Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Few holidays are as jolly in America as the St. Patrick's Day. The entire Irish diaspora is in high spirits. Shenanigans can begin. If you have ever visited Chicago on this Irish holiday, you could not possibly have missed the electric green color that spills, literally, into the Chicago River. This annual ritual is enjoyed by the denizens of Chicago and Chicago visitors alike.

To celebrate his Irish roots Jimmo designed a trefoil shamrock leaf line that is included in his Just For Fun Collection. The shamrock line offers t-shirts, socks and mugs. These attractive items make perfect gifts for any person of Irish descent and can be enjoyed all year round even if you are not Irish. 

Shamrock is a symbol of Ireland. The word shamrock or shamrog is of Gaelic origin and refers to any three leafed green plant. The legend has it that Saint Patric, who was a bishop in early pagan Ireland, supposedly used a trefoil shamrock leaf to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity of the Christian Church. The explanation seemed logical and clear, and so, the Irish accepted Christianity.

This is probably the reason why the Irish revered shamrock throughout the ages, but it must also be said that the trefoil plant called wood sorrel was used as food. The herb pops up in forests and can be foraged. It ads a delicious sour tinge to any salad. Interestingly enough, the trefoil white clover, which isn't sour, wasn't used as food.

The four-leaf clover, on the other hand, tells a very different story. It is called Mary's Shamrock. It is a symbol of luck not only in Ireland. People believe that the leaves of a clover represent hope, faith, and love. God added another leaf for luck, and those who find one such four-leafed clover are indeed very lucky. 

If you are a reader of this blog or follow us on social media, you belong to the few lucky ones since Jimmo is offering generous discount of 20% on all purchases. 

Simply type 


at checkout to secure your discount. This offer expires on March 21st. 

And now we can only wish you a very happy Saint Patrick's Day! Don something green, get merry, drink, dab, dance, fool around. Let shenanigans begin. And remember, it's Paddy, Pat, or Podge, not Patty!

Jim & Dominique

Our international reader can purchase Jimmo's shamrock adorned items on Redbubble.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

14 Tips to Keep Your Graphic Jimmo Shirt Looking Good

Graphic print t-shirts are enjoying their popularity like never before. The are a great way to express your mood, your emotions, you political views and social preferences. Fashion divas, hippies, hipsters, introverts, social workers, and revolutionaries all have one thing in common. They all love cool graphic tees! You don't believe me? Just look around. Even the coolest beatniks are proudly showing off minimalist designs on their black t-shirts.

Taking care of your garment is essential. You have found your favorite t-shirt or two and you want to wear them forever. Many shirts are adorned with complex, elaborate artwork, but once washed, they often look awful. The colors fade, the shirt loses its shape and looks nothing like it did when you first got it. 

So, what can be done to retain the print quality? 

First of all, you need to understand that your artist designed t-shirt is a work of art. The artist uses a garment like a canvas. However, t-shirts with original artwork painted by an artist directly on them are very rare and extremely expensive. Most artists and designers resort to garment printing methods that are less expensive and more durable than a direct painting. The artwork is often created and stored digitally. You might have heard about direct to garment printing (DTG), heat transfer, and screen printing. Depending on how your graphic shirts are made, the care may differ a bit, but there are a few simple rules to follow.

The garments on which the artwork is printed come with their own care instructions. Unfortunately, if you simply follow these instructions, you might, and probably will, ruin your shirt.

Jimmo shirts are mostly screen printed and to keep them looking great we suggest that you follow our tips religiously.

14 Tips to Keep Your Graphic Jimmo Shirt Looking Good
  1. always wash colors separately
  2. when in doubt, hand wash your precious graphic art t-shirt
  3. always wash your graphic shirt inside out - turning your shirt inside out is essential if you want to protect the artwork
  4. put your graphic tee into an old pillow case or a special laundry bag for delicate fabrics to provide even more protection to the artwork
  5. always wash in cold water - warm or hot water can damage the artwork and make the colors "run"
  6. always use gentle, bio-degradable detergents - harsh detergents may damage the artwork on your t-shirt and are detrimental to the environment
  7. never use bleaches - bleaches will not only damage and fade the artwork, they will also destroy the color of the garment on which the artwork was printed
  8. adding a little ordinary vinegar to the rinsing water cycle of your washing machine may help retain the color; 1-2 tbsp should be sufficient
  9. always remove the stains locally using the most gentle stain removing materials you can get in your store; when in doubt, ask your local laundry and dry-cleaning services or a garment specialist
  10. do not ever tumble-dry your graphic print tee, in any case avoid hot air dryers
  11. dry your shirt lying flat on a drying rack or hang it on a good fitting coat hanger to retain the best shape; using two coat hangers or wrapping a coat hanger with an old towel to build up a holding structure is a good idea, especially for larger size garments
  12. never ever use a hot iron on your graphic print t-shirt as heat will damage the artwork
  13. to get rid of the wrinkles, use the airliner method - hang your t-shirt on a coat hanger in a shower, let a very hot water run and let the steam take care of the wrinkles, or use a special steaming device that irons out delicate fabrics with steam
  14. if you must iron your shirt, always use very law temperature and iron the back of the shirt only; spray some water from a spray bottle to make the ironing easier for you and your shirt; make sure you are not using a hot iron on the artwork!
These simple tips are easy to follow and will help you keep your favorite artist designed t-shirts in good shape for a long time. As sad as it is, nothing lasts forever. Your shirt will eventually get old, but you can always make it last a little longer if you take good care of it.

Dominique Allmon, Marketing Assistant at Jimmo

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