It seems like only 365 rotations of the globe ago that the last Earth Day was here. But what if we lived on Mercury? We could celebrate Mercury Day every 88 Earth Days. Did you know that it takes Mercury 176 Earth Days to make 1 rotation? That means 1 Mercurian day is 2 Mercurian years long. So on Mercury, you'd have to celebrate Mercury Day twice a day, every day. Okay, that is hurting my brain. Moving on.
Back on Earth, it's Earth Day again, and we here at INK participated in the 3rd Annual Clean Up Calumet Project. On Friday, April 20th, we took to the streets, fields & woods in our surrounding area picking up trash. A couple hours and a few full garbage bags later we enjoyed a yummy lunch, provided by our neighbor Alpha Source, who hosted the event. A big tree hug to them for that.
Also, on Saturday, April 21st, Milwaukee Riverkeeper hosted their 17th Annual Spring River Cleanup. As part of our "Green Initiative", we were proud to be a corporate sponsor. We even printed the event t-shirts! You have to look good while doin' good, right?
Share your Earth Day stories with us. We'd love to hear them!
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Today is a special day here at INK.
Today we shipped our first set of orders out to the good people of the world. Thank you for supporting us and the fine artists on our site. We would love to see pics of you in your spiffy new shirt. If you'd like to share, you can post on our Facebook page. Happy Inking!
Congratulations to our first successful INKer!
Molly Flood, an Illustration student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, was the first person to have a successful Public INK. Pictured above holding THE very first Ink to the People order, Molly was part of our test group. Her INK, entitled "Pug Life", sold 25 shirts and put cash in her pocket. Wanna be like Molly and make money selling your own custom designed t-shirts? Start your Design now!
You may or may not have seen our "promotional" video. If you have, then you know it is not your typical "hey look at me, buy my stuff!" advertisement. If you haven't seen it, we recommend that you take a peek. Not only will it give you an idea of what our site can do for you, but it may just put a smile on your face. Not to shabby for a promotional video, right? Developed by the creative powerhouses, Allen Keller and Neil Becker, this video will get you excited about making cash by selling your custom design t-shirts with NO RISK. So if that piqued your interest, watch the video and see what this Ink to the People thing is all about.
Nice to meet you.
We are Ink to the People, but since we've been casually introduced, you can call us INK for short.
So what's our story?
It all started back in the olde days, 1990 to be exact. First, let's give that some perspective. That's when the public didn't know what the Internet was because it wasn't available. That's when Apple® released it's revolutionary Macintosh Classic, boasting a maximum 4 megabytes of RAM and a 9 inch monochromatic green display. That's when portable music was limited to ONE CD that bounced around your hip and skipped like a Double Dutch Champion. Ah yes, memories. But that's also when two t-shirt-lovin' gents started a garment decorating company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over the next 20 years, they grew their company into an industry leader by employing passionate employees who cared about quality and their customers. They also were early adopters of the latest & greatest technology in the industry.
Today, they continue those trends by launching the Ink to the People website.
While we aren't the first "Design-A-Shirt Online" website, there are a few things that make us different, unique and revolutionary. Sure, you can design a shirt with our user-friendly Design Tool. Sure, you can upload you own art or logo. Other sites do that too. But they don't allow you to design, share & sell your shirts with NO RISK, no upfront costs, no unsold inventory in your basement.
How does it work?
1. Design or upload your graphic.
2. Choose a garment.
3. Set a minimum quantity and your price.
4. Set the duration of the sale.
5. Share it with the people you want, or share it with the world by posting it in our Marketplace.
The design isn't printed until the minimum (that you set) is reached. If the minimum quantity (or more) is sold by the end of your sale, we print it and ship it to your buyers. Think of it like the GROUPON® of garments. The best part? We line your pockets with your profits! Cha-Ching, baby!
But what happens if your minimum is not met? Well, your sale just expires. That's it. No one pays a dime, not even you because designing & selling is absolutely FREE. No April Foolin'.
"Okay, that's great", you may say, "but what if I just want to place a bulk order and have them shipped to me... none of this sharing business". Well, guess what? We do that too. It's what we affectionately call a "Personal INK". Basically, the process is the same, easier even! Design or upload your graphic, select a garment, select your sizes & quantities. Boom. Done. We print & ship the bulk order to you, your organization, your event, where ever you need it to go. How cool is that?
Just want to shop?
If you have no interest in designing or selling because your strength is in buying custom designed apparel, I invite you to visit the Ink to the People Marketplace where you can shop to your heart's content.