It’s Live! It’s Live! Printing live at Topanga Film Fest 2017

This year is keeping us busy right out of the gate, and February 10-13 found us printing t-shirts live at the Topanga Film Festival.

This was our fourth year printing at this festival! They keep asking us back and who are we to argue?

We have it mostly down to a science. We get our equipment set up lickety-split and we’re usually doing our first test prints about 40 minutes after arriving. The only part of the science we didn’t have down this time was the weather. Even with my control freak nature turned up to 11, I couldn’t command the skies to clear and we spent our first day at the event trying to keep warm and dry (It Never Rains in Southern California).

Even with the rain, the festival drew a good crowd checking out the VR stations, the bar, panels and of course watching what we were up to. One of the cool things about printing in front of a crowd is that in the lull between event programs there’s still something for attendees to see.

This was the festival where we started our live printing extravaganza. Printing on blank tees is way cool, but what’s super unique and kinda crazy is when we print on the guests’ clothes. Some people who already know us and know the drill will bring a shirt or pants with them. Others decide on the fly and well, the clothes do have to come off for us to print on them.


Even with the wet and cold February weather, a few people did strip. It must a vibe that Jenni and I give off, people are extremely comfortable doffing their garments for us.

Plenty of people kept their clothes on and just brought things to us. There’s the suit jacket we’ve printed on every year (it’s almost full up) and this year we printed a few denim shirts:

Ta-daaa!

Nice canvas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have press, will travel. Thanks to the Topanga Film Institute for having us out again!

Threads for Love tees

Threads for Love tees

Client: Renee Willoughby, Threads for Love Printed by: D.J. Music to Print by: 80s playlist on Google Play Snacks Consumed: Water. But I just had Jenni’s amazing lentil loaf for lunch, thanks. We love printing for Renee’s vegan apparel line. She always chooses the best shirts, which may have something to do with her fashion industry background. When she originally approached us… Continue Reading

Get crafty. Decorate your own t-shirts for supreme holiday merriment.

Get crafty. Decorate your own t-shirts for supreme holiday merriment.

“She’s crafty, she’s gets around / She’s crafty, she’s always down / She’s crafty, she’s got a gripe / She’s crafty, and she’s just my type…” – Beastie Boys At our house, we’re well into holiday craft season. Every year we do something crazy and new like a snowman made out of old cans (it… Continue Reading

El Cochinito tees

El Cochinito tees

Client: Daniel Navarro, El Cochinito Printed by: D.J. Music to Print by: Beastie Boys, License to Ill; The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper; 80s playlist on Spotify Snacks Consumed: Starburst and natural orange soda These 3-color tees were fun to print. There’s a challenge to separating colors in any logo, but this one had lots of great detail. It was originally created… Continue Reading

Standing Rock tees

Standing Rock tees

Client: Claire Bryett Andrew for Topanga Stands with Standing Rock Printed by: D.J. Music to Print by: R.E.M. Life’s Rich Pageant and Monster Snacks Consumed: Skittles & water We worked with Claire to raise funds for the people fighting for Standing Rock in North Dakota. All from the t-shirt sales will go directly to Standing Rock to help them… Continue Reading

Sparky’s T-shirt Review: Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex

Sparky’s T-shirt Review: Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex

You can have my shirt when you pry it off my cold, dead torso. That’s how strongly I feel about the Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex tee. In fact, it’s our go-to shirt for screen printing. Here’s Bella’s description of this awesome tee: This updated unisex essential fits like a well-loved favorite, featuring a crew neck, short sleeves… Continue Reading

Hey, is that vegan t-shirt… vegan?

Hey, is that vegan t-shirt… vegan?

Is that a weird question? I mean, after all, it says, “vegan” on it. Of course it’s vegan. It’s right there in the phrase. Yup, I get it. Except I’m not talking about the message printed on the shirt. I’m asking what’s behind the printing of that shirt. Is it vegan? Before we get into some answers, let’s… Continue Reading