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20th Anniversary



Today marks the 20th Anniversary of Image 420! We’ll do something later in year to celebrate, but for now, we’d just like to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who has given us the the priveledge of creating prints and designs for them over the years. And thank you to all of our friends, family, and co-workers past, present, and future.

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Pawnstorm Process Video

This year, we’ve partnered with our friends at Short Street Cakes to sponsor the Chess Club at Hall Fletcher Academy. While printing the shirts and hoodies for the team, one of our printers shot this video of the entire printing process. From the preparation of the screens, to the the finished product, it’s all in here, edited into one bite-bized serving.

So, if you’ve never had the chance to witness the process, now’s your chance.

(note: the creator of the video wished to remain anonymous. However, it’s worth noting that the video, editing, and soundtrack were all produced by him.)


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Best of WNC 2013

For the second year in a row, we’ve had the honor of being selected as one of the best print shops in Western North Carolina by the readers of the Mountain Xpress. Last year, we tied with Henco Reprographics for First Place. In this years poll, we came in second to Henco.

We sort of expected to be in the running for Best Print Shop. And we were flattered that we were chosen. But we were completely shocked to win in another category! Our Graphic Design Department won First Place in the Best Graphic Design category.

As one of the two graphic designers currently employed by Image 420, I’d like to express my appreciation to everyone who voted for us. To be noticed in this way was very meaningful to us.

And thank you to all of the designers that have worked here over the years, especially Tommy and Israel. And not just for your font collections. Everything that I know about design that’s worth knowing, I learned by watching and working with these two dudes.

Again, thank you to everyone who voted for us.


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November Already?

2012 has really flown by at Image 420. It’s only now, as the the year is slowing down, that we realize just how busy this year has been for us. Naturally, in our rush to design and print shirts, we’ve neglected to update our website, and our Facebook profile, and so on. Don’t get us wrong, being too busy to post status updates is a good kind of problem. But now,  with Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to update this blog.

And hey, speaking of Thanksgiving, check out these Turkey Trot shirts we just printed for our good friends and longtime clients at Jus’ Running



The Turkey Trot design is by local designer Christina Papandrea.

Here’s another recent print, for Smoky Mountain Steel Horses, based out of Waynesville, NC. Original designer unknown.


And finally, we’re currently working on a long overdue update to our online portfolio. That should do it for now. Thanks for stopping by!

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The Image 420 Talent Show!

The people that work at Image 420 have always been a multitalented bunch. Many types of artists, visual, musical and otherwise, spend their days here, making t-shirts for the good people of Western North Carolina. And this Saturday, some of us are banding together, to bring you one of the craziest live music shows you’ll ever see.

The show will be at the Lexington Avenue Brewery. The doors open at nine, and the music starts at 9:30. There will be bluegrass, courtesy of screen printer Josh Holton. There will be Hip Hop, from local legend MC Huggs. There will be experimental surf rock, with the first show by Nick Marshall’s new band Ouroboros Boys. There will be indie rock, courtesy of graphic designer Brent Baldwin, and his band Albatross Party. And there will be the whiskey-marinated, dirty rock and roll of Gutterhound, featuring the guitar stylings of Joey Cain.

There will also be t-shirt giveaways (naturally), and more surprises as well. So come on out to the show! We’d love to see you there.

Click here to feed our egos, by joining our Facebook event page. 

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Under Construction


If you’ve been visiting our website over the past week you may have noticed some weird stuff going on.  We’re trying a few things out in an attempt to present a cleaner and more streamlined viewing experience.  We still have all the same contents they are just rearranged.  For example, our guidelines for printable t-shirt art  are now located in the “art” tab along the top toolbar.  There will still be some tweaking happening over the next who-knows-how-long.  So, please excuse our mess.  We’ll try to make up for it by posting really cool pictures of space computers being smashed with a sledgehammer.


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This glass is full of Vitamin Water. This is not the intended purpose of this glass. But come Saturday, this glass, and thousands just like it, will fulfill their destinies, by being filled with delicious craft beer from all over America, at the 15th annual Brewgrass Festival.

We’ve had the honor of providing the shirts, taster glasses, logos and commemorative designs for the Brewgrass Festival for many, many years. And this year, we’re giving away two free tickets to the festival!

For your chance to win, all you have to do is head over to our Facebook page, and tell us, in twenty words or less, why you should be the lucky duck that walks out of our office this afternoon with two tickets to Brewgrass. The winner must be at least 21 years of age, and must be able to come by our office and pick up the tickets by 5:00pm today.

The contest ends at 3:00pm, so don’t wait! And now, here are some more pictures we snapped of the many shirts that we designed and printed for this year’s festival.















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Joshua Holton is a Genius

Joshua Holton is one of two amazing hand press operators that we’re lucky to have working for us. In addition to being the master of screenprinting, he makes super cool art pieces that are homages to his favorite old-timey musicians and characters.  Here is one of his latest– a portrait of Minnie Pearl– that will be available to view at the Beaufort Co. Arts Council fine arts show.  You can contact the legend himself at