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The printing process

The printing process

There are many different ways to put an image onto a t-shirt, each with their own pros and cons. Vinyl transfers can stretch and crack, Direct to garment printing (like a giant inkjet printer) doesn’t work so well on dark fabrics. To us, screen printing is currently the best way to get vibrant colours and is designed to make it easy for batch printing. The process of ‘screen printing’ has been around for thousands of years, the printing can be traced all the way back to the Song Dynasty in China (960-1279 AD) it was introduced to Western Europe toward...

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Design Spotlight - Placenames of Scotland

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Design Spotlight - Placenames of Scotland

It’s only right for our first design spotlight to focus on one of our most popular and oldest designs, our ‘Placenames of Scotland’. When refining the concept of Urban Pirate we wanted to focus on Scotland but not just like what was already available. Scottish design is better than shortbread tins, Scotty dogs and ‘see you Jimmy' hats.  So, we aimed to create designs that were timeless and celebrate what is best about Scotland. This design creates the idea that all these great places make up what is great about our little country. The concept for the design came about...

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The famous dog nobody knows about…

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The famous dog nobody knows about…

Everyone has heard of the story of Greyfriars Bobby. The wee dog in Edinburgh that sat at his owners’ grave for 15 years without moving. He even has a statue and a pub named after him. Though, through all the fame, most people don’t know what breed of dog he is. Well, he’s one of the oldest living breeds in the world, a Skye Terrier. A breed that is said to be over 400 years old and has held court with queens and royalty.  They were the preferred breed of Queen Victoria and Mary Queen of Scots was said to...

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How many Perogies can you eat before passing out? A lot as it turns out!

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How many Perogies can you eat before passing out?  A lot as it turns out!

'If you're going to be chittering with the cold you might as well do it whilst drinking alcohol and looking at some darn pretty architecture'

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Wedding in The Woods - That's Amore

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Wedding in The Woods - That's Amore

Think about it. A wedding day is such a rush.  Up, washed, church, photos, buffet speeches, cake, dance, drink, drunk, kebab,home.

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