Long Beach Part 1: Know-It-Alls, Ink and Level Platens (…Pallets, whatever…)

Well, the Ink Kitchen “Know-It-Alls” descended on ISS Long Beach 2016 and we had a pretty damn good time and met a whole lot of great folks that do printing and embroidery. Here’s post numero uno regarding some of what we found in Long Beach this year. We had our guide to the show, many of the companies that Tom and I partner with in our shops
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Mis-Print Monday: Chickens Coming Home to Roost

When you are printing millions of shirts annually it doesn’t matter how tight QC is, some mis-prints will slip through the cracks.  Typically we are shipping to a distribution center where additional QC inspections are performed and any mis-prints are be caught, and yet, some mis-prints will still slip through.  Surely we’ve all noticed this browsing printed tees on retail racks from Target to Nordstrom.  At the point
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Know-It-All?

If you met Tom or I at any shows, we are wearing our nice Hanes Nano hoodies that have “KNOW-IT-ALL” emblazoned across the chest. i·ro·ny1 ˈīrənē/ noun noun: irony 1. the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effects 2. state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and
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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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KC Hruby

KC is a designer who specializes in graphic and apparel design and development. He has worked with brands like Adidas, Reebok, Ecko Unltd and Shady, to name a few. “I’m so grateful to be able to be part of a resource for printers. I’m especially excited about working with people new to the industry. It can be such an exciting and anxious time. The more
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