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ISS Long Beach Giveaway!

The Ink Kitchen is so psyched about the ISS Long Beach show that we’re running a giveaway on our Facebook page from January 22-26. Check out the details on Facebook (click on the title to expand this post and then on the image below) and leave a comment on which prize you’re hoping to win.

Sneak Peek of our ISS Long Beach Shirt

Here is a sneak peek of the shirt we’ll be printing at the Hirsch booth on Hanes X-Temp shirts at the ISS Long Beach show. Come watch us print at Hirsch, booth #1635 and #1735, and get your free shirt at the Hanes booth #1227. All the Know It Alls will be there to chat and answer your garment and decorating questions.

Silicone Inks at Long Beach ISS

If you are attending the Long Beach ISS show this week, you might want to check this out. Silicone is a great insurance policy IMHO. It can block dyes and it really can stretch. We have posted on it previously at the Ink Kitchen. Without a doubt silicone ink is one thing you need in…

What We Have To Work With: In, On, and Above the Shirt

I always say that we can design in, on, and above the shirt. Your design canvas is not a computer screen. It is the fabric of tote bags, shirts and other garments. We are lucky to be able to design with depth. Thinned based inks go into the fabric, regular inks stay on top, and…

What Size Should The Design Be?

Customers ask all the time, how big should the image be? What is the ideal location? I have looked at hundreds of thousands of pieces of art going on shirts and even more shirts. I still need to see what it is going to look like. Does that mean I want to print the shirt…

Blasting…i.e. spot removal.

If you get a spot of ink on a shirt you can sometimes get rid of it. Screenprinters have different names for it, you blast it out, you shoot it out, you use spot remover, you use dry cleaning fluid… See the label of many of your shirts, “Do Not Dry Clean.” That’s because dry…

Misprint Monday – Fun with Garment Dyed Shirts

Can you fix a garment dyed shirt that has a pinhole or smudge of ink on it? Short answer: No. An ounce of prevention is worth…in this case an infinite amount of cure. My pals at Albatross said they would be millionaires if they had a spot cleaning product for this application. They have all…

Seeing Your Work Come to Life (Fruition…)

You work hard with a customer and months later if you are lucky you get to see the fruits of your labor (pun intended.) All the pieces we worked on for the new Angry Orchard Innovation Cider House were on display during their opening week. The stuff really looked good in the store and it…

SGIA Expo Atlanta 2015 – San Mar and Garments You Can Decorate, What a Concept!

My mind is boggled by companies that don’t even test their products before selling them to screenprinters and embroiderers. If you can’t hoop the left chest, or a material scorches your fancy lightweight fabric at any temperature, what good is it to us? On the other hand, San Mar has a great guy Mark Bailey…

Mis-print Monday We’re Just Working for the Weeken

Today’s post comes from our pal Brett Bowden of Printed Threads. Everybody’s working for the weeken We have been really busy lately.  It always seems like when you have no time for problems, that is when problems arise.   The other night we were printing shirts after business hours when we realized a small problem.…

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