THE ARTIST: Vram Kherlopian
THE QUESTION: Hey Grassrootsy! First of all, thanks so much for all the articles you guys post! I’ve learned some really practical stuff from your site. I have one question I was hoping you could address. I’m currently working on an EP, and want to release some new merchandise with the EP (specifically t-shirts, stickers, and buttons). I have an artist designing art for us, but I’m not sure of the best way to print these items. Do you have an article that talks about this? I searched for it on your site but couldn’t find anything specifically concerning “Where to print band merchandise.” Thanks so much!
THE ANSWER: Vram! Thanks for reading Grassrootsy! We’re glad the information has been useful. Please help spread the word. The answer to this one is easy. There are hundreds about hundreds of printing companies – screenprinting, poster and banner-printing, stickers, buttons, you name it! So we suggest the following.
Ask Your Fellow Musician
This is our highest recommendation. If you’ve got musician friends, do a little research. We’ve found it’s especially good to ask several different people about companies they use when it comes to T-shirts. Find out everything from price points, to popular colors, to the difference between printing 1 color or a multiple-color design. Never underestimate the power of asking your frriends and your fans. See “The Art of Asking Your Fans For Stuff“. And word to the wise: don’t print white T-shirts!
It doesn’t get any easier than doing a simple online search. Do simple searches for services: poster+printing+[name of your city]. It’s often best to find a printer in your hometown because many local printers waive shipping costs if you can pick up your merchandise. This tip comes in handy alot. We still suggest asking friends because some of the best printers are small, under the radar, independent operations that won’t show up at the top of a Google search.
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