Ink Kitchen “Guide to ISS Long Beach” – #2

In the second of our series leading up to the Long Beach ISS show this week, we give our opinions on what to check out while you are there. HIRSCH – Booths 573 and 673 Hirsch has a whole pile of things worth looking into. IMHO you should always check out the solid equipment and products of vendors first, new stuff isn’t as important as
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Field Trip to Hirsch: Let’s See Some Heavy Duty Equipment

Tom and I visited the Hirsch showroom and office in NC. We received some great hospitality and we got to see some of the best equipment available for shirt decoration: Kornit Direct to Garment, MHM Automatic Textile Press, Tajima Embroidery, and Seit Lasers. Ostensibly it was to show some folks that were new to the industry what decorating possibilities are out there, but I have
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SGIA 2014 – A Biased Tour Part 2

Ah yes, the SGIA 2014 show. In Part 1 I made the point that boring can be ok. Putting solid machines and solid supplies on display is not such a bad idea. I’m usually skeptical about new wondrous devices and magical supplies that will solve all my problems and make me a millionaire anyway. Put a couple machines in the field, put your supplies into
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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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SGIA 2014

Stopped by the MHM booth at SGIA. I was pretty excited to hear they will have their entry level press and their oval at Long Beach ISS. They are delivering these machines already. I had seen them in the factory but now they are full in the field. The oval is one of the coolest presses I have ever seen. It is almost indefinitely expandable,
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Web Wednesday – Bill Mooney, Redd Kross, Dirty Laundry and Kung Fu

We featured Bill Mooney’s websites two weeks ago. Here are a few good photos from him and some good history in his own words. I started screenprinting with a Speedball kit as well, so this story is dear to me. Bill in is own words: “Yes, Tannis Root is our tour merchandising and screenprinting company and Kung Fu was our mail order catalog business –
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Garret Kaule – Enthusiastic Screenprinter

Garrett Kaule is one energetic dude. He prints and prints and when he isn’t printing he is communicating. He has a lot to say to his customers in the Pittsburgh area, and he communicates like crazy with his screenprinting brothers and sisters. He’s the straw that stirs the drink.  We love his enthusiasm. We asked him to send some photos and words regarding his recent
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Dov Charney leaves American Apparel

Dov Charney was terminated by American Apparel last week. I see quite a few articles calling him a “sleezebag” and lots of folks really seem to enjoy seeing him fall. There are quite a few inaccuracies in the reporting, and most people don’t know the man. One article says he was partly fired for using company funds to pay for a plane ticket for his
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TBT – Not Following One’s Own Advice

In honor of my post on American Apparel, here is my TBT post from my old blog, musing on procrastination and on equipment. It was inspired by head manufacturing dude at American Apparel Marty Bailey. Fact: We have one of the most reliable presses ever built, an MHM SP4000. The SP3000’s and SP4000’s we have had for the past fifteen years have worked day in
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