Fun? We have your damn fun. Lucky 13 Bash coming at you.

In a post on some forum on the internet this week somebody was saying that our industry, in particular our trade shows, are not fun. Fair enough.  Sometimes these things have been boring. We at the Ink Kitchen have been working the past few years to shake it up. I think we fell from lofty heights in the heyday of the business where Newman Roller
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Acres of Promotional Products

The PPAI Promotional Products Expo starts tomorrow January 16th. Well it started yesterday if you are into seminars. The product area opens Tuesday January 16th at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. I’ve been exhibiting or attending for a long time and it actually seems to have improved in that it is now on one big floor not upstairs and down, and the
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Hanes is Buying Alternative Apparel

Hanes bought Alternative Apparel as the garment industry continues to consolidate. It makes sense for Hanes to buy a straight ahead top fashion brand in the decoration world giving them a wider range of products.  I find it encouraging that they actually mention social responsibility, a term not bandied about so much lately. Rachel Newman: Director of Sales and Marketing, Hanes Activewear says: “We are
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GQ, Louis CK and the T-Shirt Dilemma

When I think men’s fashion I don’t really think Louis CK. And yet here he is, the subject of a GQ article about men’s fashion trends. Louis CK wore his t-shirt tucked in during his recent appearance hosting Saturday Night Live. And although GQ is calling for the return of the tucked-in tee this season, a la classic style icon James Dean, that apparently doesn’t apply if
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Trends. New Orleans, Nashville and Beyond. A Trip to Simple.

I just spent some time in New Orleans at the Jazz and Heritage Festival with 460,000 other music lovers, most of them wearing t-shirts. Then I was in Nashville at the ISS show with shirt vendors and fellow garment decorators. Add in a few forays into gift shops and airport stores and I have a view of what is going on in t-shirt land. My
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Warning: Knives are Sharp!

Some years ago we did some work for a major sporty retail brand. At one point they added to their huge book of rules that we had to put a piece of cardboard inside every box, so that they could slice open the boxes (recklessly) and not cut a shirt. I asked if instead we could do a sticker that said, “Be Careful A******.* Instead
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