Mental Health and the Apparel Industry


This week on the 2 Regular Guys podcast, Aaron and Terry will host Austin Caldwell. Austin will share his garment decorating journey, the ups and downs, and how to achieve balance in your work and home life. Tune in for an exciting conversation with one of the up and comers in our industry and own of strangelydim in Valparaiso, IN.

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  • Six winners of the fourth annual Screen Printing Rising Stars Awards have been announced. The award is meant to shine a light on emerging talent in the specialty graphics industry. The honorees – all of whom are age 35 or younger – were chosen based on their professional accomplishments, fresh thinking, contributions toward industry advancement, commitment to excellence, and impact on their organizations. They are proven leaders, share an enthusiasm for print, and possess an eagerness to push the boundaries beyond the status quo.

  • Custom Ink makes its second acquisition in the last 3 months, moving into the corporate gifting space. Custom Ink (Fairfax, Virginia), an online provider of custom apparel and accessories, has acquired Printfection (Denver), a swag management platform that allows clients to create and distribute branded items. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. This is Custom Ink’s second acquisition in the last three months. In November, it acquired (New York), a management platform for custom swag and corporate gifting. Read More at

  • All systems are still a go for Long Beach next Friday, and Erich and Terry will be there! 

Dad Joke: A genie granted me one wish, so I said “I just want to be happy.”

Now I live in a cottage in the woods with 6 dwarves and work every day in a diamond mine.

Mental Health

Aaron: Austin Caldwell has nearly evaded screen printing success for over a decade. He’s been in more positions in the decorated apparel industry than he can even remember and that gives him a unique perspective. Recovering print life junky, now he’s gone full-time starving artist, and has a very restrained approach to work, life, and business. 

Terry: Tell us about your career in screen printing. 

How did you get started?

Aaron: What made you exit screen printing? 

Terry: What are you doing now to pay the bills?

Let’s see if we can dive into more mental health.

Aaron: Based on your personal work experience, what advice do you have for decorator shop owners?

Terry: Austin, how can our listeners find you?

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