To make the process of ordering screen printing as awesome as possible for both you and your printer, there are three tools we recommend that all printing clients have on hand. And our list might surprise you.
1. A Pantone Matching System (PMS) formula guide.
Pantone guides can be a bit on the pricey side, but if you are getting ready to drop a lot of dough on screen printing your precious designs, it’s probably worth the investment. Pantone Formula Guides run about $100 new, but you can usually find them used on eBay or Craigslist for about $50.
For those of you who are already confused — Pantone is THE world authority on color. Since the 1960s, its matching system has been standardizing colors throughout the art world. More than 1,500 colors each have a number assigned to them (e.g., PANTONE 185 C) to help artists communicate their color visions to printers, which is their ultimate purpose. Because the color callibration of computer monitors all differs a little bit, this system makes sure we can all stay on the same page. Continue reading…
Last Thursday night at the print shop was awesome. Thanks to everyone who came out, and especially to I Am The Trend, who hosted this amazing video podcast. I know it’s an hour long, but there’s a lot of useful info in it, like…
All about Storenvy’s next big website launch, which will be coming in a month. (I revealed lots of secrets about the system that you can only hear if you watch!)
How to run a successful T-shirt company — how much money to start with, how many shirts to print, how to promote yourself, product photos, customer service, etc. Good stuff from Tim at about 16:00.
Tips on tee printing for bands.
Iain schooling everyone on screenprinting at about 41:00. (Half-tones: Let Threadbird do them for you! Pantone numbers: Iain knows them all by heart.)
My food cravings right now.
From left to right in the video are Craig and Tim from Assault (they publish some great tutorials, check them out), Adam from I Am The Trend, me, and Beau from IATT. Jumping in later are Jud from ShirtFight and Iain, who runs the Threadbird print shop. (Sorry that it starts with me rambling, but someone forgot to hit the record button earlier.)
Last month, we entered our first two screen printing contests ever — and won First Place in both!
The first contest, put on by One Stop Inc. (a basic apparel provider) and sponsored by Anvil, awarded us First Place in the “Multi-Colored Screen Printing on Dark Garments” category for a shirt we printed for Zombie Liquorice.
The second contest, put on by TSC Apparel (a basic apparel company that also owns Tultex), awarded us First Place in the same category for a shirt we printed for our BFFs, Stereo Bear.
We already knew our stuff was top-of-the-line — but wow! We are truly flattered. Thanks so much to everyone involved.
To celebrate March Madness in the t-shirt world this year, our friends at I Am The Trend kicked off some bracket play of their own to let people vote for their favorite t-shirt companies. 64 teams were randomly seeded and announced on March 12.
The bracket is now down to the Final Four, where two of the four contenders use Threadbird for their printing! Vote now for our homies Assault Shirts (up against Full Bleed) and Arkaik (up against KKBB Apparel).
Threadbird has donated $150 worth in printing credit to the winners of Tee Madness, and each of the Top 4 companies take home a nice bounty.