OSWEGO, NY – Custom screen-printing and specialty shop, Zink Shirts, recently moved its operations to 19 E. Cayuga St., in Oswego, offering owner, Glenn Zansitis, the opportunity to set up a complete retail section in addition to his production area.
The retail space consists of original designs by Zansitis and other local artists, printed on T-shirts, sweatshirts, bags and hats.
Zansitis said that as Zink Shirts settles into its new home, other pieces will be for sale such as jewelry, fine art and handmade books. But that is not all, he said.
In attempt to showcase Oswego’s talent, Zink Shirts will be hosting local artists and musicians through art openings and open-mic style shows.
“This space is about more than selling T-shirts,” said Zansitis. “It’s about strengthening and promoting Oswego’s community of artists and musicians.”
A life-long artist himself, Zansitis said he understands the importance of having an opportunity to display work and share ideas with other creative minds.
The revolving gallery will be transformed monthly and Zansitis encourages anyone to apply to show their work, although preference will be given to artists living in Oswego County.
“I am a strong believer that art and music need to be incorporated into a community as much as possible,” he said. “Everybody needs a way to display their artistic talent and this is a way to bring people together in a very cultural and artistic way. It’s my way of giving back to the community I live in.”
Zansitis said the concept for Zink Shirts developed from working at a variety of jobs that his heart just wasn’t in.
“Instead of working all day and then coming home to work on my artwork, I wanted to merge the two into one and make a living doing what I love.”
After designing clothes with his brother for years, Zansitis was introduced to the world of screen printing and began training through classes, books and a supportive network of established printers. He started off by printing some of his own designs before opening as a commercial screen printing service.
“Now Zink Shirts custom prints shirts and apparel for businesses, sports teams, bands, fundraisers, events and anything else you can think of,” Zansitis said.
He said he does do a lot of the design work himself, but has other artists customers can work with as well.
“Customers can browse through our online catalog or give us a call for a free quote,” Zansitis said. “We don’t charge for set up and if you want shirts but don’t have a design for them, we will customize your artwork or help you create a simple design free of charge.”
Zink Shirts ships all over the country and has worked for some impressive clients such as Eagle Beverage, SUNY Oswego, Bully Hill Vineyards, Inc. and Cumulus Media, in Syracuse, which promotes radio station such as 93Q and 95X.
To check out Zink Shirt’s newest designs or to create your own design, visit www.zinkshirts.com; call call 342-ZINK (9465); or drop by Zink Shirts, 19 E. Cayuga St., to discuss a project Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on Saturdays from noon – 6 p.m.