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There but for the grace of God go you or I.

Nick Alexander the merch guy for Eagles of Death Metal was killed in the attacks in Paris at the Bataclan theater. I know many of you out there are involved in merch for bands. It could have been one of us, one of our friends, and Nick is someone’s friend, someone’s colleague, someone’s son. It…

American Apparel Lives to Fight Another Day

Several sources today say that American Apparel has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This does not affect screen print shops, don’t get your (skimpy American Apparel) panties in a bunch over it. Without giving it much thought I can think of at least five large companies in our industry that have been through Chapter 11.…

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…

Too Good to Be True? It is. Phun with Phony Orders.

I got this email this morning: “Dear Customer, We are interested in purchasing some of your products to Solomon Island,can you send us complete catalog or website? also be informed that our mode of payment for this order is via credit card. We anticipate, your prompt reply. Kind Regards, Ken” It looks like an awesome…

Web Wednesday – Target Wins the Trophy, errrr… Prize

Yahoo, ABC, Jezebel and many other news sources, and oh yeah, also the bad entertainment site ironically called, “Fox News” are all reporting on Target stores selling a shirt emblazoned with the word “Trophy.”  They are selling it in their Junior section oriented toward brides. The retailer has received a firestorm of grief about it…

Made in the U.S. of A.

It seems appropriate to post this in the days leading up to the USA’s Independence Day. Unionwear located in Newark, NJ is the real deal in terms of union made, USA made hats, bags and other items. Their owner Mitch Cahn is a a strong advocate for worker’s rights (and a pretty fun guy if…

History Lesson

Actually, if you make a shirt like this, I would say that you need a history lesson. 1. This flag primarily came into use by racists when the civil right movement in this country finally gained some traction in the 60’s. There was a lot of hooey about states rights and ancestors, but it mainly came…

Bootleggin’ – Whack-a-Mole Law Enforcement

The Chicago Tribune wrote last week about $180K worth of phony Blackhawks hockey being seized by law enforcement under an effort with the oh so tricky “codename” Operation Team Player. This pales when one considers that the NHL’s big crackdown “Operation Red Zone” in 2013 netted $13.6 million in fake jerseys. Bootlegging is big business and…

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…

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