Screen Printing Shop Stories
It may come as a surprise to you but the owner of Hardin Graphics, Michael Hardin does not write these blog posts. I am his wife and I do it for him. There are a lot of reasons for this being the case, but that’s another post. What’s interesting about this arrangement is Michael picks what job or which customer he wants to tell me the story about first. It is our intention to blog about each job and the story that comes with each job. Because there is always a story. Stories riddled with personalities, opportunities, challenges, creativity and sometimes drama. This happens in a screen-printing shop that even though we are just talking about making T-shirts in the OC.
Michael and I were sitting on the couch at home. We were scrolling through my iPhone looking at images of past jobs such as T-shirts, banners, custom apparel, signs, surf lams and he selected the image of a black tee with a one-color print. You know I tried to talk him out of it as I was looking for more glitter.
Early Skateboarding in the OC
The story he told me is about Brad Dorfman the founder of Vision Street Wear. The company was founded in 1976. Vision Street Wear became and still is very popular. Brad and his American footwear company complete with skateboards and clothing is very well-known in the skate industry. A great company was built with an awesome product and Brad was able to retire. As with most innovative types he came out of retirement to create Smith “SCABS” safety gear. It is a company that makes awesome pads, helmets, apparel and accessories. Hardin Graphics is known for proto-typing, being responsive and does small runs for some of the show T-shirts.
This is what Michael said about Brad, “He is an old high school buddy. Brad was a businessman from the beginning. He had a knack for good ideas and for making it happen. Years and years ago he had a printer that was working in his shop printing skateboards. The guy up and quit on him and he had a lot of production to do. He contacted me and I went to his shop and printed skateboards brown for about six months. It was a good time and it is great to still be printing for him.”