Founder of Vacord, Stuart, is a licensed hot air balloon pilot, so he asked his business partner Adam from the shop to design a balloon related Vacord logo, and this is what came of it. Then he printed a couple hundred.
Clear discharge printing on a Gildan Cardinal Red shirt for a group at University of Pennsylvania. Cardinal Red discharges a lot better than regular red, coming out a bright white instead of a slightly pinkish white. Cherry Red is another great alternative to Red shirts if you’re looking for great discharge results.
An Alternative Apparel brand hoodie with a two color print separated by the zipper for a musician.
Bergamasco Shepherds are the dogs who look like they have crazy dreadlocks, and these shirts were a delight to print because the customers brought several of these dogs into the shop when it was time to pick up their shirts. Printed on Alternative Apparel shirts with discharge inks. The very small area of a second color illustrates how much impact a tiny bit of an accent color can have on a design.
A two color sleeve print for a conference. Short sleeves are pretty easy to print, especially when it is just one color and discharge ink.
Bright clear discharge with red line work on top of it, printed on American Apparel 5497 hoodies. The 5497 zip hoodie and the 5495 pullover hoodie by American Apparel are 100% cotton, which is rare for a hoodie, but important for discharge ink, which only works on cotton. The higher the percentage of cotton in the blend, the better the discharge results, so these hoodies are truly best for discharge. 90/10 and 80/20 cotton/polyester blends can have very nice results too.
A two color vibrant blue and green discharge screen printing on black shirts for a clothing line.
Two color discharge print for a clothing line on thin and soft Alternative Apparel ladies shirts.
A sweet shirt for a Philadelphia metal band, printed on the Moss green Anvil 980 shirt, using clear discharge and black waterbased ink. One of Stuart’s favorite shirts that he’s ever printed. He still wears his all the time. Discharge printing holds up very well over the years.
Another great example of bright clear discharge with no pigment added. This time it is a Krav Maga symbol on heather gray hoodies, probably a 90/10 or 80/20 cotton/polyester blend. Only the cotton discharges (polyester doesn’t react with discharge inks) but there is enough cotton in the blend that you still get a nice print.
Tri-blend navy blue Next Level vnecks for Penn Dental. These shirts aren’t mostly cotton, so they don’t discharge well. We used traditional ink on these for a very nice and bright result.
Five color discharge print on yellow shirts. Tight registration of colors is fine with our high-end presses.
An impressive three color print using traditional ink for a clothing line. Only two colors are visible, and the third color is a white underbase, which lets the neon yellow and neon pink be more vibrant and rich.
A great of example of “straight discharge” ink, IE discharge ink without white pigment or any color dye added. This results in a print that is the raw cotton color, and super soft because there is nothing on the shirt.
Three color softball shirts printed with discharge inks on Cardinal Red Gildan shirts. Cardinal Red works a lot better with discharge than standard red shirts. Discharge results depend on the dye used to produce the shirts. Not all shirt colors work well, but we know what colors to avoid, and how to get the best results.
Two color print using waterbased screen printing inks on white shirts for a physical therapist.
One of our favorite customers, Holderman Art Graphics, sends us gems like this one. They usually request the Hanes Nano 4980 shirt, which is a nice fitting, ringspun cotton shirt that works great with discharge inks.
Tremendously fun delivering these shirts to a Pennsylvania goat farm and getting a tour of the facilities. Those goats were crazy.