Another Fantastic Cleveland Tweed Ride For The History Books

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If you were anywhere in Cleveland this weekend chances are, you saw multitudes of cyclists at every turn. Friday night was Cleveland Critical Mass followed by “Respect the Bike,” a party at The Greenhouse Tavern that was equal parts bike themed art show and rooftop concert. And Saturday was the return of the now infamous Fantastic Cleveland Tweed Ride.

More than 75 bike and mustache enthusiasts gathered downtown with their “steeds” in turn-of-the-century garb for a joyride through a number of Cleveland neighborhoods. Rainy cold weather wasn’t a deterrent and almost added to the British feel of the event.  The ride began at Mall C and made it’s way to East 30th, back down to East 4th for a pitstop at Erie Island Coffee. Riders than cruised over the  bridge to Ohio City, continued down West 25th, Market Ave. and Bridge St. until they reached The Happy Dog.

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Ten Bizarre Things About Rock Hall Induction Week in Cleveland

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was this past Saturday night. The ten days leading up to the big night were jam packed with events celebrating the celebration. Kid Cudi and George Clinton played a free concert at the Q, The Beachland Ballroom hosted  a night of tribute bands called Appetite for Induction, Touch Supper Club hosted a tribute to the Beastie Boys called License to Ill and QuestLove DJing at B-Side, were just some of many events being held all across the city.

Regardless of where you stand on the Rock Hall, (We’re looking at you disgruntled Rush fans and Kiss Army members!) having the ceremony right here in Cleveland was great for the local economy, the local arts and the national perception of our city. We can’t wait until next time! In addition to all the excitement, there were some strange moments as well. There are plenty of articles out there giving you the highlights, so here, we bring you…

Ten Bizarre Things that Happened During Rock Hall Week

1. Seeing Rick Rubin, Robbie Robertson, John Mellencamp, Meg Ryan, Bette Midler and Chris Rock sharing a table. In Cleveland.

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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 ( that’s a pretty leisurely skate blog. I’ve also recently gotten into hand-guns which has been fun. Continue Reading…

Video Release – Derek Hess : Black Line White Lie

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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.

Customer Spotlight:Vegan Sweet Tooth

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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.



Jakprints Employee SpotlightNick Larich

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Since starting as a Boxer in Full Color Finishing four years ago, Nick LaRich has been moving and shaking his way through the JP ranks. Currently, LaRich ensures your custom, full color orders look great and are on schedule as our Job Controller. He’s a flurry of energy, often seen running from department to department, iPad in hand; his upbeat, vociferous personality and positive attitude have won him accolades from fellow JPers.


Color: Blue

Food: Steak

Movie: Goodfellas or Casino

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World Of Jak: Sponsorships And Events

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In the past week, we’ve managed to hit both coasts while still having a great presence in our beloved Cleveland, OH.

  • Scene Magazine’s Very Vodka featuring Finlandia

    Friday, September 23, 2011

    Cleveland, OH

    We love supporting local events, especially when it helps out our good friends at Scene Magazine. The Warehouse District was alive with martinis, vodka, beer, burlesque dancers and cupcakes — such a great time!

  • AIGA Cleveland Presents Merge Mashup

    Friday, September 23, 2011

    Cleveland, OH

    We’re proud members of the graphic design community — that’s why we’re Gold Partners of the Cleveland AIGA. Merge Mashup was awesome night, combining design and business. We left filled with creative energy, inspired to start our next project. How about you?

  • Dewey Beach Music Conference

    September 22-24

    Dewey Beach, DE

    A fantastic, three-day music conference in beautiful Dewey Beach. Jakprints is always looking for opportunities to help musicians market their band affordably and DBF didn’t disappoint.

  • Tarfest

    Sunday, September 25

    La Brea Tar Pits, CA

    When longtime friends approached us about sponsoring this event, we couldn’t resist. In its ninth year, the free indie art and music celebration was fantastic with live music, live art mural installations, biergarden, food trucks and a kids interactive corner.

As always, we were stoked to help create and produce much needed pieces for each event. For Very Vodka’s VIPs, we screen printed two colors on a black Tultex (0803LB) Tote Bag — a clean, classy look. Dewey Beach went all out with three military-inspired bags [Rothco Classic Paratrooper Shoulder bag (9128)Rothco Olive Drab HW Classic Messenger Bag (9148)Authentic Pigment Canvas Field Bag (1902)] and a distressed one color print, they created the ultimate old-but-new bag. Tarfest got to work with our entire company: large format banners on outdoor vinyl; promo Posters and Postcards; T-Shirts for all five bands; VIP Laminate Passes and some amazing Full Color Stickers.

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