Reduce, reuse, upcycle

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We strive to be good environmental stewards — leaving the environment better than we found it is important, and we believe a strong community has a crucial role in making that possible. That’s why we love our friends at Upcycle Parts Shop.

Upcycle Parts Shop is made up of a dream team that works to reduce waste, strengthen the community and get people inspired by turning one man’s trash into another man’s really cool art piece. We sat down with Michael Hudecek, Business Relations Manager at Upcycle Parts Shop and upcycle artist, to get the details.

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Dad Hats: this trend is no joke

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However unexpected it may be, Dad Hats are one of this year’s hottest trends. Rihanna wears them. Drake wears them. They’re so hot that even President Obama, the ultimate dad, wears them. They’re effortlessly cool and easy to wear, making Dad Hats a pain-free trend to embrace.

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LT Magnotto: Color Separation Legend and Cleveland Busy Body

LTMSpotlight (1).pdf - Adobe Acrobat Pro DCJakprints wouldn’t be cool if it wasn’t for our amazing employees. This hardworking, creative bunch are what makes Jakprints possible. Apparel Pre-Press Manager (and color separation whiz) LT Magnotto works hard to keep us on top of our screen printing game.

We chatted with LT to find out what color separation is and how he spends his time off the clock.

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Sticker Types

So you want some rad custom stickers, (who doesn’t?) but you’re not quite sure which sticker is going to be best for you? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of common questions that can quickly guide you to the right type of sticker sticker for your needs so you don’t find yourself in a sticky situation.

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Quantity? A lot or a little?

The first questions to answer on the path to the sticker of your dreams.

Roll Stickers which come in high quantities are the most economical option. These stickers are available on a variety of substrates such as clear, white and yellow vinyl, paper and foil stocks. Typically clocking in around 10-20 cents per sticker these will be the most inexpensive option for larger quantities of 500 or more.

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Promoting Your Mixtape: Beyond Social Media

Congratulations, your mixtape is finished! You’ve created a list of tracks you are proud of, your sound is polished and you’re ready to get your work out to the public! But wait, before you take to Twitter to spam your feed or flood your friend’s Facebook timelines, take a step back to think about your promotion strategy.

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Proper branding and promotion of a mixtape are often what stands between an artist that gets noticed and one that fades into obscurity. The market is over saturated with musicians who have no idea how to get people to listen to their music once their mixtape is finished.

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What to Expect With Over the Zipper Screen Printing

Screen printing is a lot like painting with a roller. On a flat wall, the paint will go on evenly and smooth. When the roller hits a bump in the wall, it skips a space and there is a break in the color, a little gap that the paint doesn’t hit. Fleece hoodies are mostly smooth unless you hit a zipper or pocket. Luckily, we’re experts at Jakprints and we have the know how to work around these limitations.

Apparel with non-traditional print areas is extremely popular right now. But, this type of printing often comes with its own challenges, like how to get your design to look good while printing over seams and zippers. This can be tricky but not impossible and the final products are always worth the effort. We sat down with Jeff Wisenberg, head of Apparel Production here at Jakprints, to get some tips and information about the process of printing over zippers.

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The Aspiring Streetwear Designer’s Guide to Hats

Streetwear is one of the most self-expressive forms of popular fashion. Bright colors and bold designs make streetwear apparel some of the most interesting pieces on the market today.

Starting in California in the early ’80s, the DIY graffiti look spread from California like wildfire into other subcultures. It was evident in punk style in the Midwest, Harlem’s budding hip hop culture and, on the other side of the world, becoming the epitome of fashion in Japan.

Since the very beginning, hats have been an essential part of streetwear and have become synonymous with the culture. Get inspired by the stories of these iconic and upcoming streetwear brands and the hat styles they have helped propel into the spotlight.

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10 Creative Designs Using Embroidery

Embroidery is a unique and creative way to add special details to all kinds of apparel and accessories! With unique threads and effects to enhance designs, embroidery is becoming more and more popular. Here are some artists and designers who are trying new ways to use embroidery in their work:

 

5 panel metallic embroidery example1. Designer Fitted Hawaii worked with New Era to create these printed 5 Panel hats. The embroidery uses silver metallic, as well as solid colored thread, to create the shark design. They aren’t the only brand featuring them, 5 Panel hats are major staples for today’s hottest designers.

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Pocket Sized Solutions for On-The-Go Ideas

 

For years you’ve been lugging around a composition notebook, maybe that’s what you used in college to keep all your ideas and designs in. It’s an old favorite but maybe not completely practical for ideas that come to you while you’re on the go. What you need is something smaller, pocket sized. There are small notebook options out there but many make you skimp on quality or customization, which isn’t what you need when you’re looking for a creative outlet.

Our Custom Notebooks have 48 pages of unabashed creative space with a completely unbranded cover! Printed with pristine quality and full color, these tiny notebooks will turn heads at trade shows or provide your employees some unity around the office.

Completely Unbranded Cover?

Yes! Other brands offering pocket sized notebooks put their name all over them. These notebooks are completely blank so you can put whatever you want on them without needing to work around someone else’s logo.
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Choose from one of the 5 cover stocks to completely customize your Pocket Note. Maybe an edgy black with a bold design or kraft stock for a more rustic look:

  • 100# Gloss – light-weight medium gloss
  • 12 pt Gloss – standard-weight gloss
  • 100# Kraft – natural colored paper
  • 100# Black – medium-weight stock paper
  • 110# Pearlescent – medium-weight card stock with a pearly sheen

Covers can be printed single or double sided for our colored stocks, 5th color white comes standard so don’t worry about muddy or faded images. For the best results, we suggest you use our templates to make sure your art prints just the way you want it to.

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How To Get the Most out of Custom Embroidery

You’re probably familiar with it’s embroidery courtesy of your mom lovingly stitching your name into your underpants before being shipped off to summer camp. Maybe you have a totally adorable beach bag with your initials sewn to the front. Those are great starts but, at Jakprints, we’ve taken embroidery a few steps further. It makes apparel stand out (if you’re using 3D foam, it will literally stand out) and it’s a unique way to add continuity to your uniforms or personality to a baseball cap.

Keep reading to see how embroidery works and all of the specialty threads, effects and customizable apparel products we have for you to get creative with.

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