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Web Wednesday–Mike Thompson

When it comes to illustration especially on wearables, there are two things that truly separate the elite from everyone else–composition and execution. In the early 2000’s I had the privilege of working with someone who is a master at both, Mike Thompson. Mike headed up the tee shirt division of Ecko Unlimited and I was…

I Heart Custom Packaging

I love custom packaging projects for a few reasons: It’s a source of revenue that does not require huge capital investment Each project is a unique challenge I love to see the creativity inspired within our team when handling such challenges Today we did a packaging project on a self promo piece which is part…

Misprint Monday – Repurposing in Style

All misprints are not created equal. The lovely and talented Vivian Shibata, who runs the Amnesty International merchandise program, took a shirt with a slight defect and turned it into an ensemble at the recent AI Human Rights Conference. A few deft cuts and some stitching and she turned a regular crewneck shirt into her…

Impresión De Estilo Desgastado

Pienso que la impresión de estilo desgastado no se puede considerar una moda. Cuando algo se mantiene el tiempo suficiente se convierte en un standard. Al pensar en esto traté de recordar la primera vez que ví algo impreso en ese estilo. Recuerdo que Gap y Old Navy lo hacían a mediados y finales de…

Positively Posicharge

When our buddy Mark Bailey of Sanmar first mentioned that they would be releasing a new performance fabric known as Posicharge which would eliminate the need for low-bleed inks, I was dubious.  A couple of weeks ago we had a chance to work with this product in production.  IT WORKS! Sanmar produced a nice little video…

Distressed Won’t Die

I think that “distressed” printing can no longer be considered a fad.  When something sticks long enough it becomes a standard.  Upon thinking about this I tried to remember the first time I came across a distressed print.  I remember Gap and Old Navy doing a lot in the mid to late ’90’s, but I’m…

Throwback Thursday– Mavericks and Such

Twelve years ago in March I was labeled a “Maverick” by Counselor Magazine. Interestingly, my partner in crime here at the Ink Kitchen Tom Davenport was named as one of the 25 Hottest Movers and Shakers in the industry in April of this year by that same Counselor magazine. Here’s the Counselor piece about Tom http://www.asipublications.com/counselor/Awards/content.aspx?id=1218…

Web Wednesday – Boston We Stand Together

https://www.facebook.com/bostonwestandtogethershirt We are selling shirts and with the generosity of Jakprints, Indiemerch.com, Hanes and Mirror Image employees, we can give 100% of the price (not of the profit, of the entire purchase price) to two charities that work with folks that need prosthetic limbs. At the site you can buy the shirts for find links…

Innovators Gonna Innovate (With Highly Confidential Proprietary Process Photos)

This progressive print is one of our “Award-Winning” prints, named first in an April contest. Motion Textile and Mirror Image combined skills to create this Uber print, a real metaphysical marvel, a post-modern achievement. The radius of the Circular Pattern was particularly of note to the judges, as was the prodigious Quality and Quantity of…

Misprint Monday – Intentional Mess

We have tried many tests on garments in the life of our company, but I think today we tried the craziest test on a garment we have ever tried. A customer wants to know, does corn starch stick to 100% polyester shirts? The answer is yes. Somebody that works for us just came in the…

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