We've documented amazing screen printing shops, interviewed print industry leaders, and hosted an incredible conference in 2019. Bridget and Luke from Printavo teamed up to bring you a recap from a busy year. Here are 10 of our favorite videos from 2019.
Printavo power-user Steven Farag opened his shop to us earlier this year to do a series of basic videos about the art and business of custom apparel. This popular video ends with an amazing reveal of a very special custom print.
While we were at Campus Ink, we had to tour their new facility. This video is full of cool tips for organizing your shop, streamlining your layout, and even using computers to track inventory in a super clever way.
Our most popular shop tour this year, A Small Print Shop in Denver is doing something different. With a unique pricing formula, a DIY skatespot just outside the shop, and a thoughtful focus on taking their work seriously, A Small Print Shop is worth spending time with.
Max from Family Industries in Los Angeles is the industry’s foremost expert on live printing. So when we asked him to join us at our conference and tell 200+ print shops from around the world his deepest secrets about live printing, he balked. Live printing isn’t like making brownies. There’s no recipe to follow. Every event is different. It’s tough, grueling work. But Max armed us with super clear and actionable tips for going into live screen printing. Check it out...and a huge thanks to Max for sharing what he’s learned.
Mike Chong from Merch Monster in Oakland is one of Printavo’s biggest advocates. "I owe Mike a huge debt of gratitude for his help throughout the past year," Luke says. This video – featuring Mike’s tips for getting super-soft plastisol prints – is one of his most popular.
Dom got his start in screen printing through skateboarding and snowboarding, two activities with dozens of custom apparel brands. This is our second video with Dom this year, and one of our favorite articles. Dom is one of screen printing’s emergent leaders, and we can’t wait to keep tabs on his progress throughout 2020.
Check out this high-volume, high-speed facility to see what the future of screen printing could look like. Pete Bolsoni at Same Day Tees in Frankfurt, IL just outside of Chicago welcomed us to his shop this summer. He’s got M&R’s DigitalSqueegee, a hybrid printing device designed for quick turnaround and complex designs.
Mark Coudray is certainly the screen printing industry’s best consultant. Want proof? Watch his simple, super-clear, and totally bulletproof presentation from Printavo’s PrintHustlers Conf 2019.
A few months before 2019’s PrintHustlers Conf, Bruce and I were sitting in the Printavo office brainstorming about who would be a great headliner. Bruce jokingly said, “Man, it’d be great to get the Profit First guy to come speak at our conference, but I don’t know if he does that kind of thing or how much it would cost.” At the time, I thought Bruce was crazy.
Amazingly, we managed to get Mike Michalowicz to join us to give his rousing 90-minute presentation on Profit First. This is can't miss, and a sure-fire way to start making profit in your business.
Our favorite video and shop visit this year, Madd Science is unlike any other print shop we’ve visited. They’ve created a screen printer’s paradise unlike any other, and Madd Science is right in our back yard – hidden away in an old warehouse in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.
Join Printavo’s amazing community at PrintHustlers Conf 2020, an elite conference for the best and brightest in the custom apparel industry. Now in its fourth year, PrintHustlers Conf has brought shops from across the world (even Nigeria!) for two days of incredible presentations, seminars, and relationship building.
If you want to meet the industry’s biggest players, learn from the best, and have a blast at an incredible venue with truly inspiring people, then Printavo’s 2020 PrintHustlers Conf is where you want to be.
Where: Ace Hotel in Chicago
When: July 24-25, just after the ASI Chicago show.
What: A gathering of the industry’s finest for candid discussions and solution building (and some fun, too)
Curious to see what PrintHustlers Conf is like? Check out PrintHustlers Conf 2019 on YouTube with last year’s presentations and breakout sessions or read our in-depth recap of PrintHustlers 2019. Also, a huge thanks to M&R for sponsoring 2019's PrintHustlers!
Tickets are selling faster this year than they were last year. We sold out nearly 45 days before the conference last year.
But you don’t have to take our word for it. Here’s what they told us last year:
“Printavo’s PrintHustlers Conf is the best event we have attended for the last 2 years. The speakers have been great and have helped us in so many areas. We also appreciate the connections that we have made through this conference. It is obvious from attending that this event is not designed to make money off of those attending, but is truly an event created to help us and improve our industry. Printavo is really making a difference in our industry. Keep it up!"
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