We stopped by to see our friends at the L.A. print shop Shirt Agency to show you a few great ways to incorporate specialty ink on this season’s hottest T-shirt trends.
Metallic ink is an ink containing metallic particles like copper, aluminum, bronze or zinc. When metallic ink is printed and left to dry, the metallic particles rise to the surface, reflecting light and creating a metallic sheen. This ink is great on our speciality fabrics! During our visit at Shirt Agency, we paired bronze metallic ink on our new neutral Slub colors. Slub is a really soft, vintage looking fabric, so we thought it would be cool to pair this with the unexpected element of metallic ink!
There’s a lot of buzz right now in the screen printing world about reflective ink, which is an ink that is invisible to the naked eye, but shows up in photos when you take a flash. At Shirt Agency, we tried a single pass silver print on our new Black Heather tee, which looked like a vintage print, but showed up great in the light!
Foil isn’t exactly a specialty ink, but rather a cool effect we love. Pink tees are a big trend for both guys and girls right now, so we tested out a tonal foil print using rose gold foil on our new peach and mauve T-shirts.