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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:…

Snowed Under – Viruses and Snowfall

We’ve been figuratively and literally snowed in for the past week. Some jackasses hacked into our site and we have had a devil of a time getting back on track.  The problem is stemming from our web hosting provider, not something targeting us specifically. Hey, it’s nice that it isn’t personal, but frustrating because we can’t…

Je Suis un T-Shirt. Am I Charitable?

There is an interesting article in the New York Times on the post tragedy selling of things, particularly t-shirts In particular. They focus on the terrorist killings of the newspaper staff in Paris and all the shirts and other items for sale related to that. Folks want to express themselves on an issue, and that statement might…

ISS Long Beach – Green Products and Organics

We’ll do a longer post after the show, but check out some environmental products if you are still at the Long Beach ISS show: American Apparel has baby shirts that are organic and other organic items as well. Econscious has organic shirts, hats and my favoite of their products, really nice organic hoodies. Rutland Ink…

Embezzlement

Tom and I have been praised more than a few times for admitting mistakes we made in our shops on mis-prints, and the like. This is a tougher admission I make to you today.   I had someone embezzle from my business. They stole $80,000 from my business and it happened at a time when…

Check that Label, the Ethics of Garment Manufacture

In this day and age, it is not really a good excuse to plead ignorance about where your shirts are made. There is usually some information on the label, and then there is this thing called “the internet” where you can do either a little or a lot of research. In the coming weeks we’ll…

Discharge Ink – Do It Right and Don’t Poison Yourself and Your Workers

Someone was asking me this week about the use of a discharge ink as an underbase. Discharge ink is an ink that basically neutralizes the dye in a shirt instead of printing over the dye. So with discharge ink you don’t need two prints (usually white and then the color) and so it gets a…

Indecent Exposure

Our shop and a friend’s shop were all ready to print shirts of the fight poster design for the upcoming Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana boxing match and were told somewhat abruptly that the job had been cancelled by the client. We didn’t really know what had happened until we spotted this article about a tweet heard round the creative world…

Minimum Wage Art

Bob “Smitty” Smith has an “enterprise” he calls Minimum Wage Art. A few examples follow: – a great shirt design of his that we print is a map of North America titled “Indian Territory.” Search around the web and you can see Willie Nelson, Johnny Depp and a few other characters wearing it. – a…

Misprint Monday – A Real Reversal

My buddy, Ms. Bonnie Kilgore once said, “Show me somebody that don’t make no mistakes, and I’ll show you somebody that ain’t doin’ nothin’.” Mistakes are going to happen despite our best efforts to avoid them. We had a four person brain freeze last week. There in plain sight is how the shirts were supposed…

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