Employee Spotlight: Dan Byler

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Dan Byler

Position: I’m the Sales Manager. Since we don’t have an official outside sales staff I’m actually the first guy to delve into that role as well.

Years at Jakprints: 8


Color: Black, dark grey, sometimes white and red.

Food:  Anything fresh. I’m not a very picky eater but I prefer the good stuff whenever possible.

Movie: For some reason I’m partial to movies that are shot or set outside of the United States, like The Lives of Others. I also enjoy horror movies in the theater.  Insidious was a blast. I also saw Tron Legacy in 3D twice in the theater. I regret not seeing it a third time. My favorite skate video is a film by Pontus Alv called The Strongest of the Strange, which happens to be the title of a poem by Charles Bukowski. The soundtrack is really great.









Neutral Milk Hotel

Neutral Milk Hotel

Band/Musician: Man, I listen to so much different stuff it’s hard to say. Lately I keep coming back to stuff like Neutral Milk Hotel, Howlin Wolf, Wooden Shjips, Frank Fairfield, Smog, and Carsick Cars. I always enjoy High On Fire live too.

Book/Author: I usually am reading motorcycle repair manuals or motorcycle and skate magazines; but for real authors I like the works of Twain, Bukowski, Vonnegut and Hemmingway. I get into other random stuff like this book on Shape Shifters that a coworker lent me. Currently I’m in the middle of reading a book by Yvon Chouinard, the founder and owner of Patagonia. It’s a pretty good read and he seems like an interesting guy so far.

What do you like to do in your free time?  I have more interests in life than I dare to entertain. I attempt to keep it limited to skateboarding, riding motorcycles fast, shooting film photography, and spending time with my wonderful girlfriend. I run a website (www.savemefromordinary.com) that’s a pretty leisurely skate blog. I’ve also recently gotten into hand-guns which has been fun. Continue Reading…

The 50/50 Show

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The 50/50 show makes its return to Cleveland May 20th at smaARTspace located in the 78th Street Studios. When the show debuted 5 years ago it was one of the most anticipated art events in Cleveland. It was also the most successful show at the now closed 1300 Gallery.

The idea of the show is 50 works by 50 artists and each piece will be sold for $50. This show will give art enthusiasts the chance to own pieces from some of the best local artists at a very affordable price. Each work will be hung for one night only, with sales being completed that evening.

The roster of artists include- Karl Anderson, Joe Ayala, Robert Banks, Oliver Barrett, Bask, Judy Brandon, Sean Burns, Jason Byers, J.Scott Byler, Dale Caruso, Amy Casey, R!ch Cihlar, Dave Cintron, Cleveland SGS, Suzanne Cofer, Pepper Davis, Billy Delfs, Dana Depew, Eileen Dorsey, Steve Ehret, Dan Ferlan, Susie Frazier, Mallorie Freeman, John G, Mike Gezze, Ivan Gomez Keri Gortz, Ben Haehn, Laurel Herbold, Derek Hess, Sara Hoover, Jeff Hulligan, Nina Huryn, Beth Kappa, Jim Karpinski, Stephen Kasner, Brian Kelly, Sean Kelly, Jake Kelly, Chad “CHOD” Kimes, Ron Kretsch, Rose Marincil, Geoff May, Keny Medina, Barb Merritt, Rosalina Morales, Dan Morgan,Julie Morgan, Erin Mulligan, Nathaniel Murray, Billy Nainiger, Karen Novak, Shannon Okey, Dana Oldfather, Ian P.E., Anastasia Pantsios, Bob Peck, Scott Pickering, Marlee Pickles, Mikhail Poloskin, Paul Rogers, Rich Romero, Joe Rossi, Thom Rossino, William Rupnik, John Ryan, Christina Sadowski, Will Sanchez, Dott Schneider, Kelle Schwab, Aaron Sechrist, Matthew Ryan Sharp, Paul Psydorenko, Rustbelt Welding, Chris Ryniak, Justin Tokos, Douglas Max Utter, Anthony Van Roy, Sebastian Wagner, Mike Wohlend, PaulWoznicki

With music provided by DJ Bradly P.

Jakprints is an official sponsor of the 50/50 Show and will have several team members in attendance. For more information on the event please visit: https://www.facebook.com/the5050show

Hope to see you there!


Jakprints Employee Spotlight Jeff Weisenberg

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On our next edition of employee spotlight we focus on Jeff Weisenberg. Jeff has the honor of being the very first employee of Jakprints. He’s put in 12 years of hard work to help build the foundation of what we have today. Jeff is currently the head of apparel production where it’s his duty to make sure the apparel production employees have everything they need in order to make the best possible product. Jeff isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and try new things. Where other print shops will turn away challenging projects, Jeff has no problem taking them head on. His positive attitude and open mind is what keeps our apparel department above the rest.


Color: Pantone 186c

Food: Hot dog carts in Paris, cant touch ’em!

Movie: Every single Stars Wars movie (even the new ones, I don’t care)

Band/Musician: Fugazi – Repeater

Book/Author: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values

What do you like to do on your free time? Take running motorcycles and make them un-ridable. Skateboard…….poorly. Spending quite evenings with my #1 lady, Porkchop.

What would you do if you had a million dollars? Buy an RV and spend quite a bit of time traveling the country, w/Porkchop of course.

If you could travel to one place in the world where and why? I will never get sick of Southern California, best weather/food/scenery around.

Why do you choose to work at Jakprints? I had a feeling Jacob and Dameon were on to something good and I wanted to be part of it. Thank God I was right!

What are some interesting projects you’ve been a part of: So many different things over the years.  Really, just the progression of the company. Being able to speak with other print shops that come through and seeing them be “wowed” by our company.

What are your favorite aspects of what you do at Jakprints: I very much enjoy working around the people that I do. That’s something we probably take for granted sometimes but it really is what make this place special. Having owners that spare no expense with equipment and materials. There was a time when we couldn’t afford paper towels and I will never forget where we came from.

Jakprints Employee Spotlight Tim Shoda

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Next on the Jakprints Employee Spotlight we talk with Tim Shoda. Tim has been working here for 7 years and runs our Full Color Prepress department. It’s Tim’s job to oversee a department of 9 people who prepare all of the artwork for printing on the offset, digital, wide format and sticker presses. He also sets up and maintains all parts of our digital file work-flow, making sure that all of the software “connects” properly. Tim has a great eye for detail and will do anything he can to ensure your print project will achieve it’s maximum potential.


Color: Orange

Food: Pulled Pork

Movie: The Godfather, Ghost in the Shell, Fast and the Furious 😉

Band/Musician: I listen to a lot of classic rock, but don’t really have a favorite band.

Book/Author: I like to read older sci-fi, Larry Niven, Robert Heinlein, Robert Silverberg

What do you like to do on your free time? Play video games, work on my house

What would you do if you had a million dollars? Pay off some debt, then invest the rest so I could retire early.

Why do you choose to work at Jakprints? I enjoy working in our fast paced and ever evolving business. Things in the printing world are constantly changing and Jakprints provides me the opportunity to learn and grow as new technology becomes available.

Have you held any other positions at Jakprints? Over the years I have moved around quite a bit. I started at Jakprints as a cutter operator in full color finishing.  From there I transitioned to prepress, focusing primarily on imposition.  When we purchased our first digital press and wide format printer I left prepress to run that department, handling all of the production of our banners and digital print work. I have since moved back into the full color prepress department as manager.

What are some interesting projects you’ve been a part of? One of the most interesting and rewarding projects I have been able to work on has been “The Molting” comic books that we print for Terrance Zdunich (http://terrancezdunich.com/). I personally color correct and prepare each issue.  Its awesome to see a new book come through every couple of months.

What are your favorite aspects of what you do at Jakprints? I love working with new technology. We are constantly updating and upgrading our workflow and equipment and it provides a great opportunity to learn something new everyday.

Lava Room Open House – August 20th

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We’d like to congratulate our friends at the Cleveland based LavaRoom recording studios as they move to their new home on Euclid Avenue. To celebrate, LavaRoom is having an open house at 6pm on Thursday, August 20th, complete with tours of the new facility, live entertainment, food, beverages, and giveaways.
LavaRoom felt that with the new location, the timing was perfect for a marketing collateral update. We’re helping them kick off their open house in style with wide format banners, business cards, rate postcards as well as some screen printed t-shirts.

LavaRoom is moving from their previous location where, for a few years, Jakprints and LavaRoom were neighbors. It seems like only yesterday we were sneaking next door to see who they were recording. On one such afternoon, productivity came to a hault as half of Jakprints went nextdoor to see an unplugged performance from Mike Ness & Social Distortion. (not a bad way to spend a lunch break!)

For open house details check out LavaRoomRecording.com

Free Upgrade to 100% Recycled Paper

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As part of Jakprints’ ongoing commitment to environmental leadership, we’re pledging to help reduce the environmental impact of everything related to the commercial print industry, including paper usage. For a limited time, we’re taking our environmental stewardship a big step further by offering our 100% recycled 13pt paper at the same price as our standard 12pt uncoated stock!Check out the details on the recycled paper upgrade here!

Does Anyone Read Their Email Anymore?

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In the day and age of instant digital communication and random email blasts, it’s become less common for a company to reach out to their clients through the mail with something tangible. It’s refreshing to go to your mailbox and find something like Go Media’s Quarterly Update waiting for you.

We asked Go Media’s owner Bill Beachy why he chose to go old school: “Email marketing has almost gone the way that junk mail went. You’d get a piece of junk mail and you’d throw it away without opening it. Some companies will send you really nicely designed emails to promote themselves, and you don’t even look at it. It goes right in your junk folder. Putting something in the mail that stands out against the junk offers a tangible example of what we do, it makes sense.”

The Quarterly Update definitely stands out. The clear plastic envelope begs to be opened. The brochure – printed on our 16pt gloss cardstock, then scored and accordion-folded to its finished size of 4 x 6 – pops out of the envelope into your hands and and unfolds to its full size of 24 x 6 boasting brilliant imagery that drives you to want to know more about what you’re holding. It’s inspiring to see that the old notion of reaching out to people through the mail can still be fresh and exciting.
We love when clients get creative with their products so taking on a custom project like this was a treat! If you have some ideas for a custom product you would like to print, call us at 877-246-3132 or visit http://www.jakprints.com/quote/
For more info about Go Media’s services check out http://v5.gomedia.us/index.php

Frame your talent with Art Print Posters

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Art print posters are a great way to showcase creativity and make a big impression. With a range of gloss and uncoated stock options designs can be reproduced with a screen printed rock poster feel or a flashy photo finish. Choose a custom size unique to your design or pick from one of the our standard sizes ranging from 11×17 up to 22×28! These posters are perfect for gifts, big self promotion or when creating a product to sell.


Look cool & stay cool with the summers hottest styles!

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This summers hottest styles! V-Necks, Tanks and Summer T’s are available in many of your favorite colors and brands like American Apparel, Alternative Apparel and Anvil! Break out your hottest custom designs and leave the printing up to us.

Select from our full range of Economic, Fashion Forward, and ECO-Friendly apparel now!

Featured products:

Economic: Tultex #0206 Unisex V-Neck Screen printed : $4.48ea

Fashion Forward: American Apparel #4308 Baby rib Tank Screen printed $5.43ea

Eco – Friendly: ANVIL #498 Organic Womens T Screen printed $5.30ea

Katie Spotz’ Row for Water

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Katie Spotz is 22 years old. Since the age of 18 the Mentor, OH native has become the first person to swim the entire 352 mile length of the Allegheny river, she has cycled 3,300 miles from Seattle to D.C., and has run 150 miles across the Mojave and Colorado Deserts.

Her next challenge: to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. This December, Katie will row 2,500 miles from Dekar Senegal, Africa to Cayenne, South America to raise funds and awareness for safe drinking water. Her goal is to help 1000 people gain access to safe drinking water – a necessity that a billion people all over the world do not have access to.

Katie has teamed up with the Blue Planet Run Foundation – a non-profit based in San Francisco that funds safe drinking water projects all over the world – to help achieve her goal.

We at Jakprints are so inspired by Katie and will be keeping up on her progress so check back for more updates as we follow her on her journey!


For more information about Katie and her cause, visit rowforwater.com


If you would like to help support Katie’s Row for Water, you can visit firstgiving.com/row

Katie recently had her sponsors’ decals printed by Jakprints:

Jakprints’ Dan and Alex with Katie and her boat

Dan applying cut-vinyl decals for Katie’s sponsors

Dan applying a Jakprints cut-vinyl decal to Katie’s boat

Katie’s boat that she will row across the Atlantic

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