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Baseball, Parliament’s “Mothership Connection” and a T-Shirt

Alright, where’s this going? A little baseball history courtesy of MLB.com, by way of Craig Calcaterra’s column “Cup of Coffee.” George Clinton the fearless leader of Parliament, Funkadelic, the P-Funk All-Stars and other variations has said, “Put a glide in your stride and a dip in your hip, and come on up to the Mothership”-…

Expect Garment Prices to Rise

Expect shirt prices to rise, as raw cotton prices are going up and shipping  (NY Times article here.) is off the charts. Expect it all to go up more than warranted by cotton or shipping prices as two other forces kick in: 1. Don’t expect companies not to take advantage of a commonly understood issue…

A Thousand Dollar T-Shirt

This clip below is a pretty cool interview given by Bowie about art and how the “art world” keeps us from seeing the creativity in each of us. One of the things I have always loved about t-shirts is that creative words and images can be shared at a price that most people can afford.…

R.I.P. Mohamed Dadabhoy

Our good friend Howard Levine of Alliance Graphics in Berkeley, California has written an obituary for our friend Mohamed Dadabhoy who died recently. Our hearts go out to our friends, Mohamed’s brothers of USA Bayside, and to his many friends in the business, and to his family and friends at home. Mohamed was always an…

US Bans Cotton and Cotton Products from Xinjiang Province of China

Due to credible reports of forced labor involving the Uyghur and Kazakah ethnic groups in China’s Xinjiang Province there is a current ban on import of both raw cotton and goods containing cotton from the Xinjiang Province. The ban, known as a “withhold release order,” also applies to products processed or manufactured in third countries.…

Neck Gaiters are Fine

Sometimes information travels too fast and that is particularly a problem where the information is misinterpreted or just plain wrong. Such is the case of neck gaiters and their efficacy in preventing the spread of Covid-19. It seems everyone saw the story that prestigious Duke University tested gaiters and that as a face covering gaiters…

R.I.P. Chris Caldwell

Our friend and colleague Chris Caldwell passed away at age 55 on August 22nd after a long illness. He will be missed. His big smile will endure. Chris has worked at Gildan for a few years after a long career at Fruit of the Loom. Look for a longer obituary in a couple of weeks.…

Ways to Decorate Face Coverings

In our on-going series on masks, i.e. face coverings, we cover decoration. The varieties of ways to decorate masks and other face coverings, some of which then have different methods associated with them. transfers of a variety of types sublimation (also a form of transfer) embroidery pad print direct screenprint (with a variety of inks)…

Review of Action Engineering Mask Platen

We just tested out the Action Engineering mask hold-downs for printing masks. They have worked great for us, even on what I thought would be difficult masks, some triple ply pleated masks. We do NOT want glue on the inside of the mask, so even printing single ply masks we did not want to secure…

Face Covers, i.e. Masks are Here to Stay

We avoided mask printing at first. It seemed: to be taking advantage of a bad situation, too mercenary with people dying they medically don’t protect you that well you have to explain it covers your face and stops y0u from coughing out but not as well for breathing virus in some were really expensive some…

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