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Good Times at ISS Long Beach 2014

Trade shows are necessary to get people in the industry together all in one place and to see new stuff. The Imprinted Sportswear Show in Long Beach is no exception, in fact it is probably the biggest gathering of the tribe. Too often it is isolating and frankly boring, but it doesn’t need to be.…

TBT – Mysteries and Ghosts

This is a post that I first did a couple years ago about a disastrous problem called ghosting. Here’s our throwback Thursday version. Ghosting is a bit subtle or is going on hidden to the eye under the printed shirts as you stack them. If you don’t watch it you will have piles and piles…

Web Wednesday #1

It’s well known that the decorated apparel industry suffers from some of the worst websites around.  That goes for both suppliers and decorators alike.  But the trend is changing.  More and more companies are finally modernizing their online presence and more importantly are utilizing web technologies to the benefit of their business and customers. I…

Tee-rrific Tuesday #1

Yesterday we started a new weekly feature called “Mis-Print Monday” where we celebrate the positives that can come out of the worst of circumstances.  Today we start “Tee-Riffic Tuesday”, where we share a feel-good success story… aaaah.  I’ll start it off with one straight from the heart of yours truly: Last spring the Marketing Director…

Misprint Monday #1

This is first in a weekly series of “Misprint Monday” posts. Oh, if we only lived in a world where there was not so much material, so damn many mistakes. Of all the regular columns on the Ink Kitchen, this may unfortunately be the easiest to fill. This one is a common error this week.…

Solvy Salvation

When you have a coarse weave such as an acrylic knit hat or pique knit polo shirt, you can get the embroidery to come out well with digitizing if you are a jedi master of embroidery, but a simple “trick” for mere mortals is to use Solvy on the surface. Solvy is a plastic film…

Dye Migration Mitigation

A big shoutout to Mike Parker of The Brand Design Co. (Claremore, OK) for submitting these photos showing successful dye migration mitigation.  The top photo shows a print utilizing two base layers of Rutland Super Poly White which, while formulated for printing on 100% polyester, was not enough to block the dye migration on this very difficult substrate.…

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TBT – Simple Isn’t Necessarily Easy (Marty Bailey)

TBT – This appeared almost exactly one year ago. Marty Bailey (left) is the CMO of American Apparel. He’s the man behind the scenes there.  He is a big part of their success and also in how they treat their workers. (It is simple, he said once, “respect everyone.”)  I asked him about ten years…

Throwback Thursday – Organic ink!

Mirror Image makes and prints an ink for t-shirts that is organic and so safe you can eat it.

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