Live Printing with the Bushwick Print Lab

Last week I helped the Bushwick Print Lab do live printing at the 7th anniversary of Warper Party – one of my favourite electronic music parties in NYC. It was held at the Delancey in the LES and we were hired to print a few designs in celebration of the event, as well as bring a couple of our own, to print on t-shirts, totebags and whatever people laid in front of us.

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The set up, with Ray Cross, owner of the BPL.

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Printing early in the night before things got too crazy.

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My friend Nick took off the shirt he was wearing to have it printed!

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And Matt Landon, fellow BPL printer and master of textiles, getting ready for more printing.

And most importantly, the meat of the work – here’s the live printing in action!

I haven’t quite managed to master on-contact printing, so my duties were mostly to take orders and dry the shirts afterwards so people could pick up their orders quickly. Live printing requires a good amount of strength and coordination for holding down the screen with one hand (STEADY) and pulling the squeegee in the other. I plan on practicing it to see if I can take my own screens on the road!

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