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What is the Purpose? Fashionistas and the New Merch World

Go to the Justin Bieber site and try and buy some merch and instead you have to sign up for a newsletter. “Tour merch available everywhere now” except nowhere you would expect. It is a whole new  world out there of high fashion and $1,675 tour jackets. One printed word and a skimpy scrap of…

Shirt of the Week: Unathletic

Jim Seery is a drummer in the bands the Coffin Lids and Triple Thick as well as the chef at the Plough and Stars in Cambridge, MA. I’m not sure whether he is athletic, but I’m sure he’s got a good shirt. Like most good shirts, it is simple and to the point. The word…

Misprint Monday #2: Juston Beeber With a Purpose

I’ve seen spelling error’s that have been viewed by as many as a dozen people and nobody catches it. This has to be one of those type of errors. “Purpose” is not only spelled wrong, the word spelled correctly is directly under it. Ouch. Ouch. Double ouch. However, I sayeth that thou should casteth no…

The Art of Wonderment

There is a great Facebook page if you want some old school inspiration regarding printing. It is called “The Art of Wonderment” and there is a great selection of photos and videos. The stills that follow are from a video there about making wallpaper in England.

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.

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…

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…

FREE FREE FREE! Free Art!

I was discussing with a friend the other day that the word “FREE” is like crack. Stuff can be useless (like crap you find at a promotional products show for example) but if free, people will flock around like flies on … You get the idea. The British Library has made available 1,023,750 images. Free inspiration.…

Stop Panicin’ and Get a Mannequin

From our pal Brett Bowden of Printed Threads: Something that I have struggled with for a long time is placement.  Where is the perfect place to start a print.  Is it 4 fingers from the collar?  Are my hands a normal size?  When struggling to decide if something is printed in a spot that will…

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