Behind The Screens
Greetings one and all, and welcome back to the best darn funny t-shirt website and blog on the internet! As a small business, we pride ourselves on being involved and giving back to the community. Our community is Rochester, a small city in Western New York. Although the city and surrounding areas are made up of only about 1 million people, these people have so much pride for our city and LOVE to give back. This fact has never been more apparent to us than it was last Saturday, September 9th when we put on our first ever sale at Crazy Dog HQ.
We make thousands of t-shirts, so of course, we need a warehouse to store all of our hilarious designs. But recently, our warehouse has been bursting at the seams with inventory and our staff was starting to drown in a sea of shirts (albeit figuratively). Instead of letting hundreds of t-shirts sit in boxes and gather dust, we wanted to see them go to good use – and the idea for our first Swimmin’ In T-Shirts Sale was born.
The idea: Put 20 kiddie pools in our parking lot, fill them with the overstock inventory, then invite the community to come purchase a tote bag for $10 and stuff it with as many shirts as possible. BONUS: Give half of the proceeds to a local charity.
We figured this idea was a little wacky, so we created a Facebook event, told our friends and family about it and thought maybe a few dozen people would come. Boy, were we wrong! Not only did HUNDREDS of people show up, they started lining up an hour before the sale even started! We got rid of almost ALL of the overstock inventory, had people shopping until the very last minute, and we even ran out of tote bags and had to improvise. On top of all of that, we raised THOUSANDS of dollars for a great cause, the Willow Domestic Violence Center of Greater Rochester.
We are so overwhelmed by the success of this event and the generosity of the people who came. We just wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone that came and helped us raise money for such an important cause. It is people like you that make us proud to be a small business, locally owned and operated right here in Rochester, NY. So again, THANK YOU!
If you were at the sale and saw something you loved or are just browsing our website because you love funny t-shirts, don’t forget to take advantage of our awesome deals – Buy One Get One 50% Off and Buy 2 Get 2 FREE. Have a great week!!
The Crazy Team at Crazy Dog T-Shirts
Posted: September 07, 2017|Categories: Behind The Screens
Greetings one and all, and welcome back to the best darn funny t-shirt website and blog on the internet! Here at Crazy Dog T-Shirts, we're constantly rolling out new hilarious t-shirts for our wonderful customers (pssst, that's you), to enjoy. We come up with new designs and create these t-shirts so fast that it can sometimes seem like magic. Well, it is a little like magic, but the process is technically called Silk Screen Printing (or just Screen Printing for short). Today, we're going to give you a quick run-through of the screen printing process. This way, whether you purchase an original design from our website or are creating your own custom t-shirt, you'll have an idea what the little Crazy Dog elves are doing behind the scenes to make you the best quality shirt money can buy!
Whether it's our design or yours, it all starts with art. We take the artwork and prepare it on the computer to ensure the highest quality design. Once the art is approved and complete, the film gets printed.
Original Art and Film
Ok, we have the film printed. Now what?
NEXT: CREATE THE SCREEN
The printed film is laid flat on a screen, which has light sensitive emulsion allowing your art to be exposed onto it. Once the art is on the screen it is put into an exposure unit.
Placing the Film on the Screen
Finished Screen on Exposure Unit
Once the screen comes off the exposure unit, we rinse the emulsion to reveal the image. We then let it dry and it is ready to go to the printer!
Rinsing the Emulsion
THE HOME STRETCH: PRINT IT
The screen is mounted onto a t-shirt and your image is printed with ink and downward pressure from the squeegee. It is then placed into a dryer to set the design and VOILA! Your brand new t-shirt is printed and ready to be packed into our beautiful Crazy Dog bags and delivered to your front door!
Place the Screen on the Printer
Squeegee the Screen
Blank Shirt on the Printer
Print on Shirt
Freshly Printed Shirts on the Dryer
Freshly dried shirts
Your Brand New Screen Printed T-Shirt!
So there's your sneak peek into the crazy world of screen printing! Of course, the process gets a little more complicated depending on the complexity of the design, the colors, the quantity of shirts, etc, but those are the basics! Now every time you put on your favorite Crazy Dog Tee, or when you design your own custom shirt, you'll be able to perfectly envision what goes into creating that one piece of sartorial perfection.
Are you as obsessed with screen printing as we are now? Wikipedia has even more information. You're welcome.
Before you go, be sure to explore our site and take advantage of one of our great promotional deals. Buy One Get One 50% Off, or even better, Buy Two Get Two FREE! Have a fantastic week!