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What shirts can I print on?

Posted on 29 October 2008 by Shaun

Ok so you have a basic idea of the printing methods and hopefully you have some inspiration and vision for your line…so now what do you do?
Before you really get into it you should be familiar with what resources and garments you have available to print on.  Here is a list of some blank apparel manufactures available for print. I am sure I missed some but these are some well known and not as popular brands you can look at.

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Here are my personal favorites along with the quality…

American Apparel         Most popular among indie clothing brands, I think its a little over rated
Alternative                   Pricey but great styles and quality
Tultex                          Best value for the money
Alstyle                         Good basic shirt to start with
Eternal                         Very high quality, high end type shirts

The ones marked with asterisks are some of the more used ones in the industry.

*American Apparel
Apparel Whiz       
Article 1              
A.S. Tees             
Authentic Pigment
Ayers Rock           
Bay Island            
Comfort Colors    
District Threads    
In Your Face          
Independent Trade Co.
*Next Level            
Pacific Sports         
Skinni Fit               
TQM Group           

If you notice a brand I have missed please contact me and let me know!

14 Comments For This Post

  1. Daniel Newman Says:

    Bookmarked it. I will be coming back to this quite often. Great resource, thank you.

  2. admin Says:

    Awesome, I will be adding some more great resources soon as well!

  3. Rashaun Says:

    Great resource!

  4. JOEL Says:


  5. admin Says:

    Yea tultex is my top pick for the price point

  6. Mark Hansen Says:

    extremely helpful article thanks for all the information! this should get the ball rollin’ pretty well!

  7. admin Says:

    Thanks for the support!

  8. Fabe Says:

    Great resource and website keep it up!!!

  9. dave rau Says:

    We’re big fans of organic American Apparel shirts; and all of our new shirts on Resist Today are organic. Sometimes AA will redye shirts, which isn’t a problem for water-based inks & screen printing, but it is for discharge printing. Also on occasion we get shirts with seams on the sides, but only in certain sizes, but every company has their issues for sure.

    Sweat shop free is a good way to go if you can. We LOVE the feel of Alternative apparel organic tees, but the sleeves are way too short!

    Gildan is good for just basic shirts for larger sized folks; slim beanpoles like myself will appreciate the narrow cut of American Apparel shirts.

    Just found this site today and it’s a great resource, keep up the wonderful posts!

  10. LeonE Ossa Says:

    Just Great resource! Trying to buy some samples of a few this brands to see the different feels and sizings! Thanks!

  11. admin Says:

    @LeonE Ossa, if you need any help let me know. I also run a Design/Print/Web studio so I can send you samples if you would like.

    Email me at

  12. Dustin Says:

    Thanks for this posting and for having the courage to say American Apparel is overrated.

  13. admin Says:

    @Dustin, yeah sometimes I catch a little heat for it but any start up brands on a budget should look elsewhere if they think their market isn’t too biased and only wants AA.

  14. Tara Says:

    Yeah. agreed in regards to AA. I’m starting up a line and im DYING to use Alternative. But, yeah, it is on the pricey side and I fear being known as ‘too expensive’ amoung my competators who are using AA. However, the quality is 10x better.

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