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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.…

Jakprints – the Future of Printing Now

I was stoked that the road back from Farm Aid passes right by Jakprints and I got to see my buds the owners Jacob and Dameon and my other buds working there LT and Jeff and to talk shop and as always to have a good time. My take on Jakprints is that two skatepunks…

Farm Aid 2015

There is  Willie Nelson (with Imagine Dragons) at Farm Aid 2015 wearing a shirt we designed and printed at my shop Mirror Image. It is always a thrill to see your handiwork up on the big stage and broadcast around the globe. Folks at my shop including Pam, Brian, KC, Ruth, Aimee, Ray and all…

Dye Migration, the Screenprinter’s Nemesis. Part 6. Poly White as a Partial Solution

Another tool in fighting dye migration is “Poly white.” We use Rutland’s “Super Poly White” but other companies have similar formulations. In some ways the game has been upped. Once you could sometimes use cotton white on 50/50’s and a white for 50/50’s would always work. Now sometimes we can’t even count on the dye…

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