ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


Okay, so it might be a little late, but our friends over at Go Media nominated us to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Not only did we boldly accept the challenge, but we put a Jakprints spin on it! Continue Reading…

New Video: Jakprints Print Talk: CMYK vs RGB

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As part of our newest educational series we are looking at the differences between CMYK and RGB color modes and what print processes they work best for.

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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!


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.

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.

The Lake Erie Monster – A Cleveland Horror Comic

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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.

The Lake Erie Monster – A Cleveland Horror Comic from Jakprints, Inc on Vimeo.

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Jakprints at SXSW Wrap-Up

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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.
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