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Game of Shirts: The Ironed Throne

Winter had come to DC, and Kritica Joshi knew the students of the Milken Institute of Public Health at George Washington University were not outfitted to survive the relentless assault of the cold. They had fought through the first semester together, and now in the snowbound streets of the capital city, the spring semester was showing no signs of a thaw. As the Chief of Correspondence for the GW Public Health Student Association, Kritica knew there was only one way to bolster her peers’ morale until the arrival of the long-awaited Spring Break—coming together in custom pullovers.

“Our campus only has one item in our local bookstore,” Kritica says. “A lot of our students—including myself—wanted to show off our awesome institution and wear pullovers with pride. Also, it’s freezing in DC, we definitely needed a cozy pullover to keep us warm!” So, with the support of her team, Kritica shouldered the mantle of Order Commander and set out to find an item that all of her fellow students would love. At first, her path seemed treacherous, and her trials many, but as she began to consult with her most trusted advisors, Kritica soon learned of the neighboring kingdom of Custom Ink.

Kritica Shows off the custom GW pullover she made for her school.

“All my colleagues had great experiences in the past, and we have heard only good things, so I gave it a shot,” she says. “And now I know we’re never going to anyone else.” The kingdom of Custom Ink had long been known for its skill in helping rally groups around custom t-shirts and accessories. Consulting a GWU dedicated sales rep, Heather Morrison, Kritica had found just the ally her cause needed.

In order to truly unite her group, Kritica needed to ensure that her design was approved by the leaders of George Washington University. After all, her design included a sigil from their banner. “The GW logo is trademarked by our campus, and we added Public Health (italicized) to emphasize our school and program.”

Rally your group with these helpful tips
  1. Pick the perfect product.
  2. Start with templates.
  3. Find your school.
  4. Give us a call.
  5. Tell your friends.


Though this seemed another daunting task, with the help of her allies at Custom Ink, Kritica once again rose to conquer the challenge. “I had the best experience!” She says. “Once my logo was confirmed, they ensured me that the design would be as perfect as I wanted it to be.” Even after some delays due to embroidery, Custom Ink rallied the troops to ensure Kritica could return to her peers with pullovers in time for the arrival of Spring Break.

Kritica and her friend show off their custom pullovers.

Through her tireless efforts, and with a little help from a friendly ally, Kritica returned from her journey stronger, wiser, and much warmer thanks to the custom pullovers she had won for her fellow students. Morale within the school soared, and with the support of her fellow students, Kritica ascended to a new position within her own kingdom. “Everyone loves these pullovers! They are calling me the queen of pullovers because I was so persistent to create GW Public Health sweaters.”

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A box crinkles as a regal figure shifts on her cardboard throne. Her eyes survey the students around her in their custom pullovers, and a smile graces her lips. Her task as Order Commander has been fulfilled, and now the indomitable regent lays claim to another title. “Daenerys from Game of Thrones may be after the Iron Throne, I, Kritica Joshi of DC, have the Custom Ink Pullover Throne. Hahahaha!”

Kritica Joshi, Queen of the Custom Ink Pullover Throne.

Get Inspired!

Raise a battle cry and rally your group with these helpful tips

1. Pick the perfect product. With the top trending styles for everyone’s tastes, you can outfit your group in their favorite gear.
2. Start with templates. Browse hundreds of artist-created design templates and customize them to fit any event whether it’s a school group or watching party.
3. Find your school. Creating something cool for your school, search our library of mascots for your specific design, and add it in your school colors.
4. Let us work with you. Give us a call and we’ll work with you to make your design perfect, whether it’s something you sent us or something you created in the Design Lab.
5. Tell your friends. Easily collect and keep track of sizes and payments from all your group members without having to chase everyone down.

Grant is the Senior Copywriter at Custom Ink. He loves stories of all kinds and actively seeks to enthrall everyone around him with exciting tales, even if they’re about everyday events. Outside of storytelling, Grant loves to immerse himself in movies, television, books, and games, as well as go exploring in order to draw inspiration for the worlds in his mind.

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