Milwaukee Macy's Believe Event

Every year, on National Believe Day, Macy's and Make-A-Wish® come together to grant over fifty wishes from children all across the country.

If You Mustache

It's that time of year again - turkey, stuffing and mustaches?

In recent years, the trend of growing a mustache during November isn't just a fashion statement - it's also a social one - it's helping to change the "face" of men's health.

As you may know by the men around you, they don't tend to go to the doctor much and can generally be curmudgeonly when it comes to talking about their health and well being, which is why it's all the more important to get them to go to the doctor. Movember is meant to raise awareness about Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer and Mental Health for men.

Fortunately, a fun way to raise awareness has emerged through facial hair. And thanks to the trend of fancy facial hair, even those who can't grow a mustache can wear one, making a fashion statement and giving back.

If you don't want to grow one or can't don a mustach, a wearable version is a great alternative way to help support Movember. Wear it on a t-shirt, a tote or even on your pup and raise funds for the important men in your life (and make sure they go get a check-up!).

We've created and INKspiration Pinterest board dedicated to Movember to provide you with a few Mustachioed ideas for t-shirt designs. Take a look and get started!

One last thing! Don't have time to design and sell your own t-shirt but still want to contribute? We've designed our own Movember t-shirts. For every t-shirt you buy from our Movember line, we'll donate 1/3 of the price of that shirt to the Movember Foundation. The limited edition t-shirt is only available during November. Get yours today!

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November 2014 Giving Back: Patriot PAWS

Ink to the People Gives back each month. In November, we're giving back to Patriot PAWS  - a service dog organization.

Patriot PAWS trains and provides service dogs of the highest quality, at no cost, to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence.

Patriot PAWS trains service dogs to perform various behaviors including help for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They set out to increase a person's self-sufficiency. Services performed by each dog depend on the needs of the owner. Some of the services provided to assist disabled veterans in accomplishing daily tasks that would otherwise be difficult or impossible, include:

  • Getting help in emergencies
  • Recognizing and averting PTSD episodes
  • Picking up and retrieving items
  • Opening and closing doors
  • Pulling wheelchairs
  • Providing bracing to stand, walk and sit down
  • Helping with chores, such as laundry
  • Taking off shoes and socks

Once matched, Patriot PAWS continues its work with matched veterans and dogs as they learn to work together as a team. Learn more about this great organization.

We're honored to be supporting this organization as they help provide much needed services for U.S. veterans.

In addition to giving back 10 cents of every shirt sold on InkToThePeople.com during the month of November, we've also designed a limited edition t-shirt that will further support their mission. For every shirt sold of the "Patriot Paws" t-shirt designs, we'll be donating 1/3 of the price. Get yours before they're gone - sale ends 11/30/14!

Ink to the People Gives back each month. In November, we're giving back to Patriot PAWS  - a service dog organization.

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How our Giving Back Program works: Each month, INK donates 10¢ of every single shirt that is sold through the site toward a monthly featured cause. Since October 2013, we have donated over $7,000.00 to various causes through our Giving Back Program.

It's also Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month | Design a Shirt and Give Back to this important cause

While Breast Cancer Awareness gets quite a bit of funding, hype and exposure, especially during its "official" month of October, there are many other important issues that need funding and affect thousands, if not millions.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month | #SeeDV Badge

Unfortunately, one issue and cause that unfortunately seems to still be a major problem, and getting a lot of press lately due to NFL players and celebrities speaking out, is Domestic Violence.

October is also Domestic Violence Awareness month. Unfortunately, even in the 21st century, with the push for gender equality, human rights and womens' strong role in society, it is estimated that 25% of women experience domestic abuse.*

Whether you have been a victim or know someone who needs help, this cause continues to need attention. Doing just a little bit to help organizations that fight domestic violence by desiging and selling t-shirts or perhaps organizing a team shirt for a walk/race can help give back and bring more awareness to this terrible, ongoing issue. Every little bit helps!

Great organizations that can use your help include the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, The National Domestic Violence Hotline, NoMore.org as well as this great list of domestic violence awareness organizations (and article).

And, if you find yourself needing help for a domestic violence issue, please, please call: 1.800.799.SAFE (7223).

*Source: The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Halloween Costume T-Shirt Ideas

Halloween Costume T-Shirt Ideas | Pumpkin, Skeleton, Ghost

It's not too late to get your group Halloween costume together! And even better? Put it on a t-shirt that does good by giving back. Need some INKspiration? Check out our Trick-or-Treat Pinterest Board for ideas.

There are a lot of great costume ideas that can be super easy to execute. Anything from the simple pumpkin patch to a gaggle of "Where's Waldos" or as the entire crew of Pacman ghosts, chasing Pacman and Miss Pacman.

Halloween t-Shirt Costume Ides | Pacman

The silver lining? Every shirt sold on InkToThePeople.com gives back to a great Halloween-themed cause in October. This month, we're giving 10 cents of every shirt sold on the site to UNICEF's Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program which provides much need funds to children worldwide for programs such as vaccinations, food, clean water and more.

By simply desiging and buying/selling t-shirts on Ink to the People, you're helping to make the world better, Halloween-themed or not.

BUT - if you decide to get your Halloween group costume together and design a t-shirt for it, do it soon! Halloween is just around the bend and we want to ensure your shirt goes to print and is delivered in plenty of time.

Questions? Drop us a line or shoot us an email. 1-888-862-2775 or hello[at]inktothepeople.com.

October 2014 Giving Back: UNICEF

This month's cause: Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF


Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Since 1950, UNICEF has been helping kids who need more than candy during the season of Halloween. We're doing our part this year by giving back in two ways. During the month of October through our Giving Back program, we are donating 10 cents of every shirt sold on InkToThePeople.com to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, but we've also created a series of Halloween themed shirts.

Trick or Treat for Unicef

If you buy one of our fun Halloween t-shirts or trick-or-treat tote bags (and dog t-shirts, too!), we'll donate $8.00 of each Halloween-themed item purchased to UNICEF. Wearing a shirt or carrying a tote filled with candy helps drive awareness for UNICEF's annual Trick-or-Treat program.

The Halloween t-shirts, tote bags and pet t-shirts are only available through October 10, 2014 to ensure you receive your order before trick-or-treating begins!

Here's how the funds for Trick-orTreat for UNICEF are used (from their website):

  • $1 - Gives a child 40 days of safe, clean drinking water.
  • $5 - Feeds a malnourished childe for 5 days.
  • $10 - Provides vaccinations for 280 children.
  • $100 - Protects 100 kids from malaria.
  • $500 - Installs a water pump to serve a whole village.

Learn more about the Trick-or-Treat program and how you can do your part, here.

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How our Giving Back Program works:

Each month, INK donates 10¢ of every single shirt that is sold through the site toward a monthly featured cause. Since October 2013, we have donated over $6,500.00 to various causes through our Giving Back Program.

Breast Cancer Awareness Design Ideas

Breast Cancer Awareness Month T-Shirt Design Inspiration

If you're among the millions that have had or been affected by Breast Cancer, you're most likely aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

While there are plenty of walks, races, fundraisers and other events that help raise awareness and funds for a cure for Breast Cancer, perhaps you want to do just a little more.

Rosie the Ribboner Tote Bag Design | Breast Cancer Awareness design ideas

If you're participating in a race, maybe you want your team to stand out with specially designed, customized shirts, or perhaps you simply want to do your part in raising money through an online crowdfunding effort. That's where we can help. Design and sell t-shirts, totes or other apparel to do your part to help eradicate Breast Cancer.

We've put together design inspiration on our Pinterest board, INKspiration: Breast Cancer Awareness, for ideas and inspiration for t-shirt, tank top, bib, onesie and pet apparel ideas.

Courage. Strength. Hope. Ideas for t-shirt design for breast cancer awareness month.

Need help? Our designer and customer service are always just an email or phone call (888-862-2775) away. And here's where you can learn more, or...

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Calling all Designers: Design for Good

You are what you wear. Make it count. Join our Design for Good Program.

We are honored to have helped raise over $1,450,000 for important charities by selling t-shirts. We're proud of what we've done but want to do much more and we need your help.

Calling all designers and illustrators who want to do good by designing for good. Make your creativity count.

We're looking for designers and illustrators who are great at what they do, have a cause (or several) that's close to their heart and interested in making a difference with us.

Here's how our Design for Good program works:

Design for good program. Create designs and illustrations for good causes.

You choose a non-profit category you're passionate about. Maybe you care about women's health, the environment or animal welfare. We want you to care so your design reflects your passion.

Design for Good Program. How it works.

Then you design a t-shirt that "speaks" to that category. You're not restricted by brand guidelines and won't be held back by having to incorporate logos. You get to be as creative as you can be while designing a killer concept that will support fundraising for a non-profit category of your choice.

Design for Good Program: Create design and illustrations for t-shirts for a cause important to you.

Next you submit your design and upon completion of registration and approval of each unique design, Ink to the People will advance you $50 against royalties on future sales. Ink reserves the right to your design for 6 months upon approval. There's no restriction to the number of designs you can submit, but we can't guarantee all of them will be approved.

Finally, we post the shirt for sale in our soon-to-be re-launched e-commerce retail store. You'll be paid $1.00 per shirt sold beyond the first 50.

Got a bright idea for a cause or charity related t-shirt? Calling all designers and illustrators.

You will also be able to create a profile on our site telling site visitors all about you and your interests. This page will showcase all of your current designs for sale and you can even link to a personal site to help build up a fan-base.

If this sounds interesting to you or a designer or illustrator you know, we'd love to hear from you. Submit your work on this page and we'll be in touch!

Design for Good: Stop Bullying

While most kids aren’t exactly thrilled to be going back to homework, tests and sitting in class as the school year starts, for some kids the biggest fears lie in the hallways or on social media where other kids are harassing them. With more exposure on the topic, parents and kids are more aware of the issue but bullying is still happening much too frequently.

Whether you’re a parent, sibling, teacher or entire school that has had to deal with bullying issues, there are plenty of organizations out there that can provide resources and tools to help work through the problems.

Design Inspiration for ideas to Stop Bullying

Rallying together to raise money for an organization that helps create safe school environments is a great reason to design a t-shirt and rally together as a team. The design could even be a school project!

Need some idea starters? Take a look at our Safe Schools Pinterest Board for inspiration. If you need additional design help, we’re here for you - give us a shout (888-862-2775) or drop a note. We can even suggest a few great anti-bullying organizations with which to work.

Just the way you are | design inspiration to help stop bullying tshirts

Milwaukee Film Festival 2014: Advanced Style

We are proud to be a part of this year's Milwaukee Film Festival as a Community Partner. We are sponsoring the film, Advanced Style, which explores the fashion sense of 7 memorable women between ages 62-95. Fashion and creativity takes form at any age and we're excited to be showcasing this film!

Watch the trailer:

And here's a little bit more about the film:

(USA / 2014 / Lina Plioplyte)

Following seven memorable women whose fashion sense is as advanced as their age, Lina Plioplyte captures these woment (with ages ranging from 62-95) in all of their eclectic glory. Each segment bursts with color and style to spare, capturing the independent spirit embodied by women who refuse to abide by our cultural standards of aging and beauty, remaining vital while challenging preconceived notions with each remarkable ensemble. Culled from New York street photographer Ari Seth Cohen's blog of the same name. Advanced Style is an exercise in self-expression, proving that growing old doesn't have to mean growing dull.

If you're in the Milwaukee area, you can see the documentary during the film festival on the following dates and times:

  • Sunday, October 5 at 4:00 PM at Landmark Oriental Theatre
  • Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 PM at Fox-Bay Theater.

Advanced Style for Milwaukee Film Festival 2014 | Community Partner

If you are not in our area, check out the Advanced Style Film website for screening information near you.

About the Milwaukee Film and the Festival:

Mission: Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic. And it's at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a nonprofit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film has made it their mission to communicate all of this to the city they love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee.

Vision: To create a film festival in Milwaukee that is locally beloved, internationally acclaimed, and a true forum for Milwaukee Film's diverse community; to offer year-round education programs for all ages, teaching the role and power of film in the modern media landscape; to provide strategic support to filmmakers and projects; and to do our part to make better the city that has made them better.