We may not be the style experts at fashion week, but we like to think we know the world of T-shirts pretty well. After 10 or 15 years in the industry, you get pretty good at spotting trends and knowing what to expect in the upcoming months.

For example, one thing we’re seeing this year is a big rise in the popularity of T-shirts. Tees are no longer just for lounge and casual wear. Wearing a T-shirt to work or out to dinner is very much in style, as long as it’s done correctly of course. Tees paired with slacks or pencil skirts make for a great business casual vibe.

This summer, printed tees are trending in a big way. First things first, if you haven’t yet noticed, the 90’s are back. Except this time with a 70’s twist. This means the loose fitting tops and casual style of the 90’s, but with the pops of color we all know and love from the 70’s. Think geometric patterns, think psychedelic colors and prints. These are all going to be super hot for summer 2016.

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Another trend we expect to stay hot this summer; food. Something about this time of year makes people want to wear shirts featuring food. Expect to see printed fruits, desserts, and other edibles all summer long. This trend isn’t going anywhere.

 

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As for graphic tees, it’s all about flowy, bold, free style fonts. Brush hand-lettering, cursive and loopy fonts are in style in a big way. This means sassy and inspirational quote tees are here to stay as well.

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These are just a few trends you can expect to see this summer in the printed tee world. To learn about the shirt styles trending this summer, stay tuned! Our next post will show you the right styles, fabrics, and colors you need to fill your summer wardrobe.

As always, please email any questions or topics you’d like to learn more about, or simply leave a comment below! Don’t forget to check us out on social media:

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One of the best things about working at a screen printing company is getting to know the people you print for. Printing for occasions like family reunions and spring break is always fun because you know your clients are going to have a good time in their new shirts.

Sometimes, our clients even send us pictures from their events, and it’s so much fun for us to see! Sharing the good times is our favorite thing of all. So this week we want to feature the UT Arlington Baptist Student Ministry and their spring break tanks!

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This past spring break, the BSM took a trip to Houston, where they spent their week in the inner-city working with backyard bible clubs, construction teams, food pantries, and other organizations. We think it’s wonderful to see this group of young people spending their break helping others!

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UT Arlington BSM students on their mission trip in Houston, TX. Go Mavs!

To learn more about the Baptist Student Ministry at UT Arlington, visit their website and Facebook page. To see more of our awesome clients, check us out on social media!

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When clients stop by our office, we like to take them on a little tour of our workshop. We show them the screen printing process, explain what these giant machines do and how the shirts are actually made. By doing this, we’ve learned that people really love screen printing!

Our clients love to see the process and we love to share it with them. Since we can’t bring the whole world into our shop, we wanted to bring it to you. Check out this video and watch as these fraternity T-shirts make their way from plain to printed!

Of course, this video only includes a small part of the screen printing process. We’ll call this the “ink to tee” portion. There’s much more to see, and we are happy to show you. Shoot us an email to let us know what you want us to feature next on Just Inkin’ Around! In the meantime, check us out on social media here:

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Spring break is when color makes its comeback. After months of dark winter apparel, it’s safe to say we’re ready to brighten things up.

Enter spring break: Relaxation, warm weather, and fun with friends. Spring break means colorful tees and tanks commemorating your vacation with friends. It means printed hats with hashtags and inside jokes. For those of us who no longer get to experience spring break, these items are a fun reminder. For those of you who still do, customized gear is an absolute necessity. We’ll give you three real reasons.

REASON #1: YOU WONT GET LOST

If you’re going on vacation with your friends to somewhere beachy, chances are you can expect a crowd. Spring break is a popular vacation time, but remember: unfamiliar cities + lots of people = lost friends.

How do you avoid the lost friend problem? Obviously you need to get matching neon shirts for your whole group. If one friend disappears for a few minutes, they will be easy to spot in a crowd. When you ask people if they’ve seen your friend, they’re more likely to remember the person in a neon orange tank top than the person in a white shirt. *Side note: If you plan on ditching your friends, you should probably bring a white shirt to change into, because nobody loses the friend in neon! #fact

REASON #2: TAUNTING THE FRIEND WHO STAYED HOME

Group vacations are never easy. There’s always one person whose schedule didn’t work out and they have to stay home. We feel bad for that friend. However, sometimes one friend CHOOSES to stay behind! When a friend chooses to stay behind instead of have fun, they deserve to be punished.

How do you punish this friend? Step 1: Make custom shirts, tanks, hats, fanny packs, really anything you can think of. Step 2: Print inside joke from the trip on those items. Make it a funny saying or a #hashtag phrase. Step 3: Wear these items around this friend for years and years to come, but never tell them what the inside joke means.

REASON #3: SPRING BREAK DOESN’T LAST FOREVER

Unless you’re a teacher (or a student for life), there comes a time when we must let go of spring break and all of its glory. Someday when you’re out there adulting, wishing you were on a beach, you can pull out those spring break shirts and feel young and free. You can look at the pictures of you and your friends in matching neon and think about all the memories you made (unless you’re the friend who stayed home).

Custom tees hold sentimental value because they remind us of times we cherish and memories made. Trust us, spring break with your friends is one of those times. Commemorate it while you can!

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If you see a design you like on the blog, simply email us and let us know! We can print any of the designs you see above or create something new and custom just for you. For more design inspiration, visit our social media sites below:

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When you think about custom T-shirts, you probably think of a basic shirt. When you think about your T-shirt style options, you probably think, ‘well, I can get long sleeves or short sleeves, and I can choose a shirt with a pocket or without.’

Don’t get us wrong, classic T-shirts are great. But if long/short and pocket/no pocket were the only two options we could offer clients, we probably would have chosen to work in a different industry. Your custom shirts represent you! Your style, your message, your hobbies, your passions, your businesses, your brands, you, you, you! So when you need custom shirts, it’s important to choose a style that reflects who you are!

We realize you probably had no idea there were more options available, and we’ll take the blame for that! How could you know if we never told you? So today we’re showing you a few fresh styles.

Bella + Canvas Flowy Draped Sleeve Dolman

Perfect for printing a custom tee without sacrificing any femininity. This flowy style is super flattering and the thin fabric is incredibly soft. Bonus: It comes in 13 different colors!
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Bella + Canvas Men’s Pocket T-shirt

We know you’ve seen a pocket t-shirt before, but the two-tone style from Bella + Canvas is a really fresh way to refresh the look of your tee without losing comfort and functionality.

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J America Ladies Glitter Tee

We guarantee you’ll turn heads and draw attention with these adorable glitter tees from J America. Whatever you print on it, people are sure to take notice. Choose your favorite of 7 color options, or put your design on all of them!
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J America vintage full-zip hoodie

We’re in Texas, so even in February we’re starting to see warmer days, but we know the rest of you are probably still enjoying at least a lightweight hoodie. This vintage look is a stand-out awesome look for guys who are feeling casual but don’t want to sacrifice style.

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Bella + Canvas crop tee

Its no secret that crop tees are still trending this spring, and this one from Bella is perfect for boutiques other trendy brands. Print your favorite sassy phrases on this trendy style in every color!

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Alternative men’s jersey shirt

Your girlfriend wont mind your T-shirts as much if you choose this cool blended fabric tee with solid lines. This shirt sits somewhere between vintage and fresh, and we can’t get enough!

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If you’re a fan of styles like these, there’s plenty more where we found them! Comment below and let us know what you’d like to see more of, or email us directly to order your favorite featured style!

To see some of our screen prints and ideas for printing on your new apparel, check us out on social media and don’t forget to follow us here at Just Inkin’ Around!

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Ordering T-shirts can be a hassle. It starts out simple enough, you’re in a meeting and someone decides it would be fun to make T-shirts for your organization or maybe an upcoming event. Everyone thinks it sounds like a great plan until you all start trying to create a design. If nobody in the group is an artist, how do you make a T-shirt design that doesn’t look like a 6-year-old drew it?

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You can go online to a website and create a T-shirt, but then you’re limited to a few clip art options and approximately 12 font choices. You can create the shirt in a word document (bad idea), but then you have no clue how to size it correctly for a T-shirt or how it will look when it’s printed out.

We hear our clients talk about this problem over and over again, and we know it’s no fun! The good news is that artwork for T-shirts does not have to be stressful for you. Simply choose a screen printer with in-house designers. At Cornerstone, we are so lucky to have some amazing designers on our team. They take drawings, ideas and words and turn them into beautiful artwork for print.

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Next time you decide you want to make custom T-shirts for an event, all you have to do is let us know. We can brainstorm ideas with you, take any instructions you have for us and create a custom design you’ll love. Check out a few custom designs created by our artists below:

Some of these designs you see above were nothing more than a general idea when they first came to us. The beauty of having in-house graphic designers is that it saves you time, effort and a lot of group discussions over T-shirt designs.

When you’re ready to make tees for your next event, please don’t stress about the design! Let our artists handle everything for you. If you don’t like the design at first, no problem, we’ll make it again. To see more from our designers, follow us here at Just Inkin’ Around and check us out on social media!

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