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Computerized T-Shirts, Coming Soon?

That shirt was made a few years ago by Georgia Tech. It is called the smart shirt, and is for use on the battlefield to diagnose where a wound occurred. It was the start of what will be coming to the marketplace sooner than we could have imagined, computerized clothing. Google is ramping up their…

Waterproofing Embroidery

If you embroider a waterproof jacket like you embroider any old thing, it won’t be waterproof any longer. Water will wick through the threads and the holes you have made. There are products you can buy to waterproof the jacket after you are done with the embroidery. We buy ours from KYS embroidery supplies but I imagine…

Trends. New Orleans, Nashville and Beyond. A Trip to Simple.

I just spent some time in New Orleans at the Jazz and Heritage Festival with 460,000 other music lovers, most of them wearing t-shirts. Then I was in Nashville at the ISS show with shirt vendors and fellow garment decorators. Add in a few forays into gift shops and airport stores and I have a…

End of an Era – New Buffalo Shirt Factory in NY Closing

This is the end of an era, or end of another chapter anyway. The New Buffalo Shirt Factory was the gold standard for shirt printing, specializing in highly detailed sports and rock images on black shirts. The owner Jon Weiss had a license plate that said “King of Black.” Jon sold to Gildan a couple…

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2015

The annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is not only a celebration of the many many types of music that mix here in the Crescent City, it also celebrates Louisiana culture from photography to blacksmiths to of course, the t-shirt. They always sell a wide range of styles and designs and it is interesting to…

More About Reflective

Since Rick and I have been talking about reflective printing I thought I’d share a sample printed with a product made by Rutland.  The product is ER0200 Reflective Gray and we have had nothing but solid results specifically with fashion prints where the subtle tone-on-tone look under ambient light was preferred. Of course under direct light you…

“Crows and People Like Shiny Things…”

When we first started in business in Cambridge, MA in the late 80’s, we were near MIT the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There I meet Andy Hong of the MIT Media Lab, the first customer who brought a case of beer to us to thank us for a job well done. I digress… Being near…

Foaming Web Wednesday: Beer and Screenprinting

A Polish designer, Kamil Piatkowski, has created a bottle design called Regular Beer that uses screen printing to elegantly save on the mental and physical energy used to print bottle labels. The post on psfk combines what is of interest to many readers of this blog, printing and beer, not necessarily in that order…

Contract Printing: Good or Bad?

Being a contract printer (ASI supplier) for ASI distributors and other promotional product “professionals” is a love/hate relationship if ever there was one. When the relationship goes well it is a great cooperative arrangement and the distributor (in their white hat of course emblazoned with their clever name and logo) is our financier, our great…

Web Wednesday: Color Me Pantone

The Pantone color of the year for 2015 is Marsala. That is one of the many fascinating things to learn on the Pantone site. Very useful is conversion software that gets you as close as possible to the coated and uncoated colors (which we use to match ink colors) from the textile and other pantone…

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