Product Showcase – Clear Stickers

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What’s a Clear Sticker? Glad you asked. Instead of telling you we thought showing you would be best. Clear Stickers are great label alternatives if you’re on a budget but want a custom shape for your design. Fantastic for application on windows, glass, beer bottles or mirrors. The possibilities are endless and did we mention there’s a unicorn?

Have you used Clear Stickers before?
How did you use them?
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What other product showcases would you like to see?
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Jakprints On The Sunset Strip

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We announced last week that we’ll be a sponsor for this year’s Sunset Strip Music Fest. This three day music festival in the heart of LA boasts performers like Marilyn Manson, Black Label Society, Das Racist, De La Soul and more. We printed a handful of collateral promo items for them including Posters and VIP Passes. We also produced a video that will loop on a ton of screens during the event. We think the video turned out pretty darn good, so we thought we’d show you the full 16 second video in all it’s glory. Have a look, and then keep scrolling to see pics of the print work we did for them.

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The First Cleveland Tattoo Expo

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The Cleveland Tattoo Expo is over and we gotta say, that was a pretty awesome three days.  The CSU Wolstein Center was packed with tattoo enthusiasts from across the country. The Expo did not disappoint and we’ve got the footage to prove it. Jakprints was on hand all weekend showcasing our print services, interviewing tattoo artists and even getting tattoos!  Congratulations to Dave Maynard for organizing and executing such an incredible event. We couldn’t be happier to be included as a sponsor and vendor. Check out our video recap of the Expo and the weekend!

Tattoo Artists Featured In The Video Include:

Michael Whitlock from Lucky Supply
Chuck Uhler from Tattoo Faction
Tony Derigo from Chronic Tattoo
Cary Aldridge & Adam Fox from Memento Tattoo Gallery
Christos and Bryn Perrott from Wild Zero Studios
Mark Shivey from Addicted Body Art Studio
Bryan Krause, Dave Chercourt & Trevor Moment from Atom Bomb Tattoo
Jim Locker from Hammers Tattoo
Greg Larimer from Up In Arms Tattoos
Sarah Koopman & Carl Graley from West Anchor Tattoo
Destroy Troy from Destroy Troy Tattoos

Here’s a bonus time lapse video of our Multi-Media Designer, Keith Teneyck getting his new tattoo.


Still haven’t had enough? We also posted a photo album on the Jakprints Facebook page.

Were you at the Expo? Get any ink done? Tell us in the comments!


Bunbury Fest Comes Out Swinging

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For a first time music festival in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Bunbury Music Festival was a huge success. This three day fest boasted headliners Jane’s Addiction, Weezer, and Death Cab for Cutie. Other bands on the bill included Minus the Bear, RJD2, Neon Trees, Ohio grown indie-rock legends Guided by Voices, Cleveland favorites Humble Home, and many more.

Jakprints is happy to call Bunbury Fest a client and excited that we handled most of the printing for this burgeoning event. We printed all of their collateral including, posters, VIP laminates, T-shirts and more.  Take a look at these great pieces we printed and then watch some video from the fest. Bunbury Music Festival was this past weekend from July 13-15. We’re you there? Will you be attending any other music festivals this summer? Let us know in the comments!

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Employee Spotlight: Bill Rupnik

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For this month’s Employee Spotlight, we spoke to VP of Product Development  Bill Rupnik. Bill is one of Jakprints most seasoned employees, he’s been with the company for 11 years! When he’s not at Jakprints developing new products, you can find him at the William Rupnik Gallery, an art gallery that he owns and operates in downtown Cleveland. Let’s take a closer look at the man that is Bill Rupnik.

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Jakprints And The Berklee College of Music

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The Berklee College of Music recently asked Jakprints, as a progressive authority in the printing and apparel industry, to create an educational video series to use in their curriculum.

In this video, industry experts Jacob Edwards (Founder and President) and Nick DeTomaso (Director of Operations) share insights and advice on how to get started when marketing your music and yourself as a brand and musician. Drawing on years of experience and deep roots in the music industry, Jacob and Nick touch on everything from the still relevant, one-color black t-shirt, to the fact that marketing and branding are necessary to the survival of the independent artist or musician.

A Few Key Take Aways From The Video:

  • Merchandising Is The Future Of The Music Industry
  • Keeping It Simple Will Give You The Highest ROI 
  • A Consistent Brand Is The Key To Success


Episode 1: Music Marketing & Merchandising

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The 50/50 Show Was 100% Awesome

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Another 50/50 show is in the books. This is quickly becoming one of our favorite events in Cleveland. Where else can you find an all-star caliber collection of 50 of Cleveland’s best artists under one roof? And where else will you have the opportunity to purchase a piece of said collection for $50?

If you’re not familiar, The 50/50 Show is a pretty great idea. 50 artists contribute one piece of art to the show, all pieces are priced at $50. Attendees fill out raffle tickets for the pieces they like and a drawing is done to determine who the lucky winner will be. It’s a win-win for everybody, the artists are exposed to a much larger audience than they might otherwise be, and attendees can purchase great artwork at a lower rate then they would ever be able to in a normal gallery setting.

This year’s show took place at The Dredgers Union on East 4th and it was one of the best attended yet. Of course Jakprints was there and we got the chance to interview a handful of the artists. Watch the video below to see what these artists have to say about the 50/50 show, the Cleveland art scene and more.

VIDEO: Jakprints Apparel Screen Printing: The Basics

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Confused by how to order the garment that you need? Unsure what print locations are standard versus custom? Wish somebody would just spell it out in plain English? No problem.

In what will be the first in a series of many, this introductory video was produced by Jakprints to equip you with the need-to-know facts of apparel screen printing. Watch as industry expert, and Jakprints Account Manager, Angie Franklin walks you step-by-step through the basics of garments, inks, print location and finishing.

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Our Month In Review: April 2012

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One of the new features here at the Jakprints blog is the monthly wrap up. We understand that you get busy and you may not have the time to hang on every word we type, so here’s a recap of all the awesomeness you may have missed in a tidy package just for you.

Graphic Design Round Table – Typography

One of our favorite posts of the month featured a handful of very talented and accomplished graphic designers sharing their two cents about the current state of typography. Click here to read what Jeff Finley, OKPants, Brian Jasinski and Ted Barnes had to say.

Lake Erie Monster – Horror Comic

We started the month off with a feature about John G and Jake Kelley’s new Cleveland based horror comic The Lake Erie Monster. We were there for their release party at Blue Arrow Records. Check out the video we put together highlighting the creation and release of The Lake Erie Monster and see the original blog post with pics from the event here.

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Building The Animal Builder

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Cover of The Animal BuilderThe Animal Builder is a colorful, inquisitive book about a giant anteater who creates animals out of things he finds in nature. It’s a book to open the imagination. Illustrated entirely in cut paper, it took author Kate Schruth two years to complete. And when she was done, she called on Jakprints to handle production.
Kate decided to go with a gloss paper, a 16 pt. Card Stock cover and 12 pt. Card Stock for the interior pages to give it a children’s book feel. The full-color 32 page book was printed, collated and perfect bound at Jakprints and is 10.25″ x 10.25″. See the video below for a behind the scenes look at the creation of her illustrations, the production of her book and an audio interview with the author. The Animal Builder is now available on Amazon for purchase.

Kate Schruth and Jakprints build The Animal Builder.

For even more info, visit Kate’s website and check out this feature in The Greenwich Post.
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