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Acres of Promotional Products

The PPAI Promotional Products Expo starts tomorrow January 16th. Well it started yesterday if you are into seminars. The product area opens Tuesday January 16th at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. I’ve been exhibiting or attending for a long time and it actually seems to have improved in that it is now…

Long Beach Here We Come

ISS Long Beach 2018 is coming up next week. See us there at our decorator’s “hangout” where we will have tunes (vinyl only,) couches to rest those dogs and chat chat chat, and we will also have what most decorator’s pick as their social lubricant of choice (i.e. beer…) Here’s a few moments captured by…

ThreadX 2018

Finally… a conference designed for us by us.  ThreadX is for business owners and managers seeking insights on the current state of and the future of the decorated apparel industry.  Top-notch speakers, including Johnny Cupcakes!

Voodoo Oktoberfest II !!!

SGIA Expo is a time to learn some things, see new products, connect with vendors, and see old friends. It also in New Orleans is a great place to have some fun. It also is good to do some good while we all convene in a city. During the SGIA Expos in New Orleans we…

Godzilla, Baseball, Ink, FESPA and a Tale of a T-Shirt

At the FESPA world trade show in Munich a month or so ago I got a shirt at the Matsui ink booth. Being a movie fan and a baseball fan I was intrigued. As a screenprint fan I was perhaps not so intrigued. The print is impressive for a 100% poly shirt, but the halftones…

Reflections at the End of the Trade Show Season (at the end of the retail era as we knew it…)

I woke up to a Business Insider article about the decline of retail stores.    They report that a third of malls are in danger of closing, and that visits to malls decreased 50% from 2010 to 2013. Noted at our industry shows, American Apparel will be closing their 110 retail locations and Abercrombie closing…

Check Out What We’re Checking Out at ISS Long Beach

Check out what we’re checking out at the ISS Long Beach show on Instagram- www.instagram.com/theinkkitchen .

The 3rd Annual Nashville Honky Tonk Hoedown

If you’re attending ISS Nashville c’mon and join us for the 3rd Annual Nashville Honky Tonk Hoedown at Layla’s.  Event starts at 5pm, right after the show on Thursday May 19th. It’s less than a 10 min walk from the show.  Authentic live rockin’ country music (The Rische Sisters!), drinks, and of course free t-shirts (courtesy of Hanes and…

Speaking the Language, a New World of Spreading the Word(s)

This month I wrote an article for the very good trade journal called Printwear. I’ve done that for many many years, through a host of good editors starting with Mark Buchanan right through my pal Emily Thompson and to the current talented Carly Hollman-Long. When you go to China, you can just speak English and…

Atlantic City ISS 2016

Day 1 of ISS in Atlantic City. We did this combo screenprint and DTG (direct to garment) print. You can screenprint the underprint quickly and then digitally print a whole series of images that print on top of it. In this case we printed a postcard image of NYC, Atlantic City, Ocean City and so…

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