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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.  

Building a Bicycle Delivery Trailer

We've been wanting a trailer to tow around for local deliveries for a while now. I finally pulled the trigger on a sun-bleached and weathered old In-Step kids trailer for a whopping $25 and stripped it down.

We snapped a couple photos of our process. Have a look!

Here's the frame with a wooden interior frame we created and mounted in place.

Here's the stripped down frame with our wooden interior framework.

Then we cut down some scrap wood strips for the top surface.

After a dry fit, we gave these pieces a light sand and coated and sealed them with a couple coats of Minwax.

Once dry we mounted the top surface and threw a little trim on the end to help hold cargo.

Boom, done. Our next addition is constructing some side walls and we'll be ready for spring!

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.  

Printing for: The Hub Cafe in Lincoln, NE

It is certainly an honor to partner with The Hub Cafe.  Within walking distance of Screen Ink, we've already enjoyed its fabulous food and drink.  The setup inside is cozy and beautiful.  Below are some pics we took on our first visit and we are excited to take many more trips for its fantastic locally sourced food and drink.  Here's a link to their facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/HubCafeLincoln/

 


How to choose the right blend

How to choose the right blend

I’ll never forget the first time I put on a tri-blend shirt (pretend you are reading this in the voice ofJ. Peterman from Seinfeld)  The year was 2007. That July was exceptionally hot as if the sun had pulled the orbit of the earth light years closer.  I had been working in the back of our old studio printing all day and had sweat through everything I had.  Just before hopping on my bike to meet some friends for Happy Hour at Lazlos, I reached into our extra stock bin and grabbed an American Apparel Tri-blend Track Tee listed on page 76 of our catalog...