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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…

Oh No! My Best Customer is Leaving!!!!

There is that day when your contact at a big customer tells you that they are leaving. When I was younger my heart would stop, I would get depressed, etc. No longer. Over the years I have found that if you follow up and you have been doing a good job that the person that…

Canned Cleverness

We printed some sample Nano shirts for Hanes and we at one point discussed some clever packaging ideas, but I forgot about all that until today when a can of Nano arrived. They are nice soft shirts that actually fit more than teenagers and I enjoyed receiving the clever packaging that promotes these good shirts.…

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…

Shirt Company Feels the Heat

I cannot understand how somebody could be so stupid as to put out a shirt to the general public as the Under Amour company did this week (see below.)  Call a spade a spade, this was a moronic move. Under Armour  removed the shirt, but somehow I wish we could sentence those responsible to a…

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…

T-Shirt Capitalization

There was actually a time (back when dinosaurs ruled the earth) when t-shirts were more of a promotional item. Now they can be the major source of financing (I think Indian Motorcycles relaunch was in that category.) At the opening of the new Professor Longhair Museum in New Orleans there was no admission fee, they were…

“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…

Human Rights Shirts

I am in Brooklyn in New York (look it up, there is a Brooklyn in CT as well) at the Annual General Meeting of Amnesty International. Volunteers from all over the country get together to work on human rights issues. They also wear all kinds of t-shirts. T-shirts are clearly a way that many people…

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