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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”…

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…

Jazz Fest Merch 2022

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has close to 500,000 attendees over the course of two long weekends.  Crowds can gravitate to any of 12 stages to New Orleans greats like Irma Thomas, the Nevilles or the Soul Rebels, national acts like The Black Crowes, Kool and the Gang, The Who, Elvis Costello, or…

Ink Curing. Read and Repeat

We have received a few requests to examine shirts lately where the ink cracked. I also have seen numerous posts on Facebook that ask, “did I overcure the ink?” Wishful thinking is usually involved in that last question. It is technically possible to overcure ink, but I have actually never seen it myself in over…

Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine

There is a humanitarian crisis in Ukraine (Soviet government always called it “the” Ukraine. Ukrainians are sensitive about this, call it simply “Ukraine”) caused by the invasion by Russia. We have friends in Ukraine and they recommend Vostok-SOS as an organization doing a great job with minimal bureaucracy. We recommend if you are so moved,…

Dallas Cowboys Buy Printavo and Inksoft (sort of…)

Blue Star Innovation Group (BSIG) and PSG just bought Printavo and Inksoft, former competitors in the software arena in the garment decoration world. BSIG is Jerry Jones and more, including all of his children, operating out of the Dallas Cowboy complex. There is no word yet on whether Jerry (Net Worth 10.3 Billion Dollars) will…

Boston Celtic Enes Kanter Speaks Out Via His Jersey

Boston Celtic center Enes Kanter became a US citizen recently and changed his name legally to Enes Kanter Freedom. This will change his jersey to say “FREEDOM” from now on. There have been coincidental interesting jerseys, but this is intentional and has a direct message. Kanter has been an outspoken critic of the Chinese and…

The “Visions of Sugarplums” Effect

I’m not sure it is mentioned in Business School, but the “visions of sugarplums” effect is a real thing during the holiday season. Expect from many employees: – Increased absences – More mistakes – Not listening to you – Just not getting as much work done With visions of sugarplums dancing in your head, it…

Aaron Feuerstein R.I.P.

Aaron Feuerstein passed away at age 95 on November 4th. December 11, 1995 the factory Malden Mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts burned to the ground in one of the biggest fires in New England’s history. The owner Aaron Feuerstein instead of taking the $300,000,000 and closing down, paid his 3,000 workers for months and paid their…

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