Archive: November 2017

Hanukkah Team Names

Gearing up for your Hanukkah celebration? Unite your whole group in custom Hanukkah shirts, hats, and more for your big event. Whether you’re preparing for your synagogue Chanukah service or have a holiday-themed event or competition, we’ve got the gear for you! Need some inspiration? Check out our Hanukkah team names below. If you see a name that makes you light up, customize some of our t-shirts for your whole team.

Hanukkah Team Names

Eight Days Eight Nights

Light it Up

Crispy Latkes

Gelt Together

Maccabees

Hebrew Crew

Temple Team

Down With Dreidels

Menorah Mavens

Oiled Up

Ink of the Week Winners

“RUSON Community Outreach Wears Pink To Find a Cure!!” and “Loving Logan” are the winners of this week’s Ink of the Week contest!

The Rutgers School of Nursing Community Outreach Committee is no stranger to IRON ON STICKER. For years they’ve ordered custom t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, and water bottles, all displaying differet designs for the school’s program. Recently, the group attended the AVON 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer to cheer on the men and women participating in vibrant, pink tie-dye shirts. Every time they wear this apparel, they are raising awareness for an important cause.

To support little Logan during and after his open heart surgery, friends and family purchased custom t-shirts – designed by his mother – through the Custom Ink Group Order Form. The unique design featured words of encouragement, friends, and family in the shape of a heart. What a wonderful way to show love and support!

How To: Get Your T-Shirts Reviewed by a T-Shirt Blog

Of course, there are never any guarantees. But speaking from my own experience (as both a t-shirt blogger and a t-shirt entrepeneur), here are some things to keep in mind when you get in touch with a t-shirt blog about your own awesome t-shirt designs:

1) Most of us don’t get paid for this. We do it for fun! We can’t review everything, and we can’t like everything. There are a lot of t-shirt blogs out there, and each blogger has different tastes. We Bonanziers happen to prefer images over text, and we don’t really go for the whole streetwear thing. But that’s just us! So how should you know which bloggers to contact? Read their blog! See what they like. Getting a feeling for what a blogger likes and their style of communication will help you immensely.

Another side of not getting paid for t-shirt blogging is that it competes for our free time, so emails can sometimes slip through the cracks. If you don’t receive a reply, don’t take it personally! You might as well try emailing again with a friendly, personal reminder.

2) We want information. Just saying ‘Hey, check out these cool new tees!’ doesn’t pique my interest as much as some interesting factoids about you, your company, your vision, whatever. It’s not that I want to publish what you tell me word for word, it’s that if I like your work, I’ll probably want to know more about you! On the other hand, some blogs will publish a brief blurb that you send them, so figuring that out before you contact a t-shirt blog is a good idea.

3) Imitation is boring. This has two implications: I see a lot of t-shirts, and if what you’re doing doesn’t set itself apart in some way, I’m less inclined to give it a second thought. I also read a lot of t-shirt blogs (last I checked, I’m reading over 50 feeds), and we like to be original and unique, too! So when you contact us, if you offer us something special (like some extra information that you didn’t give to other people, and advance notice of something ahead of everybody else, a unique coupon code, etc.) we’re more likely to shower you with praise.

4) Free t-shirts aren’t golden rings. That is, offers of free gear don’t guarantee you a review (with me, at least). I only enjoy writing about things I like, and I only enjoy wearing t-shirts that I like, so if you want to send some free swag over this way, that’s great! But if I like what you’re doing, I’ll blog about it anyway. Which isn’t to say that freebies aren’t nice, but my favorites are tokens of appreciation for something I’ve written about in the past. Just make sure you’re not pouring all your profits into free things for others!

5) We aren’t robots. We have feelings! When I get an email for a t-shirt review request, I like to see my name and something indicating that you’ve read my blog. If I feel like I’m just some free advertising for your company, I don’t feel very happy. So build a relationship with t-shirt bloggers (order custom iron on transfer). Leave comments on their posts with your own opinion, or a question, or something interesting and/or insightful. If you enter a website in the URL field when you leave a comment here, chances are I’ll check it out and maybe even blog about it before you contact me.

But I like to think that a relationship is more important than minor SEO improvements, so when leaving a comment do it under your name or your company’s name, not ‘The Funniest T-Shirts Ever!’ I don’t want to talk to The Funniest T-Shirts Ever!, I want to talk to you as a person.

Well, that’s about it from me… I know other t-shirt bloggers have guides with advice on getting your t-shirts reviewed, so you should look for one of those before contacting them. If you contact me, I guarantee to put a link to your site in our weekly roundup, but the above will help you get a full feature post about your products. ‘About’ and ‘Contact’ sections often have relevant info as well that can also help you start a conversation; because a genuine conversation is infinitely better than a press release and an attached picture.

5 T-shirt Design Tips for Summer 2017

London UK: The short sleeve season is upon us once again and we are here to give you some t-shirt design tips for our favourite time of year. We print t-shirts all year round but summer is obviously a boom time for t-shirt printing with summer events and festivals needing merchandise or groups of lads getting hilariously customised clothing for their big summer trip to Zante. Deciding on the right design and printing technique will directly correlate to how cool you will look this summer and how fun your holiday or event will be. So pay heed to these 5 T-shirt design tips:

Put a filter on it
If you like your Instagram pictures to look like they were taken in the 70’s then you might like some t-shirt design tips that create the same look for your tees. No filters or hashtags needed here, just innovative t-shirt printing. There are two ways of achieving this look, which one is best for you, depends on the artwork you want to print. The first technique you can use is screen printing, but this will only work onto colour t-shirts with a one colour design without a base layer. The other way is to manipulate your design to look vintage and then print that onto whatever colour t-shirts take your fancy using direct to garment printing.

The costs and breakdowns for these techniques will differ depending on the quantity of t-shirts you want to print so it is best to consult a printing advisor before deciding exactly which one is best for you. We have a really good printing advisor who is also a DJ; you can ask him about vintage t-shirt printing or his favourite One Direction song on the live chat or on the phone.

Make it HD
If the vintage look isn’t really your style and what something that is going to make your t-shirt pop the designs like these from Coachella music then stand by for some bright, summery t-shirt design tips. Direct to garment printing is the best printing technique for complex images or designs with gradients or shades of colours and was the printing technique for these t-shirts.

Because of its ability to print gradients, direct to garment printing is also the best for any photographs that you would like to print. So if you would like to print a picture of my face on your t-shirt then this is the printing technique for you. These t-shirts from Eleven Paris that were popping up all over the place last year are printed with direct to garment and look pretty cool.

Keep it simple
Some of our favourite t-shirts are often the most simple. These designs that usually have a small number of colours and simple design are more often than not printed using screen printing. At the top of our t-shirt design tips, and something we advise all our clients to do is bear in mind the printing technique when creating your artwork. The lower number of colours involved the easier, and more cost effective your project will be. My advice to you is to spend time getting a really cool design, with some interesting typography or illustrations and keep things simple.

Screen printing is one of the most widely used techniques and perfect for bulk orders, which make it a great choice for event merchandising.

Keep it light
T-shirt design tips for summer go further than just the print. It also important to consider the weight and feel of the t-shirts you choose and we would recommend the Anvil Fashion Tee for summer projects. Ironically from t-shirt brand Anvil, this t-shirt is actually very light and popular for summer events. It is also a fitted t-shirts so that will keep all the hipsters and rugby players happy too.

However, if you want to avoid the t-shirt tan line all together then you shouldn’t rule out printing on vests. These sleeveless tees absolutely reek of summer fun and will mostly be seen at a music festivals (weather depending) and at the beach. I am a personal fan of the beer vests that you can get in Thailand and other parts of Asia.

Cut it up
Cutting up t-shirts into vests is an old school trick and can reinvent your old t-shirt as a vintage looking new addition to the wardrobe. Last weekend Kid Cudi reminded us all how cool cut up clothing can be by appearing on stage in a crop top. Yes thats right, the thing your sister used to wear in the nineties was on stage at Coachella last weekend and it made quite the splash on twitter. I am no fashion barometer but I can see one or two adventurous chaps copying this look on the beach this summer. You heard it here first.

There are plenty of helpful videos out there to show you exactly how to make the transition from t-shirt to vest as seamless as possible (pun) but I have chosen this one because of the MTV Cribs style music as she turns round.

Video on the original post on the Printsome blog

So there are some t-shirt design tips for this summer, but why just stop at t-shirts? The online custom clothing business is set up to cater for more than just t-shirts and in the summer months offers great deals on caps, bags and vests as well. The tote bags are a popular choice for event merchandising and can really cool with a vintage design printed on the side.

Quick Tips:Buying Used Equipment Online

The internet has helped facilitate many transactions between buyers and sellers of used screen printing equipment (heat press machine)and supplies. Unfortunately for some buyers, the package received doesn’t always match up with the description provided by the seller. Here’s a few basic guidelines to follow when buying any used (or new) equipment and supplies from other individuals on classified forums or other websites.

Pictures – Be sure that the seller can provide pictures of the product. In this day and age, everybody has a camera phone, digital camera, or camera on their computer. If the seller can’t provide a picture of the product, stay away.

Get it in writing – Ask for an invoice or receipt. Ensure that every item is listed and priced as agreed by the two parties. Be sure that any tax or shipping costs are also mentioned.

Check local listings – See if you can find any of the products that you want in your area first. Customize your search options and see if you can pick-up locally or cut down the shipping time.

Payment options – Pay in a form such as credit card or check. Wiring money can become a problem if you have to get a refund due to a dispute or incorrect product. Have record of the transaction in form of a receipt and invoice if at all possible.
Be sure to cover all your bases before purchasing anything from an individual over a classifieds forum or other website. Have record of every transaction. You don’t want to get burned and have no way of getting a refund!

Increase Profits by Using Glow in the Dark HTV

The  Glow in the Dark heat transfer vinyl is a great upsell for this time of year because of the Halloween season. Glow in the Dark is great for any type of costume you’d like to decorate. After charging the Glow for a few hours in sunlight or a well lit room, you should have about 6 hours’ worth of glow time. Glow in the Dark heat transfer vinyl can be a great alternative to reflective material for trick or treat, allowing children to be visible in the dark.

Don’t stop at children’s apparel! Siser Lumen Glow in the Dark is perfect for the Greek/College market. This material is great for the parties or events that occur in your local area. It will stand out and look great under a black light. For this reason, it is always a great idea to make a shirt or two to hang up in your shop for the local bar crawl.

Most shops are catering to running events year round. Running events have been getting trendier and trendier. Night runs, glow in the dark, bubble runs, etc are now more popular than ever. These events yield high profits and majority of the time the event participants compete in costumes. If you are catering to a night run, this is the perfect opportunity for Siser Lumen Glow in the Dark.