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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London’s Biggest Open Access Screen Printing Studio is Launching!

Having successfully raised over £11,000 on Kickstarter we’re excited to announce that 3rd Rail Print Space, London’s biggest open access screen printing studio is finally launching on Thursday 25th January. We’ve been working around the clock in to turn the unused carpark space into a comprehensive screen printing studio. We have prepared a wide range of exciting events for the opening night to give new members and visitors a taste of what’s to come.

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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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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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The AW16 Menswear Blank Garment Edit

It’s that time of year again when it’s time to start planning your autumn/winter collection. If you haven’t had a chance to check out what the top designers have been up to or just need some inspiration as a starting point you might find this post useful. We’ve looked back at all the key looks from the menswear AW16 catwalks and compiled a list of our favourite trends along with corresponding blank garments which are perfect for screen printing, embroidery or customisation.

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Our Top 5 Styles For Summer

Summer is officially here as of yesterday which means the perfect time to start rolling out those final SS16 lines. We’ve had a look at some of the new blank garment styles launched by our suppliers and picked out or favourites.  We would love to screen print on some of these so if you like them as much as we do get in touch and we’ll happily put a quote together.

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