It’s been a whirlwind over here, with the Halloween buzz and all of our recent events having just ended. For those of you lucky enough to be in the Midwestern vicinity and even luckier to have made it over to our warehouse in Arkansas for our Open House Event – We absolutely LOVED having you with us! It was a blast and we were (once again) reminded that our favorite people in the world to party with are our customers. You guys are honestly the best.
For one more reason to pity the rest of us envy-stricken individuals, some of the lucky attendees of the event carried a little piece of history home with them that day, along with their full stomachs. Headlining the event was Ryonet’s attempt at breaking the Guinness Book of World Record’s longest screen print. Our 80 foot long wooden screen was graciously built by Nortech. A beast of a frame and covered in 156 mesh, the design was 18 feet longer than the previous World Record. Each attendee was able to join in the printing efforts and contribute with one of the provided 12″ squeegees. The design, a string of “Long Distance Printers” marathon running across the fabric, was made by our own graphic designer Mark Daffron.
But I’m going to go ahead and say that our time at the show was well worth the extra price of a few tissue boxes and some Riccola.
– All you can eat sushi, drinks….and sake bombs
– Zip-lining down the lighted ceiling of an entire city block
– Nick Wood lugging his huge bike container all the way to Vegas only to ride it once
– Nightly midnight plunges in our communal house’s outdoor pool
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we decided to have a raffle to raise funds for the support of those battling against breast cancer. Each ticket was also a $20 donation going directly towards the National Breast Cancer Foundation. There were 119 tickets sold, each giving it’s owner another chance to win a special pink Riley Hopkins Press. Despite having just come back from the AR Open House and carrying a little sniffle from our SGIA Trade Show insanity the week prior, Ryan graciously drew the winning ticket out of our unofficial contest bucket on Monday. (Watch the video here)
And now, we are proud to announce the winner……
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while everyone loves a good breast-pun, the reality is that about 295,240 women will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Many of us know mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, friends and grandmothers who have been on the receiving end of that diagnosis. Some of us know men who have. Some have heard the news ourselves. Whatever your story, it’s not a joke. While it’s sometimes easier to have fun with what might otherwise seem a taboo topic, we know that your story and your fight are what truly matter here.
One of the core values at Ryonet is to “be the best at being better.” At the onset of every day, each team from Ryonet is challenged to hold up that value and constantly look for a better approach, product, or process to offer our customers. Ryonet has proven time and time again that a standard exists to be pushed, and good enough is never the end of the search. On top of it all, stands the Riley Hopkins legacy, steady and sturdy, renown for quality and popularity throughout the industry for 35 years. Partnered with Ryonet since 2005 and an official brand under the company since 2012, the collaboration of the past nine years has proven an explosive journey to the top for both brands.
This month, on October 25th, Ryonet will be hosting a “record breaking” open house party at our Arkansas location. As usual, you’ll find our highly anticipated rummage sale, some Oktoberfest style beer & brats, and a number of invaluable demos, seminars and giveaways. In addition, and with the help of at least 80 printers willing to “go the distance”, we will be attempting to break a world record.
So, your shop is “going green”, but is it really? As the population of the world expands, our consumption of resources also grows and the importance of Eco-friendly processes and materials becomes ever more important. We all know the negative impact that the improper disposal of chemicals and supplies can have on our environment, and everyone is called to do their part in responsibly limiting the impact of his or her activities. The screen printing industry produces a fair bit of waste, and many printers and shops are faced with the same question; how do you go about properly recycling or disposing your screen printing waste? In the case of most industry specific waste-materials, each item requires different treatment. Aerosol cans, non-drain safe chemicals, old aluminum screens, ripped mesh, and film positives fill shop trash bins more than we’d like to admit, and, while some of this is appropriate to put in the garbage, other items can find new life in recycling. Brent Allman from Commonwealth Press, a dedicated and passionate screen printing shop in Pittsburgh, asked himself the same question when he found a pile of boxes filled to the brim with old film positives and no clear instructions on how to dispose of them properly.
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Last week I wrote a post explaining how to Find your ‘Profitability Sweet-Spot, and gave readers a chance to understand the profitability calculator we suggest using to calculate profits for a job with our Profit Calculator post. Let’s go in-depth about how to make this equation work for your situation using five common scenarios based on our top-selling kits. Here’s how you can earn 45% profit in the most common situation: The DIYer!
Ryonet is lucky to have the opportunity to connect with and assist many types of printers and businesses who incorporate screen printing into their practice. We are constantly blown away by the diversity and unique passion that people put into their work, sometimes through design-based creativity and sometimes by finding a way to incorporate screen printing into creating a whole new culture. Velo Cult has done just that. Equal parts bike shop, venue, and bar, Velo Cult is all about creating a space that is more about the diversity of Portland biking culture than selling bikes.