screenprinting

Bella+Canvas x Family Industries

This past February we invited Bella+Canvas over to the shop to shoot a how-to video on screen printing and heat pressing vinyl designs on fitness leggings.

Our Production Manager, Mike hit the manual screen press while Phil, our in-house jack-of-all-trades, hopped on the heat press. Getting the opportunity to work on a video with Bella+Canvas was an incredible experience, and it’s always fun for us to help others learn a little more about our craft.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO & BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS BELOW!


Behind the Scenes photos


Meet A Family Member - Mike Trujillo

Each month we bring you inside our warehouse to introduce you to a member of our Family.

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MIKE TRUJILLO

Production Manager

There are hard workers, and then there’s Mike Trujillo. From running the production floor, to making his forearms burn on the manual screen press, and even jumping in whenever we need him at one of our live events; Mike is a machine. We’ve tried to find his off button, but at this point we’re pretty sure there isn’t one. Simply put, our shop wouldn’t be the same without him, and it’s his work ethic that motivates us every single day. We’re excited for you to get to know him!

What do you do at Family Industries?

I manage the production floor and schedule our work week. When I've got a second I usually hop on the manual press and help the team finish up whatever loose ends we need to meet our deadlines.

What piece of clothing that you own could you not live without?

Unfortunately my beanie. One day i'll buy hair product.

But in the shop it's my customized Converge "Jane Doe" apron. I made it about 3 years ago and can't work without it.

At the moment, what are your top three songs?

1. "Corpse Master" - True Widow

2. "Elegant View" - Colour Revolt

3. "Didn't know what I was in for" - Better Oblivion Community Center

THE OVER-SHARE QUESTIONNAIRE

AND FINALLY,

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE GIF:

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Meet A Family Member

Each month we bring you inside our warehouse to introduce you to a member of our Family.

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ANDREA UEDA

Graphic Designer / Customer Service /

Dog Whisperer

This month we’re introducing you to one of our masters of design, Andrea. On top of being an incredibly talented artist, Andrea is also our in-house dog whisperer. As you know, we have two pups here at Family Industries, and they loooooove to talk. Sometimes they talk a little TOO much, and Andrea can get them to zip-it like no one else. We have no idea what we’d do without her.

Check out some of Andrea’s work!

What do you do at Family Industries?

I’m a member of our Graphic design team, and I also work in customer service.

What piece of clothing that you own could you not live without?

Alternative Apparel’s tank tops and harem pants FOR SURE.

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At the moment, what are your top three songs?

1. “One More” - Yaeji

2. “Boo’d Up” - Ella Mai

3. “You should see me in a crown” - Billie Ellish

THE OVER-SHARE QUESTIONNAIRE

AND FINALLY,

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE GIF:

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Meet A Family Member

Each month we bring you inside our warehouse to introduce you to a member of our Family.

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CRAIG DICKEY

Content Manager

Let’s start by making this awkward: The guy you’re meeting today is the same guy who writes all these blog posts. Which means, I just wrote in the third person, and like you, I feel dirty about it. To avoid any further awkwardness, I’m going to go ahead and talk to you like a (semi) normal person…

What do you do at Family Industries?

I’m the newest member of the Family, and my job is to… well, do exactly this. I’m in charge of all our digital content and social media. So any time people click the “like” button on Instagram, read these blog entries, or re-tweet @familyIndLA on Twitter, I get to live another day… Okay, things aren’t that serious, but I do get super giddy!

What piece of clothing that you own could you not live without?

I am constantly running around, and after playing basketball my whole life, my feet have seen better days. If I didn’t have my Timberland lineman boots my feet would be in shambles.

At the moment, what are your top three songs?

1. “Love It If We Made It” - The 1975

2. “Slow Burn” - Kacey Musgraves

3. “Sunday Driver” - The Raconteurs

THE OVER-SHARE QUESTIONNAIRE

AND FINALLY,

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE GIF:

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FAMILY INDUSTRIES x AMOEBA MUSIC HOLLYWOOD

We recently teamed up with our friends at AMOEBA MUSIC (the world's best record store) during a recent run of their merch to show you how we do things here at Family Industries! Get a peek behind the scenes at Family Industries to see the steps in the t-shirt production process from start to finish! 

Buy the custom Amoeba "Pink Logo" shirt featured in the video HERE

Screen Printed Posters

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poster printing dept.

A behind the scenes look at the FAMILY INDUSTRIES poster printing department

We love screen printing posters. The poster printing process has a lot of similarities to printing apparel, but it takes a steadier hand, more attention to detail, and experience to the get final product just right! We always get a ton of questions about how the poster printing process works and why it's different than printing apparel. Our in-house team consists of two master printers, Joe and Able. Combined they have over 40 years of printing experience. 

Our poster printing department tends to work with artists who need fine art print runs, and bands who need highly detailed gig posters. This past week, we worked with Mollie Tuggle, an experienced designer and artist who designed an amazing gig poster for the legend, Roky Erickson.  

Below we take you through our in-house process of printing a poster from start to finish!

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Step 1. check artwork, print films, and mix inks

We first check out the final artwork that is approved & received. It should have layers showing the different colors that will be printed on the blank stock paper.  Next, we print films that are used to burn the images into the screens. Screens for poster printing are much larger than used for apparel prints so we can print super-sized designs! Our crew matches the waterbased inks by eye, and we do several swatch tests to ensure a great match.

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2. Start printing

Screens are burned, inks are mixed, and we're ready to roll. The decision of which layers to print first is determined by the design. Making sure parts of the artwork called "traps" are in proper placement helps us in working out the best order of colors. Our printing press has a vacuum that keeps the paper in-place during all these changes. If there are multiple layers, we pause after each is completed to let the ink dry before moving to the next one! 

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3. next round of color

Posters are printed in layers.  Each color needs to properly dry before the next color of ink is applied to the paper. Posters are definitely a "craft" process and need careful planning in order to achieve the best possible look. 

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4. prepare for delivery

After all the printing is wrapped, we let the custom printed posters air dry. Waterbased ink doesn't need to go through a heated dryer, but rather air dries as the moisture dissipates from the stock. After that, it's time to get the prints into a box for pickup or shipping!