How do you print your shirts?
All of the t-shirts we produce in our shop are hand screen printed using plastisol inks, the industry standard. Each and every shirt is printed by hand with care by a real person. We take the time to pay attention to each and every detail, ensuring the highest possible quality control.
First we separate the artwork into its component colours, then put the art for each of those colours on its own screen. A screen is basically a square or rectangular frame with a synthetic cloth stretched over it. Once the art is on the screens, we line them all up on one of our print stations and push the ink through the screens onto the shirt using screen printing squeegees, one colour at a time, until the image is complete. The shirt then must be dried through our conveyer heat dryer and it's ready.
How soon can I get my shirts?
Our standard turn around time is 10 business days (2 weeks). If you need your order completed in less time than that, let us know and we can try our best to accommodate you based on scheduling availability. If you need a very quick turn around time, there may be a small rush fee applied to the order.
What kind shirts do you print on?
We generally prefer to use, and recommend, Alstyle Apparel. We do, however, deal with many major suppliers so we can get many different brands and styles that our customers may be interested in (American Apparel, Gildan, Bella, Anvil, etc). Prices vary between brands and styles. If there's something specific you are looking for just ask us and there's a good chance we can find it for you.
Why is there a set-up fee?
Set-up fees are $20 per screen. The reason this is done is that the set-up for a typical print job is often the most time and resource consuming part of the process - it can take many hours to set up everything for a print job and ties up a lot of expensive equipment and supplies. We will waive set-up fees on re-orders of 12 or more units within 4-6 weeks from the last order.
How can I save money on my order?
We'll knock 5% off your total if you prepay for your order. In order to prepay and save 5% you will be asked to pay for your order in full at the time the order is confirmed.
Are there graphics charges?
We don't expect you to know how to separate colors and be a graphics wiz. If your art is ready for print, there's no charge for preparation. If not, art charges are $40 per hour. The good news is, as long as your artwork is nice and big (300 DPI+ at your preferred print size), most art doesn't take us more than an hour to prepare. We will of course advise you if there will be any graphics charges before prepping your art. Generally we prefer artwork to be in EPS, PSD, AI, PNG or PDF format. JPGs are acceptable provided they haven't been too compressed. A JPG is designed to look good on screen, but they're typically not suitable for going straight to print with. If you're not sure just email your art and we can tell pretty quickly whether or not we'll be able to work with it.
Can I get you to print on my shirts?
Not all garments are suitable for screen printing. If you are providing your own gear and are unsure, feel free to contact us. We can print on cotton, cotton/poly blend as well as most tri blends and 100% polyester. Fabrics to avoid are nylon & spandex. Clothing must be new and unwashed. Depending on how many you want, we charge a per-item print charge which increases with each additional colour in the print, and regular screen set-up fees still apply.
Is there a minimum order size?
We have no minimums! We will print one shirt for you. One off shirts with a one colour screen print are $45, everything included. If you are looking to have a full colour image on 1 shirt, we would use a heat transfer which is applied with a professional heat press. It is a different application than a screen print, but perfect for small runs and the product is still high quality. One off heat transfers are $35, everything included. If you're not sure, just contact us and we can probably accommodate you.
Will you print shirts for me if I don't live in Halifax?
Of course! We have shipped out custom orders all over the world. The regular turnaround times apply but do NOT include shipping time, which depends on the shipping option you choose. The total for shipping is not included in the price - once we know where the order is being shipped to, we can calculate the additional costs. If you live in the Maritimes, we often ship via bus in which case you can pay for the shipping yourself, COD.
How can I contact you?
Who have you printed shirts for?
We've been printing shirts for over 15 years and in that time have printed shirts for a very diverse group of bands, pub crawls, teams, events, organizations & businesses – more than we can possibly type out, but here is a partial list:
Clothing Lines, Stores & Local Business:
Trade Corps Apparel
Noggin's Corner Farm
Lion & Bright
North Mountain Coffee Roasters
Dr. Kombu Brewing Co.
Media & TV/Movie Productions:
Trailer Park Boys
Universities & Schools:
Citadel High School
Halifax West High School
Dartmouth High School
Sacred Heart School of Halifax
Gym's, Teams, & Dance Companies:
Halifax Sport & Social Club (HSSC)
Limelight Productions Inc.
TASA Ducks Minor Hockey
Dartmouth Wolfpack Minor Hockey
Titans Fitness Academy
.....and many, many more!