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TBT – Old and New Friends to the Rescue

This week’s Throwback Thursday post– Our business of slinging ink is a sleazy one. The rag trade tends to the dishonest, the penny pinching, and the unethical. It has been mused that it came from the fact that screen printers historically plied their trade printing license plates in prison. I don’t buy that explanation, as…

Layabout or Visionary?

Our mate Joel Taylor is owner of PSI Screen Printing and he hales from Currumbin Waters in Queensland,  Australia. His shop is not far from Brisbane, which is a long way from Long Beach, CA where Know-It-Alls Tom and Rick interviewed him for The Ink Kitchen during the recent ISS show.  His wife luckily considers…

Throwback Post on the Superbowl

In 2010 I called this post Hot Market Printing: Yankees (or Saints) Win! Same story this year really as we have another very good Quarterback Russell Wilson who was said to be too short. We have the same printer story as some shops in Seattle or Denver tonight on Superbowl Sunday who will be very…

Solvy: en Español

Solvy es una lámina plástica manufacturada para la industria del bordado. Se coloca sobre cualquier superficie de tejido, por ejemplo: sobre el  acrílico de un sombrero o encima de un polo de punto. Solvy permite acabados uniformes y un detalle más fino ,respetando las puntadas del tejido sobre el que se aplica. Se utiliza poniendo…

Good Times at ISS Long Beach 2014

Trade shows are necessary to get people in the industry together all in one place and to see new stuff. The Imprinted Sportswear Show in Long Beach is no exception, in fact it is probably the biggest gathering of the tribe. Too often it is isolating and frankly boring, but it doesn’t need to be.…

TBT – Mysteries and Ghosts

This is a post that I first did a couple years ago about a disastrous problem called ghosting. Here’s our throwback Thursday version. Ghosting is a bit subtle or is going on hidden to the eye under the printed shirts as you stack them. If you don’t watch it you will have piles and piles…

Misprint Monday #1

This is first in a weekly series of “Misprint Monday” posts. Oh, if we only lived in a world where there was not so much material, so damn many mistakes. Of all the regular columns on the Ink Kitchen, this may unfortunately be the easiest to fill. This one is a common error this week.…

Solvy Salvation

When you have a coarse weave such as an acrylic knit hat or pique knit polo shirt, you can get the embroidery to come out well with digitizing if you are a jedi master of embroidery, but a simple “trick” for mere mortals is to use Solvy on the surface. Solvy is a plastic film…

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TBT – Simple Isn’t Necessarily Easy (Marty Bailey)

TBT – This appeared almost exactly one year ago. Marty Bailey (left) is the CMO of American Apparel. He’s the man behind the scenes there.  He is a big part of their success and also in how they treat their workers. (It is simple, he said once, “respect everyone.”)  I asked him about ten years…

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