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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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If you think the Keep Calm trend has been put to rest, think again! Judging by the designs and stories below, the trend is still very much alive with our customers. Check out some ways our customers are keeping up with the Keep Calm phenomenon!

 

disneyKeep Calm & Disney On

Traveling from Arizona to Florida, the Ampha family had an unforgettable trip to Disney World this summer. The family was stopped numerous times in the park because everyone wanted to know where the shirts were from. Next summer, more relatives are interested in joining, and “they have already requested to have Keep Calm shirts to match!”

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roll_onKeep Calm & Roll On

When this customer’s sister was left paralyzed after a tragic accident, she rallied her family and community together to raise funds with these Keep Calm t-shirts. She has hosted multiple events since the accident and has reordered with us more than five times. Pictured here is her niece, who “took it upon herself to spread the word, sell the shirts, and coordinate the day they would wear them to school.”

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lettuceRomaine Calm & Like the Lettuce

Team Lettuce used our Group Order Form to order these witty tanks for a fitness conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The coaches pictured are committed to motivating, inspiring, and providing fitness tools for those in their communities. They also really like lettuce.

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keep_calm_1Keep Calm & Enjoy Beach Week

This first-time customer’s grandchildren had a grand time at Garden City Beach in South Carolina during their annual family beach week. Being able to pack and wear their custom t-shirts was the “perfect touch for a perfect week!”

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librarianKeep Calm & Ask a Librarian

The librarians at New Jersey’s Vineland Public Library are passionate about their jobs and their community. “From teen game nights to small business classes, this library goes a million miles an hour” providing great services and of course, remaining calm throughout everything.

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“Manly Camping Weekend – Sweaty T-shirt Transfer” and “The Golden Elite Force Dancers” are the winners of this week’s Ink of the Week contest!

Ink of the Week winners

The guys pictured here look forward to their men’s beach camping trip every year, for eight years running. During their most recent trip to Cape Hatteras, the guys sported neon orange shirts during a game of ultimate frisbee on the beach. During the game, “a ridiculously awesome chest-bump occurred, which resulted in the accidental invention of the sweaty t-shirt transfer.”

Ink of the Week winners

Looking “more elite than ever,” the Golden Elite Force Dancers take a minute to pose before their basketball half time show performance. We love how happy these first-time customers look in their new dance uniforms!

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