As mentioned in my last post, Heat Printing Predictions for 2014, Part 2, I said we would be seeing more metallics in 2014. Here’s proof of the popularity of metallics: The new NHL Stadium Series jerseys (the NHL Stadium Series is a schedule of outdoor hockey games, including one in Los Angeles) feature a futuristic logo treatment for each participating team , some of which include a high-tech chrome treatment. We love the metallic sheen on the Black Hawks logo and seeing the Pittsburgh Penquins kick it up a notch. These screen print fused with embroidery logos give a special-effect look and also
have a lighter feel than the traditional embroidered crests normally found on hockey jerseys. Are you already thinking of ways you could add metallics to uniforms you’re printing this winter/spring using metallic heat transfer films? We’ll be showing a lot of new ideas featuring metallics at our upcoming trade shows including the ISS Long Beach.
Proof of another trend–the use of numbers as a design element. You’ll notice custom-shaped numbers on the backs of the jerseys are enlarged and the sleeve numbers are angled, to enhance visibility.
For those of you who sell licensed jerseys, Stahls’ has offically licensed NHL®/NHLPA® player name and number kits and we also have the kits for the Stadium Series. When ordering online, pick the appropriate team and, under jersey type, select “STADIUM 14.” Under “Player Name & Number,” choose the player’s name from the drop-down list.