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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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For over six years, we’ve been collecting customer stories in our Ink of the Week contest. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve heard from some awesome customers about how they brought their families and communities together on Thanksgiving. To show you some of the communities we’ve touched, we’ve compiled a handful of stories that caught our eye this past month.

 

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Inaugural Pine Hill Turkey Trot

This family decided to do their own version of a turkey trot this year, and although they didn’t sign up for an actual race, it was “made to feel even more real with official t-shirts from CustomInk.” Everyone played a role in the race, including Grammy as the timer and finish line judge. Even the granddog participated in the race! When the trot concluded, it was time for pie and stuffing for all.

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BarCrawlCollageEvolving Thanksgiving Bar Crawl

Three years ago, these friends embarked on a journey to create the ultimate Thanksgiving bar crawl. In three years, the number of participants has grown from just a handful to over 30 attendees (see all three photos above). Using the Group Order Form, this repeat customer organized the “Gobble til you Wobble” t-shirt order for this year’s third annual event. Their goal is to have upwards of 75 people come out for next year’s crawl!

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DSC_0202Big Bend Thanksgiving Crew

These family friends have a wonderful tradition of enjoying each Thanksgiving away from the city crowds in the beautiful West Texas Big Bend region. This year’s trip had a record group of 24 folks in attendance so the group decided to get Big Bend Thanksgiving 2015 (BBTG15) t-shirts to mark the occasion. The shirts “helped the big group bond and they were a real highlight of the trip!”

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thanksAn O’McWrighter Thanksgiving

Instead of traveling for Thanksgiving, this family and their family friend stayed local and explored the many things that Chicago has to offer, like a scavenger hunt (in custom shirts, of course) at the Museum of Science and a play downtown afterward. The customer combined everyone’s last names – O’Hara, Wright, and McKeever – into a custom t-shirt design and surprised the entire group on the day of the festivities!

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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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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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