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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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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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Our friends at Booster are celebrating kids all month long with their B-Cause: Kids program, so to jump on board, we’re highlighting standout kids (or teens) of our own – all of whom recently submitted their stories to our Ink of the Week photo contest!

 

stay_goldStaying Gold

Tyler and his classmates traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, during their spring break to build homes for families in need. With them, they brought their gold, foil ink t-shirts to wear while building. They had a few extras to spare, so they gave out shirts to some of the kids for whom they were building houses (look closely and you’ll see seven-year-old, Kevin, lounging among some of the teens).

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helping_homelessFeeding the Homeless

Youth members of Jacksonville’s Believers in Christ Christian Center are “feeding bodies and restoring souls” (slogan from the back of their t-shirts). Recently, they took to the streets of downtown Jacksonville to give hygiene supplies, food, clothes, and prayers to the homeless in the community. The volunteers’ shirts were such a hit, that those who didn’t get one initially now want one!

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music_kidsProviding Dream Concerts

At just 14 years old, Addison started the nonprofit organization, The Overlooked, to provide dream concert tickets to music fans with a mental illness, physical disorder, or external life struggle. Nominations pour in from all over the country and Addison and her team work with the nominees to pair them up with a night to remember. Now in high school, Addison is dreaming bigger and hoping to expand her organization internationally so that she can help as many people as possible feel seen, known, and loved.

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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 this past month.

 

trackteamInaugural Winter Track

This past winter was the inaugural track season for St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes middle schoolers. The group of dedicated 7th and 8th graders who participated took a chance by going out for a team with no indoor facilities. As the season came to a close, the team decided to order special, custom t-shirts to commemorate the season. “The t-shirt went from an idea to a wearable reality in less than a week!”

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bubbaBubba’s 21st Birthday

Bubba and his family traveled to Las Vegas to celebrate the youngest in the family finally turning 21. All decked out in their custom t-shirts, and “totally ignoring the dress code,” the family went out to dinner at Gordon Ramsey Steak in the Paris Casino to kick off the celebrations. Numerous people came up to the group throughout the day to comment on the t-shirts and the family had an absolute blast!

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goat_2Goat Shed Gathering

For seven years, this group of friends has been gathering at the “Goat Shed,” a Texas goat farm from the 1800’s that was renovated into a bunk house for 10. For the past three years (they won in 2014!), the group has been ordering shirts with us. Most recently, our Creative Services team brought a “Seven Dwarfs of the Goat Shed” idea to life and all members of the group had their individual personalities shine through with these custom t-shirts.

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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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