Cubs and Indians Win! No, not a misprint Monday on that but…

The Cubs and Indians are in the World Series! Who would have thunk it? Besides my thinking that if the Cubs win the next round that Theo Epstein becomes a candidate for the Baseball Hall of Fame, I have a couple of other thoughts as a t-shirt printer. Clearly most of the t-shirt world is going towards subtle prints and soft prints. I don’t have
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FREE FREE FREE! Free Art!

I was discussing with a friend the other day that the word “FREE” is like crack. Stuff can be useless (like crap you find at a promotional products show for example) but if free, people will flock around like flies on … You get the idea. The British Library has made available 1,023,750 images. Free inspiration. Free. There is very cool stuff in there and it
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Farm Aid 2015

There is  Willie Nelson (with Imagine Dragons) at Farm Aid 2015 wearing a shirt we designed and printed at my shop Mirror Image. It is always a thrill to see your handiwork up on the big stage and broadcast around the globe. Folks at my shop including Pam, Brian, KC, Ruth, Aimee, Ray and all the production folks worked very hard to get good designs
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Creative Time

My daughter Ivy Neff is at the end of her undergraduate studies at a cool art school north of Boston called Monserrat. It was written for her art school cohorts, but I think her Facebook post might also resonate with many folks I know in this industry. “To any Montserrat seniors who think that documenting your studio hours is a waste of time: When I
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Tag You’re It

The Samuel Adams Boston Brewery gift shop was looking to have some shirts done with a vintage football feel. We were to use a very simple distressed “84” as that is the year they were founded. They loved the garment as well as the distressed numbers and wanted to brand the shirt in a way that complimented the style. Being a simulation guy… I created
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Illusion vs. Reality in Design

The original design of this Octoberfest Lederhosen shirts was to go from the top seam of the shirt down to the bottom of the  shirt, bleeding off the top and bottom and if possible going up over the shoulders of the shirt. There are ways to get that done, but at a considerable cost and with a whole lot of (unnecessary) effort. You have to stop
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What Are We Matching?

Make sure you know what you are matching when a customer has many other printed items. The file you are working from may have color indications, but if the customer has already printed brochures (well, maybe back in the days when dinosaurs ruled the earth…,) billboards, beer cans, boxes, … whatever, you had better fall in line. In this case the artwork was a bit
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The Thrill of Shirt Sightings

It is a thrill to see your printed shirts in public, whether just somebody rocking it walking down the street in some odd place or maybe on a famous person in a public place. Yesterday Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins hockey team was rocking our Farmers Kick Ass shirt at a charity event. Not just any shirt, it is my favorite shirt that I helped
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