Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeffrey Lara.
Jeffrey, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In 2014, my senior year is where I printed my first t-shirt in Mr. Laird’s Graphic Art’s Class — competing in contests held by SkillsUSA or just practicing hours inside the classroom during lunch or even after school really paid off.
Ranking Second Place in a State Conference held by SkillsUSA really made me want to carry this nich that I had for screen printing after high school. I fell in love with the process of making my own t-shirt because I would already spend so much money on a graphic tee.
Being so passionate about my craft I wanted to share with others within the community. I gained the confidence to hold workshops hoping to inspire. Creating my own designs is what made me start my own brand. Selling my clothes helped me save up to buy my own press to continue printing.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Having your own equipment does make things go a little smoother. But not having clients or selling any clothes can make you have second thoughts. I continued to print the last couple of year out of my parent’s house.
Until last year they told me, “My equipment is taking up to much space.” It was a big leap to sell all my equipment but once I did a couple of months after I did find an office space that I am now renting out from a studio.
Please tell us about Tktsclothing – The Key To Success Clothing.
Tkts is a small independent, and constantly growing screen printing business that is known for great quality with a fast turn around. My company stands out because my connection with the client is the most important part of the process as a screen printer.
Having communication is key to ensure the project is to the client’s expectations. I have a minimum of a dozen, which is something other companies do not provide in their price list as an option.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
To do my research and to give myself options when it comes to buying equipment.