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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…

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.…

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.

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…

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…

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.…

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.

Introducing the Low Bleed Podcast

We finally did it!  Low Bleed, the official podcast of IK, is launched and available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify. Our first episode, recorded pre-pandemic, features flat-stock printing legend, Andy MacDougall.  We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed our time recording with “Andy Mac”.

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