One very popular item we often find ourselves customising, is the trusty tote bag. We are based in Shoreditch, east London – and in this area you can’t walk two minutes down the road without seeing one dash past you. Londoners love them. That’s why they make such great promotional items, merch and give-aways. For high volume orders, getting your tote bags screen printed would be your best bet and they will last super well. For more of a promotional ‘hand out’ bag, totes that are digitally Direct to Garment printed are a fantastic option.


Here’s an example of a DTG printed canvas tote…

digital Direct to Garment Printed canvas Tote bag


We printed these natural canvas tote bags the other week for the Courtauld Institute Of Art, they were designed by Bullet Creative. These were digitally Direct to Garment printed and as you can see, this particular print technique has handled reproducing this “painting style” image really well. Even though canvas tote bags often do have a slight texture to them, DTG printing can still adhere to this particular surface very nicely, with the full colour artwork not suffering at all.

If you have any questions about any of our printing techniques, drop us a line at: or give us a ring on 0207 183 8431. For more info on Digital Direct to Garment printing on t-shirts and tote bags take a look at our website.




We recently had the pleasure of screen printing some merchandise for French music group We Were Evergreen.

direct to garment printed tote bags

We got to go along to their gig in Shepherds Bush on Tuesday – here are a few snaps of the tote bags we printed.

direct to garment printed tote bag examples

If you would like to find out more about our custom t-shirt printing please get in touch! 🙂

One of London’s leading art centers The Barbican, launched their Bauhaus “Life as Art” exhibition this month. This is the largest exhibition related to the famous art school the UK has seen in over 40 years. This collection of works feature a rich array of painting, sculpture, design, architecture, film, photography, textiles, ceramics, theatre and installation.

To compliment the exhibition a number of related collectables – or “inspired by” items have been created, in celebration of the launch. Creative consultancy Patternity have produced these “unique art pieces for the legs” – well, beautifully hand screen printed tights to be precise, that reflect the Bauhaus aesthetic. They are a collective driven by the certainty that pattern is everywhere; from the mundane to the magnificent, much like the minds of the Bauhaus movement.

pattern tights

From expressionist beginnings to a pioneering model uniting art and technology, this London exhibition presents the Bauhaus’ utopian vision to change society in the aftermath of the First World War. Bauhaus: Art as Life explores the diverse artistic production that made up its turbulent fourteen-year history and delves into the subjects at the heart of the school: art, culture, life, politics and society, and the changing technology of the age.

super cool bauhaus printed tote bag

Another group of creatives who are also inspired by the works of Bauhaus, go by the name – or rather, statement “MY BAUHAUS IS BETTER THAN YOURS”. Their website reflects their quirky, experimental nature and stylistic sensitivity, but there is also an element of fun thrown in there too. An obvious hit with us at Icon Printing, was their statement screen printed canvas tote bag. Nice work all round!

Drop us a line if you’re thinking about doing some custom t-shirt printing, or have a message you’d like to see out there. We’d love to hear from you!


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Just a few goodies & inspiration to brighten up this slightly dreary Sunday. Enjoy!

inspiration collage

1. Copy & Paste is filled with ‘hidden’ symbols to use almost anywhere on the net – for when words aren’t enough!

2. Nixon do the best watches in the world. Fact. Very rarely can a watch brand do unisex so well.

3. “Masculin et Feminin” hand screen printed tote bag – by I Miss You Already on Etsy.

4. The coolest pair of Vans we’ve seen in a while, the mix of leather and suede is a bit nice.

5. The Grid System Website. A super geeky treat.

6. The “Snow White Case” – by Kristin Reiter. It’s always handy when your iPhone doubles up as a personal mirror.

7. An usual approach to printing. Alphabet print by beauchamping on Etsy.