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Inkers near and far are preparing for chili cook-offs and they’re not the only ones. Some awesome customers have shared stories in our Ink of the Week contest about perfecting their own recipes and putting their creations to the test!

 

gumbo_gangGumbo Gang

Five employees of a North Dakota oil and gas service company gathered together last winter in Dickinson, North Dakota for the annual Gumbo Cook-off event. The guys competed against other companies in the industry for the area’s best gumbo and while they didn’t win first place, everyone really enjoyed the matching team outfits!

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meatball_cookoffUltimate Meatball Cook-off

Meatball lovers united on New Year’s Day at the 5th annual Balls to the Wall Meatball Cook-Off. With a hand-drawn design from one of the meatball contenders, and silly nicknames on the back design, these shirts helped top off the most successful cook-off yet. Even guests who decided not to partake were asking how they could get a shirt at the end of the party.

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chili_me_timbers_2Chili me Timbers

The Loerwald family has been participating in a chili cook-off for the past three years, but it wasn’t until the third and most recent year that they decided to commemorate the event with custom t-shirts. Their pirate theme has been such a hit all of these years and it will continue to be a tradition now that they’ve created these “Chili me Timbers” shirts!

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Tour_de_FranksTour de Franks

What goes well with chili? This customer would definitely say, hot dogs! He is the founder of the first ever hot dog bike tour, “Tour de Franks – Chicago.” Since 2011, he has placed five consecutive orders, all with uniquely different designs. Since the tour’s creation, it has grown to span 30 miles, 8 hot dog stands, and over 40 riders! Next plans are to spread the tour to New York City.

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Fun Healthy & Active Lifestyle Stories by Our Customers

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New Year, New You

Happy New Year! Do any of you share the same New Year’s resolution… to get in shape in 2016?! Over the past month, we’ve heard from some awesome customers through our Ink of the Week contest about how they are bonding with friends and communities to embrace a more active lifestyle. We’ve compiled a handful of stories that caught our eye!

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strong ladies t-shirt photoLadies of Virtue

Ladies of Virtue (LOV) is an Oklahoma church weight loss group that meets weekly – in their complementary CustomInk crewnecks and v-necks – to encourage each other to create healthier bodies. The customer loved the way the shirts turned out so much that she is already participating in a Group Order Form for her next order!

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strongman competition gym imageThe Ludus Strongman Gym

This customer had a dream of owning his own gym and from the beginning, he knew he wanted a custom t-shirt to represent his vision. Now with a handful of his own clients training for Strongman, a true strength sport that is challenging and demanding, and that builds character and mental fortitude, he has custom shirts to hand out to those who work hard and represent his gym.

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lunchtime fitness group photoLunchtime Fitness

When their fitness facility at work decided to close, these ladies empowered themselves and started their own fitness program. The small program offers lunchtime fitness classes and keeps everyone on their feet and moving. The ladies love rocking their Empower CustomInk tank tops and t-shirts during their workouts. They were such a hit, that a second order has already been placed!

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beers and bells imageryBells and Beers

Just this past week, Shore Results in New Jersey held their first Bells and Beers class, a group class involving barbells, pull-ups, kettle bells, and of course the camaraderie of the gym members. To celebrate at the end of the workout, the group cracked open a few beers, and to commemorate the successful class, everyone wore custom tees!

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Ink of the Week

For over six years, we’ve been collecting customer stories in our Ink of the Week contest. Throughout the years, we’ve heard from some truly amazing customers about how their CustomInk orders helped to unite their community and take their event to the next level. To show you some of the communities we’ve touched, we’ve compiled a handful of stories that caught our eye this past month.

 

Run_rainforestRun for the Rainforest

Each year, students and teachers from Hudson High School in Massachusetts prepare to spend 10 days in the Peruvian Amazon visiting communities and working collectively with local residents digging latrines, repainting community centers, etc. When they return from the trip, students host a Peru Night for family and community members. During the event, they share special moments of their journey and put on the Run for Rainforest fundraiser (hence the awesome sapphire t-shirts), raising funds for the next year’s trip.

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cover_photo2Family Reunion in Silver Dollar City

When this customer and her three siblings were younger, their parents forced them to wear matching purple t-shirts with their last names printed across the back each time they visited amusements parks. Twenty years later, a family reunion at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri sparked the idea for her to surprise the family with custom shirts, just like the old days. “The shirts added a new dimension of fun and togetherness to the family trip,” and will forever be a memory of the weekend they all shared.

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bbgBBG Massachusetts Meet-up

On Instagram, there is a huge community consisting of women all over the world who support and encourage each other throughout the Bikini Body Guide, a 12-week exercise program based out of Australia. A couple months ago, women in the Boston area who were participating in the program met up to work out together and bond over common interests. Just a few weeks ago, the group (along with a few men) met up again, this time sporting personalized “Sore is the New Sexy” performance shirts.

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Eunice_Symphony_OrchestraEunice Symphony Orchestra

The Eunice Symphony Orchestra is an all volunteer organization, and “the only symphony on the Cajun prairie,” that provides an opportunity for many in the community to learn a string instrument and play in a symphony (no schools nearby offer a string program). For the first time in their fifteen years running, the group organized a Park-estra concert to show off their talent to the town. It was such a success, that they are looking to make this concert a yearly occurrence.

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yakima

For over six years, we’ve been collecting customer stories in our Ink of the Week contest. Throughout the years, we’ve heard from some truly amazing customers about how their CustomInk orders helped to unite their community and take their event to the next level. We’re compiling a handful of stories to show you some of the communities we’ve recently touched.

 

joeandmeredithA Vegas Family Celebration

Family of multiple generations (2 grandparents, 7 children, and 16 grandchildren – and not pictured, 9 great grandchildren!) gathered in Las Vegas this year to celebrate Joe and Meredith’s 65th wedding anniversary & 85th birthdays. The patriarchs of this family have been vacationing in Las Vegas for decades, and have even seen Frank Sinatra and The Jackson 5 perform multiple times.

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yakima_2Proud Yakimaniacs

These girls refer to themselves as “Yakimaniacs.” They hail from Yakima, Washington – an irrigated desert town that basis itself on agriculture, and also happens to grow 90% of the country’s hops. When they decided to plan a weekend of camping and half marathon running down the Colombia River, they turned to us to order custom tank tops to commemorate the trip.

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terryTerrie and the Yogettes

Terrie started “The Yogettes” years ago after finding yoga as a way to improve her balance, strength, and coordination while dealing with Parkinson’s Disease. As her group grew, the women discovered that they all had personal struggles and the friendships between one another became stronger. To throw Terrie an extra special birthday this year, the group surprised her not only with a party, but with different colored t-shirts for all!

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campCamp Grampagramma

Since 2009, the grandparents of the boys pictured here host Camp Grampagramma at the end of every summer in Michigan’s Ludington State Park. The kids go on a scavenger hunt each year, using a grid to point out different landmarks on their hike through the park. New to this year’s scavenger hunt were these standout, custom green t-shirts. Because they were such a hit, they will now “be ordering new camp shirts each summer!”

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For over six years, we’ve been collecting customer stories in our Ink of the Week contest. Throughout the years, we’ve heard from some truly amazing customers about how their CustomInk orders helped to unite their community and take their event to the next level. To show you some of the communities we’ve touched, we’ve compiled a handful of stories that caught our eye.

 

kenSuperhero Ken

These groomsmen took a whole new approach to the superhero-shirt-under-the-tuxedo look by having a CustomInk artist redraw a photo of the groom’s dad, who is the true superhero, breaking it down on the dance floor. “Later in the night [they] rocked the shirts by themselves in all of their glory during a late night dancing.”

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100mile100 Mile Ride

After mixing and matching styles and colors, these three cancer survivors completed the Savannah Century 100 mile bicycle ride, sporting their custom tees and raising funds for Be the Match – an organization that supports the world’s largest marrow registry – along the way!

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kickoutmsKick Out MS

After this customer’s sister-in-law was diagnosed with MS two years ago, she immediately was inspired to launch Kick Out Ms – a fundraising kickball tournament in Swansea, Massachusetts. The group turned to CustomInk to enhance a handmade logo for their “Legends of the Ball” team, which features different parts of each team member’s personality.

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t-shirttransferManly Camping – A Winner!

Canned potatoes and sandy sleeping bags and hand sanitizer, oh my! For eight consecutive years, this group of guys have gathered together over the summer for a men’s beach camping trip. During a game of ultimate frisbee on the beach, “a ridiculously awesome chest-bump occurred; which resulted in the accidental invention of the sweaty t-shirt transfer!”

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