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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…

Lockout, Tag-Out, or Tap-Out

We were recently audited by our workers comp carrier.  The inspector seemed to be most concerned about whether or not we have a “lockout-tag-out” center and written policy.  We do.  During similar inspections performed by OSHA and other outside parties this always seems to be the area of highest concern.  Why?  Granted, automated presses are…

Dov Charney leaves American Apparel

Dov Charney was terminated by American Apparel last week. I see quite a few articles calling him a “sleezebag” and lots of folks really seem to enjoy seeing him fall. There are quite a few inaccuracies in the reporting, and most people don’t know the man. One article says he was partly fired for using…

Web Wedneday – Recycling Ink Blues, Recycling Blue Inks

We took some ink just sitting on the shelf (295C) and made it into an ink we needed to print today (539C) We test drove the Rutland recycling system within their DMX software and it worked out great. This is no cure for getting rid of all the ink we all have sitting around, but…

The Ink Kitchen goes to FESPA Digital 2014– part five: Environmental Approach

Why a car in an environmental post? We rented this Audi A1 to make our factory tours while at the FESPA in Germany. Great sporty car, no problem doing 110 MPH or more on the Autobahn. However, its diesel engine also had this baby getting almost 60 miles per gallon. It also has innovative environmental features such…

Web Wednesday – Continental Clothing

This sign for the Fair Wear Foundation was outside a t-shirt shop selling pretty typical tourist shirts in Heidelberg Germany. I asked the owner about the Fair Trade shirts and whether any consumers there cared about that. She looked at me like I was crazy and said, “yes, of course.” I think that in the…

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