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Prices Will Be Rising, SanMar Leads the Way on Transparency as to Why

As more people get vaccinated and begin to get back to more interactive daily routines, the effects of Covid-19 continue to rest a heavy hand on our industry. The global pandemic has disrupted global supply chains in a way no one has experienced before and we can’t realistically expect everything to bounce back to what it…

More Sustainable Packaging, More Sales

We have a guest post today about the benefits of using more sustainable packaging for your online retail orders written by friend of the Ink Kitchen, Brandon Lennart of Inferno Screen Printing in New Orleans. Hello fellow decorators. I spent a few months thinking on how to approach this article and in the meantime I have learned…

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”-…

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…

Low Bleed #0003 – Aaron John Gregory: In-House Revolution

Low Bleed #0003: Aaron John Gregory, of Cotton Crustacean, talks about art, music, and bringing it all in-house. Recorded in Aaron’s backyard on a most windy day in beautiful Pacifica, CA during Fogfest. *Recorded 09/28/2019 Listen now on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.

Don’t Miss Impressions Connect 2021!

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past ten months, it’s that we have to adapt to survive. And that’s why we’re kicking off the year by presenting our Shop Talk series at Impressions Connect, a virtual venue to connect with vendors, services and educational opportunities running from January 25th to 29th. You can register…

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…

Low Bleed #0002 – Dawaud Muhammad of Big Printing: Ambition As The Great Equalizer

Low Bleed #0002: Dawaud Muhammad talks about building a brand and a business.  Starting with a few hundred dollars, loads of ambition, and tireless drive, hustling t-shirts on the streets of Oakland, CA turned into the thriving operation and social media juggernaut that is Big Printing. Listen now on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.

IK Interview Series: Colette Wilhelm of Contract Impressions

IK recently interviewed Colette Wilhelm, owner of Contract Impressions in Cape Coral, Florida. What is your current job title and what do you primarily do as your work? Owner – quotes, artwork and client interactions. What is your history in the industry? In 2014 I adopted a baby girl. I bought a vinyl printer and…

Executive Dialogue: Tito Echiburu of Avient Specialty Inks

In this edition of Executive Dialogue, Tito Echiburu, General Manager of Avient Specialty Inks (formerly PolyOne), talks COVID-19, a corporate name change, and diversity as a company core value. I’m guessing that when you took the job at PolyOne, you never could have imagined we would be in the situation we currently are in? First…

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