12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
A dozen days of gift ideas
| Photo: DENNIS ODA
Chad Horimoto, owner of Carin Shirts, silkscreens T-shirts for
customers ordering a minimum of 100 shirts. Ronald Iwashida, center,
and Mark Watanabe run the silk screen machine in back.
Companies help customers create personalized T-shirts
SECOND OF 12 PARTS
OURS is a nation that takes pride in individuality, so if the messages
on T-shirts don't fit your 'tude, try the D.I.Y. route. In the
competitive business of silk-screening, a handful of companies will
help individuals print up their own shirts, whether for Christmas
gift-giving or for groups aiming to put up a united front.
The cost of silk-screening plus the shirt itself generally runs about
$7 to $8 per shirt, but that doesn't include the cost of design or silk
screens. Depending where you go, the cost ranges from $25 to $40 per
color screen used. At Carin Shirts in Kakaako, which deals with greater
volume, screens run $25.
The expense can be worthwhile when the shirts are made for a big event, such as a family reunion.
| Photo: DENNIS ODA
Chad Horimoto with graphic artist Raymond McCabe and a few of McCabe's designs.
Carin Shirts' owner Chad Horimoto printed more than 100 shirts
featuring a family mon (crest) for one reunion group. "We typically
work with schools, clubs and athletic teams," he said.
Because Carin prints for major manufacturers, he generally requires a
minimum order of 100 shirts. Those with smaller jobs are often referred
to Quali-T's Screen Printing, which shares space with Carin Shirts.
Quali-T's owner, Guy Nishino, will print a minimum of two dozen shirts,
preferring to use camera-ready artwork. He generally works with small
businesses that want logo shirts for fun runs or as promotional calling
"I work with a lot of artists who want to show their designs, like
tagging or graffiti, at car shows," he said, adding that turnaround
time for jobs at Christmas is about two weeks with camera-ready artwork.
Photo: DENNIS ODA
Ronald Iwashida adjusts the design on the silkscreen machine.
» Carin Shirts: 831B Pohukaina St. Call 596-2097.
» Quali-T's Screen Printing: 831-B Pohukaina St. Call 591-2447.