Reflections at the End of the Trade Show Season (at the end of the retail era as we knew it…)

I woke up to a Business Insider article about the decline of retail stores.    They report that a third of malls are in danger of closing, and that visits to malls decreased 50% from 2010 to 2013. Noted at our industry shows, American Apparel will be closing their 110 retail locations and Abercrombie closing 60 outlets. Some are calling it the “retail apocalypse.” Add
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Jakprints – the Future of Printing Now

I was stoked that the road back from Farm Aid passes right by Jakprints and I got to see my buds the owners Jacob and Dameon and my other buds working there LT and Jeff and to talk shop and as always to have a good time. My take on Jakprints is that two skatepunks wanted to figure out how you could get 75 shirts,
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Screenprinting is Fascinating (Particularly When You Aren’t a Screenprinter)

Besides seeing rocking shows by the Pixies, TV on the Radio, St. Vincent and Ben Harper at Boston Calling this weekend, we also saw how interested people still are in screenprinting. They were printing pennants on site, and a long line indicated just how interested folks were in screenprinting. Most of our thoughts right now are about how damn hot it is in the shop
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Jazz Fest Shirts and More

Every year we look forward to a parade of funny and interesting t-shirts at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. This year that didn’t really happen. We found some but it was rather slim pickings but that’s the way fashion rolla. And just when you think you know what’s in and what’s out, you don’t. On our way out of the festival we came across
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Foaming Web Wednesday: Beer and Screenprinting

A Polish designer, Kamil Piatkowski, has created a bottle design called Regular Beer that uses screen printing to elegantly save on the mental and physical energy used to print bottle labels. The post on psfk combines what is of interest to many readers of this blog, printing and beer, not necessarily in that order…

Spring is Not Just Flowers: Screen and Substrate Moisture Issues

After the winter of our discontent, well at least in our Northern climes, Spring is (almost) here. Thoughts turn to verse: You can’t see Canada across lake Erie, but you know it’s there.  It’s the same with spring.  You have to have faith, especially in Cleveland.  ~Paul Fleischman People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball.  I’ll tell you what I
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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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What Are We Matching?

Make sure you know what you are matching when a customer has many other printed items. The file you are working from may have color indications, but if the customer has already printed brochures (well, maybe back in the days when dinosaurs ruled the earth…,) billboards, beer cans, boxes, … whatever, you had better fall in line. In this case the artwork was a bit
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Misprint Monday – Clean Bill of Health in the Netherlands

A few notes while passing through the Amsterdam airport and looking at shirts. I don’t know about the rest of you in the business but before I can even think of how clever (or not) a shirt might be, my eyes automatically scan it for being out of register, dye migration, off the mark right or left, too low…. It is a gift and a
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