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Remembering Barry Chouinard

July 19th would have been Barry Chouinard’s 68th birthday. We mourn his passing and most of us remember him pretty damn fondly. He lived a full life, touched lots of people, and nobody would say he got cheated. So I pose the question, “Did you ever meet Barry Chouinard?” The only possible answers would be…

We’re Super Excited for WB/CAMP and You Should be Too!

WB/CAMP: Water-Based Printing Summit, September 20-21 Powered by SGIA and hosted by Motion Textile Presented by Bella+Canvas, Ryonet, SanMar, SPSI, and Ink Kitchen. Supported by Douthitt and SAATI.   If you love/hate water-based printing this event is for you.  Two days of talks and hands-on printing demonstrations from the best in the industry: Beppe Quaglia – Virus…

Misprint Monday: Too Good To Be True

Customer comes to you with a huge order and makes disparaging remarks about the prior print shop they were using. Celebrate? No, BEWARE! Most of the screen printing of t-shirts is not rocket science and unless someone comes to you for what you very specifically are good at, be careful with new customers. This customer…

Video: FESPA Global Print Expo ’19 Munich

There’s a world of print (not to mention people and culture) beyond the borders of the USA.  That’s why we travelled to Munich for the FESPA Global Print Expo ’19. Here’s the official IK highlight reel…  

Video: IK Goes to Bavaria

In May, we went to Bavaria to see where the world’s best textile presses are made, in the MHM factory (Erl, Austria), and to attend the FESPA 2019 Global Print Expo in Munich, Germany.  In the coming weeks we’ll post a couple of videos to highlight MHM and FESPA respectively.  Until then, here’s an overview…

T-Shirts and Politics– Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ campaign may have been a little too quick to capitalize on an emotional moment that happened during the recent candidates’ debate, as discussed in this article by Promo Marketing Magazine. Digital printing and online shops have definitely changed the game when it comes to getting new merchandise out in front…

Gildan Goes to Bangladesh and Other First Quarter News

Here are the current highlights (and lowlights) of the biggest company serving our industries, Gildan. The company formerly headquartered in Montreal, Canada and now located in tax-friendly and sunny Barbados reports the following: Payless going bankrupt cost them a pretty penny: $2.5 million. Heritage Sportswear going bankrupt cost them more than a pretty penny:  $21.7…

ISS Long Beach 2019 Shop Talk: Brett Bowden of Printed Threads

Brett Bowden, Founder/Owner of Printed Threads, sometimes known as “Screen-Print Jesus”, sermonizes on the importance of customer service.

See you at ISS Atlantic City 2019

There are so many reasons to come to Atlantic City for the ISS show starting tomorrow. First on my list is to eat a White House sub… but a close second is the Ink Kitchen Shop Talks (booth #1337) where we have many speakers who have not shared their extensive knowledge before and they are…

ISS Long Beach 2019 Shop Talk: Milissa Clark of US Blanks

Milissa Clark, of US Blanks, is the real-deal in custom apparel.  In this Shop Talk she discusses both the possibilities and the realities of custom cut-n-sew.

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