Lori Fenn is a true artist. Based in Phoenix, and after calling dozens of print shops in 3 different states, she finally found us. She told us that she had a 12 color poster job, 24" x 24", and that everyone she called either told her that they wouldn't do it, or it would cost her over $50 per print. As always, we stood out as being the diamond in the rough: the print shop that not only says YES to things most wont touch, but our prices were extremely competitive.So, off to the races. We were able to cut these posters down ourselves to prep for this job, and given the larger-than-normal number of colors in this particular print, every stage of prep just seemed to take a whole lot longer. Mixing 12 custom Pantone colors, burning 12 'Tier 4' sized screens, registering each color...very time consuming.The printing process is really a
Sometimes working with certain clients is a pleasure, and really makes our job as printers much easier. Working with Raymond and the guys at Raveready are those clients: even though their jobs are technically difficult and sometimes take a LOT of work and man hours, the fact that they are cool people and create a stress-free working relationship really dictates the ease of the job.Most recently, we worked with their brand Hardcore Till I Die, and were printing a bunch of flags for some of their rave shows that were in town. These flags were 100% polyester, which is still possible to silk screen onto, but was a very large format oversized print. Our set up is slightly different than printing on anything else, but we have the system down to pump them out and make them look great.The flags were flown around the entire festival and looked amazing!!
We had the chance to work with a really unique job and a really unique company: Preppi. The bags were created out of the need for being prepared for an emergency...with style. These premium bags are hand assembled with a variety of select goods inside that come with the purchase of the bag: materials to which will help you during the first 72 hours of any major natural disaster.The guys contacted us to help them print these bags. Because they recently had a really great write up in the New York Times, they were in demand and needed a few hundred of these in only a few days. We were able to come through and help them get these done.The print was a jumbo 2 color print. The tricky thing with these was the alignment of them that needed to be absolutely perfect in order to not conflict with the position of the
Hand Screen Printed posters are amazing. One of our favorite things in the shop is having the chance to print amazingly well designed tour posters. The difference between cheap full color offset printed posters and hand screen printed posters is obvious: one is cheaply made, bland and something that is machine made; and the other is beautifully crafted, hand made, ink that you can feel, and something that is as beautiful as it is unique. As screen printers, the ability to print flat stock is extremely more difficult than something like apparel...so for an artist-run shop like ours, we prefer printing things like posters because of the high caliber of experience it takes and the artistic value of the final product.We had the ability to work with artist and illustrator James R. Eads to print some posters for Ray LaMontagne and his live show at the Red Rocks in Denver, Colorado. These posters
Complete Control Management hit us up for a very specialized project for one of their DJ artists Tritonal, Corrugated plastic (Coroplast) printing with a twist. Normally when we print on Coroplast, its fairly straight forward. (square shaped signs, simple one color prints, usually ends up hanging in the window or on the front lawn of a business.). These signs were unique. Specially printed, customized shape, different colors, and a very tight registration process to get them properly lined up before cutting.This job prob took us half a day just to think about how to print and register them properly. (mainly because we had to print them before cutting mainly because of the full bleed of the signs. BUT if we printed the front and backs off registration, when cut out they wouldn't line up).Printing was done with a highly specialized Epoxy based Nazdar ink, made for plastics. Once printed, we cut a stencil
Hiking Group? Los Angeles? You wouldn't think those 2 things went together, seeing that there isn't many mountains in Los Angeles. Well the hiking group Seeing Trails has found a way to get around that. These guys make bi-weekly trips up to the San Gabriel Mountains to explore, hike, be together with friends and...well, See Trails! :)They needed some bandanas. We created them. These bandanas not only got a pretty amazing and super unique dye wash (each one was pretty customized in and of itself) but we were also able to print their amazing logo large on the front of these bandanas.Because these bandanas were going to be touching bare skin, we decided to use a very light waterbased ink made of charcoal. It is actually a very dark grey color and was best so there were no solvents or other harmful chemicals in any of the inks that we used here. Great work