My name is Jamie Chiccarello. I own a screen printing and apparel decorating business in Hollywood, Florida--Inkings Inc.
Inkings Inc. came to be fatefully after years of interest and contemplation, a layoff, and pieces seemingly magically falling in place that could not be scripted.
I come from a background of technical sales and business management. Most recently selling supplies to the major cruise lines for a company where I wore every hat.
The company downsized in June of 2017 and I decided to take a leap of faith and chase a dream.
My name is Shawn Slaughter. I own a screen printing and apparel decorating business in Round Rock, Texas—ArtyRuckus LLC. We offer screen printing in Austin, TX and surrounding cities. We also offer embroidery and graphic design services.
My background is software development. I spent 20 years writing code. Corporate life started to weigh on me and I wanted a way out. My wife and I both have art degrees, so I figured I would journey down that path.
I spent about a year trying to figure out which direction to go while still in my current profession. When I decided to look at screen printing it was more of a last resort, but I found that I enjoyed it. I immediately started to research how I could make money. With a family, that's the most important thing--making money.
My name is Brandon Griffith. I own a screen printing and apparel decorating business in North Chicago, Illinois--Bad Conduct Screen Printing. We are manual screen printers offering custom t-shirts and other custom printed apparel.
We are a veteran owned and operated manual screen printing shop in North Chicago. After I spent 12 years in the military in the Marine Corps, I got injured. I needed a way to make money. I tried starting a clothing line, but most orders and calls we got were for custom printed shirts. So we decided to switch to a custom print shop since that was in demand.
My name is Dawn Gibson. I own a screen printing and apparel decorating business in Discovery Bay, California. DK Custom Tees.
I'd like to share my personal story about I got started and have grown my screen printing business. I had the opportunity to go back to school and my wife wanted to own a small business.
After I graduated from school, my wife and I both worked full time jobs but we also worked hard at learning how to decorate garments.
It was slow going for almost 10 years as we slowly built a reputation and client base.
"It was my second year in college at Milwaukee institute of Art and Design. My professor told the class that we were going to a screen printer in a day or two.
Holoubek Inc was looking for an intern for the summer. It would be a great chance for an aspiring artist to get a foot in the door of a local company.
My name is Kelly Burton. I started my print shop in Dec. 1, 2016 and it has grown slowly. We have a lot of custom apparel businesses in our small town, so business is tough at times. I keep pushing to prove to myself and my family, I am passionate about this business.
When I was 18, I was in a career center and I took Graphic Arts. I loved it and learning the new things the teacher had for us. I was 18 and pregnant and trying to make my path for the future. Well, on Dec. 1, 1992, I gave birth early to a beautiful little girl. I was out of school for a while, but then the worst thing in life happened and I lost her in Jan. 1993. I never returned to school and fell into depression and things just fell apart.
There aren’t many new trends in the world of T-shirt printing. Typically, much of the innovation or diversification in the industry comes from the latest pop expression or pop-culture sensation.
Over the last decade or so, however, a legitimate new niche in the T-shirt printing industry has made itself known across America: Rest in Peace and memorial T-shirts.
I've been in screen printing for 40 years. Wow, sounds like a long time if you say it out loud, but it went by like a Lamborghini.
Most people, when they get their first actual job, don't think its going to be what they do for the rest of their lives. I certainly didn't. In 1977, my first job out of high school, through a friend, was at “National Sports Sales / Red Diamond Co.” in Belleville, NJ for Mark Tartaglia. My job was cleaning screens and squeegees in a Varsol tank for minimum wage, which I think was about $3.35 an hour at the time. Needless to say, I learned quickly that the real money was in learning to pull a squeegee instead of washing them, so I watched and I learned.
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