Our Favorite Event Shirts

A conference tee that attendees don’t want to wear is a wasted opportunity.

However, a shirt that people are comfortable in is more likely to be worn again, even after the event is done. While past attendees are going about their daily business in their communities, those shirts are spreading the word about your event or organization.



Our top-selling t-shirt for conferences, camps, and other events is the Hanes Tagless Tee. It’s a great option for event organizers on a budget, because it’s both affordable and comfortable. We see people wearing them over and over. They are 100% cotton with lots of colors, sizes S-3XL, and no tags!  


Polo Shirts

Some organizers like to also order polo shirts for the event staff, volunteers, and/or speakers. The Hanes Comfortblend EcoSmart Jersey Knit Sport Shirt is a great complement to Hanes t-shirts. There are several matching color options, and we can screen print the same design on the polos as the tees to bring your costs down.


Education Program

Don’t forget that Hanes has a program for supporting local schools with your purchase.

Contact us to order shirts, swag, and signage for your next big event!



T-Shirts to Soften a Hater’s Heart

When Athlinks needed new t-shirts screen printed in a hurry, we were glad to help them out! We ordered the women’s Bella+Canvas tees they already loved and suggested a complementary men’s style with the nice, lightweight fabric they were looking for. 

Even the Athlinks team member who is rumored to “hate everything” loves the super-soft, comfy tees and the way they fit!

How to count colors

Color swatches

They don’t teach you how to count screen printing colors in kindergarten.

That’s why many people, understandably, think that a logo that is light blue and dark blue is a 1-color logo. But for screen printing (and sometimes other design purposes, as well), it would be considered 2 colors.

Screen printing inks are mixed ahead of time and are applied to t-shirts one at a time, so each shade is counted as a separate color. A design with fewer colors will help you save money on screen printing costs.

2-color logos


WordUp AZ T-Shirts

WordUp t-shirt screen printing closeup

What do we do when an email comes in midday on a Tuesday from someone needing t-shirts printed for an event that Saturday?

We make it happen. 

Cody Landefeld was part of planning Gangplank Avondale’s WordUp event (pics), an unconference for WordPress developers. He created a t-shirt design and needed screen printing done in time for the fast-approaching event. We found shirts with enough kelly green stock available on short notice (it was right before St. Patrick’s Day, so this was an issue), and expedited the order for delivery on Friday.

When conference attendees arrived, the WordUp tees were there waiting for them.

4 New Ways to Wear Your Organization or Event Name

There are some neat new apparel options out now for your company, club, team, organization or next event.

Here are some of my favorite functional, fashionable and funky finds!


1. Taller tees

Hanes Beefy T Tall T-Shirt
First, good news for the tall guys: Hanes Beefy Ts now come in tall sizes! I know some of you are always on the lookout for shirts with longer tails. Now you have a quality, heavyweight option for yourself or the tall guy(s) in your organization. Also, Hanes still lets you count each t-shirt in your order as a “box top” for your local school.


2. On-Trend Dolman Sleeve Tops

BELLA+CANVAS Women's Flowy Draped Sleeve Dolman Tee

BELLA+CANVAS Women’s Flowy Draped Sleeve Dolman Tees are great for women looking for a more sophisticated alternative to a basic t-shirt. We can incorporate your logo into a design that will fit the stylish look of the shirt either for fashion-forward employees or as part the branded merchandise you offer your fans!


3. Sun Shielding Hats

Adams® Extreme Outdoor Cap

If you work outside, Adams Extreme Outdoor Caps can help you brave the heat. It includes an extended visor and neck cape that rolls up when not in use. It has an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of over 45. We can embroider them with your organization name, and even put each individual team member’s name on the other side, so no one gets their sweaty hats mixed up.


4. Custom T-Shirt Dying

We now offer custom dyed apparel. Whether you’re looking for trendy ombre or funky tie dye, we can customize your shirt with your colors and style. Super to show team spirit for sports or school shirts – or for any group that wants a unique look.

Stay tuned for our upcoming post on the best in bags.

In the meantime, what do you need? Contact us – we’re happy to help you outfit your team!

Shirts and hoodies. Word.(Camp)

WordCamp Phoenix has a reputation for being one of the best user conferences for website/blogging platform WordPress.  A big part of what makes it great is the army of volunteers who make it happen.

Event organizers entice (and thank) volunteers with a much-sought-after hoodie that is not available to the public. We were proud to be asked to be part of this event and provide the prized hoodies, as well as attendee t-shirts.

Really sweet WordCamp Phoenix t-shirts.

Since the event was in mid-January, we started early to work around the holiday schedule.

We searched high and low to find t-shirts in a shade of blue to match the WordPress logo. Once we found those, we chose hoodies in a mocha color that would complement the t-shirts and the travel motif designer Lori Pasulka had created for the event.

Our initial t-shirt design had the event name off to the side, so the printing would go over the sleeve a bit with the tagline running up right side and the logo on the back.

Original WCPHX t-shirt design.


The hoodies initially had the event name and tagline on the right side of the hoodie in the stencil font Lori had chosen for the website’s headings.

WordCamp Phoenix 13 hoodie design



When worn together, the t-shirts would just say “Word.”

WordCamp Phoenix 2013 hoodie and t-shirt design


The WordCamp team made some revisions to the fonts and placement of the designs before they were ready for us to send them to print.

WCPHX final hoodie and t-shirt designs

When we delivered the 18 boxes of t-shirts and hoodies to Gangplank, I think event organizer Carol Stambaugh may have literally jumped for joy! She loved the colors, simple designs and quality product.  In fact, there was so much buzz that a photo of the (previously) top secret hoodies was leaked on Facebook.

Boxes of t-shirts and hoodies

Due to the event’s popularity and last-minute registrations, Carol was concerned that there weren’t going to be enough shirts and wanted to know about the possibility of another run right before the event. Usually, a second run of a design is not cost effective. However, we were able to work it out, so that WordCamp Phoenix got the second order of tees at the same price point as the first. They were done by the first day of the event, in time to replenish their stock and make sure there were enough tees to go around.

Thanks to Carol and her team, WordCamp Phoenix was again a huge success! They did a super job. And I hope those WordPress blue t-shirts and super comfy hoodies helped at least a little.


April Holle and Carol Stambaugh with a hoodie and a shirt.

I’ll be posting photos from WordCamp on our Facebook page. (Which reminds me, have you liked our page yet? We post great things about community events and small business resources!)



Shirt orders support schools

You may be familiar with the Box Tops for Education program, a program that gives cash to schools based on “box top” coupons clipped.  

But did you know that you can also help local schools when you purchase screen printed t-shirts or polos for your business or organization? If you order screen printing on Hanes products, you can submit your Bold Avenue invoices to any school participating in the Box Tops program. The school will earn 1 box top per shirt, which they can redeem for educational supplies. (See hanes4education.com for details.)

Can’t find your last invoice? Just let us know, and we’ll email you a copy you can submit to the school of your choice.

Printable PDF with details: HANESPrintable_Info_Cards