March 12, 2014 · Leave a Comment
by Matt DeLaere, Marketing
|[Images from http://twitter.com/Uniformswag]|
Music fans are well aware that members of the band Kiss are not known for subtle understatement. Whether it’s their music, their clothing (and face paint), or their marketing, these guys love it loud (see what I did there?). And they’re not afraid of a little self-promotion, lending their name and likenesses to products from dolls to caskets to football teams.
Wait, caskets? Wait, wait, wait, football teams?!? Ok, there’s only one (how could there possibly be more than one) – the Los Angeles Kiss of the Arena Football League play their first game this weekend. The team, owned by band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, recently unveiled their uniforms and they look hot. Literally, actually.
The main design element of the uniform is an actual classical element – fire. Yes, flames adorn the jersey shoulders and number, as well as the team helmet, including the facemask (and visor, apparently). As if all this fire wasn’t quite flamboyant enough (again, literally), the helmets have a chrome base, making them even more eye-catching. Yesterday we had a blog post which mentioned the recent use of chrome in sports uniforms. Well, we never saw this coming.
Personally, I think the helmet looks pretty cool, but I’ll leave the flaming shoulders up to others to decide. And sure, the flame-filled numbers might be unique for a professional team, but did you know that you can get a similar effect with CAD-PRINTZ® text and number effects?
In addition to camouflage, plaid, animal prints, and sports textures, among others, there’s a “Hotrod” fill effect which features flames on a black background. In the CAD-PRINTZ Effects Wizard, simply choose “Special Effects” on the Fill FX tab and you’ll be able to apply this scorching effect to your text or numbers.
So, next time a customer wants a hot look for T-shirts for his band, hats for his football team, or bags for his hotrod club, you’ll know where to find one.
As for the LA Kiss, if their uniforms are any indication, they certainly won’t be boring.
March 11, 2014 · Leave a Comment
by Matt DeLaere, Marketing
|[Image from http://www.buccaneers.com]|
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL® recently introduced new uniforms for next season. The new design features a brighter red than the old jerseys, as well as a richer pewter, the return of “Bay Orange” (the creamsicle color of the Bucs’ original uniforms), and chrome. The Buccaneers follow a couple of recent trends in sports uniforms and performance wear.
Chrome “effects” are becoming all the rage in professional (and college) sports uniforms. Jerseys designed for this year’s NHL® Stadium Series had chrome-treated logos, NBA® Christmas day jerseys featured two-tone chrome logos, and the minor-league Bakersfield Condors have metallic wings on their jerseys.
The new Bucs jerseys feature more modern-looking numbers with beveled edges and lines designed to look like the slashes made by buccaneers’ swords. The numbers have a “reflective chrome border” to increase their visibility and add a unique visual effect. The facemask on the team’s redesigned helmet also has a chrome effect.
The metallic trend goes beyond pro and college teams, with the style increasingly showing up on fan wear, spirit wear, and fashion garments. You may already know that reflective materials like Stahls’ CAD-CUT® 3M™ Scotchlite™ 5807 are great for safety apparel and materials with a metallic finish, like Fashion-FILM® Metallic II is great for fashion garments. Each can be cut with a vinyl cutter and applied easily with a heat press to T-shirts, sweatshirts, and more.
But the high-tech fabric used in performance wear and many jerseys these days is trickier to decorate because of its stretchability and sensitivity to heat. New Stahls’ TEK™ materials are specifically designed for performance wear and feature incredible stretch and rebound properties. Plus, they’re lightweight with a soft hand and apply at a lower temperature which avoids scorch marks on technical fabrics.
CAD-COLOR® FoilTEK™ printable heat transfer material is available in Metallic Gold, Silver, and White colors, as well as “Silver Shift” and “Gold Shift.” Metallic Gold, Silver, and White are pretty much self-explanatory – they give printed designs a metallic sheen along with the color printed on them. The “Shift” colors give a unique metallic visual effect, with their appearance changing depending on the material they’re applied to and the angle at which they’re viewed. All four are great options for adding the metallic look to performance wear and can be used with a print/cut system.
The other trend followed by the Bucs regards their new letter and number font. Instead of traditional styles like Pro Block or Varsity, teams are turning toward newer, more stylish fonts for player numbers.
Following the lead of pro and college teams, you can provide stylish (and aggressive) numbers to your customers. Stahls’ recently introduced 26 new fonts for Pre-Cut Numbers and 5 new fonts for Pre-Spaced Numbers. These include more modern fonts like Chopper and Fury, as well as plenty of others you can use to provide the best-looking uniforms possible.
As always, test materials for each job, making sure that the material used adheres properly to the garment and is appropriate for the garment’s use (for example, stretchable materials for Lycra®/spandex or more durable materials for full-contact sports like football).
March 10, 2014 · Leave a Comment
by Matt DeLaere, Marketing
This weekend, “under the boardwalk, down by the sea,” in booth 503 at ISS is where we’ll be. Ok, we won’t really be under the boardwalk, but we’ll be near it. So come join Stahls’ at ISS Atlantic City, at the Atlantic City Convention Center from March 14th to 16th.
Once there you’ll see the latest and greatest innovations in heat printing and garment decoration, like Hotronix® heat presses, vinyl cutters and print/cut systems, and the new Epson® SureColor® F2000 Direct-to-Garment Printer.
You’ll also be able to get samples and see displays of the new Stahls’ TEK™ printable heat transfer materials as well all your favorites, like CAD-CUT® heat transfer materials and CAD-PRINTZ® full color digital transfers. Plus, you can decorate your own T-shirt at the Stahls’ T-Shirt Shoppe.
In addition to our latest products and show specials, you’ll also have the opportunity to attend educational sessions with Stahls’ experts, like equipment expert Steven Jackson, Josh Ellsworth and Courtney Matlick of Stahls’ CAD-CUT Direct, and Dane Clement of Great Dane Graphics.
To learn more about the show, see a full educational schedule, and information on registration, visit the Stahls’ Events page.
Yes, on the boardwalk just come and see; on the boardwalk we’ll be printing DTG; on the boardwalk booth 503 will be sweet; on the boardwalk Stahls’ will be decorating with heat….