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Product Testing: DM130 and the “Hawaiian Surfers” Sample Print (IK Archives)

In my approach to t-shirt design, the first consideration is the blank or base-product as this informs so many of my decisions (color, techniques, ink selection, print placement, etc.)  throughout the design process.  I’ve done it this way for so long that I’m virtually incapable of working on a t-shirt design without this critical piece…

Shop Talk at Impressions Expo Long Beach 2020: The Future of Garment Decoration

Perhaps the most experienced and knowledgeable three minds in DTG formed this all-star panel to discuss the future of garment decoration.  It’s Shop Talk with Jacob Edwards (Jakprints), Alex Phelan (OvalJet), and Kevin Tsukahara (DTG Expert)…

Shop Talk at Impressions Expo Long Beach 2020: Jason Murphy of Sanmar

Our main man Jason Murphy, of SanMar, returns to Shop Talk to share what’s new in the world of transfers… Links to the companies Jason referenced: https://www.fmexpressions.com/ https://supacolor.com/ https://transferexpress.com/ http://www.613originals.com/ https://www.lionbrothers.com/ https://www.instagraph.com

Misprint Monday: Torqued and Twisted (IK Archives)

I was exchanging emails with a fellow decorator about the issue of garment twisting/torquing affecting the outcome of the final printed product.  This is a challenge many of us face when working with fashion blanks and tri-blends.  How do you avoid crooked or off-center prints? How do you manage customer expectations?  This conversation reminded me…

Impressions Expo Long Beach 2020: Part 5

Aaron Draplin, Andy Mac, and the Surfrider Foundation Aaron Draplin is a bearded Midwesterner and genius designer with a presence only to be overshadowed by his booming voice and epic wit.  Andy MacDougall is a bearded Canadian and legendary flatstock printer with a presence only to be overshadowed by his kindheartedness and willingness to share…

Impressions Expo Long Beach 2020: Part 4

Talking Shop at Shop Talk The Decorated Apparel Community had historically been plagued with misinformation, suffered a lack of communication, and had fallen prey to hucksters and snake oil salesmen.  We looked to experts and gurus to solve our problems. We were afraid to share with one another and learn from each other.  We turned…

Impressions Expo Long Beach 2020: Part 3

What’s all the RuckUs About? If you came of age in the 90’s (as I did) you know that it was a sometimes glorious, sometimes hideous, and nearly always a confusing time to be alive.  With the huge exception of the Gulf War, we weren’t really at war.  Hubble launched and so did the WWW. …

Impressions Expo Long Beach 2020: Part 2

The Show Floor There are so many good reasons to attend a trade-show: Learning, networking, socializing, talking shop, happy-hours, fancy dinners, parties, bars, etc.  Ok, ok, let’s not forget why we are there in the first place: the show floor.  Companies expend tremendous resources to exhibit at a trade-show.  It’s not just the cost of…

Impressions Expo Long Beach 2020: Part 1

Veni, Vidi, Vici… We saw new things and old friends and then made new friends.  We drank beers with Andy Mac and then he showed us all how to print posters like the OG poster printing machine that he is (thanks Andy).  We raised money for a great cause and had fun in the process…

WB/CAMP 2019: Beppe Quaglia, of Virus

Our friend, Beppe Quaglia, of Virus, teaches about water-based special effect inks, and the results you can achieve using a little creativity, and the capabilities of special effect inks…  

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