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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Happy Earth Day!

April 22 is Earth Day. Happy Earth Day! Earth Day started in 1970. There are some real great proponents of environmentalism in our industry. Some simple advice on Earth Day: – use the greenest products you can and when you use them, do it responsibly. A great example is to use roll adhesive which will actually save you money besides reducing aerosol use. – look
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Reflections at the End of the Trade Show Season – Part 1

A few refections as the busy trade show season is mostly over. I think the biggest trends of the past ten years have been digital printing and environmental concerns. Developments in the environmental realm have slowed but still do continue and will not stop, we have to find increasingly safe and sustainable ways to do our work . Digital printing continues to innovate and grow.
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TBT: How I Got Into Screenprinting

It isn’t often that our first commercial screenprinting jobs are documented. Usually we get into this business in a sort sideways move. We help somebody out or make shirts for ourselves and never really think it will turn into a business. Somehow lo and behold eventually we end up finding ourselves in the business. I just received photos of my first “commercial” printing. But first
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ISS Long Beach – Green Products and Organics

We’ll do a longer post after the show, but check out some environmental products if you are still at the Long Beach ISS show: American Apparel has baby shirts that are organic and other organic items as well. Econscious has organic shirts, hats and my favoite of their products, really nice organic hoodies. Rutland Ink has a new line of inks called Eko which is
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Anatomy of an Award Winning Print

There are definitely some tricks to winning a t-shirt printing contest. Here are a couple: I got most excited though at some Golden Image awards and Impressions awards that we won at Mirror Image where we literally just grabbed a shirt off a production run to submit,  and then we got judged by our peers that know their shit and we still won. That really means
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Hanes Nano, a Nice Promo

The other day I received these promotional Nano samples from our friends at Hanes.  I was impressed, for once, to receive decorated garment samples from a manufacturer which actually incorporated tasteful design and quality printing.  Well done Hanes, well done.

Web Wednesday – What color is that shirt?

I love that companies now actually try and communicate what color their shirts are. What a damn concept!  I use the Hanes on-line color chart at Hanesink.com and the American Apparel on-line color chart (which I will spell out– http://www.americanapparel.net/wholesaleresources/colors.asp) all the time. Hanes has their chart front and center with a tab marked “Color,” duh!  American Apparel is pretty much impossible to find on their site. You
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