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Screen Printing Reality Spoken Here!

                              (Site updated May 1st, 2015)

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      Standing with my 'Special' w/Rear Foam Spring and Swing Out Off-contact Arms

             My boy and I with a tee designed/printed for his 5th B'day 
 (in much happier days...BEFORE 'NoobTube' and the Fakers who only come to
destroy SP for me and YOU.)

                   Regarding Screen Printing
If you find yourself struggling for the patience to read this...DO NOT BE A SCREEN PRINTER!...the simplest job in the real world of screen printing will be harder and demand more effort and attention than reading this. I am saying what needs to be said here and what you should know BEFORE you spend a dime or any time in screen printing. I do not even teach a student who does not even have the time or attention to read this. I've had EVERY kind of customer and student from those I wished I could stay with, to those I wish I'd never met. So if you are willing to meet a few truths HERE and FIRST...then we have a starting place. I WISH I could have learned these things by merely reading them as shared advice from somebody who knows...but I spent too many years both learning them and fighting to make things better for others.  My reality check for SP started in 1979. I had the hardest job in the shop(as a newbie serving 5 to 7 screen printers). Your reality check starts here, in 2015.
Many will likely watch hours of really bad TV this week that is a total waste of your time and you will just move on. I teach people how to 'move UP' in screen printing.In as little as three hours, you could be one of the few who IS a corrtectly trained/initiated screen printer. Your call.

In 2007, I came to YouTube; to share my invention of the Adjustable/On Screen Micro-Tuners, and the simple equipment I also designed to make it all usable and cost effective for others(Bi-level printing/flash-curing platen; Vertical screen printing frame rack; Dual duty Youth and Sleeve print platen; Rear-tension screen Mount; Swing out off-contact arms).

Up until I came to YouTube, I had been working locally and gave over 900 in home demos to prove the validity of MY ideas and inventions. Not with a big head...but with the reasonable pride that comes from inventing new things that actually help others. And yet, none ot it matters without customers. So I treated everyone with the straight forward truth that both screen printing and those getting into it DESERVE. Over the years since then, about 4000 customers have appreciated and supported me. I have NEVER been shy in appreciating that.

And then...it became necessary for me to be more serious about taking on a more unfortunate side of screen printing and the market that has swelled up around it...many marketeers progressively leaving truth behind as it swelled. For years it was decent...and then I started getting emails from people letting me know that guys like Chris Lorelli(Cyclesurgeon, on YouTube) were stealing my ideas. As also did Jaimie Knight of knight_mfg.com.  Another guy('awesomeartistllc')on youtube also stole my ideas and even told me I should "stop" making them, as he did so! As if it made any sense for me to abandon MY ideas and inventions(backed with REAL skills none of these guys have or even care to have)so he could bootleg them?  Not going to happen.

I asked/demanded that they all STOP doing what they were doing(for YOUR beneift as much as mine as none can well use the ideas they STOLE). I have said many times that if I did not know screen printing so well FIRST...even with inventions I never would have marketed them. The process is AS important as even good equipment and marketeers are NOT so fast for you to understand THAT.

I had over 60 support videos to help my customers and interest others in my equipment and methods. They were free on YouTube and it was great as long as most people had respect for my skills/ideas/inventions.  I never fooled myself that some would not attempt to make it for their own use. But when Jaimie Knight and then cyclesurgeon(Chris Lorelli)started competing with me with poor remakes of my equipment; for profit and/or just to spite me and cost me customers...I stood up to fight that. Any person with a brain and self respect would have done the same.

Most people did not care.  So I stopped wasting my time. I found myself working harder just to wake people up to the truth, than it was to just lead them to learning SP correctly. I did not come to youtube to be their alarm clock. I wanted to reach people who were already awake enough TOO learn. But when I saw how easily they were/are deceived by the posers and frauds...I had to back away from that. My aggravation was not toward SP or my equipment and real customers...but about the growing youtube cesspool of those who have more money than care for a process that takes REAL TIME to properly learn.
Real screen printing is NOT 'YUDU'...it is NOT the marketeers(such as the ones named)who learn JUST enough to get you to buy from them. Knight-MFG even admitted on their site that they "have no support videos".  That is because idea thieves are also as lazy as they are unskilled/non-creative, and so they just referred people to MY videos!
So I took my videos down, when it became apparent that the non-appreciative were outweighing the appreciative supporters of the REAL info/ideas/gear. Me and MINE.

I did not start with Youtube. I've been printing(tees and WAY beyond tees)since 1979. I have worked in(printer and or supervising/managing...I have done it ALL). That is how I came to have an uncommon respect for the trade and the REAL people in it. I grew in SP based on day to day real challenges met and exceeded in the real world of screen printing. Nowadays...any faker who can parrot an idea with even a half-assed pretense of knowing, can find a happy home on YouTube and forums. There are great people and also some very nasty(NEVER going to be screen-printers that matter)people clogging up forums. Cowards with keyboards.

I AM ; come from and prefer to teach based on the HANDS ON side os screen printing. Nothing less serves the real process of screen printing. Youtube included. The serious can learn something or I never would have utilized the internet. I was doing fine before the internet with local classes and sales. But the pretenders have just about(or more?!)power to get in the way of those who are and what is real and best. As the fakers became ever prouder of themselves and their ignorance(money or even vindictiveness,is their greater concern), I found myself less and less interested in being in that mix. Not that I am or would ever stoop to it...but the newbies cruising the internet cannot often tell the difference(sad but true)no matter HOW honest I am about that DIFFERENCE betweeen what/who is real in SP,,,and those who/that which is NOT real or worth your time or money.  

So, I returned to doing local builds and training only. I could not ignore that youtube was NOT worth the 'hand holding' and self defense(defense of truth)that progressively became the case of being there. I have left some videos up...getting in the faces of these fakes and crooks. I see no reason to take those videos down...if there is some chance those videos will take the CROOKS down. Might just make somebody think twice and avoid such fakers. It is not to make me more money...since I do not market my gear on youtube any more. The truth regarding the FAKES...is still a good thing for you to know. THEY are still trying to get your money and fool you with skills and ideas/inventions that are NOT theirs and they cannot even copy them right!  Posers are always proving that they are posers, but can YOU spot them? They know you probably cannot.

THAT is what youtube is, by and large, now. Did not used to be so....nearly as much. I chose to get back to a purer place and time in screen printing. You had a better chance  of learning screen printing right in 1979, from the real day in and day out hands on pros, than you do here in 2015...if YouTube and the internet are your general source of info. 'S-much-for' the internet being as great as many think it is or want it 'to be'. As clear as my videos were...they could only help those who would really pay attention to them and IN ORDER. I could tell by the unbalanced video views that that was not happening.

This site has been left up...with photos of just SOME of what is/are MY ideas and inventions. This site is an ongoing record and also takes me back to a passion to serve screen printing and people, that existed BEFORE the fakes showed up and found plenty of ignorance to support THEM(on YouTube forums etc). NONE of these guys ever has or ever could survive a day in a REAL screen printing shop. My 34 years plus; care. passion; inventions prove over and over again that my assesments re what once was and what now is, are valid. It is frustrating to STILL be able to help, and even want to, but also see that the mechanics(internet...youtube)are NOT set-up to honor that ability I have. It is not conceit or me being holier-than-thou to say so. I spent years learning and proving it before those who cannot stand me for what I know(and invent)showed up on the scene. Goes without saying(doesn't it?) that the posers; idea thieves and detractors are being/doing so from their own insecurity. I don't apologize for calling them and showing them for/as what they ARE. THEY earned THAT.

I know and love screen printing enough to support what is right about it and DUMP/FIGHT what is not.  I have paid my dues for and doing both for long enough. I did not get into SP so I could end up trying to get others to be smarter(to many are not and don't want to be!) about the fakes amd pretenders. There was always some of that(there were charlatans in the 80's that were making tons of money misleading would-be screen printers)...but not with the 'charltatan's best friend' I call Youtube. Of course there is a lot that is good about youtube...but it makes dong less than what is right, EASIER, and guys like cyclesurgeon(and more)are there to fool you as soon as you let them. Long as you are dumber than them, they will love you.

I preferer hands on with people because I cannot fool them(which I never cared to anyways)and they cannot fool me. When you are eye to eye with someone what is fake does not last(with ME it does not). But the youtube fakers play the numbers as the audience is too big for everybody to be as careful or respectful as they should be. The screen printing process deserves a respect it does NOT get, from these guys...on youtube. Even some guys(who have some VERY expensive and uneeded equipment to sell you)cannot even do various processes correctly. Only a few of you ever spot that.  A problem MY students naever had to worry about. 

I have other interests and have weaned myself away from 'internet-sharing of screen printing, and into other skills I have. Should have done so sooner. I work with fewer people whatever I do and I make sure they CARE, or I do not work with nor build gear for them at all. You will not find me sharing space(youtube or otherwise)with the careless...they leave...or I leave.  Anything I care to do I care only to do right, paid or not paid.  That has got me both hired AND fired, so in the end the only confidence that can ever be had, is to know that I did and chose what was right. doing what is right will make you a LOT less money, often, than doing what is wrong or what is the most soothing to the ignorant with money to spend. I cannot let myself work from ignorance in my trade because I am anything BUT ignorant about SP. And still learning. The earth is nearly covered by water...and yet the water does not just SIT STILL, it has to flow from one place to another, or it becomes stagnant. I 'FLOW' by doing what I know very well and teaching/building for others who(IF)they have the right mind to learn. Evenso...there are always places where the water is polluted. The internet did not make that better. Not without making it worse at the same time.

I have made and lost money for my ethics/efforts.  I made the most and best money(on my own inventions)I ever made several years after being "let go" by a local shop boss who "LOVED" me on a Friday(for all my "excellent work")...and fired me on the following Monday!...NO reason given. My supervisor could have stood up for me, but did not(to save his own job)and not long after HE was 'let go' as well. I learned this as we passed eachother in front of a store...he tried to tell me the whole story...you may understand why I did not take the time to hear it!  IF you want to be a screen printer you will have your best chance(anymore)OUTSIDE a shop(you will be used more than you will learn) and IF you can instead learn what you need to learn(in far less time)from a PRO.  It is a rare opportunity. It does NOT come with or out of a YUDU box. 

Had I let that(SP employment world) fickleness get me down or distract me from the truth, I would have missed out on a LOT of personal success.  Everything depends on how you look at it...Presidents are elected for 4 years/ a term. And they can only serve two terms. I have been excellent in my trade, for more than EIGHT terms!  :D   YOU will be as successful at SP as you are smart in learning it right. The very easy aspects are what the frauds and posers use to get you to buy their gear and be impressed with them. And then SP will challenge you with some technique that you are NOT aware of and you will have paid way too much, to learn it too late. Many of the things that cost people time and money(and lost customers); that the fakes never taught them to avoid/be aware of, MY students learn in the first one or two class sessions with me. Because I know better...I want THEM to know better also. There is no shortcut to the truth and basics of the screen printing process. If you think there 'is' then go put some skateboard wheels on your car...and 'see if you notice a difference'!  If you never knew what REAL car tires offered...you won't know the difference.  Is that where you want to be in/with Screen printing?
I WISH that the trade I love and have put much effort and invention into was not such a target for marketeers and posers. Unlike most screen printers I worked hard to change that. Might be impossible on a wide scale.  But for those that I have given a right introduction to, I am happy to have met and helped. I still offer that(locals only), But I no longer put all my eggs in the 'screen printing basket'.
It is May 1st, 2015 as I update this. I hope I do meet some local would-be screen printers who really want to learn right. A few who do NOT confuse me with youtube, and or the 'screen print class' they had in High School(have I hear THAT one a lot!). Nor is what I teach ANYWHERE around the embarrassment to SP that YUDU is,IMO, is. 

There are 'boring' parts of screen printing. Like putting on your shoes every morning. But if you go out in the thorns; rocks and ? without your shoes...do not expect to have a good day. Few youtube screen printers show you how to coat a screen...it is boring(but VITAL in several ways!). They show somebody lowering a screen and printing and 'magically' a printed tee appears! EVERY step of screen printing is as easy to get WRONG as it is right. Marketeers are NOT printers. Even many 'printers' making vids on YouTube etc are not(or barely!)printers.

I wish more true pros would stand up for this difference. but I can understand why they do not also. It would be far easier for me just to shake my head at the nonsense and go do my own thing. But I have more invested in screen printing than most. And I have more passion than most.  If I see a dog attacking YOU, I will likely(and have)put myself between you and the dog. Because it is the right thing to do. I can do that because FIRST, I was(14 YO)attacked by a big dog. I learned a lot real fast and did what I needed to do. I try to have that awareness and response-ABILITY in all my life.

I hope this gets the point across?  I have my local students read this BEFORE we talk at all. if they are 'just' looking for a tee shirt press or a guy they can get cheap and half-assed lessons from they and THAT are not worth any of our time. I do not(knowingly!)bore others and I do not like to be bored(my favorite sport is street luging www.gravitystreetluge.com .  I'd rather teach YOU screen printing IF you have any sense and passion. If not?... I 'd rather go street luging. :D

thanks for your time,

Lee Wyke


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