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Brett Bowden

Keep your Sh*t Organized and Get More Sh*t Done

Rick wrote an article recently about cleanliness.  Cleanliness is something that is often overlooked in print shops, because print shops can get dirty so easily.  Printing thousands of shirts a day creates a lot of lint and when you are moving too fast, you don’t stop to clean up the ink that spilled on the…

I Got Buff Without Working Out

Over the years our floors have gained a level of crust that is very hard to clean.  We always wipe up ink when it is spilled, but alot of times a stain is left over.   Just mopping is not really enough to get the floor clean.   A month ago I decided to invest…

Brett Bowden: Fun with Printing “Through the Grapevine”

One of my favorite parts of business is meeting new people.  Throughout the several years that we have been around, there have been so many wonderful people that have come through my life.  When you can establish great relationships with people and take care of them well,  your business is bound to grow.  A couple…

Skateboard Printing

So,  I own a skate shop that is right down the street from my print shop.  Because of this I decided that we should print our own skateboards. Last year we purchased this fancy little press: http://www.neverthelessscreenprintingsupplies.com/silk-skates-deluxe-skateboard-screen-printing-press/ Really, we probably could have just built a jig and used some hinges, but these press has a couple…

A Little Art Prep Goes a Long Way

We recently had a client come to us asking to print a 10 color job with a huge amount of ink coverage.  The artwork consisted of mostly solid colors butt registered, which included some small details.  Ohhh…. and its just a few thousand prints. These types of prints require a little extra thought from the…

Next Level Print Guide

I know we all have a different opinion on the shirts we like to wear. I have to say my absolute favorite shirt is the American Apparel TR401 tri-blend. This shirt also happens to be one of the most expensive to purchase… Although American Apparel has superior quality and is made right here in the…

Misprint Monday – Does it look like the mockup?

Occasionally we make bad calls on the production floor. Recently we had an order and the pantones were all specified. When we printed the blue that the design called for, it looked nothing like the mockup. Someone made the call to print the job anyway… Of course when the customer received the shirts, they didn’t…

Brushing Shoulders with Kiwo

If you hang out with any emulsion company, you will hear them talk about the importance of each step of the reclaim process. EVERY STEP. I have seen so many forum posts about how degreasing is a waste of time.  C’mon people! The screen is the most important part of screen printing, let’s treat it…

Ship Happens: Part Two (Variation on Mis-print Monday…)

A couple months ago I posted a warning about ship timing.  Before the holidays carriers are covered up with Christmas gift deliveries.  Well… the saga continues as the winter weather takes it’s toll on cities in the North.  A  week ago I fell victim to a horrible shipping error.  We were shipping 3 pallets with $25,000…

Nice Guys Finish Shirts

So, we all get asked to fold and bag shirts on occasion. For us, it might only be once a month or so… which does not necessitate purchasing a folding machine. When we do get asked, we are usually being asked to fold thousands of shirts however. Trying to get a floppy shirt into a…

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