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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…

Good Trick: How to Keep Track of Your Roller Frames

We use Newman Roller Frames and have always had trouble keeping track of what mesh is on them. “Permanent” marker is erased after a few screen washes. You can’t etch the metal as the mesh on any frame might eventually change.  A tip of the proverbial cap to Erik at Saati for this trick We…

Industry Comes Together for Atlantic City Community

Ink Kitchen went old school into the future at the Impressions Expo in Atlantic City. We did some great live poster printing, in keeping with analog hand-done artwork being more and more appreciated in a world filling up with digital work. Recent shows indicate how our industry can go into a community and make a…

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…

Ikonics: Case Study on Screenprinting Trends

A visit to Ikonics (Chromaline) illustrates some trends in the screenprinting world:   1. The screenprinting world is splitting into high tech and automation versus DIY, side hustle, small crafty shops. 2. The screenprinting world is consolidating. Kornit bought Tesoma. Alpha bought NES, Broder and other distributors. Gildan bought Comfort Colors, American Apparel and Alstyle.…

Protecting Your Profits

Tax season is coming up soon and there’s a lot of misleading business advice flying around on social media, so we asked Tyrone Gregory  @TheSelfEmployedTaxGuy  and Stan Banks  @StanBanks  to join us in a Shop Talk about Protecting Your Profits. Nothing is certain but death and taxes, so keep your books in order and make…

Water-Based Printing Tips and Tricks

We gathered some of the most knowledgable water-based screen printers in the country for this Shop Talk on printing with water-based inks. Val and Eric Solomon of Night Owls, Danny Gruninger of DG Consulting and Tony Palmer of PalmPrint Screen Printing Consulting shared their expertise with the crowd at Impressions Expo Long Beach and our…

AI Comes to Shopify

If you run Shopify stores as part of your business, you’ll probably see a new feature the next time you create a product. “Autowrite” will generate product descriptions for you based on a list of features and key words. It will even adjust the tone of your prose. I gave it a try with a…

Los Angeles Apparel Tour

I had a great tour of  Los Angeles Apparel in Downtown Los Angeles. With barely any notice they gave me the run of the place and let me talk to anyone. Their claims of making all their shirts and treating their workers with respect are ABSOLUTELY true. Even after many years in a somewhat volatile…

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Garment Decoration

Is AI a tool or a threat to a creative business? It depends on how you chose to look at it. In this Shop Talk we had Michelle Moxley, Innovation Director at  @MRPrintingEquipment  , and Dave Gardner from  @GildanCorp  discussing the pros and cons of using AI in your art workflow. This talk was based on Michelle’s…

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