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ThreadX 2020: Scottsdale, AZ

ThreadX 2020: Inspiring, Visionary, and Learning a Few Things The 2020 THREADX conference was the third annual. This year was sold out and it was an amazing opportunity to hear not only the best and brightest folks in our garment industry, but also have incredible folks from outside the industry. Everyone I spoke with had…

Please Don’t Throw Your Love Away

Here at Ink Kitchen we love combining design and screen printing with doing good work for good causes, so this project in Tokyo that combines screen printing, social activism and a streetwear vibe naturally caught our eye. Please Don’t Throw Your Love Away is an art project founded by Shunji Hironaka in 2018. After seeing the…

Bad T-Shirt Design Recipes– 7 Ways to Bad

This post isn’t going to have illustration. There are many many possible illustrations for this post, but there is no reason to hurt anyone’s feelings. Do you want a bad looking t-shirt ? Here are a few pointers: 1. Just design whatever you want and don’t think about what kind of shirt it is going…

Impressions Expo Long Beach 2020: Part 5

Aaron Draplin, Andy Mac, and the Surfrider Foundation Aaron Draplin is a bearded Midwesterner and genius designer with a presence only to be overshadowed by his booming voice and epic wit.  Andy MacDougall is a bearded Canadian and legendary flatstock printer with a presence only to be overshadowed by his kindheartedness and willingness to share…

Magical T-Shirts that Make You Invisible

Northeastern researcher Xue Lin has invented a t-shirt that won’t make you invisible to humans,  but it can confuse a video surveillance system, basically rendering you invisible to the system.  The images on the shirt basically confuse and overwhelm the surveillance system and it can’t “see” you. The bright crazy image on the shirt is…

WB/CAMP 2019: Danny Gruninger, of Denver Print House

Danny Gruninger, of Denver Print House, discusses the joys and headaches of water-based print production…

Misprint Monday: Pantone Sucks

Ah, Pantone, how I despise you and let me count the ways: The color guide books are expensive as hell considering how many books they sell and the fact that in our industry and others I presume they also get licensing fees for inks that match their Pantone colors. The cost means that not only…

Farm Aid 2019: Lots of Merch

We manage the merch for Farm Aid at their big benefit concert once a year. With great anticipation we’ll see how we do today. We get some of the anxiety that has us relating to the tough job farmers have, will it rain and ruin sales, will it be sunny and we sell more cowboy…

Wanna Design Like Draplin?

If you were at ThreadX19 you were probably blown away by keynote speaker Aaron Draplin, like we were. Did you know that you can take online classes taught by Draplin on the Skillshare platform? The Design Like Draplin: 21 Tips for Speeding Up Your Design Workflow class is a great one to start with, but there…

The Totally, All-New, Impressions Shop Talk, Hosted by Ink Kitchen

We were thrilled to host Impressions Shop Talk at ISS Long Beach 2019.  Thanks to our collaboration with Impressions and the participation of our good friends we were able to present some of the best and brightest minds to the industry in a fun and candid format.  Perhaps you were there, maybe you weren’t, either…

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