In the little town of Sumner, WA, Ed Lacey, the founder of L&P Printing, is redefining the art of screenprinting. But Ed’s journey to screenprinting excellence is as colorful as his prints – a path that winds through the pulsating heart of the Rock N Roll scene in Los Angeles.
“Before screen printing captured my heart, it was all about the music,” Ed shares, recalling his days in a metal band that once opened for Poison on the Sunset Strip. “The energy, the crowd, the graphics on band tees – it all stayed with me.”
Twenty years ago, after his stint in the music scene, Ed channeled his passion for art and music into starting L&P Printing. “It was about bringing that same energy and boldness from the stage to every T-shirt we print,” he explains with an infectious enthusiasm.
Transforming Apparel into Wearable Art with a Story
L&P Printing, once a small operation, now produces hundreds of unique pieces weekly. Specializing in high-end process work, Ed’s company is known for its ability to turn ordinary apparel into wearable art. “We don’t just print T-shirts; we craft experiences. Each piece tells a story,” Ed asserts, his eyes reflecting the same fervor he once had on stage.
L&P Printing and NW Custom Apparel: A Partnership of Safety, Style, and Visibility
A significant part of L&P Printing’s journey involves a close partnership with Northwest Custom Apparel. “L&P Printing has been our go-to screen print subcontractor, particularly for safety stripes on t-shirts and hoodies,” says Erik Mickelson of Northwest Custom Apparel. “Ed’s expertise in producing bright, stripes is unmatched, and it’s exactly what our construction company clients love. His work is not just about safety; it’s about style and visibility.”
Rockstar Philosophy in Screen printing and Marketing
His rockstar days taught him the value of standing out. “In music and in screenprinting, it’s all about creating something memorable, something that resonates with people,” he says. This philosophy led to a unique approach, focusing on intricate designs and bold statements.
Networking and personal connections remain at the heart of L&P Printing’s marketing strategy. “Our best marketing tool? Word of mouth. Just like in the music biz,” Ed smiles. He prides himself on creating a community around his brand, often sharing stories of his rock days with clients and partners.
Capturing the Thrill of Creation in Screen printing
For Ed, the excitement of unveiling a new design never gets old. “Every time I lift the screen and see the finished product, it’s like the thrill of a live performance,” he says with a sparkle in his eye. His screen printing skills were self-taught, honed through years of experimentation and advice from industry veterans.
Blending Rock ‘n’ Roll Passion with Screen printing Innovation
Despite the demands of the business, Ed remains the sole powerhouse behind L&P Printing. “The passion I have for this work, it’s irreplaceable. I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” he shares, echoing the dedication of his rockstar days.
Ed Lacey’s story with L&P Printing is more than a tale of screen printing; it’s a testament to the power of passion, creativity, and the enduring influence of a life once lived on the rock stage. It’s a story of how an electrifying past can illuminate the path to an innovative future, especially when that path is marked with bright, safety-conscious stripes.