Wow. Fun Party for a Good Cause. Lucky 13 Bash

Our partner in this endeavor we call theInkKitchen.com pulled out all the stops on Friday and we had the Lucky 13 Bash. Tom Davenport’s Motion Textile was transformed into  a graduate program in advanced screen printing, a beautiful cool club for the evening, a gathering of many good and knowledgeable folks in our industry to hang out, and all for the benefit of the Sacramento
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Big Party Tomorrow, You are Invited

You can check out a state of the art screenprinting shop tomorrow in Sacramento, my buddy Tom Davenport’s shop is pretty awesome. You can see a video of it here, but actually it is more impressive in real life. In person will be best, but we’ll also have photos and videos the next few days, look for them on this site but also via Facebook
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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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Misprint Monday: Wishful Thinking about Screens

Having talked shop with quite a few people at ISS Long Beach I have detected quite a bit of wishful thinking going on out there about screens. With some shops there seems to be a bit of a move away from Newman Roller Frames and in my opinion most of that thinking is not thorough thinking. You can’t get rid of your retensionable screens and
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Why Can’t I Hold Detail in My Screenprints?

This question comes up often with screenprinters: why can we not hold detail? The answer is an idea  similar to the art department concept of problems with source artwork where we say “garbage in, garbage out.” We are now are transferring that idea to print production.  Basically, if you have a crappy stencil you have no chance of achieving high detail in print. Some basic answers on
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How to be a Better Printer: Spend a Little $ Wisely

Question: Our printing doesn’t seem to be getting better, what are the best ways to go about improving our printing abilities?   Answer: My two cents? Stop being penny wise and pound foolish. Saving twenty dollars and buying a gallon of inexpensive but inferior emulsion is a terrible idea. Inferior emulsions don’t have the resolution of most of the more expensive emulsions because they don’t
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SGIA Expo Atlanta 2015 – Basics

Often people ask when I see them at shows, “What’s New?” I usually point out that you have to check out the solid steady vendors who often don’t have anything new. Screenprinting is called that for a reason, you need screens! If you are going with rigid frames, the  solid solid rigid frame company is GSF. Nothing super fancy, just well-made. They also have a
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Lagniappe – 9 Recent Random Questions Answered (Briefly)

Nine recent questions I have received whether on forums, calls, or at shows: Q: What is the standard over/under on good shirts? A: You are free to make up whatever you want, but we usually tell people 1.5% per location is the industry standard. 300 shirts printed two sides on customer supplied goods means 9 shirts can be ruined before we would pay for them.  
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SGIA 2014 – A Biased Tour Part 1

SGIA 2014. Did I see anything new? Well not that much but that doesn’t mean at all that it was not worth attending. I saw friends. I talked to new vendors. I had time to talk face-to-face with established vendors. I got to talk shop with other owners. I got to see what is trending and what is not. I also saw some of the same
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