Running Alien

T-shirt printing adventures

Running Alien

Running Alien

The Stockholm Marathon is just around the corner and this time, just as for my last marathon, the TCS Amsterdam Marathon 2014, I’ve decided to print a t-shirt. This time I have even better reasons: I’m still trying to gather funds for the Dutch Cancer Society, KWF – see my campaign here, plus I’ve just got a mascot for the blog, so a printed t-shirt could help with some “guerrilla marketing”.

While in Cyprus printing a t-shirt was a simple business: a few hours for text only and 1-2 days for images and logos (and this at a small shop inside the My Mall Limassol), printing a t-shirt in the Netherlands proved to be a challenge so far.

Last year, after a few “it’s difficult”, “it’s expensive”, “it takes some time”, “you only want to print one t-shirt?”  answers/questions coming from various shops, I’ve found out that Decathlon can help. I took my t-shirt and image to their shop at Bijlmer and in around 4 days I had it ready. Happy me!

This year I tried the same…. logical… right? Well, not really! Yesterday I’ve received a “ohhh! You want multicolor print? That takes about 1.5 to 2 weeks!”… try to imagine my face! I tried to reason with him that I only wanted a regular print: just some images and very little text, not a hand-made Rembrandt or Van Gogh, plus I told him about last year’s time frame. He smiled, but the outcome didn’t change…

Come back to office after wasting 1 hour and search for alternatives! Luckily one of my Dutch colleagues told me that lots of copy shops also print t-shirts. “Wow! Really? I didn’t know that! Multicopy has an office at WTC Zuidas!”.

Calling Multicopy produced the same outcome: apparently printing a single t-shirt is not interesting from a business point of view, although it’s not like they’d do it for free. Not sure what’s the logic behind that as I’d still pay for the service. Anyways…

I was almost ready to quit searching and visit a print shop at Leidseplein, but felt brave and took one more shot: I’ve called Printerette Spui (they have shops in lots of other locations). And lucky me they had no problem with the 1 week time frame and the multicolor print. Now I’m just hoping they’ll do a good job – I’ll come with an update next week 🙂 Fingers crossed!

Now, to end this story, I didn’t mean necessarily to complain, I just wanted to share my frustrations and adventures while trying to print a running t-shirt. Hope my experiences will help others who may want to do the same and don’t know where to start. How about you? Did you ever print a technical t-shirt in The Netherlands and if yes, where and how easy was it? Any tips & tricks that could be useful?

Til next time, happy running!