Screen Printing T-Shirts And School Spirit-wear For Brooklyn Schools

Screen Printing For Brooklyn Schools:

“School Spirit” apparel has become a staple to most schools located in Brooklyn. They promote unity amongst the student body and are a great

way for schools to raise funds. When is comes to creating school spirit wear you have to always be aware of one key component, Colors. School colors are what differentiate them from each other. The aesthetic for each school can vary from colorful mascots to single color phrases. School shirts are not limited to just Fundraising. There are various occasions when you can show School Spirit. Sports Teams and School Plays can benefit from a touch of unity.
screen printing brooklyn nyAs a Screen Printing company located in Brooklyn we have worked on a lot of School Spirit Designs. We have worked with Various Schools. Including P.S. 214, P.S. 236, I.S. 281 and Mark Twain Middle School to name a few. You will find no better loyalty in a client then working with schools.

screen printing nyc The work we recently did for P.S. 214 involved Heather grey and Red Raglans. We did a matching red for the front and back. The front was the school name arched. With Raglans I find the arch effect helps to center the piece. If you were to do text straight then you would need to be
very conscience of placement. With the arched type you just have to center the top of the arch and you have the image perfectly centered.
The back of these raglans had each student’s name.

Now that winter is coming we have retired most of the t-shirts here in Brooklyn. Hoodies and Sweaters are increasing in demand. For P.S. 236 we have done for them a full graphic front. With Hoodies is is a good Idea to hit the white multiple times. This helps to keep the print smooth and remove any opacity. This design came out very smooth. You often see a large screen printing surge foscreen printing nycr T-shirts right as summer hits and then for Hoodies right around the beginning of fall. So if you stock-up you can plan for that. Some schools do prefer to use a scholarly approach to there “School Spirit”, we have worked with a few schools that like to parody popular designs.

For Mark Twain Middle School we did a design based off of a Popular Run DMC Shirt. The humor in this is that they used RUN CMD. Which if you are as digitally inclined you know is a computer command to bring up the coding menu. The staff had a blast with this one.

If you work for a school and looking for a t-shirt printing company in Brooklyn NYC, we’re here to help!

 

T-Shirts We Are Printing For A Local MMA: Brooklyn MMA T-Shirts For Nick Diaz

Screen Printing Brooklyn Mixed Martial Arts T-shirts: Nick Diaz & Coach Terry Gold

As a young guy living in Brooklyn New York myself, I always enjoy printing shirts for fellow Brooklynites, that’s why whenever we screen print t-shirts for Brooklyn Mixed Martial Arts I tend to get excited.

Two weeks ago I was contacted by Terry Gold, the owner of Brooklyn MMA, and was informed that he is hosting a seminar for Nick Diaz at his Mixed Martial Arts gym in Brooklyn New York. Truthfully I don’t know too much about MMA and have no idea who Nick Diaz is so I had to do a little research. A little Googling lead me to find that he is a professional MMA fighter signed on with the Ultimate Fighting Championship AKA the UFC. Nick Diaz was raised in Stockton CA and is in the Middleweight Devision. Terry mentioned that him and Nick are interested in designing t-shirts that can be sold and signed at this event, and that’s where me and my team come into play. We are a local screen printing company in Brooklyn New York and we are good at what we do! So right away we went into design mode, along with Terry who actually supplied the design idea. The design he came up with is a simple block font in the front reading “Nick Diaz – 718 – Brooklyn MMA” and in the back “Stockton to Brooklyn”. I thought this was a pretty sweet design, it shows how Nick is representing not only his hometown, but also the good old Brooklyn!

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buy now buttonThe seminar with Nick Diaz will be held on November 14th at 8PM at Brooklyn Mixed Martial Arts, located at 5012 Avenue N, Brooklyn NY 11234 (that’s right.. next door to us). You can find out more information about the seminar by visiting Brooklyn MMA online or calling them via phone. The shirts are currently being sold in their gym so hurry up and purchase yours before they run out!

If you are interested in designing and screen printing some shirts for your upcoming event, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are a Brooklyn screen printing company here to serve our community.

 

Screen Printing T-Shirts & Hoodies For Companies In Brooklyn

Screen Printing T-Shirts & Hoodies For Companies Around Brooklyn

Brooklyn is an interesting city, there is so much that goes on here and this is why we love that our screen printing shop is located in Brooklyn. Here at our screen printing shop we meet new people and print jobs for various businesses every day, and we love doing so! One of the best benefits to working in Brooklyn is the diversity of the companies we are able to work with, from contractors, to gyms to sports clubs. We have recently completed two jobs, which we are proud of, for the Aviator Sports Club and Harbor Fitness.

Aviator Sports Club is a complex located on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn New York that kids and adults come to play basketball, football, ice hockey, soccer and many other sports. They also have a youth camp during the summer and plenty of after school activities during the week. Growing up, I always wen to The Aviator, whether it was to play basketball, or just ice skate. Even my high school senior day trip started off at The Aviator, which was lots of fun with all of my classmates. The shirts and hoodies we screen printed for them are pretty basic and not what excited me, a logo in white ink on the left chest and a STAFF in block font screen printed on the back. What excited me was that I was able to work with a client that has been in my life since such a young age.

screen printing brooklyn gym Harbor Fitness, on the other hand, is screen printing brooklyn gyma gym with multiple locations all over Brooklyn. They have locations inPark Slope, Marine Park, Bay Ridge and Mill Basin and are the new leaders in the gym industry. They are celebrating their 25 year anniversary this year which calls for some new custom printed hoodies. We recently screen printed for them hoodies and sweatshirts with a cool 25 year anniversary Harbor Fitness logo on front and an American Flag/Barbell combination on back. As you can see in the image to the right, this is a pretty sweet hoodie and to be honest I would wear it myself. What’s cool about screen printing for Harbor Fitness is that they are located in Brooklyn and all of their merchandise reflects that. Just like our catchphrase is “Brooklyn Screen Printing” their’s is “Brooklyn’s Gym” – representing the Brooklyn borough.

We love to print new jobs and meet new clients day to day, so if you are from Brooklyn and searching online for “screen printing company near me“. Stop searching, you arrived to the right place. our friendly staff and experienced screen printers are here to get the job done for you in a timely manner. Customers service, high quality printing and quick turn around time is our priority!

Keeping Up With The Screen Printing Trends

Screen Printing Trends: Keeping Up

Screen printing must evolve with the times and the location of your business. So keeping up with popular trends is a great way to make yourself noticed. The only challenge is that no one really knows what will become trendy. It’s always a good idea to look around your area and to look at what people are wearing. As a designer it is a great way to come up with new ideas and to see what new techniques others are utilizing.
Foil in printing had become very popular and we stocked up on a lot of gold and silver foil. Then just as suddenly Puff ink became the new popular thing. A trendy Screen printer can attract local business very well. Style is very important to gaining a repeat customer. When you have a customer who returns to get something new being able to help them to get something Screen printed that is more modern makes a great impression on you as a creative.
If you are aware of the media’s effect to create new trends you can prepare for future trends in Screen printing. To give an example, Now, during the Election season is the best time to watch the news. It is not uncommon for candidates to say something and the next day there are dozens of shirts being screen printed about it.screen printing brooklyn t-shirt screen printing nyc t-shirt screen printing pablo t shirt
Trends can also just be useful time saving things you pick up from other screen printers. That is why it is also good to have an establish network around you. The most helpful thing to any Screen printer is the network. There are times of the year where you will have a slowdown in customers. While ideally that should not be the case, it is. But a strong network is helpful in keeping you up to date with what is new. There may be a new ink that performs cleaner and stronger then what you already have. It helps credibility of your business when you have a walk-in or an over the phone conversation and you are asked about a certain garment or technique, and you are better able to explain it to that customer.
Being a Brooklyn based Screen Printing Company we have so many varying styles from Urban to Hipster and all the in between. We have learned to work between the styles. Working with many Urban style companies we have learned more about foiling and Metallic ink. Simple yet Graphic art that screams it’s statement.

Promotional T-Shirt Used For Advertising

Did you recently open a new company, business, or startup? Are you looking for a way to get your name out there?
We’ll what I always suggest to my customers is free branded giveaways and what better to give out than a custom t shirt printed with your logo on it. I always tell my customers, customized t-shirts are like a walking billboard. Imagine you print up 50 shirts and hand them out to people over 50 cities. Now every time that person will walk around that city, your company is being advertised. Now take that and multiply it by the 50 people you gave those t-shirts to, you now have exposure in over 50 (moving) locations!
Now the question is what type of shirt should you get? Should you spend tons of money and get a great quality t-shirt? Pr should you pick the simplest shirt with the most basic print in order to save money? We’ll here is my suggestion, in simple words save money! But it’s a bit more complicated than that. On the one hand you want to save all the money you can – this way you can order the most possible shirts which will allow you to gain the most possible exposure. But on the other hand, you want to get some good quality t-shirts in order to keep your brand reputation up and have people notice your brand. So I think it’s best to choose a good brand shirt that is still affordable, something like the Anvil 980. This shirt is made of a soft style ring spun cotton, this gives off a very soft feeling to the shirt. It also has a very European cut, where the shirt hugs the body rather than being a boxy cut. Then I would print just a single color imprint on both sides of the shirt. This would give off advertisement in the front and rear of the shirt as well.
Hope this helps!
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Screen Printing White Plastisol Ink? How to? Here’s How

Screen Printing White Ink

Whether you are new to the business, or have been printing for 20 years almost all screen printers encounter a white ink problem when printing. Sometimes the ink does not get great coverage, sometimes the ink is too thick and feels bulky, or too thin. The solution to this problem is not related to the press or the even the ink brand, although some brands are better then others. The problem lies within the process of which the white ink is being printed.

The Screen

If you are coating a screen for white ink versus coating a screen for black ink, the process should be different. Black ink is a dark color and therefore does not need multiple hits, or a thick print. On the other hand, white ink is a light color and in order for light colors to look opaque on your shirts they would need to be printed and flashed multiple times. Normally you would print 1-2 hits of white, then flash the garments then print another 1-2 inks – but I have personally had to print-flash-print more than 2 times in my shop because I just wasn’t getting the right coverage. So I decided to do a little research and I found out I was emulsioning screens wrong all along. When making a screen that is being used for white ink, it is important to coat the screens from both side and let it dry. Once the screen is dry you will need to coat the screen once more on the outside (the side that touches the garments), this allows a thicker layer of emulsion on the outside. Once the screen is exposed (you will need to expose for a longer time), you can run your fingers across the outside and feel the opening of the stencil. This method allows for more ink to be laid onto the garment with each stroke, which allows for better coverage.

The Squeegee

It’s important to always keep a sharp squeegee, but when printing white ink it is crucial that your squeegee is sharper than ever. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen blotchy prints come out due to a dull squeegee. You will also have to hold the squeegee at a 80-90 degree angle to allow the corner of the rubber to push the ink through the open mesh. It is also recommended to stand above the squeegee, not behind it – this will reduce the back pains many printers complain about.

Flash

In order to get great coverage screen printing white ink, you must make sure the garment as well as the ink is flashed in between each print. This means that the ink gets to a state where it is not cured yet, but dry enough to allow another layer to be printed above. When one layer is printed over another dry later of white ink, the results are a bright white opaque layer of white ink.

The Garment

Another important thing to look at when trying to get great coverage with white ink is the garment being printed. Sometimes the garments are made of heavyweight material and the ink seeps in much deeper into the fibers. Therefore more ink will need to be deposited in each print in order to get a vivd print. On the other hand, polyester garments requires less layers of ink. This is because the ink does not seep into the material as much.

 

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Check out Ryonet’s blog post on white ink.

Should I Spend The Extra Money On a Softer Better Shirt

When ordering custom shirts customers are always asking for better quality shirts as well as many other questions. But is it really worth it to invest in a better types of garments? The answer to this is really that it depends on what the shirts are being used for.

If you are ordering the t-shirts as a promotional giveaway in effort to advertise your business, then of course the less money spent for the most exposure the better. Therefore pick the cheapest shirt with the least amount of ink colors bring printed on it and save yourself some money. T-shirts are a walk billboard, so regardless of whether or not the shirts are rough, soft, big, or small your message will still get across.

Now if you are trying to start a clothing line or looking to order garments for your retail store, I would definitely suggest to go with a higher quality shirt. At the end of the day we’re all in it to make money, so it is important to look at the numbers associated with the shirts. A customer comes in and places an order for a basic Gildan t-shirt with a 1-color front imprint and tag print on the inside neck area. He pays just about $7-$9 per each t-shirt and can probably retail it for $15, maybe $20 if the brand is already built and there is a demand for the product. On the other hand, take for example a Next Level Apparel or Bella Canvas t-shirt with the same 1-color front and tag print on the inner neck area. You might end up paying closer to $9-$11, but the retail markup is higher because the shirt is a much better and softer feeling shirt. The end user would actually pay more for a higher quality garment, probably around $23-$30 depending on the brand. So in essence, if you are an owner of a retail store, clothing line, or trying to start a line I would most defiantly suggest to try either a Next Level Apparel shirt, or Bella Canvas shirt.

Next time you stop by your local screen printing company, ask them to show you a Next Level Apparel t-shirt and you will see what I mean.

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Printing Images On T-Shirts – Can You Do It?

The simple answer to this question is YES, if the price is right we can do anything! But I will briefly explain the process and suggest what I would do in this case.

If you take a look at a picture you will notice there are an enormous amount of colors in the picture. That is because the picture is printed using a CMYK printer which really just prints dots in either Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black and tricks your eyes into believing there are plenty of colors. This same process can also be done to print images onto t-shirts and other garments.

CMYK Screen PrintingCMYK printing works by arranging the 4 basic colors in different patterns to give an illusion of various different colors. In screen printing it would require 4 screens with a 305 mesh count on them as well as a very accurate registration system. If one of the colors are just the slightest bit off, the print will look way off. In addition, the artwork would need to be separated properly in photoshop with each color in a different halftone angle. This is a long and tedious process, which is why we tell our customers that we require at least 100 shirts ordered for CMYK printing.

Halftone Screen printingWhat I normally suggest to customers is taking the image and converting it into black and white, allowing us to print it in one color with halftones on either a black shirt, or white shirt. The photo can still look realistic, but the process is by far much easier than CMYK printing. What we do is convert the photo into greyscale in Photoshop, then bitmap it into halftones and burn it onto a screen. The halftone comes out onto the screen in the shapes of dots, and the closer the dots are to one another the darker the print will be. As the dots start to further themselves from one another the lighter the print will be, which will allow the shirt color to come through and display the image.

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Questions & Answers: Ordering Custom Printed Apparel

Making money is tough so I always think twice about spending my money. When ordering custom shirts you want to be assured you are going with the right screen printing company – this way your money doesn’t go to waste. Here are some questions an answers we generally hear from our customers when they place an order:

Can I print only 1 shirt? I want to show it around and you will defiantly get another order from me…

Quite simply the answer is no, which is the same answer you will find in most screen printing shops. The reason is because screen printing is a process that is designed to print garments in bulk. Rarely do I ever hear of shops printing 1-6 shirts, especially on multi color jobs. A lot more than just “printing the shirt” goes into making a t-shirt. In fact it involves every part of the printing operation from the screen maker, to the artists to the screen printer.

I want to print a light color ink on a dark colored garment…

To achieve this we are required to add an underbase to the job. This means we actually make a whole other screen just for white ink which is laid down underneath any color. This is required for printing all light color inks on dark colored shirts, for example red ink on black shirts. This will also increase the price by an additional screen and additional print color.

Can I come pick up my order later today?

Contrary to the common belief, most orders are not printed on the same day. To begin, the printing shop will need to order the goods. Whether its a warehouse in New Jersey, New York or Chicago the goods will still take 1-3 days to arrive. Once the goods come in they need to be sorted and prepped for printing. In the meantime the artist needs to prep artwork and the screen maker needs to make screens. These are all processes that take time, therefore jobs take 7-10 days to be completed.

Can you print over the seams? Maybe over the front pocket of a hoodie?

In order to achieve a perfect screen print, the surface being printed must be an even surface. When printing over a seam, or a raised surface the ink generally ends up blotchy and caked up. But the customer is always right and we never say no to our customers. So after letting the customer know that we are not responsible for damages in this case, we will print over seams.

I only have a JPEG file, will this work?

Generally speaking, as long as the file is made of high resolution (300dpi) and not made of plenty of colors we can work with the file. But to achieve a perfect print it is recommended to use a vector file.

Can I supply my own garments? Or do I have to use yours?

Every screen printing shop varies with this. Our shop allows customer to provide their own garments, but we charge a surcharge and warn the customers that we are not responsible for damages.

Hope these Q&A help when you are ready to make an order for some custom tees and remember if you are looking for a screen printing company in Brooklyn, were here to serve!

The Making Of A Screen From Start To Finish

Screen Printing It all seems easy when you come to pick up your order and your shirts are nicely folded in a box with your awesome print facing right side up. But do you know what is really takes to get your design onto your desired garment? Do you know how much work went into it?

Screen Printing Much of the work lies in the screen making process, the process in which a screen maker develops your artwork onto a screen. A screen is made up a silk mesh which is stretched out, really tightly, over a wood, or aluminum frame. We like to use aluminum frames because they do not warp and allow the mesh not to get too loose. If the mesh does eventually get loose, common when printing with automatic presses because of the pressure, the frame can be re-stretched with new mesh. This allows your investment to keep working for you, you buy the screen one and keep using the frame. In addition, you can recycle screens (we call it reclaim) to allow you to use the same screen with numerous different designs on it.

Screen PrintingSo how do screens work you might ask? It’s actually really simple if you break it down and think about it. It starts off with a frame that has mesh stretched over it. The the screen is washed and rinsed off with screen degreaser, this takes off small dust and dirt particles which are sitting on the mesh – kind of like washing the screen with soap to prepare it for the next step. After the screen has dried fully, the screen maker then applied what is called emulsion to the screen. Emulsion is a substance that is applied in a liquid format and is light sensitive, so must be handled in a dark room. It is similar to the material used to develop old films into pictures. The emulsion is pored into a scoop coated and spread over the screen several times on each side to allow an even coat on each side. The screen/s are then set on shelves to dry, so the emulsion can harden and turn into a solid state. After the emulsion is dried, the screen maker then takes the artwork, printed in black ink on transparency sheets, and applies it to the back of the screen in the desired placement. Some shops wing the placement, we use a Trilock registration system by M&R which allows for perfect registration and placement every time. The screen then get shot with a UV light and the areas which have black ink (via the transparency) are not exposed to light. Exposing emulsion to UV light hardens and seals the emulsion onto the screen, while the areas that are not exposed to Screen Printinglight stay in the same state and are rinsed out with water. This rinsing process removes the “unexposed” emulsion and leaves open areas which will eventually allow ink to flow through them. This process is duplicated as many times as needed since it takes one screen for every color in every design.

 

Now you are more aware of the process when you place an order with your local screen printing shop.