before that. It is interesting to see Hanes which is probably the most “established” shirt brand be at this point one of the most cutting edge in terms of fabric technology, screenprint friendly tools, and product development. I have a new Nano zip hoodie and I love it. Good stuff. Here goes
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MAGIC Monday

Today we skip our usual “Misprint Monday” post and instead opt for “MAGIC Monday”.  No, this has nothing to do with David Copperfield or Criss Angel.  I’m talking about MAGIC Market Week in Las Vegas.  MAGIC is the gathering place for the apparel industry and I’ll be there representing our side of the industry on behalf of SGIA.  More to follow…

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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HOARDER ALERT!

Do not watch this video if you are a hoarder. Tom and I have some hoarding tendencies, you can see us fidget a bit as Paul Gallagher, successful CEO of Hirsch International and a most zen individual, tells of his making the Hirsch offices more efficient and by doing so, his elimination of “things.” One hears of efficiency and of going paperless a great deal,
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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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A Visit to American Apparel

  The  Ink Kitchen aims for the quick jab, a paragraph and a photo and back to your day. Occasionally a subject will deserve a longer form. A day long visit to American Apparel is such a topic. From time to time you’ll see these longer pieces, probably about once a month. You also are going to see that I have a pretty positive attitude
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