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  • Apr
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3 Reasons To Buy Wholesale T-Shirts From OneHourTees

As the top custom tee shirt printing company in the Chicago area, OneHourTees has several advantages over the competition, providing a huge line of garments and a wide range of different products and options to consider.

We specialize in providing our customers with top quality wholesale T shirts and garments. We only sell the best quality since we know we will be printing them too, and we want our services and products to speak for themselves.

The Wholesale Advantage

Printing thousands of tee shirts per day means we are a big company for our suppliers to work with. They offer us the top discounts based on the high volume of shirts we sell.

The end result of this high volume is passed on directly to our customers in the savings we get when purchasing our wholesale T shirts. This not only saves you money on small orders, but it really saves you money on larger ones.

To help our customers even further, we have bulk discounts based on the number of shirts you order per design. For example, if you order between 50 and 99 shirts, you’ll have an additional 5% saving. For 500 to 1000, we provide a full 20% saving, and we are happy to talk to you about orders over 1000 pieces per design for an even greater saving opportunity.

The Ordering Process

Another advantage besides our low prices is the fact we have access to a very large inventory at all times. In addition, if we don’t have the color, style, or quantity you need in stock, our suppliers make it a priority to have it delivered when we need it.

When you order wholesale T shirts from us, we will be able to supply not only the shirts, but also have the print job done on time. For those customers who aren’t in a big rush, we offer discounted prices based on the lead time you provide.

This means, if you can wait for a week from the date of your order until pick-up, your printed shirts will be significantly less in cost. This can be more than half the price per shirt for full-color printing compared to having the order completed in an hour.

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  • 13
  • Apr
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The Advantages To Screen Printing T Shirts

There are more options than ever for anyone deciding to custom print t-shirts at One Hour Tees. We offer full direct to garment printing, both light and dark, as well as embroidery for all the garments we sell.

However, there is still a high demand for the more traditional option or method of screen printing T shirts. Understanding the advantages can help you to decide if this is the right method we should use for your order.

Bold Colors and Images

One of the most important things to keep in mind with screen printing T shirts is the high visibility and bright, vibrant colors and images you will see. This method uses a thicker ink that will not be absorbed into the fabric of the shirt as you find with direct to garment printing.

The ink will remain on the surface of the shirt, but will bend and flex with the shirt. This slightly raised ink gives a texture and feel to the printed areas of the shirt, which is very distinctive to the process.

In addition, with only one or two colors, it is easy to create a very visible and crisp looking image, graphic, or logo on the design.

Ideal On Any Shirt Color

Since the ink is not absorbed into the fabric, it can be done with virtually any color of shirt. Of course, choosing a tee shirt color or the colors for screen printing that contrast and stand out is going to be part of creating this look.

For multiple shirt colors in an order, or for a variety of different options, screen printing T shirts is the best possible choice. One design and process can be used for all colors, making the process easier and quicker. Keep in mind we don’t charge for design setup for orders of over 10 items or when you order a text only single font print.

Very Professional Looking

The result of using the screen printing process on tee shirts and other garments is a very professional looking design. These are great for businesses and companies for staff shirts, and also make great promotional items for customers and clients.

They are also an excellent choice for sports teams, groups, and organizations. Our quality shirts and exceptional screen printing services make a great choice for larger orders when you want a traditional looking customized shirt.

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  • 06
  • Apr
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The Look Of Embroidery T-shirts

While embroidery t-shirts are beautiful, there are some important considerations when selecting this t-shirt option. At One Hour Tees, we provide custom embroidery services for groups, organizations and companies, and create beautiful and well-designed shirts suitable for virtually any occasion.

Over the years, we have found there are typical types or options in embroidery, which really stand out, on t-shirts, polos, sweatshirts, hoodies, and jackets. They can also be sized up or down to make great additions to baseball caps, bags, or even sweatpants.

Patches and Badges

Patches and badges on embroidered t-shirts are great for groups and organizations. Teams also can use the team image as a patch or a badge that can be positioned on or above a breast pocket on the t-shirt or off to the side on the arm.

Coat of arms, mottos, and insignia are other popular options to traditional badges or patches.

Company Logos and Names

For a business, the logo or company name in embroidery on a tee shirt is a great promotional item, and it can even be used as part of company uniform. They are a bit more casual than a polo or a button down shirt and are great for summer or year round wear.

Team Symbols

Team symbols can include a specific sports symbol, such as basketball and hoop or a ball and bat, or they can include the actual team logo or name.

The team logo is usually embroidered over the front pocket. They can also be included on the other side of the chest or on the shoulder of a short sleeved t-shirt. For a bigger look on a heavy cotton shirt a larger team crest on the back makes a real statement.

Artwork and Creative Designs

It is also possible to have embroidered t-shirts which feature a creative design or a repeating type of motif around the collar or across the chest area. These are a popular request from our customers for women’s shirts, but they can also be a great option for guys as well.

The key to any embroidery t-shirts we complete is in choosing a shirt that is heavy enough to stand up to the embroidery without losing shape, bunching or drooping where the embroidery is positioned. Our staff can help in recommending the right weight and design of shirt for the particular embroidery option you choose.

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  • Mar
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Tips For Creating Vintage Looking Custom T-shirts

The vintage or retro look is always popular in everything from jeans and jackets to custom t-shirts. To make a vintage or retro tee shirt that looks authentic, there are some simple and easy techniques and style tips you can follow.

The key to getting a good feel for retro or vintage style starts with taking some time to look around online and really getting back into those designs. Remember there is specific time frame for the terms vintage or retro, but generally most people will be looking for design elements from the eighties or earlier to be considered in this category.

Color Choices

If you look back at the color choices offered in custom t-shirts from the 80s and earlier, you will find they are basic yet rich colors. There were lots of red, oranges, blues, blacks, and greens used in the designs with different shades to give depth to the images.

By staying with the basic colors which were printed on the shirts using traditional screen printing, you will keep the design very authentic. We have those colors available through the direct to garment printing option and, with over 16 million colors to choose from, we can ensure you get the perfect match.

Washed and Worn

To give a faded out look to the vintage tee shirt and make it look authentic, we recommend you overlay the image with a layer to create the cracked and worn look of many washes and trips through the dryer.

Not only does this give the used look, but it actually helps to enhance the visual appeal of the image. Many of our customers choose to fade out part of the image as if it has already been lifted off the surface of the shirt.

The exact term to describe this look is “distressed”. Small dots or irregular shapes in a half tone or a tone of lighter color provides an old school look that can be enhanced or lightened to give just the look you want.

Fonts and Graphics

While you may want to stick with the traditional graphics and font types used on those old custom t-shirts, we have seen some new fonts and new images that would really look great as an old school theme.

There are no hard and fast rules about creating a vintage look for your t-shirt designs. By utilizing a distressed look and sticking to the more traditional colors, you can create a vintage look with any type of graphic design.

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  • Mar
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Make Your Own Shirt Design

Are you a great fan of T shirts? Do you want to make your own shirt design? Whether it is for a particular event or occasion or for someone special, you have this T shirt idea going around in your head and you have to get it out. Whatever your reason, you need to consider how to make your own shirt design come alive.

How To Make Your Own Shirt Design – The Basics

Like any good idea, you have to start with the basics. You have to look at it in terms of a project and proceed logically. These initial steps will result, eventually, in you making a sketch or several sketches. In the beginning, though, you need to sit down and deal with the basics before you can actually make your own shirt design.

  • Purpose: What is the actual purpose of your design? Is it to advertise something? Is it to make a statement? Is it just going to be an abstract expression? Is it to state your feelings about someone, something, or some cause? You need to be clear on the purpose before you decide to create the design.
  • Expression: How do you plan to express the purpose of the design? Are you going to be satiric, comedic, or serious? Will it be through visuals or text?
  • Color Scheme: what colors do you see as being right for the design? Will your palette consist of bright, cheerful, or monotone colors, or will it have no color at all?
  • Dimensions: Do you want to achieve a 3D look or are you happy with a flatter surface? Colors and shading, as well as the hue of the fabric on which you will print your design, can effect depth perception. Embroidery will also give it a raised surface.
  • Symbols: Symbols are one way of setting a mood, or expressing a view or tone. Symbols include the use of specific color, as well as devices. By integrating them correctly into your design, you will communicate quickly your intent.
  • Photos: A photo can also be expressive. It can also lend a certain tone to your work. If you plan to use them, be careful in your choice and the colors you employ.
  • Symmetrical or Asymmetrical: If you are concerned with balance, you need to look at such things as image placement, and whether the overall design is going to be symmetrical or asymmetrical.

These are basic considerations you need to address before you actually begin to make your own shirt design.

Make Your Own Shirt Design – The Sketch

Once you have a firm concept in mind, you can actually begin to make your own shirt design. Choose your medium and begin to make a sketch. In fact, you need to create several sketches. Use different approaches and color schemes. Take into consideration how they will look on a specific color T shirt. You can also get someone else to critique your design. This may help you tighten up the design elements or settle on one specific design.

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  • Mar
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Choosing Screen Printing Over Embroidery

When you want to have a design placed on fabric, you are faced with a myriad of possible choices. Yet, two of the more common ones today are also among the oldest forms of printing. They are embroidery and screen printing. Both are popular; both have their advocates, but each should be employed in specific instances.

Embroidery

Embroidery has been used for thousands of years. It is one of the oldest methods used to put a design on fabric. It is also among the simplest. It simply requires a needle, thread, and the surface upon which to stitch the design.

The original process was simple. You:

1.Created a design – either mapping it out on paper as a pattern or retaining it in your head
2.Chose the colors of thread you wanted to use to create the design
3.Sewed or stitched (embroidered) the design carefully onto the fabric.

In some instances, you actually had to dye the threads and cloth before you began the slow but exacting process of recreating the design on the fabric.

The invention of sewing machines made the process easier, but the work is still considered to be very precise. The look is perceived as being classic and even classy when compared to other forms of printing on fabrics. The raised surface provides the design with a 3 dimensional look that appeals to those who want their graphics to come alive and/or the text to leap off the fabric.

Yet, technology also saw to the production of lightweight material that can not withstand embroidery work and has limited applications in items such as T shirts. If you decided to wear a T shirt that had been embroidered extensively, you would find yourself having issues. The material would not hang properly and could possibly pucker unattractively. Tearing is also possible because of the weight of the threads on the lighter material.

Screen Printing

If you are looking for a T shirt that acts as a canvas for your design, you are more likely to consider screen printing. This is particularly true for large runs of items. You can cover the back, the front, and use the sleeves inexpensively for large lots. This makes for affordable team or group T shirts that you can order in bulk.

Screen printing allows you to look more relaxed or even casual. This is, after all, what T shirts are made for.

With screen printing, you can easily add a logo, design, text, or graphics on almost any garment – although it works best with cotton and other sweat shirt material. However, it is the most highly recommended method for T shirt decoration.

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  • 08
  • Mar
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Defining Vintage T Shirt Designs

We have all heard the word “vintage.” There are vintage shops of various types all across America. In fact, vintage stores are found throughout the world. Yet, the term is thrown around casually, without much attention paid to what exactly the term means. While it may not be true when it comes to vinyl, it is certainly valid when you hear the term “vintage T shirt designs.”

What Does Vintage Mean?

If you are like me, you want to have terms explained as simply and accurately as possible. You want to be able to understand in plain language what a word means. While the word vintage is used to describe many items of the past eras, this is not exactly what it means. In fact, the word is often confused with and misapplied to the term “retro.”

The term vintage refers to items that were produced after the 1920s. Before this period, the term applied is “antique.” The clothing, furniture and often other items are vintage up to any date that precedes the current one by at least 20 years. The products do not need to be worn or used to be called vintage. The word “retro” applies to a new item that resembles, copies, or mimics a style of an era in the past. It can refer to any item that mimics any period from the beginning of time. For example, you could wear a retro T shirt with a design from the late 1800’s or one featuring an ad from the 1960’s.

What Are Vintage T Shirt Designs?

To an extent, vintage T shirts designs are a combination of the retro and vintage definitions. Vintage T shirts are not a vintage T’s. They are not made in the appropriate eras. Vintage design T shirts are ones you have made or are made today. They are not retro, but feature a design that is considered vintage.

Vintage T shirts frequently are graphic T shirts featuring a vintage design. The picture or photo would be old as would any form of graphics, motto, or adages. Old slogans, old comic book covers, or characters –or even a retro advertisement. As you can see, this is where the lines between vintage and retro T shirts blur.

Why You May Opt for Vintage T Shirts Designs

There are many reasons why you may prefer to wear vintage T shirt designs. Overall, vintage style clothing continues to attract fashion designers over the ages. Vintage style, vintage inspired, or vintage reproductions on your T shirts remind us of the past. We may choose the designs based upon a love of color, a preference for specific graphics – e.g. the psychedelic abstracts of the 1960’s, or a favorite motto or design. Unlike many of the original vintage memorabilia, clothing or furniture, we can afford vintage T shirt designs.

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  • Mar
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The “Rightness” Of Customized Team T Shirts

If you are a member of a team or putting together one, you need to come up with a look. You can throw together basic color schemes or have everyone wear the same style shirt. In fact, there are several ways you can go about getting that team look. Yet, one seems to be more popular and considered better than others. This is arranging for customized team T shirts.

What Are Customized T Shirts?

Customizing a T Shirt refers to what is done to a regular t shirt of any style. First, you make a decision on what style of T shirt you favor and then come up with a design, slogan, or motto to personalize the T shirt. Afterwards, you present the idea to the actual designer or T shirt company.
In general, whether you come up with the design or the company does, there is some talk about its practicality. If it appears to be able to accomplish its task, then the arrangements are made. You hire the company to run off a certain amount of T shirts sporting the designated design, motto or logo. The end product, in your case, would be customized team T shirts.

Factors in Creating Customized Team T Shirts

When it comes to choosing the right customized team T shirts, you have a number of factors to take into consideration. Among them are:
Actual Design: This is the most important, as it can determine whether you require extensive work –back, front and shoulders, or minimal personalization. But ask yourself: can embroidered patches do the job or will you require graphics, large numbers and/or team logos? Are you going to feature a sponsor on the Tees?

  • Availability: If you want a specific design, it may require increased customization. Customized team T shirts may require less intensive customization if certain aspects of the design are readily available as clip images.
  • Size: Can size help determine what printing style you can use? Embroidery is best for small designs and patches; screen printing can handle larger surfaces.
  • Amount: The larger number of T shirts you request for a run using silk screen printing, the less expensive it is. How large is your team?
  • Style: What style of T shirt do you want the team to wear? Will they all be in crew, v, or scoop? This will create a uniformity but may not be suitable for everyone.

Why Buy Customized Team T Shirts?

Customized Tee shirts can be the perfect fit for you and your team. They provide you with a uniform look that can still express who your company or charity is with clarity and uniqueness. If you want, you can even tailor the look to suit the individual preferences of your team mates by allowing them to pick the actual style of T shirt.

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  • Feb
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How To Find The Right T-Shirt Design/Print Company

As you wander through the retail outlets at your local mall or strip plaza, one thing becomes crystal clear. These shops are increasing in number. Yet, it is also obvious that not all print shops are the same. They provide different services and, from the product you have glimpsed, varying quality. Some have access to wholesale T shirts, thereby reducing the cost and allowing them to mass produce your designs. Others have only a limited selection of product, and can only make a single T-shirt at a time.

Finding the Right Company for You

I cannot tell you what company will measure up to your demands. This is personal and I simply do not have all the pertinent data. I can, however, suggest what you should look for when shopping around for a T-Shirt. It begins with making sure you know what you want. This is important because different print companies use different processes. They also may or may not be able to let you use an original design. This says nothing about whether they can draw on wholesale T shirt supplies to help you find the right one at the right cost.

Points To Consider – Including Wholesale T Shirts

When it comes to finding the right company to produce your t shirt or shirts, consider the following as a brief guide. Look at such factors as:

  • Amount: How many T-shirts do your need? If you require more than one, perhaps it is best to look online for someone who has access to wholesale T shirts, to help you reduce the overall cost.
  • Design: Do you have a design in mind? Is it original or readily available on the net? Is it licensed? Do you need a company that can simply reproduce or replicate the design, or one that will work with you to make what you want come alive on your T shirts?
  • Time frame: Do you want your T-shirts by, like, yesterday? If so, you need to talk to a company such as One Hour Tees that specializes in accomplishing this. If you have more time, your options are greater.
  • Costs: If you don’t have a budget, you should at least prepare one. You need to look at the above factors and see if they can all fit into your budget. In most shops, the design cost rises if the company needs to deal with an original design. However, the time frame is longer increasing the cost. And, if you’re after a single T, it would be much cheaper than buying several –unless the company has access to wholesale T shirts. If this is the case, it will definitely help you reduce the overall cost.

A Final Note

The easy access to printing technology has led to a surge in the amount of printers and suppliers. It has also, not surprisingly, resulted in increased providers and manufacturers of wholesale T shirts. Online and in the mall, they give you a chance to explore the possibilities before you commit yourself to a single company that will offer you exactly what you want.

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  • Feb
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Famous Tee Shirts

Because we love T shirts, we wear them as casual and semi-casual garments. Some of us are never even seen without them. And, when it comes to T-shirt fashion, the variety lends itself to our personalities. We can opt for plain solid or striped Tees. We can also decide to personalize them even further. T shirt printing can help us express ourselves in any number of ways. In fact, for over a century, T shirt printing companies have created memorable phrases and designs that have become collectibles or, at least, have expressed the sentiments of the time.

Early T Shirt Printing Content

While the army and navy may have popularized t-shirts for the working class, Hollywood made use of basic T shirt printing lettering and designs to advertise their movies. The now famous The Wizard of Oz, released in 1939, features three men wearing simple green Ts sporting the slogan “Oz.” They are found in the scene where the Scarecrow is at the Wash & Brushup Company in Emerald City. This is now a rare collectible.

The media are also responsible for featuring another now famous Tee shirt. On July 13, 1942, LIFE magazine featured what has become known as the first printed tee shirt on their cover. It showed the Air Corps Gunnery School T-shirt. This may have been the first printed tee but, as we all know, it was not the last. T shirt printing became a popular media for companies as a means of advertising and personal expression in that century and the next.

The 1950′s: Enter the Mouse

Perhaps, the earliest most famous character to be printed on a tee was a Walt Disney Character. Mickey Mouse began to appear on Tees designed by a company known as Tropix Togs in Miami, Florida. Its founder was Sam Kantor. For decades, this company was to hold the exclusive rights to printing all of Walt Disney’s characters including Minnie, Mickey, and Davy Crockett. Printed T shirts were fast becoming a profitable business venture.

T Shirt Printing from the 1960′s Onward

When we think of the 1960′s, we think of tie-dyes. Yet, this era also saw the introduction of several famous printed slogans, some resulting from the new screen-printing process. Warren Dayton, famous for his psychedelic poster designs, came up with the iconic (and now classic) Cesar Chavez T shirt. Other printed designs from the 1960′s and 1970′s that remain memorable to this day feature such pop culture greats as the Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones.

In the 1970′s, while political protest messages still remained, we find T shirt printing and designs that remain popular. The smiley face and its opposite are two. The Rolling Stones’ “tongue and lips” logo are another. In the 1984′s, the word “Relax” (which featured on a song banned by various radio stations) was printed on T-shirts in large capital letters. Both the song and the t-shirt became popular, reaching number one ‘on the air’ and on the street.

Yet, among the most prolific expressions of the times we still find in use are based on the campaign created for New York City by Milton Glaser. This is the “I Love New York” t-shirt with a small heart symbolizing “love.” It has since appeared on t-shirts all across the US, Canada, and other cities around the world.

T Shirt Printing Today

Today, T shirt printing encompasses a variety of materials, styles, and types. We proudly wear Tees boasting our support of various causes – political, social, or otherwise. We advertise for companies, and even place photos of those we love on our T shirts. In fact, T shirts insult, express, declare, and explain a lot about us – often with only a single printed word. This is something that can be easily accomplished by contacting a company such as One Hour Tees.

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