Printwear

September '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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Lon Winters learned screen printing from the bottom up, starting his 20-plus-year career reclaiming screens. He has won nearly 50 international industry awards and honors, published numerous articles, and led several in - dustry seminars and workshops. Currently, he is president of Colorado-based Print This, Inc./GraphicElephants.com, an international consulting firm specializing in technical FROM SOFTWARE TO SUBSTRATE B Y L O N W I N T E R S advances, plant design, layout, troubleshooting, productivity, quality analysis, and complete garment-embellishing solutions. Visit www.graphicelephants.com for more information. Contact Winters at lonwinters@aol.com. A s many readers know, we do quite a bit of work with sever- al volleyball organizations. Clubs, leagues, elementary, high schools, colleges, and just about any other volleyball related events are common customers and projects for us. One particular client that we have written about is Volleyball of the Rockies, or VOTR as they are known to their ever-expanding customer base. This client is a local volleyball league, club, resort, and restaurant, with The Island is in Aurora and The Oasis is in Broomfield—both suburbs of Denver. Both are pretty cool places to hang out if you like playing in the sand and enjoy a frosty cold beverage, even in the dead of winter. We have been blessed enough to grow with them over the last twenty years. Doubles, triples, quads, and five- and six-person teams can compete year round while participating in men's, wom- en's, and youth leagues. For our latest project with VOTR, the image we would be work- ing with is the "SOB" logo. Appropriate as this job would turn out to be a major SOB, if you know what I mean. The SOB in this instance, however, stands for "South of the Border" volleyball oasis in Ixtapa, Mexico, an international tournament hosted by our customer every year. SPIKE IT We already had the logo digitized at 3" for golf shirts so it should have been a snap to convert to screen print, right? Unfortunately, not the case. The customer wanted his logo to make a major impact and Too Hot to Handle This design was blown up and adapted from a 3" digitized file. (All images courtesy the author) 14 || P R I N T W E A R S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 ■ Intermediate

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