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Brett Bowden

Press Time Is Expensive. Let’s Not Waste It

We have been looking at any possible way to save time on press.   One thing that I feel wastes a huge amount of time is taping pallets.   Our solution was to buy an extra set of pallets and create a pallet taping station.   Now we can take off all of our dirty fleecy pallets and…

Discharge Printing Lessons

We started our business printing primarily with discharge inks.  When I found out that I could get a bright color without using an underbase while printing on a manual press, I was sold.   Over the years we have learned a ton of lessons.   Occasionally we will have a new press operator printing a discharge job…

Sanmar Partners with Allmade

Allmade, a formerly self distributed brand started by screenprinters, has officially partnered with Sanmar.  The partnership will allow for better distribution and inventory for the brand. Four years ago a group of ten screen printers and Ryonet’s Ryan Moor set out on a mission to make a better t-shirt. It all started with job creation…

Misprint Monday: Getting Kicked When You are Down

Most of us are hurting right now. The past 2 weeks have been devastating in so many ways. We have laid people off, looked the screen printing grim reaper in the eye, or even worse, have seen loved ones getting sick. Last Friday a large storm rolled through Fort Worth and a lighting strike hit…

Staging is Everything

The big shops are competing with the little shops and the mid size shops are competing with the titans of the industry. How does this all shake out?    I often see the ads posted online with prices on shirts that I cannot understand.   You know when you see a price chart that makes no…

Misprint Monday: Flash is Another F Word

Do you ever have that problem where a print randomly comes out of registration?  You make adjustments to your micro registration and just keep chasing the problem in circles.  Maybe a screen ripped?  Go ahead and make all new screens, that might solve the problem…. Wellllll, actually it could be a much more simple solution. …

We Had a Great Time and Did Something Good

A few weeks ago we were able to hang out with all of our industry pals at Panther City Print Party. The Post in Fort Worth was nice enough to host us and after all of the good times and shenanigans that you already read about, we tallied up a bunch of cash that we…

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…

I Got Buff Without Working Out

Over the years our floors have gained a level of crust that is very hard to clean.  We always wipe up ink when it is spilled, but alot of times a stain is left over.   Just mopping is not really enough to get the floor clean.   A month ago I decided to invest…

Brett Bowden: Fun with Printing “Through the Grapevine”

One of my favorite parts of business is meeting new people.  Throughout the several years that we have been around, there have been so many wonderful people that have come through my life.  When you can establish great relationships with people and take care of them well,  your business is bound to grow.  A couple…

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