Episode 21: Printing Color in the Real World
Screen Printing: Art, Ad, or Alchemy
by SmartWork Media
3w ago
It seems like the entire printed graphics world has turned to digital processing and imaging. The need — and skills — required for custom mixing and printing of spot colors faded into a blur of stochastic dots spit out by 4-, 6-, and 8-color print heads. The actual printing of a specific color is controlled by the algorithms of the computer and a button. Don’t get me wrong; that’s some fancy printing hardware and software. But nobody is mixing inks in the digital world. Screen printers, being a different species of printer, continue to work in a world where designers still call for spot color ..read more
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Episode 20: F&I Printing is Everywhere!

Screen Printing: Art, Ad, or Alchemy
by SmartWork Media
4M ago
In Episode 20, Andy MacDougall interviews Dan Gilsdorf, of Sefar USA about the hidden and lucrative world of functional and industrial screen printing. The world of functional and industrial (F&I) printing is hiding around us in plain sight. Since first appearing in the 1940’s, F&I has managed to avoid the U.S. and Canadian governments, who still consider print as predominately on paper. The average person wouldn’t know about F&I printing and, I have to say it, the average T-shirt or poster printer is blind to it as well. That’s even though we collectively use the products that rel ..read more
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Episode 10: Watt's Up With That
Screen Printing: Art, Ad, or Alchemy
by SmartWork Media
4M ago
Squeegeerama 2022’s guest host, Dan Stiles, details his unique and impressive poster making methods. Only he could intertwine conductive materials and lights into his screen printed posters. Listen to learn more about the Portland, Oregon-based designer who has worked with an impressive list of clients from many entertainment industries, and check out the accompanying column here ..read more
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Episode 19 - Tuff Love and Posters
Screen Printing: Art, Ad, or Alchemy
by SmartWork Media
5M ago
In episode #19, Andy MacDougall interviews legendary flatstock poster printer Tuffy Tuffington, VP of the American Poster Institute, the non-profit that runs the Flatstock Exhibitions of rock poster art. For 20-plus years, the exhibition has taken place at major music festivals around the world. With the rise in popularity of attending music and other events that need merch such as posters, Tuffington expects the flatstock poster shows will grow locations. With a pent-up demand from the Covid Blues, live music performances and touring are way up, attendance at events is up, and he says most b ..read more
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Episode 19 - Tuff love and posters. This is from the recording on Ringr
Screen Printing: Art, Ad, or Alchemy
by SmartWork Media
5M ago
In episode #19, Andy MacDougall interviews legendary flatstock poster printer Tuffy Tuffington, VP of the American Poster Institute, the non-profit that runs the Flatstock Exhibitions of rock poster art. For 20-plus years, the exhibition has taken place at major music festivals around the world. With the rise in popularity of attending music and other events that need merch such as posters, Tuffington expects the flatstock poster shows will grow locations. With a pent-up demand from the Covid Blues, live music performances and touring are way up, attendance at events is up, and he says most b ..read more
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Episode 18: Squeegee United
Screen Printing: Art, Ad, or Alchemy
by SmartWork Media
5M ago
In episode 18, Andy MacDougall reflects on the history and the future of an industry more diverse than many realize. From control panels and electronic interfaces to batteries and biomedical devices – even contributions to Allied victory in WWII – screen printing has always been so much more than decorated apparel. Moving forward, opportunities abound in active clothing, the Internet of Things, clean energy, and beyond. Linked by a common process, our community of squeegee draggers is often underappreciated, but just as influential as ever All this and more on this episode of the “Art, Ad, or ..read more
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Episode 17: Return From the Edge
Screen Printing: Art, Ad, or Alchemy
by SmartWork Media
5M ago
In episode 17, Andy MacDougall interviews Richie Goodtimes, a textile and poster production artist who suddenly went blind. Richie’s story is one of coming back from the edge. In the course of diving into his background, we also dive into a parallel story that is less personal, but also relevant. That’s the story of GP, or gigposters.com, a legendary forum that begat the Flatstock show prior to becoming a shell of its former self. All this and more on this episode of the “Art, Ad, or Alchemy?” podcast and companion column from the September/October digital edition ..read more
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Episode 16: Screen Printing
Screen Printing: Art, Ad, or Alchemy
by SmartWork Media
5M ago
In Episode 16, Andy MacDougall interviews Nick Rhodes. Nick’s story illuminates why it could be a mistake for anyone (particularly North American politicians, educational institutions, and trade associations) to essentially write off screen printing for anything other than decorating apparel. In this case, print – in a few different forms, not just screen – is a potential solution to yet another 21st-century problem created by humans: declining bee populations. All this and more on this episode of the “Art, Ad, or Alchemy?” podcast and companion column from the July/August digital edition ..read more
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Episode 15: Screen Printing Alchemy
Screen Printing: Art, Ad, or Alchemy
by SmartWork Media
5M ago
In Episode 15, Andy MacDougall interviews Julia Murphy, a founding member of Pedal Press (pedalpress.org). She believes screen printing can offer kids who maybe don’t fit into high school academics (or even high school) an opportunity not only to learn, but eventually, to earn,as well. Although Julia’s work and story are unique, this edition of “Art, Ad, or Alchemy?” touches on a theme from previous podcasts: attracting new talent to the screen printing industry. All this and more on the latest episode of the “Art, Ad, or Alchemy?” podcast and companion column from the May/June digital editi ..read more
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Episode 14: Screen Printing Alchemy
Screen Printing: Art, Ad, or Alchemy
by SmartWork Media
5M ago
In Episode 14, Andy MacDougall interviews industry vet Rick Roth. Rick and his wife, Pam, run the ongoing “Shop Talk” interview program at Impressions Expos under the banner of the Ink Kitchen (inkkitchen.com). Rick chats with players in the garment decorating industry. They share insights into all aspects of the trade. Through YouTube and their website and social media, this advice is free (altruism – what a concept). Andy and Rick discuss the live-printed poster that raised more than $15k during Impressions Expo Long Beach for Care Closet, a local nonprofit ..read more
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