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T-shirt printing is becoming an increasingly popular way for companies to increase awareness about their brand. Not only are custom t-shirts relatively inexpensive, but they’re also a long-lasting form of free advertisement. In this guide, we’ll break down everything you need to know about t-shirt printing in Denver.

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So, you’re searching for screen printing in Denver. That’s great! Custom t-shirts can be a great addition to your company’s marketing strategy. Though we live in a digital-driven society, offline marketing efforts can be an inexpensive and efficient way to reach new customers.

Online ads can be overlooked, but t-shirts are eye-catching and memorable. In this article, we’ll break down how custom t-shirts can help build brand awareness for your business.

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Over the past few months, we have witnessed the mounting impacts of the coronavirus. This global pandemic has forced many businesses to shut their doors, which is bad news for many small companies. In Colorado, Governor Jared Polis recently established a COVID-19 relief fund to help small businesses and other organizations during this trying time. At Out of the Blue, we wanted to do our part in supporting local communities as well. We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve officially launched an online shop to generate funds for the Colorado coronavirus relief fund.

How OTB Is Supporting Local Communities

In this trying time, it’s imperative that we all chip in and do our part for the greater good. At Out of the Blue, we knew that we could leverage our services to raise funds for this important COVID-19 relief fund. We can easily create virtual apparel stores for our clients and we decided to use that to our advantage. Our team has developed an online storefront to raise those crucial funds and give Colorado residents another opportunity to help our state’s recovery from this global crisis.

Through this virtual store, we are currently selling “Colorado Strong” t-shirts in a wide range of sizes. A portion of the proceeds from that virtual store will go directly to the Colorado COVID-19 relief fund. We’ve sweetened the deal even further, by providing a FREE silicone wristband with every t-shirt purchase. When you purchase one of these shirts, you’re supporting local communities while simultaneously receiving terrific merchandise. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved, especially those who need the financial support.

What Will The Proceeds Accomplish?

The guidelines of the Colorado COVID-19 relief fund are very specific and very generous simultaneously. As mentioned above, a portion of the proceeds from this online shop will go directly to the relief fund. Those proceeds will then be used to support state-wide initiatives across three major categories: prevention, impact, and recovery efforts.

The funds will be utilized efficiently to support things like making medical equipment, food services, small business support, childhood education, health services, and much more. Nonprofits, local governments, school districts, and small businesses in Colorado can receive financial support through this coronavirus relief fund. All they have to do is submit a grant application before the deadlines. In a short span of time, they’ll receive the funds they need to get through this crisis.

Every Little Bit Helps

At Out of the Blue, we are incredibly proud to be supporting local communities through this relief fund. We’re all living in a very uncertain time right now and people all across Colorado need your support. While there are plenty of ways to lend a helping hand, the state-wide “stay-at-home” order makes it difficult to show your support. Our virtual storefront can make that social responsibility a little bit easier for you.

Are you interested in showing your support for local Colorado communities? Then make the most of this situation with Out of the Blue! Head over to our virtual storefront today and show off your state pride with a “Colorado Strong” t-shirt.

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Printing custom t-shirts is becoming a more and more popular way for brands to increase visibility and instill a sense of community amongst their team and clients. Not every t-shirt printing shop is created equally, though. So, when it comes time for your business or team to place a custom t-shirt order, you’ll want to find the right partner. Here’s a few tips for finding the best t-shirt printing in Denver.

What To Expect From The Best T-Shirt Printing In Denver

T-shirt printing is both an art and a science. When you’re getting an order of custom-printed apparel, you want to work with a partner who understands that. Here’s a few signs that you’ve found a provider of t-shirt printing in Denver who can fulfill both your orders and your expectations.

They’re Local

The era of online t-shirt printing has arrived. You can log-on, whip up a design, and send away for your custom printed garments. That’s all well and good until you have questions about your order or theirs an error with the finished product. It’s not easy to get a hold of a real decision maker when your only point of contact is a 1-800 number. We think that t-shirt printing is a personal experience, so being local and available to meet with, get to know, and support our clients is a key part of our operation. When you’re looking for t-shirt printing in Denver, be sure to look in Denver. Not only will you likely get a better quality finished product, but your purchasing experience will be much more positive.

Designer working on vector

They Understand The Design Necessities

If you’re considering working with a t-shirt printing company that doesn’t require a vector file of your design, you should run far, far away. A vector file is a specific kind of design file that can be scaled up and down to fit the garment you’re printing on without compromising the quality of the image. This is absolutely essential to getting a finished product that you’re proud to wear.

If you don’t have a vector file and the printer you’re considering working with doesn’t offer to recreate your image into the right file format, you’re likely to be displeased with the outcome. Don’t hesitate to walk away from a t-shirt printer who doesn’t have the same standards of quality as you.

They Have The Right Equipment

tshirt printing machine

Screen printing has been around for centuries, but, like most things, the craft has evolved significantly since it was first introduced. Look for a t-shirt printing company in Denver that’s comfortable using the latest and greatest technology for screen printing. Why is this so important? The other equipment we use for our garments has evolved, too. Consider your washer and dryer, for example. You’re going to need to wash your custom-printed garments and you don’t want the designs to be cracked, warped, or damaged because they can’t withstand the washing and drying process. To prevent this, you want to ensure that the printing techniques employed to decorate your apparel align with the other machinery that will be touching these clothes, too. Ask the t-shirt printing company you’re going to be working with about the equipment they use before making a final decision.

The Customer Service Meets Your Needs

Last, but certainly not least, when you’re looking for t-shirt printing in Denver, you want to find a company who has the right customer service model for your needs. If you want to come watch your products be produced, find a printer who invites you to be a part of the production process. If you’re going to have a lot of repeat orders, look for a printer whose infrastructure can support that. At the end of the day, you want to spend your time and money with a company that you can trust. Don’t be afraid to ask about their customer service policies and read reviews from previous clients to get a good idea of what kind of service they provide before making the final decision on an order.

Your Partner For T-Shirt Printing In Denver

At Out of the Blue, we pride ourselves on our relationship with our clients. We truly partner with every business, non-profit, school group and sports team we work with to ensure a positive purchasing experience each and every time. When you need t-shirt printing in Denver, give Out of the Blue a call.

Request a FREE quote to get started with your custom t-shirt order today.

Published in Screen Printing
Monday, 16 July 2018 16:41

Shop Dogs: Muttley

They don’t call a dog “mans best friend” for nothing. There are many social and emotional benefits for a person to own a dog, especially having the opportunity to work alongside your dog each day. Meet Muttley. He is one of the shop dogs here at Out of the Blue. He is Blue’s family dog, and his companionship with all of us here is priceless. Although he is small, he adds abundant joy by welcoming everyone into the facility. He loves kids, knows all the distribution drivers, and gladly welcomes clients when they come to pick up their merchandise. He just turned 3 back in March, and he is the 3rd shop dog we have had.

Blue’s first dog that he would bring to work was named Slappy. He too was adored by the Grimes family and the OTB family. We had Slappy for a long time, and he had a great life. Unfortunately he died of cancer when he was around five years old. Then there was Gator, the shop dog. We had Gator for two years, until a car hit him in front of Blue’s house. Leaving Blue’s family, and the shop, with another serious void.

Blue and his wife adopted Muttley a week after Gator’s untimely death to help move on from Gator’s passing. The adoption agency said that Muttley was a Labrador, Pointer mix. But we think he is probably a Lab/Pit mix. Muttley was only 5 weeks old when he was adopted; he was rescued from New Mexico. The adoption place is called All Aboard Animal Rescue. They were actually clients of ours before the adoption took place, and they remain valued customers and friends to this day. Muttley was discovered on All Aboard Animal Rescue’s Facebook page, and he was adopted shortly after. If you are looking to adopt a best friend you can visit All Aboard’s website at http://aaanimalrescue.org/.

Blue’s wife has a cousin that trains guard dogs and he is the owner of Top Dog Protection. He takes on dogs that are too aggressive to remain with their current families and trains them to be guard dogs. He also has various obedience level training options for family dogs. Muttley got his training there beginning when he was eight weeks old. It was a month long program. We traded our screen-printing services for his dog training services. Muttley came back to us a superstar dog. He was perfectly house trained, obedient, and well read. If you are interested their services you can visit their website at https://www.denversecuritydogs.com/.

Muttley comes to work with Blue everyday. Larry, Blue’s father in law, also walks him twice a day. Muttley knows everyone that comes through our doors from the employees, to the drivers, to the clients. He truly is our brand ambassador. He loves kids, and hates car rides. During his commute to work he gets nervous and drools, but once he gets to the shop he is back to his happy self. He also likes to play with the other shop dog Frank. Frank belongs to our screen technician Nick Southwell. Muttley and Frank can usually be found wandering around the office or shop floor. They boost moral and make work that much more enjoyable. Be sure to say hello next time you’re at the shop.

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 16:18

Recycling Fabrics

As any screen printer can tell you, we all make mistakes. While OTB does have systems and processes in place to minimize mistakes, screen printing is ever-changing. In an effort to remain on the forefront of our industry, OTB works hard to keep up and be knowledgeable about screen printing and garment decorating in general. Sometimes when working to perfect a new printing technique, effect or using new ink(s) and/or substrate, garments are unintentionally “sacrificed”. This can happen in any number of ways, but the most common reasons that a garment is ruined are due to misprints, scorching or general garment flaws like holes, uneven seams and loose stitching. When this happens our team does our best to extend the life of the garment.

Screen printed pieces cannot be recycled and made into new garments because of the ink used in the screen printing process. Once this ink is applied to a fabric, it cannot be removed. Because of this fact, after the garment has been damaged to the point where it can no longer be worn, it often ends up in the dump, left to slowly decompose over centuries. This adds to an enormous problem; that our species is making more trash than we know what to do with. Not only is the amount of space that clothes occupy in the landfill concerning, but as the fabrics decompose they release what is know as landfill gas. The two major gases that compose landfill gas are carbon dioxide and methane. Both of which are major contributors to the runaway green house gas effect.

At Out of the Blue, environmental responsibility is a core value. We strive to use only environmentally friendly products, supplies, and practices. Being that we are in the clothing and textile industry, we feel that we have a responsibility to minimize waste in our operations. In doing so, we hope to reduce landfill mass, provide materials for those who can re-purpose fabrics, and decrease the amount of energy that would otherwise be used to produce new clothes.

We do not waste any fabrics! Every textile is used multiple times in-house until it is ultimately donated. For example, if we have an order for 1,000 shirts and three of the shirts that we receive from the manufacture have a small hole in them, we will send back the garments with holes where they will be recycled by the manufacture into new garments. But what happens if we have a misprint, scorch the shirt, or another manufacturing flaw is found during packaging? We bring in overs on ever order to “fill in” when this happens so we can immediately re-print the garments needed to fill the order. But then we are left with the printed garments that we had to replace. We’ve built a process to re-purpose those garments rather than toss them in the garbage. First they are used as test print shirts. When setting up a new order for production, we need to test the print to be sure it’s set-up correctly. It’s best to test on fabric. That’s where the damaged garments start their afterlife; as test shirts. Eventually those test print shirts will be completely covered in ink inside and out, rendering them useless as test print material moving forward. At that point the shirts are rededicated as rags for cleaning. We also welcome schools, animal shelters, mechanics, and other various third parties who might find use for these rags and donate them. At one point we worked with a rock climbing company that picked up these garments and re-manufactured them into chalk bags for climbers. There were no two pieces alike making for a unique and applicable new recycled product.

It is also worth mentioning that all of our ink is non-toxic and phthalate compliant. We recycle it as well. For example, we may mix two inks together to create a new custom color for a customer. Although we try to mix only what we need, sometimes we have extra. Instead of tossing the ink, we hold onto it for future use when we might need that particular blend again. We can also use it to create a new shade for a future order.

Another way Out of the Blue reduces waste is by printing all of our documents double sided, with the exception of invoices. In doing this we use less paper, and decrease the demand for paper processing.

It is important to OTB that we protect our resources and manufacture/print/decorate in such a way that is not only environmentally friendly, but that also promotes education and awareness about recycling in our industry.

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