Culture and Trends
How T-shirts Became High Fashion
This trend shows no sign of slowing down, with streetwear designer Virgil Abloh appointed an artistic director of Louis Vuitton, and Ralph Lauren collaborating with iconic streetwear brand Palace. Luxury brands have even started following streetwear brand's operating model - creating one-off items and "drops" to raise the appeal of traditionally low-key pieces, like T-shirts, even higher.
Culture and Trends
Live Printing Events
Adam Smith from Lucky Prints, Chicago, is an avid devotee of live printing events. Born in Georgia, Adam has always enjoyed the energy of fairs and community events. Eager to combine his love of printing with his Southern Hospitality, Adam has printed at live events for the past 4 years, which has also helped him drum up some helpful publicity for his business. We talk to him today about his experiences with live printing and what you can expect if you haven’t tried it before.
Tech and Innovation
Mixed Media Printing
Using a variety of different techniques on one garment is becoming more and more popular. People are always seeking new ways to make their shirts look unique, and using mixed media is a fun and creative option. Dawaud from Big Printing has done his fair share of experimentation: From embroidery and appliqué, to remixing fabrics. We speak to him today about what makes an effective mixed media design and how you can achieve one too.
MNKR: for the love of print
Screens, prints and rock'n'roll
Andy Anderson is one of the industry's most humble legends. A multi-award winning printer, his studio helped pioneer four-color process work and he's printed for some of the biggest names in the music industry.
Dave Gardner: Master of a truly American art form
The idea of somebody seeing something you've created and saying, 'I want that', there's no juice like that
Dan Strickland: Printing for Musicians
Dan Strickland has had his fair share of musical clients. Over the last few years, the co-founder of Garment Gear has worked with approximately 25 bands and artists to help them print T-shirts for their tours. We caught up with him to hear all about what it’s like, the challenges of tour deadlines, and what advice he would give to people wanting to try their hand at printing for tours.
MNKR: For The Love Of Print
Matt Fellows has been making his own tee shirt designs and managing his business for over 15 years. He creates wearable art both in the form of tees and tattoos. We spent the day with him at his LA Artist's loft to talk to him about what it means to be your own boss, finding inspiration from everyday life, and what makes this industry so appealing.
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