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They’re Weird, But These T-shirts Actually Have a Point, Usually.

They’re Weird, But These T-shirts Actually Have a Point, Usually.

The world is positively swimming in people who see themselves as t-shirt designers/ illustrators. Ads for their puntastic-abominations are everywhere on the internet, and in most cases, the stuff is pretty much… well, you get it. One exception is a chap from Malaysia by the name of Chow Hon Lam aka Flying Mouse, who lets people have it with both barrels when he unleashes a t-shirt design. There’s an element of absurdity as there pretty much always is with this stuff, but the concepts and illustrations go farther than the usual pun stuff. They’re pretty funny!

Saints Super Bowl Win Good News for Printers

Saints Super Bowl Win Good News for Printers

Sorry, Colts fans! Try to understand! Every year, all across the country, printers watch the Super Bowl with bated breath. Because we love football, but also because the results of these championship games have a huge impact on who's printing what Monday morning. Competition for printing Super Bowl t-shirts, banners, posters, and other paraphernalia is fierce, but the work is anything but guaranteed. Normally, different printers are contacted to produce victory collateral for the champions, depending on who wins. Because shipping of the collateral is so time-sensitive, printers are normally slatted for every region, and the ones printing – in this case, since New Orleans won – Saints gear, are not necessarily the same print providers who would be working their butts off right now if the Colts had won. Besides memorabilia, there's also contracts to print hot market items – decorations that need to be printed with the proper logos and colors immediately after the Super Bowl, so that […]

Milk, and the Narrative Power of Print

Milk, and the Narrative Power of Print

Every sign tells a story. Every year, around Oscar time, I try to see the big movies of the year. Some I see before the Oscars, some I see after. So although all the buzz is so last weekend, I just had a chance to see Milk, and besides being blown away by the film itself, I was very impressed by the use of political printing as a narrative device in the story. Milk chronicles the rise of the gay rights movement in San Franciso in the 70s. The story centers around Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, and his years of campaigning. He runs his campaigns out of a photo printing shop that he owns, which gives him the opportunity to do a lot of election campaign printing, and what starts out as a few controversial signs displayed around a soapbox on a street corner, grows into a massive, and […]

Ugly Sweaters And Apparel Printing

Ugly Sweaters And Apparel Printing

The true spirit of the season, Hotcards-style. As you know, we print all kinds of different things at Hotcards. Not just postcards and business cards, but stuff like pocket folders, stickers, and vehicle wraps. Now, rumor has it that we might be getting embroiled in some very cool apparel printing and design. What you may not know is that we're kind of fashion experts around here, which means our apparel is going to be the super hotness. And to prove it, Christmas Eve around Hotcards is going to be a showcase of serious style:  

Boeing Workers Break Out The Union Printing

Boeing Workers Break Out The Union Printing

Machinists' union hits the picket line. At 12:01 on Saturday night, the machinists union at Boeing went on strike after lengthy contract talks with Boeing Company. That's 27, 000 union members assembling picket signs and carrying union printing up and down the line. Their strike slogan is, “It's Our Time, This Time,” a slogan that seems to be directed as much at union negotiators as at Boeing. Union workers actually voted to strike as early as Thursday, with a massive 87% majority voting to walk out. By the time a strike was actually called on Saturday, union workers were plenty peeved about the 48-hour delay, which may have inspired the “Union Time” theme. During the delay, the union had plenty of time to put together its logos, slogans, and designs for union printing. So far on the picket line, we've seen apparel, signs, stickers, and multiple unique banner designs, all bearing the union printing bug. Even though it's not us […]

Clinton Holds T-shirt Print Design Contest

Clinton Holds T-shirt Print Design Contest

Apparel print that stands the test of time? The media might be declaring this primary race over, but Hillary Clinton isn't giving up. As if we were still in the height of the contest, the Clinton camp is holding a little promotion entitled “Hillary Presents Project T-shirt.” For the past few weeks, supporters were invited to send in designs for t-shirt printing. Yesterday, the campaign released their final five, and now we, the people, get to vote on our favorite. The winning shirt will go on sale in the campaign store. Tee design pics after the jump. According to the All-Seeing Eye, er, I mean, the Blogosphere, Clinton is getting to the party late with its supporter-created print designs, but have a good look at the finalists. To me, it seems like most of the finalists serve not just as campaign promotional tools, but nice mementos of the election-that-was. When it comes to apparel printing – and t-shirt printing, in […]

John McCain Gets His Green On

John McCain Gets His Green On

Eco-Friendly Apparel Printing and More I always thought that once this primary business was over, one of the central issues that would hit the election stage would be the environment. Democrat or Republican, we have to think about how are we going to proceed in a world that has shown itself to be, at the very least, ecologically fragile. Apparently tired of resting on his laurels while his opponents fight it out, John McCain has launched the next phase of this Presidential campaign, and its focus is on the eco-conscious voter. Organic bamboo and cotton apparel, printed with a new, green McCain logo, is available on his website, along with a new section dedicated to his policies on global climate change. Like the rest of McCain's web and print designs, the new green logo hovers between well done, and overdone. I like the color scheme, and the little recycling logo that's replaced his military-esque star. The partial background of water […]

Supporter-Created Artwork For Clinton

Supporter-Created Artwork For Clinton

Just when you thought Obama had the upper hand… Over the last few months, I've been posting a lot of stuff about the artwork and print designs being created by supporters for Barack Obama. My coverage hasn't been exactly even-handed, unfortunately, because I've had trouble finding examples of poster printing, sign printing, and other designs being created by Hillary Clinton lovers. Then I ran across Gretchen Baer. Not only is Gretchen printing for Hillary, she' s also designed plates, apparel, and yes, an entire car, in support of Clinton's campaign. The Hillcar is all hand-painted, I believe. No vehicle wrap printing here. However, the design is easily as inspiring as many of the wrapped tour buses we've seen throughout the course of this campaign season. While campaign-funded vehicle wrapping has to engage in a certain level of decorous restraint, none had to be exercised on the Hillcar; the vehicle's charm lies in the light and passion conveyed by the artist. […]

Union Printing on House, M.D.

Union Printing on House, M.D.

Echoes of the writers strike in Hollywood Are the screenwriters back on strike? Nope, this is an image from the opening scene of this week's episode of House, MD – you know, that show about the angry doctor? In this scene, the nursing union is walking a picket line outside the hospital featured in the show. Everything from color scheme, to font design, to the white space left for union strikers to write in their slogans, is a match to the writers' union print collateral. They've even got the same red t-shirts! No corners cut on apparel printing here. So what's going on here? Is this the showrunners making use of leftover print materials, running out their retainer with union printers? Or are the folks over at House making a statement? I've also got to wonder if a union printer did the printing for this fictional union strike. After the writers strike, are Hollywood and the printing industry best buds? […]

Apparel Printing – For Your Head

Apparel Printing – For Your Head

Bringing indie design to the world of baseball hats. Ball caps are funny things. Traditionally, they're utilitarian, keeping the sun out of our eyes when we play or work outside. As a fashion statement, they've evolved to the level of high art – if you're a sports fan. My dad has a collection of over 100, representing every pro sport, and all his favorite teams, and even players. Which is just great, for sports fans. Unfortunately, if you're not a sports fan, but you still dig the style, your design choices are limited to vintage trucker, or ultra-trendy name brand. Many artists, graffiti artists in particular, often hand draw or paint designs onto blank caps, but the right style of blank cap can be hard to find. All in all, ball cap style and design is a deeply personal, and sometimes even touchy issue. As web designer Matthew Carpenter points out on his blog: “getting a great baseball cap is […]

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