UltraColor fits into Screen Printers Mix
Congratulations to our September winners of the UltraColor Creative contest. Both of this month’s winners are screen printers. Both have earned a prize of $250 to be used on future UltraColor products.
Hey Elmer, LLC
Our first winner is from Hey Elmer, LLC from Indiana. Elmer has been screen printing and heat pressing since high school. He started at a local print shop and studied Illustration and Printmaking in college. He started a side hustle shirt decorating business in 2013.
This year, Elmer dove in full time, converting 850 Square feet of his home into a print shop. His goal is to grow into a storefront in the very near future. With his background in design, he likes to push the limits with a creative approach. He not only prints shirts but also notebooks, hats, lawn signs, folders, totes, can coolers, aprons, packaging and posters. He sells his own line of products at www.HeyElmer.com.
Most of Elmer’s business is local but he has also done work for out-of-state clients like the Epic conference sponsored by Google and Intel. He also has done designs for Showtime shows Dexter and Californification.
They love using UltraColor Max for its high quality and durability. Elmer notes, “When Ultra Color Max was first introduced, we ordered some designs to test the durability of the transfer and quickly learned that these were some of the best transfers in the market. Adhesion has never been a problem and color has stayed vibrant after many, many washes. The shirts still look new, and I wear mine almost every week.” He also knew when investing in heat pressing the Stahls’ brand was the only one he wanted in his shop.
Hey Elmer also used Goof Proof screen printed transfers and Thermo-FILM HTV when decorating teams or retail merchandise. Hey Elmer is the proud owner of an A2Z Swing Away Heat press and Hotronix Cap Press. His next investment is a 360 IQ hat press so he can add patches.
Good Vibe Ink
Our second winner is Good Vibe Ink from New Jersey. Amy describes Good Vibe as your friendly neighborhood screen printer. They are a husband and wife team the started dabbling with a 4 head screen print press making shirts for family and friends four years ago. They headed to the Impressions show a year ago and invested in an upgraded screen print setup and a Stahls’ Hotronix cap press and Fusion . They first started in the garage of one of their parent’s house. When they bought their own home, the front room had been a meat market so it was zoned commercially and has some history. They have plans to turn that into the showroom and use their garage for production but as Amy says, that can change.
It was at that same show they discovered UltraColor Max. They started with an order for themselves and admit to being skeptical but become a believer after many washings.
They are now working with a local organization doing shirts and bags for different events and still do work for family and friends but are ready to grow. They plan to reach out to local businesses, fairs and festivals. I see some event pressing in their future. They would also like to start an Etsy shop.
Congratulations to both of our September winner, we can’t wait to see what these @UltraColor Creative will come up with next!