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!
The 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
So 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 light 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.