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TBT – Not Following One’s Own Advice

In honor of my post on American Apparel, here is my TBT post from my old blog, musing on procrastination and on equipment. It was inspired by head manufacturing dude at American Apparel Marty Bailey. Fact: We have one of the most reliable presses ever built, an MHM SP4000. The SP3000’s and SP4000’s we have…

A Visit to American Apparel

  The  Ink Kitchen aims for the quick jab, a paragraph and a photo and back to your day. Occasionally a subject will deserve a longer form. A day long visit to American Apparel is such a topic. From time to time you’ll see these longer pieces, probably about once a month. You also are…

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…

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.…

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.…

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…

Printed Threads

Stuck in Dallas by a big snowstorm I took advantage of it and visited Brett Bowden and his shop Printed Threads. I saw creative prints. I saw good quality basic prints. I saw a cool guy doing cool stuff.     The idea of Brett’s that I got most charged up about was his “Petey’s Secret Shirt…

Hot Market Heartbreak

Here’s the scenario:  Presses are ready, staff is ready, all are watching the game and the air is filled with tension.  In the last seconds the game is lost.  No printing, go home.  It’s truly disappointing, both emotionally and financially, when your team does not win in a hot market situation.  Come game day you’ve…

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