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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…

Misprint Monday: Fun with Canvas

We print a lot of canvas bags and in particular for made in USA companies who send us the canvas to print before they are sewn. We have printed everything from 6 ounce to 22 ounce and all kinds of weaves. We recently screwed up an order and it reminded me of everything that can…

It Looks….Different Around Here

You may have noticed things look a little different around here and that one or two things might be missing. We migrated the site to a new server and lost our WP theme along the way.  Guess it’s time to move that re-design plan into high gear! And then maybe I can write a post…

Misprint Monday: Emulsion Trouble, Check Your Expiration Dates

Usually Tom and I relay a story of our own mistakes, which folks seem to enjoy hearing about. Today it is a mix of my woes and someone else’s. On a Facebook group this morning a fellow traveler in the world of screenprinting was having trouble with screens that would not wash out. What can…

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