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Remembering Loved Ones with Memorial T-Shirts

memorial t-shirts

Losing a loved one is a life altering experience that changes your perspective. Shock, grief, loneliness, and anger are emotions many people describe feeling immediately. It’s normal to feel protective of their memory as tangible connections have been lost.

Showing love and gratitude to the deceased is traditionally realized through flowers, elaborate burial arrangements, wakes, and celebrations. Some people create more permanent memorials in the form of statuary, memorial plaques, or even donating to charities on their loved ones behalf as a way to share and amplify the memory of their loss.

These are not always viable options for limited budgets though. Memorializing loved ones with t-shirts may be something that is more popular with millennials and even younger generations as the loss of someone in that age group is more likely to be unexpected and unusually tragic.

In these cases we often see people scrambling to raise funds for funeral and other expenses related to unexpected death. Fundraising for funeral expenses with t-shirts is one avenue people consider. This may be particularly successful if there is a large network of family and friends that can be tastefully enticed to give more in exchange for a memorial t-shirt.

When pricing memorial t-shirts for fundraising efforts, it’s important to recognize that full color pictures are not typically done with screen printing. Full color images are created with digital printing and are not the most cost effective option for fundraising.

There are creative possibilities for recreating the deceased portrait on a t-shirt without paying the cost of digital printing. Using a halftone image for screen printing is one of the most cost effective ways to use a photorealistic image on a shirt. Halftones reproduce tonal effects with varying sizes of dots.

halftone for screenprinting

These can be printed using only one ink color which saves a substantial amount of money without sacrificing the appearance of a photograph. This method will allow you to use most of the raised funds for the cause at hand.

Another low cost option is to use a simple memorial slogan with tasteful clip art, the name of your loved one, and the dates of birth and passing. Some templates of tasteful memorial designs can be found here. Everyone has their own viewpoint on what is tasteful and it may be defined by personality of the deceased.

Choosing to print on a white t-shirt versus any other color including the traditional funerary black will save money as well. While many people believe that black denotes respectful grief, you may not realize that white is the symbol of purity, heaven, hope, light, and spirituality.

plain white t-shirt

Funerals are not easily planned and the timeline is not of our choosing. If memorial t-shirts are needed quickly, we will do our best to accommodate and keep costs down.

Some people choose to include a quote familiarly used by their loved one or a quote from a famous author or a religious theme. Here are a few very popular ideas for an in loving memory t-shirt.

  • In Loving Memory
  • Love is Eternal
  • Life is not Forever, Love is
  • Forever in our Hearts
  • Too well Loved to Ever be Forgotten
  • Asleep in Jesus’ Arms

For those left behind, the anniversary of a loved ones passing holds special meaning. After the initial grieving period is over and friends and family go back to their normal lives, it’s natural to feel the need bring your loved ones passing back to mind.

We’ve seen instances where a loved one’s art was printed on t-shirts and given to friends and family on the anniversary of the passing. Or if an illness took the life of a loved one, custom t-shirts for memorial walks and runs can bond participants together while memorializing the person that was lost.

Rush Order T-Shirts - How did it come to This?

At some point in your life you may have need to buy something in a rush for various reasons. Normally, going to a store and purchasing ready-made merchandise is no biggie; it’s designed to be an off-the-shelf purchase. However if you need anything custom made-to-order, requiring production in a rush situation will cost more than it normally would. Here’s why. When you order rush t-shirts or any other personalized product, it doesn’t just require a rush shipping charge.

together we create

Prioritizing orders and making a production schedule is how t-shirt companies are able to make deadlines consistently. A disruption in that order requires careful evaluation of the orders on the schedule to make sure the balance can be maintained to fulfill all orders as promised. When rush orders require t-shirt companies to bump other orders, production has to over compensate to make up time. It may require screen printers to switch orders to other screen presses which involve more labor and possibly paying overtime compensation to employees.

Product availability is another factor that impacts rush t-shirt printing prices. To allow for a wide range of product choices, these apparel products will not be stored in-house. Rather the apparel product is ordered from the supplier in the amount needed, colors needed, and sizes needed specific to each and every order. Pulling these items from a warehouse shelf in front of other standard orders causes an upset in the supplier’s workday. Shipping the items sometimes same day or even within hours will incur charges that are passed onto the screen printer.

Of course the actual shipping costs do come into factoring rush order t-shirt pricing. If a customer needs shirts in 3 days, making that happen often requires overnight shipping which can be a substantial cost. Adding up all of the things that can impact the cost of rush order t-shirts certainly makes a good argument for avoiding postponement when ordering t-shirts. However, sometimes life gets in the way and it becomes a necessity. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons we see customers needing to order t-shirts using our rush option.

Qualifying Athletes for Nationals
qualifying athletes

Sometimes a short turnaround time is unavoidable. One instance we see is when an athlete qualifies for a national athletic competition and that competition is less than 10-days away. The customer won’t know the quantity or sizes needed until the qualifying athletes place high enough to move onto the next round. In this scenario, the customer may already have a general design in mind but will also need to add names and numbers of the athlete to complete the team aesthetic.

Birthday Party Procrastination
birthday party

Coming up with party favors everyone will appreciate can seem like an easy task with so many options to choose from. But a truly customized experience may be at the top of the wish list for the host and the guest of honor. You might get last minute inspiration or suggestions from birthday party invitees to use a funny picture of the birthday boy or girl. Popular birthday party t-shirt themes can also relate to milestone ages like sweet sixteen, legal twenty-one, dirty thirty, and fierce at forty. Eleventh hour sparks of imagination can make the difference between bland and unforgettable when it comes to birthday bashes.

Ordering the Wrong Size

We’ve all misjudged our size from time to time. Sizing can vary from product to product. We’ve seen this issue mostly when it comes to junior and youth sizes. A junior XL can fit more like a ladies medium in some cases. If the printed shirt arrives and the fit feels like a sausage casing, you might want to reconsider the product type and size for the reprint. At times there is simply a lack of communication when ordering for a group and the wrong size may be relayed to you and ordered. It’s times like these when a rush order t-shirt printer comes in very handy.

Not Ordering Enough Shirts

If you’ve ever been tasked to order personalized clothing for a team, company, or an event, you know how easy it is to let someone fall through the cracks. Let’s say you’re ordering for a company and the new guy started after the call for t-shirt sizes went out to all the employees, now you need one shirt for the upcoming annual company picnic. While it’s not ideal to pay full price for a digitally printed shirt instead of a bulk screen print order, at least there is that option.

Totally Forgetting to Order Shirts

You’ve got your checklist, the venue’s been booked, the caterer has confirmed, the band has sent you their playlist, what else is there to be concerned about? You wake up in the middle of the night with a jolt because you just realized you didn’t order the event t-shirts! What to do? We’ve experienced this scenario many times not just for events, but for all types of occasions. The first step is to make sure all of the information required is communicated to make this quick turnaround time happen and you have your shirts in hand for the event. We’ll need the design, the apparel product choice, the number of shirts required, and the sizes. That’s it. With our lightning shipping time, we can get your shirts to you in as little as 3 business days to avoid disaster.

save the day

Whatever your reason is for requiring rush order t-shirt printing, we’ve seen it all and will do our best to accommodate your needs to save the day. Luckily our customer service team has extensive knowledge on products, pricing, printing techniques, and shipment capabilities to roll with the punches no matter how fast they come.

Best Places to Play Soccer in the Phoenix Valley

Soccer has been slowly gaining popularity in the U.S. and will certainly take over traditionally dominant sports as the younger generation embraces this thrilling game. There’s been a lot of debate as to why soccer didn’t catch on fire in the U.S. when national sports were forming in the late 19th and early 20th century.

soccer field

It’s been said there is only so much capacity to adopt a sport on a countrywide level and of course the ability to unite behind teams on a communal level will impact its ability to thrive. So what’s changed recently in the U.S. that no longer inhibits the development of passion behind this game?

There are a couple schools of thought on this. Most would agree that David Beckham made a huge impact on how soccer is viewed as whole. Not only is he a phenomenal player, but his sex appeal certainly caught and held the attention span of the notoriously fickle U.S. audience. All of sudden young boys were looking at his fame, the money that always follows, and his ability to attract the attention of one of the members of the super-hot all girl groups of the 90’s, The Spice Girls.

His move to LA Galaxy further bolstered U.S. attention as we felt that it was a significant win to lure him here even at legendary costs and unprecedented perks. Of course LA Galaxy understood what the deal would mean for them and as ticket sales soared, so did purchases of Galaxy jerseys, even before Beckham officially claimed number 23 for his personal soccer jersey.

Cristiano Ronaldo is another player that garners attention on a massive level because of his sex appeal. But there have always been attractive looking players in the sport in peak physical condition. So what else might have changed the way people view the sport?

Social media has changed the way we consume information. Previously we relied on the news and our local community of friends and friends to influence how we thought about current events in the world. Now, ideas, concepts, trends, fashion, and just about everything else can be communicated and shared within seconds.

soccer goal

What happens across the world can immediately be experienced and commented upon to further the story. We are certainly more of a global community than ever before. Friends we meet from South America and Europe while attending college are not reduced to distant memories after graduation. We keep up with them every day on Facebook and Instagram and they share significant happenings in their lives. As with Americans consuming and sharing their passion for football, basketball, and baseball, foreign influencers are likewise sharing their passion for soccer. So the interest grows.

soccer player

As soccer is wildly popular in South America and the population of Hispanic-American’s continues to develop, it’s natural that the most loved sport would expand outside of this population segment and envelop the interests of their friends and acquaintances.

Soccer has recently become more popular with the elementary and high school age athletes which will have a far reaching impact on the future. As these children mature, they will most likely maintain an interest in the sport which commands access to watch professional teams play. As the demand for the ability to watch professional teams grows, the money follows hard behind with advertisers vying for slots and spaces to share their message with this growing fan base.

soccer field closeup

Playing locally in the Phoenix Valley has never been more appealing with lots of opportunities for amateur players that simply love the sport. One of the more competitive local leagues is Scottsdale United Amateur Soccer League. They play in fields across North and South Scottsdale. You can register as team or enlist as a Free Agent to be connected with other local competitive players looking to recruit team members and be challenged.

Arizona Sports League offers adult soccer leagues that play throughout the week but also leagues that play over the weekend, perfect for working professionals. Since it’s a venue for intramural sports, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to meet other athletes beyond just soccer players including lacrosse, volleyball, kickball, dodgeball, flag football, and even sloshball, if you’re looking to combine fun with other athletic minded individuals who like to drink.

Small Goal Soccer is very good for skilled or amateur players as there are different levels of competition. From D1 down to Coed which has a good mix of younger, older, good, bad, in shape, and out of shape players. It’s a pretty welcoming community.

While the Phoenix Valley is ideal most of the year for outdoor sports, summertime can be pretty brutal. While some soccer facilities do early morning and night games, obviously indoor soccer becomes quite popular as temperatures soar into the 100’s.

Indoor soccer is viewed as being more on the competitive side. A lot of people say it's harder than outdoor soccer because it's basically like hockey. Fast paced with all the same dynamics so you have to be able to sprint a lot and pass well since you’re bounded by walls. Indoor soccer venues are located throughout the Valley, but we have a few favorites as some of our staff and family members play there.

Phoenix Sports Centre offers the only full-regulation size indoor soccer field in the Valley which says a lot. It’s quite popular with ambitious players seeking to keep the competition fierce. Another perk is that its family owned and it’s always a nice feeling to support local businesses.

Last, but certainly not least is Big League Dreams in Gilbert, AZ. They have a great facility and offer three standings for adult soccer leagues, bronze, silver, and gold. It’s a family friendly park with a playground and after the game you can enjoy a tasty meal in the Stadium Club restaurant.

Of course we offer performance wear choices for custom soccer jerseys and uniforms that will make your league look outstanding wherever you play in the Phoenix Valley. If you can't find what you're looking for on the website, we have access to thousands of products that are not listed on the website so give us a call. Even super casual players can appreciate a custom t-shirt with the league’s logo or name to bolster team spirit.

The Best Promotional Giveaways for Millennials around Ten Bucks

Millennials are highly prized demographic because of their numbers and spending habits. Millennials make up about 25% of the population and are typically in high school, college, or just starting their professional careers. Understanding a little bit about who millennials are helps how to promote your brand with them.

This segment is important because they account for trillions of dollars spent. Their influence on family members can have a positive trickledown effect and they are not shy about spending money on things they want. They are used to being special so promotional products that reflect well on their sense of self identity will be popular.

This is also the Facebook generation and they have lots of friends so if they love your brand, their influence has a radius effect.

If you are offering something that is beneficial and solves a problem, you’re going to gain more traction. As millennials live very active lifestyles and are dependent upon, and use technology often, items that enhance well-being and productivity are going to be most attractive.

If the product or idea you’re promoting is tied to making a positive impact on society, this will resonate well with this highly diverse generation.

Now that you know who they are, let’s explore the best promotional giveaways for Millennials that they might actually want. Note, the items below are under $10 based on quantity discounts but none require more than 500 pieces.

Stress Balls

Charge-N-Go Power Bank


Stainless Steel Nimbus Bottle


Messenger Bag

Promotional T-Shirts

Glitter T-Shirt Printing

All that glitters is not gold. It’s actually relative to what you’re envisioning for custom glitter t-shirts. We offer several options for glitter t-shirt printing, which include heat transfers and specialty inks. Since these options have different minimum requirements and pricing determinants, you will need to contact us for a custom quote specific to your request.

Glitter Flake Closeup

A popular option is Glitter Flake heat transfer decals that are available in 38 colors. This permanent application of textured glitter is very popular for fashion-forward sorority wear, spirit wear, and flashy sportswear. It can be applied to cotton, polyester and poly/cotton blends. Our high quality heat transfers don’t result in flaking glitter and are extremely durable. You’ll love the high luster, sparkle and shine for your custom apparel.

Glitter Flake Sample

Another option is our hologram heat transfer application. This holographic material is perfect if you’re looking for a prism effect for your personalized t-shirts. The rainbow finish catches light and creates a brilliant effect making a bold statement with your branding or team name. Your design would have a smooth feel to it similar to a sticker, but would not peel off when worn or washed.

Hologram Printing Example

For screen printing, crystallina is a specialty ink we can apply on top of a solid ink color for a glittery effect. It is a translucent color with specks of glitter included in the clear ink. When printed on top of a solid color (such as pink) we are able to achieve a glitter outcome. Cystallina ink is a fun enhancement that can be used on top of any solid color used for screen printing. We do not recommend printing crystallina by itself. It is intended for printing on top of another color.

Crystalina Printing Example

Other “shimmery” screen print inks we offer are metallic inks. We offer metallic silver, ultra gold shimmer (our shimmery version of metallic gold), and copper. Metallic inks can add classy enhancement to any screen printed order. Your metallic ink of choice can be printed exclusively in a design or combined with other colors.

Gold Metallic Printing Example
Silver Metallic Printing Example

All of our glitter choices require a specialized quote from one of our customer care specialists. So if you’re ready to add glamour, twinkle, glitz, and increase the perceived value of your personalized apparel, call us at 888-487-4478 today.