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Squid Ink Kollective. Brian and Lynnea. 2 people, 1 six color manual print press, 1 exposure unit, 3 sewing machines, a whole ton of ink, screens, squeegees, thread, fabric, rulers, scissors, some trusty computers and a printer.

OUR SCREEN PRINTING PROCESS & SHIRTS
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We do all prints manually, color by color, on our super awesome printing press with water-based, non-toxic inks that are then heat-cured to the fabrics. Your average shirt has plastisol inks, which feel rubbery to the touch and sit on top of the shirt and eventually flake off. Those flakes contain super-toxic chemicals, by the way, so please keep them away from your kiddos! Our inks penetrate into the fabric and actually dye the fibers, becoming softer with each wash.

Provided you wash…

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  • Born on October 28
  • Joined September 29, 2007

Favorite materials

screenprinting, watercolor, acrylic, ink, spraypaint, cotton jersey, old things ready to be loved again, stitching, luv

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About

Squid Ink Kollective. Brian and Lynnea. 2 people, 1 six color manual print press, 1 exposure unit, 3 sewing machines, a whole ton of ink, screens, squeegees, thread, fabric, rulers, scissors, some trusty computers and a printer.

OUR SCREEN PRINTING PROCESS & SHIRTS
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We do all prints manually, color by color, on our super awesome printing press with water-based, non-toxic inks that are then heat-cured to the fabrics. Your average shirt has plastisol inks, which feel rubbery to the touch and sit on top of the shirt and eventually flake off. Those flakes contain super-toxic chemicals, by the way, so please keep them away from your kiddos! Our inks penetrate into the fabric and actually dye the fibers, becoming softer with each wash.

Provided you wash your shirt in cold water only, the design will last longer than the shirt itself. Solar powered drying (ie. line drying) is a great way to save electricity and further the lifespan of your clothes (and hence the screen print).

American Apparel. Yes, we know the owner is kind of a douche and their ads are ridiculous. BUT their shirts are almost the ONLY shirts produced within America and their workers' starting wages are $12/hour. We pick our battles, and fair wages trump racy ads. Can't win 'em all!

ONNO shirts, our organic bamboo/cotton blend shirts, are produced under fair standards and are supplied to us by a little company in Colorado. Bamboo as a fiber wicks moisture away, breathes great and is naturally antimicrobial. Plus the bamboo plant grows in hardy places, requiring little from the soil and much less water than cotton. Dig?

ABOUT US
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The Squid Ink Kollective was founded in the fall of 2007 by Brian Maclaskey, who has been studying printmaking since his early teens. Brian was drawing his own cartoons from the age of 5 and grew up on a healthy diet of Robert Crumb, Propaghandi and anti-circus protests. When he's not screen printing, he's working on his own art (see http://conybologna.etsy.com), playing the drums, or making food with Lynnea.

Lynnea Edwards, the other half of the Kollective, was groomed to be a professional musician but decided to learn a more important skill than composing for whenever the apocalypse occurs. She is an entirely self-taught seamster and loves nerding out about fabric weight and different types of interfacing. She does 99% of the Etsy work, so chances are you're communicating with me, eh, her!

The mediums we have chosen to pursue our artistic creativity in allow us to share our passion with the general public as an accessible alternative to mass production. This company represents the hard work and commitment of artists dedicated to a creative-based living. Thanks for your support in making our vision come to fruition!


Read more about Squid Ink Kollective on their website, http://www.squidinkkollective.com

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