Minimums Explained

If you've made it to this page you're likely asking yourself:

"Why can't I print just one shirt?"

Great question! The short answer is time, material, and enregy usage.

Screen printing is by far the best method for printing high quality custom t-shirts and apparel. Having been around for over 1,000 years, the process creates the the most vivid colors with unmatched durability.

Here's a quick breakdown of what it takes to screen print a shirt:

  • Artwork is separated into individual colors and prepared to be transferred onto screens. The screens are like your average window screen stretched on a metal frame but with much higher tension and smaller holes.
  • Each individual color in the design is transferred onto a separate screen which creates a stencil for the ink to pass through.
  • Inks for each color in the design are mixed individually from scratch.
  • The screens are put on press and aligned so that the colors match up precisely.
  • Test prints on recycled t-shirts are run to verify colors and alignment, making any necessary adjustments.

Once we've gone through the entire setup process, we can print anywhere from the 300 to 800 garments per hour. For example, printing just 50 shirts can take hours of setup and just 10 minutes of actual printing!

It's the nature of the screen printing process that determines pricing and sets our minimums for production. We know everyone would love to have a custom printed sample before they place their order. Ultimately, going through the entire setup process to print anything less than our minimums, let alone one shirt, just isn't sustainable.

You can definitely purchase blank samples of any item we offer. We also have printed sample tees so you can actually get your hands on and experience the quality of our prints. Our instagram has some great examples of our prints as well.

Thanks for taking the time to read this far! We hope you this info helps you better understand our process and why we have minimums for production.

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