3rd Annual REGGIE Awards Winners

The winners of the 3rd Annual REGGIE Awards, presented by Two Regular Guys Podcast, have been announced. After tallying votes from decorators who voted online, the top-rated nominees in eight categories were announced Dec. 18, 2015, during the Two Regular Guys Podcast, and were later honored in a presentation ceremony at the January 2016 Long Beach Imprinted Sportswear Show. Continue reading

Remove “They” from your Vocabulary

In my nearly 20 years being involved with sales, marketing and technical support, I have been fortunate to work with a variety of folks who are both really good and really bad at customer interactions. I have observed many of them (including myself) and have come to discover that there is one key word that people dealing with customers should really REMOVE from their vocabulary. By removing this word, those people can more smoothly interact with customers and resolve issues quickly.  Continue reading

Our Industry’s Evolution into Decorators

February 12th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron welcome in a long time friend and industry expert, Don Copeland. Don has been part of ColDesi for years and is a leading authority on all things DTG, Embroidery and beyond. Terry and Aaron are going to explore with Don how our industry has evolved from niches like embroiderer, screen printer, etc. to apparel decorators. More diversification – folks are adding vinyl graphics, rhinestone and other techniques to make money.

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QUICK TIP FEBRUARY 12, 2016 BY TERRY COMBS

Using Refillable Cartridges with a Small Format Epson – The printer of choice today for outputting film positives is an Epson small format device such as the 1430. The only drawback is the standard 18ml cartridge. Refillable cartridges are the best option to save substantial dollars on ink. Continue reading

Niche Markets and How to Discover your Own

February 5th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron talk niche markets. But more specifically we’ll talk about ways to discover your own unique niche in the marketplace. Terry and Aaron love these Niche shows because it allows us to share with you many of the creative ways that we have seen people make money in our industry. Being able to share with you some techniques to find your own niche is very exciting for us.

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QUICK TIP FEBRUARY 5, 2016 BY AARON MONTGOMERY

Focus – since we talked about Niche this fits perfectly. Don’t go after new things until you are really good at the current thing. Can’t try to do everything all at once and expect that there won’t be a learning curve. If it was easy everyone would do it. Pick your niche, your technique and go all in. Then once you have mastered that expand and do it all over with something else. Like we will talk about next week we are all just decorators but you still need to master your craft.

Wearables Magazine Update with ASI

January 29th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron are pleased to have both Nicole Rollender and Theresa Hegel from ASI. We’ll be discussing the all new Wearables Magazine. Lots of changes and exciting plans for 2016.

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QUICK TIP JANUARY 29, 2016 BY TERRY COMBS

Coated and Uncoated Papers in DTG Printing –  Sometimes we have to stop and look at our procedures and see if anything has changed with the component parts. Too often, we continue with a method or technique because “that’s the way we’ve always done it.”

We have until recently used uncoated paper between a pretreated shirt and the heat press to protect the heat press and dry the shirt. We used uncoated paper because silicon coated paper cause the shirt to be still and shiny. We then used silicon coated paper between the printed shirt and the heat surface to cure the ink. The silicon kept the ink from sticking to the paper.

Today, you can use silicon paper for both steps. This allows you to stock only one paper, and not stand in front of your heat press trying to determine if the paper is coated or not. With advances in pretreat solution, the glossy finish (when applied properly) is no longer an issue.

10 Things We Would Like to See in 2016

January 15th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron take a look forward at what we would like to see in the industry for the coming year. The ideas range from new products to new techniques, from sales forecasts to better ways to deal with employees. Tune into this yearly show when we review our thoughts from the previous year and give you our impressions of the coming year.

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QUICK TIP JANUARY 15, 2016 BY AARON MONTGOMERY

All Over Sublimation – The two basic items are a wide format printer (44” or larger) and a wide format heat press. To accommodate a men’s x-large or larger shirt, you would need a press that is 44”x64” or larger. Of course, there are a few accessory items that you will need such as Kraft paper, and some heat resistant gloves should you ever do any sublimation with metals, tiles, or other items of that nature.
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