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8 Tips to Custom Screen Printing Your Promotional Apparel

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Thu, May, 10, 2012 @ 13:05 PM

What is screen printing? Screen printing is the method for transferring an image onto fabric using a mesh fabric stencil stretched over a frame. It's a great way to create uniforms, logo shirts and just about any kind of promotional shirt you need. There are a few things you need to know about custom screen printing before you dive in.

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Topics: screen printing, promotional apparel, Custom Screen Printing

Screen Print Art Show & Beer Tasting to Benefit MS Society

Posted by Tara Zanzig on Wed, Apr, 25, 2012 @ 11:04 AM



What's better than screen printed posters and beer? Screen printed posters and beer for a good reason.

Screens 'N' Suds began in 2009 as a collaboration between Brian Gearing, Sam Verrill and Ric Hersh. The yearly beer and screen print poster event started out in Richmond, Va and is making it's debut in Chicago with the help of Andrew Lautner and Matt Herakovich. All proceeds from Screens 'N' Suds table along with door donations go to The National MS Society.

The timing couldn't be more perfect. Chicago's beer inspired art show and tasting will be on the eve of the infamous Dark Lord Day. Expect to see prints from the likes of Pollock Prints, Screwball Press, and more of your favorite Chi-town poster artists. Sharprint will be printing up some t-shirts designed especially for the event. Breweries representing will be Goose Island, Metropolitan, and Breckenridge for starters.

There's more folks...check this out:
For the week leading up to the event, stop in Nightwood Restaurant for special plates that will also benefit MS Society. If you haven't been there - now is the perfect opportunity. Soooo delicious.

Here's the skinny on the art show & tasting:
Friday, April 27 from 6-11
@ Pilsen Social Club
1804 South Racine - 4th Floor
$5 suggested donation
DJ Pikel Per

Come on out. Drink some beer. Get some art. 

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T-Shirt Printing Popular Trends

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Tue, Apr, 24, 2012 @ 13:04 PM

T-shirt printing has been around for some time now. Over the past few decades, the printing of t-shirts has show us many different types of trends and styles. In one of our previous article's “The History of T-Shirt Printing” we talked about how technological innovations have brought the t-shirt to where it is today. In this article, we talk about where the t-shirt trend is now, and how it relates to the process of printing.

With multiple colors & designs when using screen-printing and embroidery techniques, custom t-shirt printing can offer a variety of options. Fashion & clothing trends are changing all the time, sometimes as quickly as overnight. For example, “Casual Friday” was a popular trend within organizations that began 10 to 15 years ago. Now the casual movement has grown to include the entire work-week. The easy to wear apparel formerly reserved for weekends is now allowed every day in companies of all sizes nationwide. 

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Topics: T-Shirt Printing, Custom T-Shirt Printing

Staying Positive When Everyone Wants You To Be Negative

Posted by Zach Corn on Wed, Apr, 11, 2012 @ 09:04 AM

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Interview with Designer Julie Pinzur on Design & Inspiration

Posted by Tara Zanzig on Wed, Apr, 04, 2012 @ 09:04 AM


If you aren’t familiar with the work of Julie Pinzur or Mokuyobi Threads, it’s likely you will be in the near future. We scored an interview with Julie, founder of Mokuyobi Threads, to gain some insight into how she thinks and works. Her creations are clever and bright, refreshing and completely original. Go figure - so is she. 

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Topics: Julie Pinzur

The History of T-Shirt Printing

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Tue, Apr, 03, 2012 @ 10:04 AM

The printed t-shirt is so much a part of modern life that most people don’t stop to consider its history. Printed t-shirts, however, did not just fall out of the sky; they came into existence through impressive technological innovations. The garment itself was originally intended to be a man’s undergarment, to be worn under his military uniform or suit. Soldiers and sailors serving during WWII would frequently wear nothing but a shirt and their uniform trousers when off-duty or during especially hot or dirty work days. The t-shirt as a stand-alone garment gained popularity among civilians in the years following the war. 

Textile printing has a much longer history than the t-shirt. The oldest and most time-consuming method of textile printing is woodblock printing. This dates to 3rd century China and relies on a relief design carved into a block of wood, which is then dipped into ink and pressed onto the fabric. Other less labor-intensive techniques were developed during the Renaissance and through the Industrial Revolution.  

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Topics: T-Shirt Printing, t-shirt design size, t-shirt screen print

Creative Chicago Expo: Sharprint Represents

Posted by Zach Corn on Wed, Mar, 28, 2012 @ 11:03 AM

***We're proud to announce the winner of our FREE printed t-shirt raffle! Drum roll...... Laura Joy of Filament Theatre! Congrats Laura - we look forward to printing up some shirts for you!

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Topics: Chicago Creative Expo

Eco-Friendly Apparel Cheat Sheet [Free Download]

Posted by Tara Zanzig on Tue, Mar, 20, 2012 @ 07:03 AM

More and more consumers are opting for products that are less harmful to, even beneficial for our natural world than ever before. In many cases, this choice comes at a higher ticket price. It is no surprise that more and more businesses are evaluating their processes and products to meet this demand.

The most obvious place to start for an apparel decorator is with the clothing itself. We've developed a quick reference guide for distinguishing the difference between sustainable, organic and recycled fabrics along with the leading eco-friendly substrates and their advantages.

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Spring 2012 Clothing Fashion Trends and Colors

Posted by Tara Zanzig on Thu, Mar, 15, 2012 @ 12:03 PM

As the seasons change, so do people's fashion needs and desires.  Spring 2012 sees some new directions in clothing trends, especially in the areas of screen printed apparel and all-over prints.  People in fashion-forward industries can use these trends to inform color choices, fit and graphics for their latest designs.


One of the key sources for international clothing trends is New York Fashion Week.  The 2012 installment of this event is not just about gowns and suits.  More casual separates and knitwear show up in nearly every designer's line.  This year saw many designers using floral, flower and petal prints on their separates.  For example, Proenza Schouler had all-over prints of pop art florals in stunning tropical colors of aqua and lemon.  Alexander Wang went Goth with black, white and gray flowers on knitwear. Thakoon's Bollywood-style shirts, vests and pants in abstracted flowers and oversize paisley prints had dazzling color combinations of pink and orange, and gold and turquoise.  Jason Wu's Graffiti-inspired prints of spray painted petals were pure street; while J. Crew went feminine and flirty with tunic T-shirts.  The shirts hugged the torso and flounced at the waist, featuring all-over aqua and indigo Impressionist prints of flowers.  

This year's clothing trends aren't just about flowers. Mod and ethnic color-blocking is huge for Spring 2012.  You can go brilliant with complementary colors such as yellow and blue, or more bohemian chic with bold squares and diamonds in brown, copper, gold, ivory and tangerine.  Fitted T-shirts are still in, so consider a long, bodice-hugging style in retro Beatnik black-and-white stripes, or an all-over animal print such as zebra stripes or giraffe spots.

For something dressier than a crew neck or V-neck T-shirt, consider a polo shirt with an allover print.  Spring 2012 runways have seen all permutations of prints, from old school preppie plaid to abstract shapes.  Larger format images that cover the entire front of the shirt are also popular.  Think wildlife graphics or, for the skater in you, giant skulls and crossbones.  

Another fun look in the Spring clothing trends is nautical prints.  Oceans and waves, abstracted or photo-realistic, show up in all-over prints as well as borders and details.  Bring in the tropics with images of palm leaves, palm trees, coral reefs and vivid flowers.  Bubble skirts may be out, but bubble imagery looks otherworldly on a gauzy top.  It looks like a sunny forecast for Spring fashion.

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Topics: fashion trends, Clothing Fashion Trends

4 Advantages When Working With A Full Service Screen Printer

Posted by Tara Zanzig on Wed, Mar, 14, 2012 @ 13:03 PM

No matter if you are a small business that needs five uniforms a year or a huge promotional company that needs thousands of garments printed every month, its to your advantage to use a full service screen printer.  Apparel decoration is a customization business and every project has a set of unique variables. At the very least, working with a printer that has the capability to fulfill all aspects of the decorated apparel business guarantees that you can rest assured that your printers will be able to properly react to unforeseen issues.

Full service screen printers have the capability to simply print your graphics on your goods or build your project from the ground up, choosing and ordering your goods, designing graphics, running separations, printing, shipping and more.  These businesses are prepared to provide services and products that you might not even know you need for your newest project.  Here are just a few of the advantages of working with a full service printer:

1.  Goods

Suddenly need a few hooded sweatshirts to add onto your order of printed tees?  Don’t scramble. Your full service printer can get them for you and have them delivered right to the production floor.  Have no idea what kind of jackets would be best for your project?  A full service screen print shop can help point you exactly were you need to go.  Full service printers can get you exactly what you need quickly, whether its two purple American Apparel Deep V Necks or 100,000 red polo shirts.


2.  Dedicated Customer Service, a.k.a Insiders

We’ve all got a lot on our plates these days so if you’re using a full service screen printer there’s a lot less to worry about.  Insiders watch over every aspect of your orders.  From making sure that you get the best price on a quote and approving the first print off the line to ensuring that everything gets shipped out on time and checking on each step in between.  Your insider has got it all under control.

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Topics: screen printing, Screen Printer, screen print

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