Little Black Egg
Little Black Egg is a mom-and-pop
screen print shop committed to doing the best work possible for our
clients in a cost-effective, ethical and environmentally-friendly
way. We love what we do. Our shop is run by partners Jeff and Monica
on the edge of a constantly changing city.
Screen Printing in San Francisco
Need great prints on quality garments? We want to work with you to
make that happen. Read on for information about what services we provide and how to get a quote.
What We Do
We manually screen print
on quality garments. Specifically? We do the following, and we do it well.
- Phthalate-free Plastisol Screen Printing
This is our specialty, is the classic
modern way to go, and is probably what most of us picture when we think
of a printed t-shirt. We are known for our 'soft hand', as they say
in our industry. Phthalate-free ink is required by law in California
for infants, but we find it best for humans of all ages (and the
environment). Plastisol printing can be done on most garments, with
any color ink, and we can print up to six colors per design. This
kind of printing gives you the most control over color options.
- Discharge Printing
This uses a chemical process to remove color
from a garment. It is popular because it has a soft feel after
washing -- the image feels like the rest of the shirt. Discharge can
only be done on certain garments, usually darker colors. There are a
lot of factors that go into Discharge, and we know them all.
- Heat Press
We offer heat press service to decorate hats.
There is no limit to the number of colors.
Get A Quote
There are many factors involved in getting a quote, and we
do our best to make it as easy as possible for you. Screen printing
is a 'measure twice, cut once' kind of business, and the more
information you can give us up front, the quicker we can get you an
accurate price. Your quote will reflect a per-piece price to make the
You can email us for a quote.
What to include in your email:
Phone Number (optional)
Kind(s) of garments (tee, tank, hoodie, pants, hats, etc.)
Color of garments
Number of garments
Number of placements to be printed and where
Number of colors in your design(s)
Date you need them by
Please include as much information as you can, and if you
are not sure yet about something that is fine, too. We can figure it
How It Works
A few firm costs:
You'll need one screen per ink color. Regular sized
screens are $50, oversized screens are $60 (that
includes outputting the films). We retain all screens, and will keep
them on file for one year from your last order. This is a one-time
set-up fee you won't see again on reorders
We are an above board operation, and charge sales tax
(currently 8.5% in San Francisco). If you have a current CA resale number, or
if we ship your order out of state, there is no sales tax added
Shirt costs vary widely. In general mens cut/unisex shirts
are less than womens cuts, and anything requiring more labor to make
(a v-neck, for example) is always a little more. We work with every
major brand, as well as a few you may not yet know. We can source
almost anything, so don't hesitate to let us know what you want. We
also work with several made in the US brands, union shops, and
companies that use US grown cotton and organic cotton
check out these catalogs to help you choose shirt brands and
Bayside (US and union made
garments and cotton)
Bella, Canvas, Next Level, Alternative
Apparel, Hanes, Fruit of The Loom, Gildan, Anvil, and more
Port Authority, District, Jerzees,
Russell, Red Kap, Sport Tek, and more
Again, we can source almost
any garment you might want. let us know if you don't see what you
want, or need some guidance or narrowing down of choices.
The cost of printing depends on the number of placements
you have, the number of colors in your design, and whether it is dark
ink on a light shirt or light ink on a dark shirt (the latter
sometimes means an extra pull of the squeegee, an underbase, or a
flash cure). We can print up to 6 colors on our press. Once you tell
us about your design we will give you an exact price
Turnaround, deposits, shipping, & artwork
We have a 36 shirt minimum for all orders, and
We have a two week turnaround time once the
order is in (meaning we have your artwork, shirt
order, and a non-refundable 50% deposit). A note for folks on a
deadline, this does not include shipping time. If you need something
faster, let us know, and applicable rush fees will be added.
We work with a simple contract, and require a non-refundable
50% deposit to start the job, with the balance due at shipping,
delivery or pick-up (the latter can be arranged if you are in or near
the San Francisco Bay Area). We accept all major credit cards,
paypal, checks (with an extra 7-day waiting period), and cash
(in-person payments for cash only, please).
We ship using UPS ground (or very occasionally
USPS), and shipping charges are exact, based on the weight and
packaging of your items.
Artwork must be at 300dpi or in a vector file.
Preferred formats are .ai or pdf. Our email can handle a lot, but
sometimes very large files may need to be sent via hightail, dropbox,
or google drive (we can arrange for that over email)
If you don't have artwork and need our graphic
design services, or if your artwork is not up to standard, we can
help. We charge $100 per hour, with quarter hour increments. Often
tweaks can be done in less than half an hour, and we will work with
you for bigger jobs to make a fair, affordable, cost-effective
We recognize that screen printing can feel a little
confusing at first, so please be assured that no question or
clarification is too small. We have worked with many 'first timers'
(as well as experienced folks) and are happy to guide you through the
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