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Hot Off The Press - Issue 2

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Making Strides to End Breast Cancer Fundraising Total

Great news!  We’re pleased to announce that we raised a total of $5,532 for the American Cancer Society for their Making Strides to End Breast Cancer event. Thank you to everyone that gave money; raised money or participated in the walk. Jay and Todd matched our employee’s contributions and kicked in $1,000 to get us to our total. Our team was the 6th best fundraising team in the city of Milwaukee for the event.

Together we can make a difference!

Memorial Day

Our thoughts turn to soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and sadly to those who may do so in the future - so that the cherished American freedoms are preserved. With that we’d like to offer this poem in honor of Memorial Day:

A Litany of Remembrance

In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we will remember

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we will remember

In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring, we will remember

In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer, we will remember

In the rustling of leaves and I the beauty of autumn, we will remember.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we will remember.

When we are weary and in the need of strength, we will remember.

When we are lost and sick at heart, we will remember

When we have joys we yearn to share, we will remember.

So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now part of us, as we remember and will never forget.

Our Staff  Birthdays in May

Luz F, Dao V, Laura R, Norma L, & Antonio N

Meet Our Staff

Gina M - May Employee of the Month

1.What is your job at INK?  - One part of my job is doing the art. The other part is customer service.

2.Family? - Husband and a dog.

3.Favorite Food  - Italian and Japanese.

4.Favorite Sports Team - Green Bay Packers.

5.Favorite Cheap Night Out - I’d rather stay in and watch a movie.

6.Most Recent Movie - The Avengers.

7.What are you reading? - Books on learning the Japanese language.

8.Favorite Music - Mainly hard rock and metal, but I also listen to instrumental and ethnic music sometimes.

9.I wish I could… travel more. I’d love to go back to Okinawa and Japan. I’d love to see the Southestern US, Europe and New Zealand.

Recipe of the Month

Shrimp and Fish Ceviche - by Rosa I

Ingredients


2 Pounds raw shrimp


1 Pound fish fillet (Tilapia)


2 Pounds Roma tomatoes (Red)


2 White Onions (medium)


1 Onion (medium)


1 Bunch of Cilantro


12 Big Lemons (juice)


½ cup of Clamato juice with clam


1 Avocado


1 Package of toast


Ketchup


Salt


Valentina salsa

Preparation



Wash and peel the shrimp then chop into small pieces with fish. They seamlessly blend with lemon juice in a large frying pan and cool. Let stand 2 to 3 hours until they are white. (I cover the pan with plastic)

 Then wash the tomatoes, onion and cilantro. Finely chop, then mix thoroughly, add the Clamato, Ketchup, and a little salt.
 Served on toast is added a few pieces of avocado salsa Valentina to taste. MMMMMM!! And eat it to that.  Serves 6 people.

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Making Strides to End Breast Cancer event - May 5th

Our walk team has been busy fundraising and we’re working hard to reach our goal of $1500. The walk event is Saturday, May 5th at the Discovery World in downtown Milwaukee. Help us with this great event! It’s not too late!! You can join the team online at http://tinyurl.com/732r5y5.

Together we can make a difference!

Everyone Sees the Pimple First - from Dan Rockwell’s Leadership Freak Blog

Blemishes captivate just like the negative past. The dark past draws you backward into futile conversations that solidify rather than solve. Complaints always focus on the past. Problems pull backward. But, solutions draw forward. You become what you talk about.

Reflect: I’ve been thinking about conversation topics. I know better, but I’ve slipped into conversations that spiral around the past. Everyone, it seems, wants to solve the past. I spent years captivated by negative history. It’s easy, sometimes fun, but inevitably futile.  Leaders can drown in complaints, problems, weaknesses, and low performance. Unless you intentionally turn forward, you’re pulled into the negative past; something that can’t be changed, developed, or improved, only built on.

Refocus: Recurring topics of conversation determine where you go and what you do. Persistently talking about the past translates into repeating it. Stuck people focus on the past. Leaders Solve the past by moving into the future. It’s the only way.

Redirect: Talk about the past with the future in mind, tenaciously. Rather than focusing on, “Where have we been?” say, “Where are we going?” Shift from past tense to present and future tense language. “What are we learning,” is better than, “What did we learn?” The latter takes you back while the former pulls you forward. “What was done?” is only the beginning component of a, “What’s next?” conversation. “Next time we’ll …” improves on, “What went wrong?”

Pimples: Problems and failures are inevitable, even useful. But, don’t focus on the pimple. Step toward solutions or you’ll become what you complain about, a pus-filled volcano waiting to pop. Forward facing speech combined with forward focused action creates your future. Backward facing speech and backward focused action repeats the past. Develop forward looking ways to speak about the past. Move toward your future not away from your past.

Staff Birthdays for April

Jody S, Ana V, Kate S, Maria R & Maria E

Meet Our Staff

Yudith R - April Employee of the Month

1.What is your job at INK?  - Fold and pack.

2.Family? - My husband, my two sons.

3.Favorite Food  - Mexican and Chinese

4.Favorite Sports Team - None

5.Favorite Cheap Night Out - I’d rather be home with family.

6.Most Recent Movie - The Hunger Games

7.What are you reading? - “Health Food” by Dr. Jorge D. Pamploma

8.Favorite Music - Little of everything.

9.I wish I could…  - Be a teacher. I love children.

Recipe of the Month

Quincy L's Delectable Steak Marinade

Ingredients / Tools

1/2 Cup Soy Sauce

1/2 Cup Sliced Green Onions

1/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar

2 Garlic Cloves (Chopped / Minced)

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Ginger

1/4 Teaspoon Pepper

2 1/2 Pounds Beef Ribeye Steaks

Large Resealable Bag

Directions

1. In a large resealable bag, combine soy sauce, onions, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and pepper.

2. Add steaks.

3. Seal bag. Refrigerate overnight.

4. Drain and discard marinade. Grill steaks however YOU like.

Serves 2-4 people. Note - There will be NO leftovers!

Pretty Impressive in Pink

Saturday, May 5th

Along banks of Lake Michigan, amidst a sea of compassionate pink, we (and thousands of friends) made strides towards the cure for breast cancer. Even the chilly weather couldn't hinder us or our family & friends. We strolled on, with warmth in our hearts (although that just might have been the strong coffee talking back). Who's to say? One thing is for sure, we walked, strolled & stomped all over breast cancer until it cried "uncle" that day. We put it "in it's place", showed it "who's boss", and so on and so forth.

Hey, can you blame us for being proud of our actions? Our team raised $6,343! Impressive... if we do say so ourselves!

A sincere THANK YOU to all who donated on behalf of our team for this great cause.

Check out some more photos of the event.

April in the Rearview

April was a big month for us. We launched our site, we had successes, we had failures, we learned a lot! Taking your suggestions to heart, we are continuing to evolve and improve, so don't be shy, let us know what you need. Be the reason that May will be even better.

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*4,553,692,294th Annual Earth Day

It seems like only 365 rotations of the globe ago that the last Earth Day was here. But what if we lived on Mercury? We could celebrate Mercury Day every 88 Earth Days. Did you know that it takes Mercury 176 Earth Days to make 1 rotation? That means 1 Mercurian day is 2 Mercurian years long. So on Mercury, you'd have to celebrate Mercury Day twice a day, every day. Okay, that is hurting my brain. Moving on.

Back on Earth, it's Earth Day again, and we here at INK participated in the 3rd Annual Clean Up Calumet Project. On Friday, April 20th, we took to the streets, fields & woods in our surrounding area picking up trash. A couple hours and a few full garbage bags later we enjoyed a yummy lunch, provided by our neighbor Alpha Source, who hosted the event. A big tree hug to them for that.

Also, on Saturday, April 21st, Milwaukee Riverkeeper hosted their 17th Annual Spring River Cleanup. As part of our "Green Initiative", we were proud to be a corporate sponsor. We even printed the event t-shirts! You have to look good while doin' good, right?

Share your Earth Day stories with us. We'd love to hear them!

Check out some of the pics to the events!

*give or take

For the “hel” of it?

Helyesica DesignSo, Ink to the People has finally become a reality. I’m excited. Really excited! What a great platform for us creative-types to get some work out there, connect with the masses, and hopefully sell some shirts.

But what to design? What, indeed… This should be easy. I’ve been a designer for many years. It should be a no brainer, right? I quickly realized, it’s harder than it seems. When there’s a client, there is a strategy, an objective, a budget, and always, a deadline. This one was on my shoulders, fully. The proverbial empty canvas. Art-for-art-sake. Yep, it’s a bit daunting.

As I stared into space for inspiration (long enough for my psychedelic screen saver to ignite), it hit me. Unicorns. With that, I began. I typically start by typing in a word just to get the wheels rolling. Unicorn, as it so happens, is quite a handsome word. Good start I thought. Next was to select a font. Should I go for something Roman, I asked myself, perhaps a nice Baskerville, Minion or maybe Bodoni? Hmm, not feeling ‘em. How about something silly, I wondered. Log Cabin fit the bill. Uh, NO. As I was about to abandon ship and get back to my “real” work, I tried Helvetica. My standard, underestimated, sometime revered, Helvetica. It was PERFECT. It’s a font I use a lot. One that has always been there for me, and in my time of need, once again, it came through.

I decided to shelf unicorns and focus on my go-to font as the subject of the design. From my earliest design memory, there has always been a degree of controversy about the widely used sans-serif typeface developed in 1957 by Swiss typeface designer Max Miedinger with Eduard Hoffmann.

Helvetica sometimes gets a bad rap. It’s been called boring, predictable, and generic, but many designers disagree. In sharp contrast, they love it. And can’t live without it. By now you have probably guessed, I am one of the loyalists. It’s beautifully designed and timeless. It can look big and bad, or with the right size proportions and letter spacing, remarkably elegant. Having created hundreds, if not thousands of designs using Helvetica, I set out to create a custom t-shirt design that is in firm support of a subject close to my heart, and my aesthetics. 

The question is a simple one: To Helvetica or not to Helvetica? I say: Helyesica!

Anyone up for a challenge?

Not everyone agrees that Helvetica is the end-all sans-serif solution. Some like Futura, Gill Sans, or dare I say, the system-safe star, Arial. Well, fellow designers, and haters, let’s see what you’ve got! Yep, it’s a good ol’ fashioned, initial cap, perfectly kerned, leaded-to-the-nth, gentleman’s challenge! If anyone is up to the task, I’m looking forward to wearing one of your font inspired shirt designs. To sweeten the deal, the best selling font inspired design will get a nifty Ink to the People logo shirt. Oh yeah.

I’m hopeful that this little rant, if for nothing else, serves as inspiration to anyone looking for a subject in which to focus your design.

-Neil Becker
Principal, Becker Design
Creative Director, Ink to the People

Our First Shipment

Ink to the People packagingJesse packaging the first INKInk to the People packagingInk to the People box of orders

Today is a special day here at INK.

Today we shipped our first set of orders out to the good people of the world. Thank you for supporting us and the fine artists on our site. We would love to see pics of you in your spiffy new shirt. If you'd like to share, you can post on our Facebook page. Happy Inking!

Our First INK

Molly FloodPug LifeJuan printing the first INK shirt

Congratulations to our first successful INKer!

Molly Flood, an Illustration student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, was the first person to have a successful Public INK. Pictured above holding THE very first Ink to the People order, Molly was part of our test group. Her INK, entitled "Pug Life", sold 25 shirts and put cash in her pocket. Wanna be like Molly and make money selling your own custom designed t-shirts? Start your Design now!

Fundraising Made Easy with INK

Ink to the People is only a few days old, but there are many different ways to utilize our revolutionary website. Nowadays, everyone needs to fundraise at some point, so we built our site to make the process easy for you.

Raising money is much easier when you don't have to buy your product first and then try to sell it. Many times, if you don't sell everything you bought, your efforts have been diminished with excess inventory and smaller profits to donate. The other annoyance is taking orders, collecting money and finally delivering the items once your program has been completed.

Well, with Ink to the People, all you need to do is design or upload your graphic and place it on one of our 3000+ garment options using our user-friendly Design Tool. Then share it with your own network of people or with the entire world. Heck, you can even do both. Share with your closest friends and family AND reach out to the good people of the world. Leave all of the hassles, such as order taking, money collecting and delivery, to us.

Now it is up to you to give it a go. INK is in BETA but don't let that scare you. Maybe you will be one of the lucky ones to come across a bug. Share what you found with us so we can keep on making INK a better service for you.

Now stop reading and INK the world!

That INK Video

You may or may not have seen our "promotional" video. If you have, then you know it is not your typical "hey look at me, buy my stuff!" advertisement. If you haven't seen it, we recommend that you take a peek. Not only will it give you an idea of what our site can do for you, but it may just put a smile on your face. Not to shabby for a promotional video, right? Developed by the creative powerhouses, Allen Keller and Neil Becker, this video will get you excited about making cash by selling your custom design t-shirts with NO RISK. So if that piqued your interest, watch the video and see what this Ink to the People thing is all about.