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V-Neck Trouble

Printing off the collar on a v-neck tee can be, as this graphic reads, “trouble”.  An ideal graphic, ie: low to moderate coverage, halftone, or distressed, a lightweight garment with a flat collar (in this case District DT161 makes all the difference as does a low viscosity ink (in this case Rutland chino base with…

Working Class Pontificator

Pierre Jamnicky owns Blue Moon Promotional in Ohio. He is also one of the founders of theshirtboard.com  He is a pretty serious dude, but with a sense of humor. He is a nice guy with a whole lot of interesting opinions, who works as hard as anybody.  He has started a slew of businesses, and one gets…

Throw Way Way Back Thursday

This screen is the first frame I made for the first commercial job I ever did, for Ken Brown Designs.  The image is from an ad from an old joke catalog, for some weird ass face paint. I exposed the image with a 150 watt light bulb and a pie plate reflector. Instead of a…

Web Wednesday – Moustache Wisdom OE vs Ringspun

Hey, I know it seems like pandering to our sponsors, but like I’ve said, I was a Hanes customer long before this here blog. I was going to write an explanation of Open End (OE) vs. Ringspun yarn and I think this video is a much more fun way of doing it. It is one…

“That Asian Girl Print”

It’s funny, I still get calls from customers looking for “that asian girl print” (their description, not ours.)  We ran this design as a cross promo with American Apparel back in 2006.  When distributing these tees at shows or in mailers the response was crazy.  Most thought that it was a sublimation print or DTG,…

Misprint Monday–Spellcheck is Not Always Your Friend

Their is a problem with relying only on spellcheck, isn’t their? Won example is this Akademiks shirt. The client was the “urban” brand Akademiks, with a stylized A-K-A-D-E-M-I-K-S as there name. In one case, the art must have been “spellchecked” and it got corrected to be spelled “academics.” Sometimes your write when your wrong, if…

Domingo Gigante– Sin Cinta

El año pasado nos cambiamos a marcos rígidos hechos a medida y uno de nuestros objetivos era ir sin cinta. En términos de material y de mano de obra el coste de las pantallas de encintado es enorme. Gastábamos más de 5000 dólares al año en cinta solamente y quién sabe cuánto más en mano de…

Going Tapeless!

When we switched to custom-made rigid frames last year one of our goals was to go tapeless.  The cost of taping screens, in terms of both labor and material, is huge.  We were spending over $5000 annually on tape alone and who knows how much on labor.  A very large shop may spend many times…

Not Just Going Through the Motion

My partner in crime for The Ink Kitchen is Tom Davenport. Check out the video he just made at his shop to see how t-shirts are screenprinted in the modern world. Its a cool ride through a very clean shop, a cinematic trip. See a shirt design from start to finished product at Motion Textile.

TBT – Kiss at City Hall

Circa 1990 we color separated this photo at my shop Mirror Image, one of the most famous photographs ever taken. It was for the publisher Fotofolio and it had to be approved by Robert Doisneau himself.  We separated and printed this job 16 times until we were satisfied with the result and when the sample…

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