How We're Different

Oct 09, 2012

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Sure, there are a lot of design-your-own custom t-shirt sites out there such as CustomInk and Blue Cotton. They all do the same thing. You create a design, put it on a shirt, place your bulk order and they ship it to you. (Yes, we do that, too).

But what if I said that you can make money selling your own custom shirts and not have to worry about storing inventory, collecting payments or distributing goods? What if I said it was all FREE? Crazy awesome, right? Well, that's how we're different from the rest.

Want to know more? You can watch our video or continue reading.

So, here's how it works. Once you are done designing, you save and proceed to the INK Wizard. You will have 3 options to choose from. Select the one that applies to your needs. If you wanted to do what I was talking about above, then select the third option (PUBLIC).

You will be asked about pricing. What you do is enter a minimum quantity. This is the number of sales that you will need to reach before your sale ends (your end date is determined by you as well). If you reach that number, we print your shirts, ship them directly to your buyers and give you your profits (more on profits later). If your sale does NOT reach that minimum number, all orders are canceled. No one pays a thing, but no one gets their shirts either. No harm, no foul. You can always revise your settings and repost after that.

Once you enter your minimum quantity, you will be shown a base cost per item. Use that number as a guide when determining how much to sell your shirts for. Enter your selling price and your potential profit will be calculated. For example, if you put in a minimum of 24 pieces. we may give you a base cost of $10 per shirt. You could decide to sell your shirts for $20 each, producing a $10 profit per shirt. If you sold at least your minimum of 24, let's say you sold 30 shirts, we would pay you $300. Then we print your shirts and ship them to your buyers. All for FREE!

Okay, back to the INK Wizard. As I mentioned earlier, you will select a deadline date. This is when your pre-order sale would end. You can select up to 3 weeks, currently.

Before submitting your design, you can select a variety of ways to share your sale. You know, get the word out. Then click submit. Your design is live.

There are so many ways to use this feature. Say you want to fundraise for a charity or your team. Or promote your student org, club or Greek house. You can sell shirts for your rock band. Maybe you have a family reunion coming up and you want your family members to choose their own size, pay for their own and get their shirts delivered to their house so that they can wear them to the reunion. Or maybe you are an artist with a cool design idea. You get the picture.

Start your design today, it's FREE!

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Top 25 T-Shirt Costumes

Oct 08, 2012

We here at INK love Halloween. The costumes, the candy, the horror movie marathons. It’s pretty much the best holiday, if you ask us.

So, what would make more sense than gathering our favorite t-shirt costumes in a fun and entertaining list?

In the spirit of sharing, we’ve compiled an incredibly biased collection of the 25 best t-shirt costumes found around the internet.

Did we miss any? Show us your favorite or create your own on Ink to the People.



A name that can't get any more masculine.
And he has the nipples to prove it.




Dr. Who

Yes, that IS a t-shirt.





Rick from The Walking Dead

This one is not that recognizable, so
be prepared to answer some questions.
Shoot first, answer questions later.





Mighty Mouse

I had no idea that Mighty Mouse had
such a cute figure.





Wonder Woman

Anyone else think this was a costume
for the WWF (World Wrestling






This one is a staple in American culture.
Just steer clear from pretty green crystals.






So cool, he can pull off wearing
a fanny pack.





The Incredible Hulk

Can also double as your "Leprechaun on Steroids"
St. Patrick's Day outfit.






Perfect costume for all of those "husky" boys out
there. Their favorite candy bar is "Chunky".
I'll stop now.





The Joker

This one is always cool. You get bonus points if
you can get a friend to go as Batman.





Sponge Bob

More like Sponge Bob Squareshirt.
See what I did there? You're welcome.





Ferris Bueller

2 in 1. This also doubles as Abe Froman aka
The Sausage King of Chicago.






"Does whatever a spider can"?
So you put this on and hang out in my bath
tub because you can't crawl up the slippery sides.





Fred Flintstone

About as unfunny as Scooby Doo.
Still watched it like crazy, though.





Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory

((trick * x / y) + (z - treat)) = BAZINGA!





Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

If your costume gets wrinkled, you can always
go as an Elderly Mutant Ninja Turtle. Yeah,
I'm so clever.





The Hangover

Whatever. BabyBjorns are the invention of the
century in my book. Thank you, Sweden.






This is a tough one because if you can't do the
vocalization, the illusion is ruined.





Elf - The Movie

If you love Will Ferrell that much to wear this,
I feel for you. I really do.





Data from The Goonies

No, this isn't Inspector Gadget. This is Short
Round turned prodigy inventor.





Lumbergh from Office Space

“Um yeah. We have a little problem here.
If you could go ahead and come in on
Halloween, that would be great. mm-kay?!”





Dr. Venkman from Ghostbusters

There was a whole lot of "sliming" going on in
the 80's. You had Ghostbusters and what was
the name of that show on Nickelodeon?





Charlie Brown

Good grief, make sure to practice your line...
"I got a rock".





Duff Man

Now it would be totally acceptable to thrust at
everyone at the Halloween Party. Okay, it is
never acceptable, just wrong and creepy.





Darth Vader

"What's this? A Charleston Chew!?!



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Talkin' Shirt

Jun 13, 2012

Introducing the Rating System and T-Versations:

Here at INK, we have been busy these last few weeks. No resting on laurels and such, no sir. With our noses buried in lines of code, we developed a couple new cool features for the site. We hope you will find these features fun and easy to use.

The first new feature is the shiny new Rating System. Now you can rate posted designs in our Marketplace AND see how people like your design (or not so much). Sure you can rate your own design, why wouldn't you? Give that sucker a running start with a solid 5 star rating. This feature will give you an idea of what people like to see (and wear).

We also cracked the seal on a new dialogue system that we coined "T-Versations". So, say you gave a person 5 stars, now tell them why you love it & bought one for your Aunt Beru. Each INK design can have it's own "thread", if you will. Start a dialogue about your own design, perhaps ask for feedback. Start a dialogue with a fellow INKer about their INK and how they go about creating designs. You get the idea.

With the addition of these 2 features, we believe that will be a livelier, engaging community for people who love and want T-Shirts as much as we do. 

So head on over to our Marketplace and start talkin' shirt!

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Hot Off The Press - Issue 2

May 29, 2012

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Making Strides to End Breast Cancer Fundraising Total
Great news!  We’re pleased to announce that we raised a total of $5,532 for the American Cancer Society for their Making Strides to End Breast Cancer event. Thank you to everyone that gave money; raised money or participated in the walk. Jay and Todd matched our employee’s contributions and kicked in $1,000 to get us to our total. Our team was the 6th best fundraising team in the city of Milwaukee for the event.
Together we can make a difference!
Memorial Day
Our thoughts turn to soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and sadly to those who may do so in the future - so that the cherished American freedoms are preserved. With that we’d like to offer this poem in honor of Memorial Day:
A Litany of Remembrance
In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we will remember
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we will remember
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring, we will remember
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer, we will remember
In the rustling of leaves and I the beauty of autumn, we will remember.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we will remember.
When we are weary and in the need of strength, we will remember.
When we are lost and sick at heart, we will remember
When we have joys we yearn to share, we will remember.
So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now part of us, as we remember and will never forget.
Our Staff  Birthdays in May
Luz F, Dao V, Laura R, Norma L, & Antonio N
Meet Our Staff
Gina M - May Employee of the Month
1. What is your job at INK?  - One part of my job is doing the art. The other part is customer service.
2. Family? - Husband and a dog.
3. Favorite Food  - Italian and Japanese.
4. Favorite Sports Team - Green Bay Packers.
5. Favorite Cheap Night Out - I’d rather stay in and watch a movie.
6. Most Recent Movie - The Avengers.
7. What are you reading? - Books on learning the Japanese language.
8. Favorite Music - Mainly hard rock and metal, but I also listen to instrumental and ethnic music sometimes.
9. I wish I could… travel more. I’d love to go back to Okinawa and Japan. I’d love to see the Southestern US, Europe and New Zealand.
Recipe of the Month
Shrimp and Fish Ceviche - by Rosa I

2 Pounds raw shrimp

1 Pound fish fillet (Tilapia)

2 Pounds Roma tomatoes (Red)

2 White Onions (medium)

1 Onion (medium)

1 Bunch of Cilantro

12 Big Lemons (juice)

½ cup of Clamato juice with clam

1 Avocado

1 Package of toast



Valentina salsa

Wash and peel the shrimp then chop into small pieces with fish. They seamlessly blend with lemon juice in a large frying pan and cool. Let stand 2 to 3 hours until they are white. (I cover the pan with plastic)

 Then wash the tomatoes, onion and cilantro. Finely chop, then mix thoroughly, add the Clamato, Ketchup, and a little salt.
 Served on toast is added a few pieces of avocado salsa Valentina to taste. MMMMMM!! And eat it to that.  Serves 6 people.
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Hot Off The Press - Issue 1

May 08, 2012

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Making Strides to End Breast Cancer event - May 5th

Our walk team has been busy fundraising and we’re working hard to reach our goal of $1500. The walk event is Saturday, May 5th at the Discovery World in downtown Milwaukee. Help us with this great event! It’s not too late!! You can join the team online at

Together we can make a difference!


Everyone Sees the Pimple First - from Dan Rockwell’s Leadership Freak Blog

Blemishes captivate just like the negative past. The dark past draws you backward into futile conversations that solidify rather than solve. Complaints always focus on the past. Problems pull backward. But, solutions draw forward. You become what you talk about.

Reflect: I’ve been thinking about conversation topics. I know better, but I’ve slipped into conversations that spiral around the past. Everyone, it seems, wants to solve the past. I spent years captivated by negative history. It’s easy, sometimes fun, but inevitably futile.  Leaders can drown in complaints, problems, weaknesses, and low performance. Unless you intentionally turn forward, you’re pulled into the negative past; something that can’t be changed, developed, or improved, only built on.

Refocus: Recurring topics of conversation determine where you go and what you do. Persistently talking about the past translates into repeating it. Stuck people focus on the past. Leaders Solve the past by moving into the future. It’s the only way.
Redirect: Talk about the past with the future in mind, tenaciously. Rather than focusing on, “Where have we been?” say, “Where are we going?” Shift from past tense to present and future tense language. “What are we learning,” is better than, “What did we learn?” The latter takes you back while the former pulls you forward. “What was done?” is only the beginning component of a, “What’s next?” conversation. “Next time we’ll …” improves on, “What went wrong?”
Pimples: Problems and failures are inevitable, even useful. But, don’t focus on the pimple. Step toward solutions or you’ll become what you complain about, a pus-filled volcano waiting to pop. Forward facing speech combined with forward focused action creates your future. Backward facing speech and backward focused action repeats the past. Develop forward looking ways to speak about the past. Move toward your future not away from your past.
Staff Birthdays for April
Jody S, Ana V, Kate S, Maria R & Maria E
Meet Our Staff
Yudith R - April Employee of the Month
1. What is your job at INK?  - Fold and pack.
2. Family? - My husband, my two sons.
3. Favorite Food  - Mexican and Chinese
4. Favorite Sports Team - None
5. Favorite Cheap Night Out - I’d rather be home with family.
6. Most Recent Movie - The Hunger Games
7. What are you reading? - “Health Food” by Dr. Jorge D. Pamploma
8. Favorite Music - Little of everything.
9. I wish I could…  - Be a teacher. I love children.
Recipe of the Month
Quincy L's Delectable Steak Marinade
Ingredients / Tools
1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
1/2 Cup Sliced Green Onions
1/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
2 Garlic Cloves (Chopped / Minced)
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
2 1/2 Pounds Beef Ribeye Steaks
Large Resealable Bag
1. In a large resealable bag, combine soy sauce, onions, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and pepper.
2. Add steaks.
3. Seal bag. Refrigerate overnight.
4. Drain and discard marinade. Grill steaks however YOU like.
Serves 2-4 people. Note - There will be NO leftovers!
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Pretty Impressive in Pink

May 07, 2012

Saturday, May 5th

Along banks of Lake Michigan, amidst a sea of compassionate pink, we (and thousands of friends) made strides towards the cure for breast cancer. Even the chilly weather couldn't hinder us or our family & friends. We strolled on, with warmth in our hearts (although that just might have been the strong coffee talking back). Who's to say? One thing is for sure, we walked, strolled & stomped all over breast cancer until it cried "uncle" that day. We put it "in it's place", showed it "who's boss", and so on and so forth.

Hey, can you blame us for being proud of our actions? Our team raised $6,343! Impressive... if we do say so ourselves!

A sincere THANK YOU to all who donated on behalf of our team for this great cause.

Check out some more photos of the event.

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April in the Rearview

May 01, 2012

April was a big month for us. We launched our site, we had successes, we had failures, we learned a lot! Taking your suggestions to heart, we are continuing to evolve and improve, so don't be shy, let us know what you need. Be the reason that May will be even better.

Comment on our Blog

Send us an Email

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Post on Facebook

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Watch on YouTube

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*4,553,692,294th Annual Earth Day

Apr 23, 2012

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!

Check out some of the pics to the events!

*give or take

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Our First Shipment

Apr 06, 2012

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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!

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