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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…

Bootleg Shirts Wink Wink

The New York Times today had an article about bootleg shirts adding to fan frenzy about the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team. Honestly I think it is a good idea. So many bands that allowed bootleg recordings actually boosted their sales of recording, and I think this is an analogous situation. Let a little creativity and…

Happy Earth Day!

April 22 is Earth Day. Happy Earth Day! Earth Day started in 1970. There are some real great proponents of environmentalism in our industry. Some simple advice on Earth Day: – use the greenest products you can and when you use them, do it responsibly. A great example is to use roll adhesive which will…

Web Wednesday – If You Swear and Nobody Hears You Is It Still Swearing?

Apparently there is a curse involved in this shirt, but I’m not sure I even understand it after only reading this article once… This Mississippi State t-shirt according to the Clarion-Ledger involves a curse. Decoded swearing is still swearing apparently. Sometimes I’m glad we have our own blog so we don’t have to deal with…

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…

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…

Web Wednesday – Spectrum Works and a Novel Approach to Helping Others

While at the Atlantic City ISS show at the Ink Kitchen booth we met some folks from Spectrum Works. They are a decorating shop dedicated to helping folks with autism help themselves. They seemed like great folks doing some good work. You can find out more about them at their website http://spectrumworks.org/ In their own words:…

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