Why Choose Us

Local & Independent

Screen Printing T-shirts and other apparel in Portland, Oregon since 1995.

Old-School Work

No digital printing presses - everything is skillfully printed by hand with a screen and squeegee.

One on One Service

We take great pride in working hand in hand with each of our clients for a successful print run.

COVID19 Update

We are still available to print shirts for you! Curbside pickup in Portland.
We ask that if you visit our studio, that you wear a mask. Thank you!


Watch for our brand new website update coming in a few months!

Please contact us to see how we can assist you.

What is Screen Printing?

Screen Printing is a manual print process. Actual screens with aluminum or wood frames are coated in a photosensitive emulsion and dried. A piece of film-positive is used as a resist to block out parts of the screen.

The exposed emulsion hardens after 'burning' under a light, and rest is rinsed out leaving a hole or stencil in the screen.

The screen(s) are then set up on a rotating press, and are aligned to each other. Then the inks are mixed and are pushed across the screen and onto a shirt using a tool called a squeegee. The ink is heat-set then is ready to wear!

How Screen Printing Works

Choosing The Best Shirt.

There are many, many different shirt style options to choose from: T-shirts, hoodies, long sleeves, and each have different fabric options as well: 100% cotton, 50/50, Tri-blends - and different fabric weights too!

It can be difficult to make a choice. If you are unsure, let us know what you are looking for and we will try to point you in the right direction!

Apparel Catalog

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I send Art Files?

    • Art files can be sent to: studio@phantomchicken.com

      Preferred art files:

      Created in vector program with no placed images and with all fonts turned to outlines, sent as: .pdf, .ai, or .eps file.

      Other files may work - best to work with images of 300dpi resolution at actual print size and sent as: .tiff, or .jpeg file. Computer time may be necessary to vectorize your artwork.

      See Helpful Art Info
  • Terms:

      • 1. All quotes valid up to 60 days.

      • 2. An estimate in .pdf format will be created for approval via email.
        *This is the opportunity to double check your order before we print - you will get what is on the approved estimate.*

      • 3. 50% Deposit for new clients or large orders.
        Payment by check to: Phantom Chicken LLC. Credit cards also accepted via Square or Paypal (payment total + 2.5%) - a payment link will be sent upon request.

      • 4. The balance total is due upon completion of the order.

      • 5. Orders to be picked up at our studio.
        Shipping and local Portland delivery also available for a small fee.

    • How To Place An Order For Custom Shirts:

      Fill out the quote request form at the top of this page, or simply send an email with your request.

      You will receive an email asking for artwork.

      Art and shirt options are chosen, and you recieve an estimate via e-mail

      You approve the estimate via e-mail, and pay a deposit of 50%.

      We notify you when your order is completed with an invoice with the remaining balance.

      A time for pick up and payment is coordinated.

  • What are my apparel options?

    • This is a link to our apparel catalog.
      Size charts are listed under the Specs & Sizing tab for each item.

      We order shirts for our clients as needed, and do not keep any inventory.

      Pricing is based on current wholesale rates and varying cotton, manufacturing, and tariff costs.

      Apparel Catalog
  • What are the print placement options?

    • 1. Full Front

      2. Small Front Left or Right Chest

      3. Full Back

      4. Short Sleeve Imprint

      5. Aligned to Bottom Seam

      We cannot print over seams, or zippers.

  • Can you do Individual Names and Numbers?

    • Yes! We order these custom name and number pieces to be individually cut from vinyl, and we adhere them onto your apparel with a heat press.

      See Custom Vinyl Options
  • What is your turn-around time?

    • 10 business days from the time of estimate and art approval.

  • How many ink colors can you print?

    • Our press allows up to 4 colors per location. Each ink color is mixed individually.

      White ink is sometimes needed as an additional color for printing on dark shirts. This would be 1 of the 4 colors available.

      Specialty inks and specific PMS ink color matching are available for an additional fee.

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