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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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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Mis-Print Monday: A Bit of a Stretch

We recently ran a pre-production sample print on this 100% cotton fleece boxer.  Our client was most concerned about achieving a clean print over the seam.  Done.  However, we received a complaint that the ink was cracking at the point of the seam.  We didn’t have any of Rutland’s new Endurance Plus ink on hand and dye-migration was not a major concern anyway so went
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Simple es mejor que nada.

A veces tras imprimir, el tinte de la camiseta llega a la tinta en el tiempo que tarda en llegar a la cinta del horno. Esa preciosa tinta blanca en una camiseta roja se vuelve rosa. Dices, ¡vaya! y piensas algo para prevenirlo. Una combinación de técnicas (bajo flasheado y curado) y de materiales (tintas de bajo sangrado, una barrera de tinta gris). Esto se
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Silicone Ink (i.e. Ink as Insurance Policy)

Silicone ink is like insurance, you hate it but sometimes you just have to have it. As with many things in life, you have to take the good with the bad with silicone ink. It is expensive to buy the ink, roughly three times the cost of plastisol inks. However,  ink isn’t the main part of our costs in printing anyway, right?  More importantly it
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Soft Plastisol

Soft plastisol inks can be a viable alternative to water base inks (and even discharge inks depending on the design, graphic and garment) with respect to visual and tactile characteristics.  Soft plastisol inks are also easier to print, especially when printing high resolution halftones through high mesh counts.  The key to soft plastisol ink is that you must use a pigment + base mixing system.
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Thoughts on Discharge

I should start by saying that I do not consider Motion Textile to be a discharge printer, but we’re pretty damn good at discharge printing.  To clarify, I’m saying that there are printers whom primarily print waterbase/discharge and do so very proficiently, efficiently, and profitably.  I think the only way to get to that place is if you choose to or are forced to print primarily
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