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Companion Camp, Cousin Camp, Coding Camp… oh my! One thing is for sure – our customers love showing off their custom apparel for various summer camps in our Ink of the Week.

 

wake_ya_upWake Up! Ya Campin’

These friends take an annual camping trip to the scenic Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire each summer. This year, they ordered matching shirts to make it look like they were all camp counselors. As they hiked the nearby trails, people passing could be heard saying, “Matching shirts? I gotta step up my game.”

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hsyc_campCousins at HSYC

Hermann Sons Youth Camp (HSYC), located in Comfort, Texas, has been open since the 1950s. To carry on this family’s tradition, the kids pictured here now attend the same summer camp that their parents and their grandparents once did. To show off their family spirit, one of the kids designed a logo to be worn on the group’s t-shirt color of choice. When the camp gates opened, this family entered in style!

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code_irvineCode Irvine

These kids finished off an amazing week at Code Irvine, a summer camp that teaches computer programming to kids, with a field trip to Google’s headquarters. To top off the trip, camp leaders ordered last-minute, custom t-shirts to unify the group and to give them something special to take home.

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Inky isn’t the only one celebrating a milestone today (Happy 5th birthday, Inky!). Did you know that this month marks 10 years of our online Ink of the Week photo contest? Our first customer entry was submitted on July 6, 2006, by Albion College’s Black Student Alliance. Talk about #FlashBackFriday! Check out some of our customers who have entered multiple times over the years.

 

friendsFor Close Friends…

These friends from Texas camp out each year on land once used by goat farmers in the 1800s. They sleep in a glorified Goat Shed and order a new t-shirt design for each trip.

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retireFor Retirees…

Arizona retirees formed the Pueblo Pickers in 2013. They strive to save their knees while still having a fun-filled exercise experience, all while bonding in their custom t-shirts.

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hotdogFor Hot Dog Lovers…

Teddy started the Tour De Franks in 2011 and has been biking around Chicago in search of the best hot dog ever since. Each year, the t-shirt designs get better!

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In the spirit of July 4th, and for all things red, white, and blue, we’re highlighting a handful of customers who shared their patriotic stories in our in our Ink of the Week contest.

 

paradeLake Bluff Parade

CROYA (Committee Representing Our Young Adults) was honored at last year’s Lake Bluff 4th of July Parade in Illinois. The group, who celebrated 35 years of serving high school and middle school students in their community, won 1st place in the youth division of the parade and the “t-shirts put everyone over the top!” The shirts served as a great commemoration for the event.

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hoochie_brothersThe Hoochie Brothers

The Hoochie Brothers are known as master pyros in Norfolk, Nebraska. For years, they’ve been running an annual fireworks show on an island near their hometown. Last year, they sadly lost one of their founding members. To honor him, they had shirts printed with his picture, “in lieu of Uncle Sam.” The pyros’ shirts are treasured and worn all year long. Just last week, they ordered new shirts for this year’s celebrations!

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fish_lake_2Trout Lake Triathlon

The Melby family wanted something to do outside while spending their Fourth of July on Trout Lake in Wisconsin, so what did they do? They created the inaugural Trout Lake Triathlon! The race consisted of a swim across the lake (pictured in the back), followed by a short bike and run. With our help, a family tradition was born last summer. They’ve already ordered their 2nd annual race shirts for this weekend!

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From family vacations to birthday parties, dance recitals to wedding bells, startup launches to team building… our customers choose CustomInk for all of life’s events (and share their stories in our Ink of the Week contest).

 

For Birthday Parties…

birthdayJust like Max and his 4th birthday, JP and friends gathered at a bowling alley to celebrate his 5th birthday.

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For Businesses…

gardenJust like Pete and his determination, the Gerten family worked hard to start their own family garden center.

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For Dance Recitals…

danceJust like Emma and her dance studio, the girls at Sassy Divas know how to dance their hearts out.

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Father’s Day is right around the corner! In honor of dads, step dads, granddads & father-figures everywhere, we’re highlighting a few customers who shared their Father’s Day stories in our Ink of the Week contest.

 

fatherday_1Country Strong for Papa

As the granddaughter of the family, this customer had an idea to honor her late grandfather, aka “Pistol Pete,” last Father’s Day with custom camo t-shirts for the whole family. They gathered in their private cemetery in Mt. Herman, Louisiana, to “show that shirts can be used for anything… including a celebration of life.” Since last year’s gathering, she has already organized a Group Order Form and ordered new camo shirts for Father’s Day 2016.

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family isFamily is More Than Blood

This customer came to us for custom t-shirts for her and her family to wear on Father’s Day. On that special day, she asked her step dad to officially adopt her, hence the “Family is More Than Blood” slogan. On the back of all the shirts (not pictured) is the name “Lent,” which represents the last name of the family she was adopted into.

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The_KingdomThe True Order of Things

The patriarch of the Cristaldi family fancies himself the “Czar” of the family. He calls his wife the “WOC,” which means “Wife of Czar,” and then all of his daughters the minions in his kingdom. To commemorate Father’s Day, these sisters had shirts made sporting their kingdom garb. After passing them out to the family, they attended a brewfest in their home state of Maine.

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