Q&A with cartoon parody artist Nick Thompson aka Thumbs

London born pop culture artist and graphic designer Thumbs creates cartoon parody art.  His designs crossover cartoons, movies and pop culture references, and with a background in skateboarding and a love for comic books, skate art and 90’s cartoons it’s hardly surprising. We caught up with him for a chat to understand his ideas, inspiration and plans for the future.

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3rd Rail Print Space Launch in Pictures

After being successfully funded through Kickstarter 3rd Rail Print Space has opened its doors for the first time on 25th January 2018. London’s biggest open access screen printing studio is now available to members and running screen printing workshops. Thank you to everyone who stopped by last week and for all those who didn’t manage to catch the event here are a few photos taken by the talented Sabela Peinado over the course of the launch night.

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Peckham Levels Launch Party Highlights

Peckham Levels is now open! Thanks to everyone who made it down to the launch party on Friday and stopped by our screen printing station, we hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did! The venue was bursting with amazing food and drink from independent traders, pop up events, exhibitions and talks. If you couldn’t make it, fear not, we’ve created a video from a gallery of photos from the event. Carry on reading to watch a short video of us live printing festive designs by Supermundane.

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3rd Rail Print Space Kickstarter Q&A Series: Tony Riff

London-based illustrator Tony Riff learned to draw by copying different styles of cartoons which has helped him to develop his own whimsical style. His work can be described as ‘a colourful mixture of mind blowing, intellectual & playful drawings’. We have asked Tony to create a t-shirt design exclusively for 3rd Rail Print Space Kickstarter. Read on for more details about this exciting collaboration.

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3rd Rail Print Space Kickstarter Q&A Series: Sam Taylor

We have asked some of our favourite artists to create t-shirts exclusively for the 3rd Rail Print Space Kickstarter. One of contributing illustrators is Sam Taylor who has worked with global brands including The New Yorker, Google and Nike. We caught up with him briefly to get a better idea of his design process, inspiration and career plans.

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3rd Rail Print Space Kickstarter

We’re really excited to announce the launch of 3rd Rail Print Space in January 2018, a brand new 4000sqft open access screen printing facility combining paper, t-shirt and fabric in the heart of Peckham. We’ve got all the equipment but need your help raising £10k to help with with funding the building work so we can turn a car park shell into a sparkling new Print hub. (more…)

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What is DTG (Direct to Garment) printing?

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Our Highlights From London Fashion Week Men’s

Over the last 6 months London Collections Men has evolved into London Fashion Week Men’s. The aim of the move initiated by the British Fashion Council was to “recognise its equal importance to womenswear” and if you look at the stats it makes perfect sense. The men’s clothing market grew by 4.1% in 2015 and is expected to rise a further 22.5% by 2020 (Mintel’s British Lifestyles 2016). The 10th edition of the showcase was opened by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who called it “a truly international celebration of fashion, design and creativity”.

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How To Prep Your Brand For The Christmas Rush

This year Black Friday falls on 25th November and it will mark the start of the 4 busiest weeks of the year for most retailers. A trend from across the pond which has grown significantly in popularity here in UK since the Credit Crunch is now the biggest day of trade for many stores. The flip side is that shoppers have come to expect discounts and are unlikely to spend much money in the first half of November. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it means you still have 3 weeks left to prep so here’s our list of top tricks to get your brand is ready for the Christmas rush.

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How To Use Our Free Neck Label Template

Why should I get neck labels screen printed?

Getting sizing and care information screen printed on the inside neck of a garment rather than ordering woven labels is both cheaper and has a faster turnaround. If you’re not a graphic designer having to get neck labels designed can be an additional expense that you haven’t necessarily budgeted for. In an attempt to make the process more accessible and affordable to people we’ve come up with 6 super easy to use templates to suit a range of different brand styles.

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