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Stop Making Bad Screens: Tips on Improving Your Screenmaking

You can’t make a good screen print with bad screens. We pulled some technical pros in for this discussion, Art Dobie from Chromaline, Bill Smith from Saati and Gerry Charde from KIWO join Rick for this Shop Talk session from Impressions Expo in Atlantic City, March 2022. We’ll be bringing more Shop Talk sessions to…

Everything I Wish I Knew Before I Started Screen Printing: Shop Talk with Dennis Tan

Dennis Tan of Ampersand Print Co. in Brooklyn, NY left a job on Wall Street to become a screen printer. Find out the many things he has learned as a screen printing business owner in this Shop Talk filmed at Impressions Expo  in Atlantic City, March 2022. We’ll be bringing more Shop Talk sessions to…

Utah Company Fined for Blatantly Lying about “Made in USA”

A Utah company specializing in right wing apparel was fined $211,000 for bogus (the government actually used the word “bogus”) claims about their shirts being made in the usa. They were fined by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for ripping out Made in China labels from shirts and sewing Made in USA labels into the…

SAATI bought IKONICS (aka Chromaline)

SAATI has announced that they have bought most of the assets of Ikonics from Terawulf Inc. in a long anticipated sale, since apparently Terawulf just wanted to be publicly traded on the NASDAQ and had no interest in the Ikonics business. SAATI, based in Como, Italy and in the USA in SC bought Ikonics  (based…

Analog Ain’t Dead: Corporations Don’t Make Art

A lot of what we talk about in ShopTalks is commerce oriented, but never forget that screen printing is also art! In this Impressions Expo ShopTalk with Brian Potash of Devilfish Ink Graphic Arts and Printing, we learn how Brian has turned his hobby and his passion into a successful career, creating prints and designs…

Ink Kitchen Ch…Ch…Changes

Tom Davenport and Brett Bowden are leaving the Ink Kitchen management to devote more time to their company MADE Lab as well as other pursuits. Pam Ikegami and Rick Roth will carry on with the Ink Kitchen. All four of us remain friends and supportive of each other’s efforts and will collaborate in ways large…

R.I.P. Charles Kernaghan! The Man Who Started the Anti-Sweatshop Movement

I knew Charles Kernaghan personally through my work with Amnesty International and I can say he was a truly great human being. You can read his obituaries in the Washington Post and NY Times. He was known as one of the originators of the anti-sweatshop movement and as “the man who made Kathie Lee cry”…

How to Sell 50 or 5,000 Shirts: Sales Fundamentals with Millisa Clark

Sales can be intimidating, but you can’t have a successful decoration business without selling what you make. That’s why we invited a pro, Milissa Clark of Lane 7 Apparel, to join us in this ShopTalk from the Impressions Expo in Atlantic City where she and Rick chat about how to get new customers, how to…

FESPA Berlin: Decorating Trade Show for the World (Part 1: Screens Without Emulsion!)

Seems like trade shows are back on track. Impressions AC was pretty good, FESPA raises the bar, and lots of people at FESPA were all gung-ho talking about the Impressions show in Long Beach as things move in fits and starts back to some sort of normalcy. FESPA is an international printing show, once held…

Bobbins and Backings and Basics– Embroidery Beyond Digitizing

It’s not often that we get an embroidery expert like Laurie Kantor of LB Embroidery to explain the nuts and bolts of embroidery backings, bobbins, hooping aids and when to say “no”, or offer another decoration solution, to a customer’s request. As usual, the responses to the audience questions at the end of the Shop…

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