Cleveland artists, John G and Jake Kelly celebrated the release of their new horror comic The Lake Erie Monster this past Saturday at Blue Arrow Records in Cleveland’s Waterloo Arts District. Both artists were on hand at the release party to distribute the comic, along with posters, stickers and buttons.
The idea behind The Lake Erie Monster spawned from a series of 70s era fictional movie posters that the two worked on previously and decided to bring to life with a full narrative. The story certainly does come alive on the page. The vibrant 36 page, full-color book features two gruesome stories and a handful of illustrated ads that capture the spirit of the old-school horror comic.
A number of the Jakprints crew were there at the release party, where we mingled with other local art enthusiasts, had punch and snacks, browsed through some choice vinyl and picked up our copies of the debut issue, all while listening to WCSB’s John Neely spin Cleveland/Ohio punk tunes. Jakprints is proud to be a sponsor of this new endeavor and we can’t wait until the next issue arrives. See below for some photos from the event and an exclusive behind the scenes video of the conception and production of The Lake Erie Monster.
Another year at SXSW has come and gone. If you were one of the unlucky few that did not make it down to Austin, hopefully it felt like you were right there with us through our stellar coverage via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. We had a blast checking out all the sites, sounds, and everything in between. Between our sponsored events at HypeHotel, BandPageHQ, Sonicbids and the trade show itself, we packed in a ton of fun out on the streets of Austin. Check out the videos and photos below for one last trip down the memory lane that was, Jakprints at SXSW 2012.
In honor of America Recycles Day this past year (11/5/2011), we created Le Papier: A Voyage, a short video that follows a piece of paper on it’s journey to being recycled. From the office to the recycling bin, to the recycling facility and everywhere in between, the video presents an inside look at the recycling process with an educating, upbeat pace.
At Jakprints, we’re proud of our environmental stewardship and green printing initiatives. Thanks to our customers, we recycle 400 tons of paper, save over 2.6 million gallons of water and conserve 156,000 gallons of fuel every year. Special thanks to Recycling Solutions for allowing us to film at their facility and educating us even more on the process.
Customer Testimonial: Cleveland-based bakery Vegan Sweet Tooth shows us how Jakprints allows them to focus on their business instead of coordinating multiple print vendors — who wouldn’t rather focus on cupcakes?
Every one is busy with life and work, the gals at Vegan Sweet Tooth are no exception. Co-owners Tiffany and Becca have their hands full with starting a new business, shopping for organic ingredients and creating new, tasty vegan recipes. Long time friends, they both fulfilled their dreams by working in the food industry, one as a food photographer and the other at culinary school. They stayed in touch during their time away but eventually reunited in Cleveland with a vegan vision.
Combining their love of food and healthy living, Vegan Sweet Tooth was proofed. We were thrilled when they came to our shop, not only for the great print projects but for the introduction to some of the best vegan cupcakes around. Thank you Vegan Sweet Tooth for choosing Jakprints and making us your one-stop printer.
Find out more about Vegan Sweet Tooth.
After more than 20 years, Derek Hess’ unmistakable style has garnered collectors from the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame to the renowned Louvre in Paris.
And, he’s as well known for his genre-defining illustrations in the music scene as for his politically-charged, fine-art works. Strhess Clothing, Hess’ apparel line, has been consistently fashion forward with its use of lush illustrations and creative print locations long before either was standard.
Working with Derek for over 6 years has kept us on our toes and fostered the creation of new products. When he came to us with his long overdue book, Black Line White Lie, we were stoked and ready to dive in.
Hess decided on a combination of three different book bindings and we thought that this would be a great opportunity to show a behind-the-scenes look at the artist, the process and the final product.
Every year we send thank you gifts to our top 100 clients. In the past, we’ve sent Be Kind packages, custom-printed coffee mugs, Great Lakes Brewery packages and Rawkstar desserts.
It’s hard to top ourselves but we found a way with Vegan Sweet Tooth: Create Yours Now™ Cupcake Packs! We put together custom packages with cupcakes, frosting and sprinkles. Included were hand-signed thank you cards from the client’s Account Rep.
Our clients are so important to us — we hope to keep working together till we’re old and sassy, like our beloved Golden Girls.
The first in our ongoing series of Customer Spotlights, where we get up close and personal with some of our favorite clients. We got behind the scenes with Vegan Sweet Tooth and asked them what makes their bakery unique.
Vegan Sweet Tooth is a specialty sweet shop providing completely vegan and Kosher desserts. Specializing in cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes, and muffins they use local, seasonal, and organic products when available. Destroying the myth that vegan means it won’t taste good, their treats will melt in your mouth and make you think twice about what you eat.
Words: Jeff Wiesenberg – Apparel Production Manager • Video: LT Magnotto – Apparel Separator
This past weekend, a couple of Jakprints apparel production employees jumped in a rental and drove to Manhattan to check out the Agenda NYC trade show. This is the first year the Agenda trade show was in NYC, so we could not pass up the opportunity to check out the things going on.
As expected, the show did not disappoint. Held inside the history Chelsea Art Museum (CAM), the Agenda show is a street wear & action sports trade show “with a strong emphasis in style, art, music and culture”. The show included such notable companies as Vans, Obey, Alpine Stars, The Hundreds and Crooks & Castles, each displaying their summer/fall lines.
A good amount of time was spent looking through racks of shirts, keeping a close eye on on print quality and separation technique. We ran into some old friends at the show while also making a few new ones. After spending a couple hours checking everything out, we stopped by the Capsule show which was being held directly next door. Although the Capsule show focused more on the actual manufacturing of higher end apparel, it was very neat to see that whole side of the business. We spend so much time with our noses in presses, we do not get a chance often to see how what we are printing on gets made.
Later that night, we made our way to the newly opened House Of Vans in Brooklyn. Thanks to our good friend and artist Jay Croft for hooking up the good times. I can’t think of a better mix than free skating, pizza and Tecate! Its amazing how you can travel hours or even days away and you always happen to run into someone from back home, what a night!
The following day, we were invited by the good people of Ulano Corp, an emulsion manufacturer, to tour their production plant located also in Brooklyn. Lets just say we have a much higher appreciation for emulsion than we did prior to walking in. We were amazed by the amount of chemistry and testing involved in a product once thought of as “dyed Elmers glue”. I am positive any print geek, such as myself, would have similar feelings.
Thanks to everyone we met along the way and old friends not seen for a while.
Have you ever had an idea for a shirt design but wanted to produce just one? Now you can with Jakprints’ All Over Shirt Printing, a process that lets you print a full color design over the entire garment.
With All Over Shirt Printing you end up with a vibrant image that has a completely soft feel! For the best quality orders are produced using 100% poly fabric apparel. The process is simple, after your artwork is printed with a special ink on high release paper it’s transferred to the garment using a large heat press. The heat press vaporizes the print and that gas bonds with the poly fibers of the garment. Our all over printed shirts will not crack, peel or flake off and they have a permanent print that is not only vivid but is soft to the touch too!
Some of the benefits of ordering All Over Shirt Printing are no set-up cost, no minimum quantities and no art work limitations. We can print on the front and back of the garment and the quantity is up to you since you can produce one or many.
Interested in getting your own 100% custom made all over printed shirt? Just go to our All Over Shirt Printing product page to create yours now!
At Jakprints we’re gearing up to head to Altanta for the 2010 A3C Hip Hop Festival. Now in its 6th year, the A3C Hip Hop Festival is a 2 day, 3 night event held annually in Atlanta, GA featuring live performances from some of Hip Hop’s elite artists. The live performance schedule is enhanced by day and night events showcasing some of the most exciting break-dance, graphic art, fashion, film, equipment demonstrations and panels relating to hip hop culture.
We’re proud to be the “Official Printer” of A3C 2010, and to help promote that fact we enlisted Cleveland B-Boy Swiftali of the 216 Beatriders (SKZ). Swiftali came to Jakprints for a quick photo session where we snapped some awesome shots, one of which we put on the cover of our brochure.
The 2010 A3C Hip Hop Festival will be held October 7-9, see you in Atlanta!