A Growing Business – Rest in Peace T-Shirt
There aren’t many new trends in the world of T-shirt printing. Typically, much of the innovation or diversification in the industry comes from the latest pop expression or pop-culture sensation.
Over the last decade or so, however, a legitimate new niche in the T-shirt printing industry has made itself known across America: Rest in Peace and memorial T-shirts.
Rather than the usual personalized memorabilia items — tattoos, jewelry, keepsakes — more and more people are turning towards customized T-shirts to remember their lost loved ones. T-shirt printers across the country are finding great success in appealing to this growing market. American Screen Printing Association has members who not only offer this type of shirt but specialize in them.
Loving memory store is one such T-shirt printing company. This ASPA member printer’s primary focus is on memorabilia and commemorative designs, allowing people to immortalize critical moments of their life on their shirts. Memorial and RIP shirts today form a significant part of their design work, with several distinct categories on offer including Loving Memory, Baby Loving Memory, Fallen Soldiers, and Military Memorial. The brand philosophy is to connect the intricate craft of graphic design with unique, one-of-kind products. As the demand for such services is growing, the company is gradual, including new services they offer, such as shipping & serving customers in areas like Atlanta & North Florida. The range of products available is continually growing as well.
Elsewhere in the country, Memorial Mall in Memphis launched a specific RIP and memorial T-shirt line, EterniTee, back in 2013. There was enough demand in the market that another store started offering RIP and commemorative shirts, not 200 yards from EterniTee – Air Kingz, which has also been supplying the shirts for many years. Tim Flowers, the owner of the brand, says that is started as an out-of-garage hobby and grew into something bigger and better through the years. He notes that “in pop culture, sometimes the greatest tribute that you can pay to an individual is to wear an article of clothing with them on it.” Apart from t-shirts, EterniTee also prints custom memorial images on other items and clothing articles as well as throws and even casket panels.
The company acknowledges that there are many reasons why the demand for customized tees is so high. It’s essential to find a supplier that provides the most top quality service possible. The owner of the company states that they “do not just print on t-shirts [but] help companies turn their logos into a work of art.” Isn’t it especially crucial for memorial pieces, created to celebrate someone’s beautiful and significant life? The company prides itself on creating good quality tees made of outstanding fabrics, offering a wide range of sizes from extra small to 5XL. The prints are guaranteed to hold after multiple washes, making lasting memorabilia. The best thing is that these guys don’t work with set templates – they will happily create a unique design just for you.
San Jose-based company STITCH N INK, an ASPA member in California, which brands itself as a “one-stop-shop contract decorator,” also offers memorial tee design and printing services. The strength of this particular business is the top-notch innovative equipment they use, which allows them to provide high-quality, cost-effective service solutions.
These are just some of the printers who offer memorial tees. We hope this gives you some ideas if you want to provide this type of shirt printing in your area, it may be a niche that you find to be lucrative.