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Screen Printing CrossFit T-Shirts & Other Gear

Screen Printing CrossFit T-Shirts & Other Apparel

CrossFit is a type of workout routine that has been trending in the recent years and largely grown as well. Everywhere I turn I see another CrossFit, especially in New York. Currently we screen print CrossFit t-shirts, tank tops and hoodies for many CrossFit gyms around Brooklyn New York, but also around the world and I love doing so!

Why I love screen printing CrossFit t-shirts?

First of all, I love printing t-shirts for all customers – so don’t get me wrong here. But in regards to CrossFit gear you have to look at who will be wearing the merchandise. I have to say that I have never seen a niche so excited over their gear and so supportive over the gear. We screen print for many gyms all over and I don’t see any gym that sells as much merchandise as I see when we print for CrossFit gyms. That is because the members are very supportive and love to rock the gear. If you look at CrossFit Steed located in Brooklyn for example, we designed some nice raglan t-shirts for them for their 1 year anniversary They listed it on their website and literally overnight they sold it to over 100 members! I see this over an over again with several other CrossFit gyms we screen print for.

CrossFit merchandise and types of garments:

Over the years, printing for a certain niche you tend to learn a lot about them in regards to what they do and do not like. What I have learned about CrossFit members is that they LOVE to order Triblend t-shirts. I am not sure if it is because it absorbs sweat well, or doesn’t shrink to much, but they love it. We’ve printed for CrossFit gyms in Brooklyn New York, Queens New York even printed for gyms in Thailand and Israel and they always choose the Triblend shirts.

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For the CrossFit gym when they sell shirts to their members, they not only advertise but also fundraise in a way. Figure they order a shirt from their screen printing company at $7-$10 per shirt and sell it for $20 to each member. They can make almost $1,000 for 100 members, which is awesome money! So because they know their members love to wear the gear, they always come up with new designs and new ideas. This way the members are always buying the new merchandise.

How can you go about ordering custom CrossFit T-Shirts?

It’s pretty simple actually. If you own a CrossFit gym you want to first come up with a design, or idea based on your gym’s theme. I’ve seen a lot of designs based on barbells, cattle bells and horses, all are related to power and strength. The next step would be to find a screen printing company that prints custom CrossFit t-shirts and apparel.  Simply go to Google and type in Screen Printing Companies Near Me, look through the results and I am sure that one of those companies can handle your job. After that, let them mock it up for you on a line-sheet, this way you can post it around in your gym and online. This will allow you to collect preorders and save money when ordering. Place your order, wait a little bit of time to allow the gear to be printed, and Walla you have some CrossFit gear!

Screen Printing NYC T-Shirts For A Retail Store In Manhattan

Screen Printing NYC T-Shirts: Retail Stores

If you are a screen printer, or looking to enter into the screen printing industry, a good place to start off is with retail stores. The reason I say this is because retail stores, if they are successful, order many SKUs and constantly order. It can be once a week five different t-shirt designs and 144 pieces of each, or can be once a month 5 SKUs and 1,000 pieces of each. Either way, I don’t have to tell you that it is a great business and retail stores are great customers. There are some upsides and some downsides when selling to retail stores though.

When you are selling t-shirts, or even other apparel to retail stores you might come across some obstacles along the process. To start, if the store is part of a chain and has many stores in the chain you will be facing the pricing problem. You might regularly sell a t-shirt with a single color print for $5-$7 and now they want is for $4-$5 per shirt. With a price cut like that one must think twice if they really want to cut into that market. Another obstacle might be production time on order. Larger companies and chain stores usually put a cancel day on the purchase orders, where if the goods are not shipped by this date don’t ship them at all! You might normally take 7-10 days to complete and order for your customers, now they tell you they need their PO’s completed within 5-6 days. In addition to price cut and turn around time, you will sometimes get the customer who wants his goods packed and shipped a certain way, a way that is way different than you are currently shipping orders. They can tell you that they want the order split into 10 cases for example and each case will have 24 t-shirts in a certain size breakdown. They might also want you to apply their shipping label on the outside of each carton in order for their receiving process to become more streamline. These are all reasons why screen printers might have to think twice about working with larger chains and retail stores.

screen printing nyc t shirtOn the other hand, you will be getting LOTS of orders and these order will be consistent. It might be that on your slow months, typically it is slow for screen printers between December and February, might turn into your best months. Remember, stores do not work on the same schedule as schools and organizations do, so where schools are off for winter break in December, a store might need to place order with you in order to have their t-shirts in stock for the holiday season. Some retail stores might start out ordering small and might explode into ordering larger amounts after just a few years in business, like Nothing Too Fancy. Another upside to working with retail stores might be an opportunity to put your brand onto the market. You might have a brand that you are trying to sell or promote, but it is impossible to find customers who would buy it. Let the retail do the work of getting the customer, while you take on the job of getting the t-shirts printed.

Here is a little something we are currently screen printing for a retail store in Manhattan New York. It’s a pretty simple and elegant design that is now being displayed in front of millions of people and is constantly being reordered by the retailer. Our screen printing company in NYC has a great design staff and a wonderful team to print the merchandise. We invite you to reach out to us if you are in the retail industry, or just want to get shirts into your store.

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!

 

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!

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!

Screen Printing – How to make sure ink will not come off in the wash

The most common question and concern we get from our customers is “how do I know this wont come off in the wash?”, or “Please use the good ink, the last printer didn’t and the ink came off in the wash”. Little do they know, this has nothing to do with using good inks, bad ink or different brand inks. What they don’t know is the issue of ink peeling is off is directly related to how the garment is cured.

screen printingCuring inks is the process at which the plastisol ink, made of of PVC and plasticizer, is chemically bonded to the natural garment fibers. This process is also sometimes called fusion. The way to to cure inks is generally the same on almost all types of plastisol inks, heat the ink up (on all layers) to about 325-350 degrees Fahrenheit using a conveyor dryer. At this temperature a chemical reaction occurs which fuses, or bonds the ink into the fibers of the garments and permanently secures the ink onto the garments. Once this chemical reaction takes place and the ink is considered “cured” it would be nearly impossible for the ink to comes off in the wash, peel off or scratched off the shirt.

screen printingThere are two major tests which most screen printers use in order to determine if plastisol ink is cured. The first and most common method used is what screen printers call the “stretch test”. The stretch test consists of the print-master running the shirt through the conveyor dryer and let them cool off for a bit. Once the shirt is cooled off the print-master stretches the fabric just enough so that the ink can stretch as well. If the ink cracks more than 20% it means that the ink is not cured and most defiantly will come off in the washing machine.

The second and least common test would be to run the shirt through a few washing machine cycles. Ink that is not cured will come off within the first 1-2 cycles, but if the ink stays on the shirt and does not crack – you are good to go.

When a customer orders his/her batch of customized garments, they always want to be assured that their money is not going to waste. Many times they ask about the ink coming off in the wash and it is smart to educate them and inform them of how you dry your shirts. Also it would be a good idea to show them samples of previous items printed which were put through multiple wash cycles and stretch tested.  This will give them the reassurance needed to trust you as their local screen printing company.