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The Coed Naked Truth: The Triumphs and Pitfalls of Owning a Small Business

Mark Lane, the CEO of Coed Sportswear, talks about the highs and lows of running Coed Naked, one of the hottest retail t-shirt brands of the 1990s, in this Shop Talk from the Impressions Expo in Atlantic City. He discusses how the company went from selling over 10 million shirts in 12,000 stores to nearly…

Analog Is Not Dead, Poster Printing Now

You would be hard pressed to find two individuals who care more about providing free screen printing information and education to as many people as possible than our own Rick Roth and legendary flatstock printer Andy Mac aka Andy MacDougall. (You’d also be hard pressed to find two funner people to have a beer or…

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about DTF

DTF is the hottest new topic in the decorating world. With new technologies the equipment and supplies are not always equal to the hype, and real knowledge and experience are lacking to sort it all out. Industry experts Nick Buettner of ISW, and Matt Gusse and Jay Wilson of DTF2U provide that expertise and knowledge…

The Future of Garment Decoration in 2023

We love gathering the garment decoration industry’s best and brightest to discuss the future of the industry and we have them here in this Shop Talk. Alex Phelan of  Merchadise , Jacob Edwards of  Jakprints  , Michelle Moxley of M&R  and Ed Levy of  Hirsch Solutions  joined Rick at the Impressions Expo in Long Beach…

Making the Transition from a Home Business to a Screen Printing Shop

Starting a side hustle is one thing, growing that side hustle into a dedicated screen print shop is another. Most vendors and media focus on newcomers or big shops, but in this Shop Talk Rick and  YouTuber and business coach StanBanks talk about what you need to do and what you need to consider to grow…

A Life of Color Separations- Shop Talk with Dave Gardner

If you’re looking for a dose of inspiration, you are in for a treat with this Shop Talk with industry legend Dave Gardner, the inventor of simulated process printing, the “underbase” print, creator of the iconic Harley Davidson t-shirts of the 1980s and now Director of Creative Embellishment at  Gildan. When he started there were…

Bring Your Digital Content Up a Level

If you’re looking for a quick Master Class in digital content, we have it for you here in this Shop Talk. Serg Ramirez, Senior Content Creator and Digital Strategist for  Supacolor , led the Impressions Expo Long Beach crowd through his awesome 2023 Digital Content Playbook. From the physiological and psychological underpinnings of capturing your audience’s…

Unique Approaches to Sustainability in the Garment Industry

Rick interviewed industry veterans Zahir ‘Zach’ Sait, John Rusk, and Adam Walterscheid from Textisle, the company behind the Fairweather Johnson brand, to talk about their new, more effective methods of recycling fabric waste to create apparel. By color sorting and combining post-industrial and post-consumer waste, they create 100% recycled garments in a range of colors…

Solving Labor Shortages and Improving Company Culture by Hiring Individuals with Disabilities

Hiring people with disabilities can be a great way to improve your company’s culture and bottom line. Studies have shown that companies that employ people with disabilities have higher productivity, lower absenteeism and lower turnover rates. They also have a better reputation with customers and the community. Did you know that there are over 60…

The Future of Transfer Technologies

Heat applied transfer technology has made great strides in the past few years. Now there’s almost nothing that can’t be decorated with a transfer. We gathered a panel of experts- Josh Ellsworth from Stahls  ; Jody Mazade from Howard Custom Transfers ; Nathan Anderson from FM Expressions ; and Mark Bailey from SanMar– to share their insights about how transfers…

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