Discharge Ink – Do It Right and Don’t Poison Yourself and Your Workers

Someone was asking me this week about the use of a discharge ink as an underbase. Discharge ink is an ink that basically neutralizes the dye in a shirt instead of printing over the dye. So with discharge ink you don’t need two prints (usually white and then the color) and so it gets a softer result. You can also print a discharge underprint which
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TBT – Welded

Our pal and co-conspirator KC Hruby:  “Yesterday as I was dropping Rick off at his mechanic’s (The Diesel Ninja)  garage I noticed one of the techs wearing an old and familiar tee shirt. The “Big rhino weld” tee which was the first shirt I developed when I started at Ecko in 2000. This was my first experience with radio frequency welding and once I figured
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Printing $100 Garments

As a contract decorator taking responsibility of your customer’s product can be nerve-racking, especially when the numbers are big or the per piece price is high.  And of course high-end products always have a high-end difficulty factor.  We recently ran a print on some very pricey jackets by Lululemon.  Aside from taking our time to setup properly and taking time and care on press, we
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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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Lockout, Tag-Out, or Tap-Out

We were recently audited by our workers comp carrier.  The inspector seemed to be most concerned about whether or not we have a “lockout-tag-out” center and written policy.  We do.  During similar inspections performed by OSHA and other outside parties this always seems to be the area of highest concern.  Why?  Granted, automated presses are big powerful machines which can injure or even kill. The mere
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Web Wednesday – The Ink Kitchen Meets Kitchen Ink

Down on Frenchman Street in New Orleans on a Tuesday night which was turning into Wednesday morning I met Rosin, selling her “Kitchen Ink” wares at a table. She literally screens on the floor in her kitchen, air dries her ink, and has a total DIY operation going. A few photos of her designs and of her and her pal follow, apologies that I captured
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Innovators Gonna Innovate (With Highly Confidential Proprietary Process Photos)

This progressive print is one of our “Award-Winning” prints, named first in an April contest. Motion Textile and Mirror Image combined skills to create this Uber print, a real metaphysical marvel, a post-modern achievement. The radius of the Circular Pattern was particularly of note to the judges, as was the prodigious Quality and Quantity of Tack, both in Image Quality and On the Anterior Surface
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V-Neck Trouble

Printing off the collar on a v-neck tee can be, as this graphic reads, “trouble”.  An ideal graphic, ie: low to moderate coverage, halftone, or distressed, a lightweight garment with a flat collar (in this case District DT161 makes all the difference as does a low viscosity ink (in this case Rutland chino base with 25% black pigment).  Hopefully these pics shed a little light…

“That Asian Girl Print”

It’s funny, I still get calls from customers looking for “that asian girl print” (their description, not ours.)  We ran this design as a cross promo with American Apparel back in 2006.  When distributing these tees at shows or in mailers the response was crazy.  Most thought that it was a sublimation print or DTG, but not a screen print, no way.  Truthfully, it was
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