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Brand Spotlight: American Apparel

American Apparel was the first company to get soooo many things right.  Fashion fit shirts that are super soft.  American made from top to bottom.  Trendy, cool, hip...almost perfect.  However, the CEO was a sleeze.   Then they got rid of him.  Their brand brings the softest and bestest fitting shirts on the market.  The most impressive aspect of American Apparel is how well their garments screen print.  Here's why:


When searching for the best fabrics for screen printing, it’s not necessarily the weight of the fabric that matters, but the knit. Our fabrics are softer and higher in quality than our competitors’ because we use a higher count of longer, more desirable fibers in our thread, which we then weave tighter to produce a finer knit.
— http://www.americanapparel.net/wholesaleresources/screenprinting/

If the price of the screen printed shirts fits your budget, we highly recommend American Apparel.  Stop by the shop to see some samples and you'll see why.

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The real cost of screen printing

I’m going to get real with you.  We have accounts with shirt vendors which allows us to order shirts on the cheap.  Compared to retail prices, our wholesale prices would probably make your jaw drop.  So you may be asking yourself, “Well then why the heck do I have to pay so much for my screen printed shirt?”  Good question.  Just for fun (well, fun for me) I thought I’d try and list the time and costs that go into the price of screen printed shirts.  From beginning to end, let the “Great experiment begin!”

1.  Quoting the job

  • Email/phone call correspondence
  • Locating the perfect shirt style and fit.
  • Calculating cost per shirt based on printing variables.
  • COSTS: Labor, Internet and phone service, electricity, printer paper

 2.  Taking the order

  • Filling out the order form
  • Inputing order into invoice software
  • Sending invoice/printout order for the shop
    • COSTS: Labor, Internet and phone service, invoice software, electricity, printer paper

 3.  Ordering the goods

  • COSTS: Labor, Internet and phone service

4.  Artwork

  • COSTS: Labor, Internet service, Adobe products service

5.  Receiving the goods

  • Checking in and counting each piece received
    • COSTS: Labor

 6.  Screen Prep

  • Emulsion Screens
  • Print off transparancies 
  • Line up artwork to be burned
  • Burn screens
  • Allow for dry time
  • Prepping screen
    • COSTS: Labor, emulsion, transparencies, electricity, water, tape

  

 

7.  Presstime

  • Setting up the job
    • COSTS: Labor, pallet tape, spray adhesive, on-press cleaner, sharpies, cleaning rags, scotch tape

 

8.  Cleanup

  • Take down the screens
  • Clean out ink
  • Remove tape
  • Remove emulsion from screen
  • Dehaze screen
  • Degrease screen
  • Rinse screen
    • COSTS: Labor, press cleaner, emulsion remover, dehazer, degreaser, electricty, water.

 

Now for the other costs:

Rent, payroll costs, equipment, maintenance, advertising, security system, refuse and recycling service, paper towels, toilet paper, pencils and pens, ink, batteries…

Okay,  I know I’ve left some things out, but hopefully this paints a better picture of the work, time, and money that goes into screen printing even one shirt, let alone 5000.  We’ll always do our best to find a happy balance of low cost shirts and well-paid employees.  

Inspiration: Sam Larson

One time I screen printed a poster using an illustration from a collection of old Lincoln newspapers that I had collected from the late 1800's.  I had a friend purchase that poster.  She later showed me a picture of my poster hanging between two pieces from Sam Larson.  That moment may have been the pinnacle of my career.  My poster was the meat in a Sam Larson art sandwich.  Trust me, it was an honor.

Sam Larson is humble, never-ceasing, artist that takes the most simple of things and makes them wonders.  His choice of minimal and unique mediums keeps me on the edge of my instagram seat each and every day.  Also, he loves pizza, mountains, his stocking hat, and occasionally drawing things really, really, small.  Thanks Sam for sharing your work.  Find him on instagram.  Follow him forever.

https://www.instagram.com/samlarson/

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LINCOLN Spotlight: Lied Center Presents "Puddin' and the Grumble"

At Screen Ink, we believe shirts are more than shirts.  Shirts are wearable pieces of art that speak identity, humor, style, brand, cause, and awareness.  When the Lied Center approached us about a recent project supporting an upcoming musical that brings awareness to child hunger here in Lincoln, it was an honor and a pleasure to get right to work.  Lincoln continues to prove itself to be a caring community full of people that work endlessly to help their neighbors.  We love LNK!

Puddin' and the Grumble is a creative musical with original screenplay crafted by Becky Boesen.  We are proud of the awareness Becky and her cast have created as they spotlight the daily struggles of children suffering in school from chronic hunger.  

Told through the eyes of a plucky 5th grader, PUDDIN’ AND THE GRUMBLE takes an unconventional approach to addressing childhood hunger...join Puddin’ and her trusty purple llama Wuzzlebutt on their heartbreaking and hilarious journey.
— http://www.beckyboesen.com

If you act fast, there are still tickets available that can be purchased here:

http://www.liedcenter.org/event/puddin-and-grumble

Meet Wuzzlebutt.  He looks majestic on this Next Level 100% Ringspun cotton t-shirt.