In the winter of 1993 Frank Hintz drove to Harpers Ferry, WV with the first ever American Backcountry tee shirt designs in the back of his car. Frank walked into the headquarters of the Appalachian Trail Conference's headquarters and cold called ATC's man of many hats Brian King. All of our hopes and dreams for a successful new business were hanging in the balance. Brian told us he would try some of the new designs and also suggested we consider going to Damascus, VA the following spring to test our product by setting up a booth at the annual Appalachian Trail Day's festival. We did.
What is Dye Sublimation Printing ?
American Backcountry utilizes dye sublimation technology to print our moisture wicking garments. Dye sublimation infuses inks directly into the fabric as opposed to printing on top like traditional silkscreen printing. There are no limits to the amount of colors that can be used and the wicking properties of the garment are not impeded as compared to regular silkscreen printing. Better yet you cannot feel the inks! Our primary printing processes are water based and PHTHALATE FREE and conform to CPSC standards regarding the use of phthalates in the children’s products.
What is Direct to Garment Printing ?
We use direct to garment technology to print most of our high color cotton tee shirts. Direct to garment technology prints art straight to the garment and uses a PHTHALATE FREE water based and environment friendly ink in compliance with CPSC standards regarding the use of phthalates in the products. Benefits of direct to garment printing are vibrant colors with no heavy ink feel to the print. Also there are no setup costs with direct to garment printing as there are no screens or films used.
What is Traditional Silkscreen Printing ?
We utilize traditional silkscreen printing for most of our 1 color art processes. It’s old school printing at it’s best and we use a Phthalate free ink in compliance with CPSC standards regarding the use of phthalates in the children’s products.