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Fortune Favors the Bold

In business school I learned that Opportunity Discovery is one form of entrepreneurial opportunity. If demand exists and supply is not being met, that’s an entrepreneurial opportunity. A 22-year old Michigan college student is making the most of the state’s new recreational use marijuana law to run a t-shirt business that sells expensive t-shirts and…

Resolutions for the New Year

At this point it is such a cliche to make New Year’s Resolution, and so many people have the experience of making them and not keeping them that it can seem futile. However, setting goals, making timelines for those goals, and periodically reviewing those goals is always a good idea and a New Year is…

Misprint Monday: Why Out of Register? Let Me Count the Ways…

I just joined yet another screenprinter’s group on Facebook. The groups are good ways to share knowledge with your peers. They also are a good place to share  complaints with each other, since our families, friends and co-workers long ago stopped wanting to hear about such things. This group had an interesting initiation, to keep…

7 Truths and 7 Lies for a New Year

Some reflections at year’s end on lies and truth in our industry, here are a lucky 7 of each for you: Lies: “One Coat” ink is the answer to all your printing problems.” I made that name up, but no ink is the answer to all your printing problems. There is no miracle white ink…

Shame on Badger Sportswear

The Associated Press and NPR/Frontline and the New York Times and other news outlets are reporting that Chinese internment camps are forcing inmates to make apparel including for Badger Sportswear, the North Carolina based company. Ethnic Uighurs and Kasakhs who are discriminated against in Western China are forced into internment camps and for no pay…

Gildan Third Quarter Results Reported: Taking Over the World a Quarter at a Time

Gildan released their third quarter results and you can read them in French or English here. They appear to be in a steady course to take over the world garment trade. Of note are the following: They secured a major underwear contract, private label for their largest customer. Fruit of the Loom/Jerzees and Hanes lost most…

Keep your Sh*t Organized and Get More Sh*t Done

Rick wrote an article recently about cleanliness.  Cleanliness is something that is often overlooked in print shops, because print shops can get dirty so easily.  Printing thousands of shirts a day creates a lot of lint and when you are moving too fast, you don’t stop to clean up the ink that spilled on the…

Panther City Print Party: ISS Fort Worth Thursday Sept. 27

Come by  Booth 241 where the Ink Kitchen will be hosting the ISS Shop Talks right on the damn show floor, free of charge. You can learn something from the speakers, you can hang out with your brothers and sisters from the industry, and we’ll have some cool vinyl to listen to. Come hang out.…

Farm Aid 2018, Simple Design Lessons

Let’s start with the conclusion, which is that simple prints done well sell best. I coordinate the merchandise for Farm Aid (farmaid.org) every year, Farm Aid works to support family farmers and they put on a yearly concert that features Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp and other artists who this year included…

Breasts and Bellies

My buddy KC Hruby has created a few imaginary designs in order to protect the innocent. Today’s subject relates to mock ups of designs and how one must imagine all the folks that might be eventually wearing the shirts. We have run into quite a number of instances where a perfectly innocent design was going…

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