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Midiprint!

We got a lot of questions about the “Hendrix” prints from my post last week. They were printed by Midiprint in Moscow. Quite possibly the best printer in the world. My man Art is the genius behind it all. Total respect.

MAGIC Market Week – Day 3

On my third and final day at MAGIC I attempted to take in as much as possible in a limited amount of time.  As decorators we are all involved in the apparel industry to a greater or lesser extent.  It would behoove any decorator to attend MAGIC periodically to get a better understanding of the…

MAGIC Market Week – Day 2

Spent some time walking the show today, paying special attention to decorated apparel of course.  Some good, some bad, some great.  I’ll spare you the bad stuff…                      

MAGIC Market Week – Day 1

SGIA and Sourcing at MAGIC collaborated to put on The Innovation Zone.  It’s a great opportunity to share the decorator’s side of the industry with buyers, designers, manufacturers, etc.  Here’s a look…                         

MAGIC Monday

Today we skip our usual “Misprint Monday” post and instead opt for “MAGIC Monday”.  No, this has nothing to do with David Copperfield or Criss Angel.  I’m talking about MAGIC Market Week in Las Vegas.  MAGIC is the gathering place for the apparel industry and I’ll be there representing our side of the industry on…

Squeegee Conscious

It used to amaze me how little attention printers paid to the all important squeegee.  Today it seems that more printers “get it”.  The use of triple durometer squeegee is commonplace in print shops as are squeegee sharpeners and I even hear printers talking about replacing squeegee blades on a regular basis (what a concept!).…

Web Wednesday: What the…

We’re expanding Web Wednesdays to cover not just great websites, but also great web technologies and tools that are useful to apparel decorators.  One of my favorite tools online is What The Font by My Fonts.  Whether you are involved in the design process or not, as an apparel decorator you will inevitably find your self…

A Day On The Farm

I spent last Friday with the folks at Farm Fresh Clothing Co. in Sebastopol, CA.  More than a print shop, Farm Fresh is a custom clothing company. They have complete control over the design of their apparel blanks to hand-drawn graphics to printing technique.  The quality style, design, and branding, established by Owner/Founder Matt Morgan,…

Misprint Monday: Cold Press Blues

Printers have a bad habit of forgetting to heat their pallets before starting a print run.  The underbase does not gel sufficiently and ink sticks to the back of the subsequent screens, chaos ensues.  Start wiping screens.  The result is that the first half dozen or more prints lack opacity and are grossly undersaturated, enough…

Farm Fresh

I spent some time with the folks at Farm Fresh Clothing Co. in Sebastopol, CA yesterday. Great people, great printing, great ping-pong. Stay tuned for the full shop tour next week…

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