"Our family has a tradition every summer when we get together. Someone's face will end up on a shirt from the previous year's gathering alongside a family inside joke. This year was my dad's turn. He had no idea we had saved a picture of him in the too small shirt from last years tradition. I think he cried from laughing so hard. Great family memories. "
Custom T-Shirts for tradition
We Run For Donna by JessicaS - 10 months ago
"My family, friends, and I recently ran in a 10K race in Big Sur, CA. This race has become a yearly tradition that we all look forward to throughout the year. My father, Bob Schuster (in the yellow), ran in his 33rd consecutive run. He's 67 years-old and he and my mom stumbled upon this race by accident the first year that it took place. Since then, they have completed every single one of the runs. This year's race was a difficult one for all of us as we ran with extremely heavy hearts. My mom, Donna Schuster, passed away just a few weeks before the race, on August 24. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in July of 2004 - just a few weeks after she completed her first marathon at the age of 58. She was a lifelong runner and an extremely healthy woman. Her diagnosis shocked us all. She fought the cancer tooth and nail for over 9 years. Through surgeries, countless rounds of chemo, and several doses of radiation, she remained bound and determined to stay with us for as long as she possibly could. She even ran another marathon 2 years after her diagnosis while she was in remission. Her courage and strength and willingness to fight allowed her to meet my kids (her two beloved grandchildren), to travel around the world, and to make the most of each and every day. It's impossible for me to put into words how much this race meant to my mom, and to those of us who love her, over the years. Being able to walk up to the starting line each year, regardless of her physical or emotional condition at the time, was her way of saying, "I'm still in this. The cancer hasn't taken this away from me. I'm still here." She absolutely REFUSED to miss the Big Sur River Run. There were years that she was too weak from chemo or surgery to run. So she walked the entire 10K. There were years she was completely bald. There were years that her body was in so much discomfort that she probably shouldn't have done it. But she did. Every single year - she did it. As we all stepped up to the starting line of the race on Saturday morning, we couldn't help but smile. Because but for her and my dad's dedication to this little race in Big Sur every October, we might not have this amazing yearly tradition that brings together our closest friends and our families. My mom left behind an amazing legacy and this Big Sur tradition is one we are incredibly proud of and grateful for. She may not have gotten to run Big Sur XXXIII and continue to be among the very few who had run every single race. But there were nearly 30 of us in bright teal shirts at the starting line running in her honor. Teal is the color for Ovarian Cancer awareness. Our shirts, made beautifully by Custom Ink, said "I RUN FOR DONNA." Two of us were not wearing the teal shirt. My dad wore his original (from the first year) yellow original Big Sur River Run shirt and I wore my mom's. We ran in honor and in memory of Donna Schuster, an amazing and inspiring woman, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and friend. Thank you for making these beautiful shirts. They helped us all feel united and prompted many conversations with other race participants."
The Kona Bunch by K-Funk - about 1 year ago
"I made these t-shirts as a spin off of the classic "Camp Anawana" t-shirts from the early 90's children's classic "Salute Your Shorts". The picture of the cabin on the shirt (in place of the classic tee-pee) is a depiction of the exact same cabin we are all standing on the porch of. This group has gotten together every year since high school, for a week at the end of August, at this cabin, to ensure we do not lose contact with each other. We make sure everyone is doing well and share news and stories from the year that has just passed, and offer each other help where we can if someone is struggling. We lovingly refer to this place "Camp Kona" which is reflected in the shirt. We felt it would be fitting to all take a picture wearing our shirts on the actual porch that is depicted on the shirts as well. These shirts were A HIT! Everyone loved them and felt as though they could hold onto a little piece of Camp Kona in their hearts and in their hands, all year long! We called this "The Kona Bunch" photo, a parody of "The Brady Bunch". These t-shirts made an already amazing Thanks Custom Ink!"
james family polka by james family polka - about 1 year ago
"Our 2011 family polka. We do this annually. It started in 1978 when my late Grandfather held them for he and my Grandmother's wedding anniversary. They used to have one every 5 years. My Grandfather passed away a few months after our 1998 polka. In 2003 the Grandkids got together and decide that the tradition of grandkids dancing with their grandparents, aunts with nephews, uncles with nieces, and cousins with cousins had to continue. In 2008 we decided to have them annually (because we know our time together is limited). For our 2011 polka we purchased a t-shirt for all family members. The dance hall was full of the bright red shirts. The shirts featured the old schoolhouse/dance hall on the back. They were a hit for the family, the polka band, and the owners of the dance hall. The shirts looked sharp and we have returned to Custom Ink for our 2013 shirts. "
The Bride Cuts The Pig! by The Pig Kahuna - over 1 year ago
"We are The Pig Kahuna, New England's premier provider of pig roasts. We cater MANY weddings and started a tradition years ago where the bride has to cut the head off of the roasted pig. The reason for this is that it's a reminder for the groom of what will happen if he becomes "pig headed" during the marriage. :-) In this collage is a picture of our most recent bride with her groom "anxiously" looking on. It's always a lot of fun and is now even MORE fun when sporting our new CustomInk tshirts!"
The 6th Annual Snow Football Match by Base Camp University - over 1 year ago
"Our community of guys formed during our years at college. Back in those days we would make a trip up north every winter before the spring semester began. We call it the annual men's retreat. It started as a joke, but it looks like it will sticking around. This winter was our sixth one and people flew in from all across the country! This shot was taken right before our snow football match, also annual, out on the lake. The tradition is only growing stronger so.... Looks like Custom Ink has some new annual customers! Thanks Guys! David & Zach Men's Retreat Design Team"
The Pankow-Davis Thanksgiving Throwdown 2012 by Shane Pankow - almost 2 years ago
Hein Family Nerf War 2011 by Hein - over 2 years ago
"As a family one Christmas we realized that we didn't have many family traditions for the holidays. So the following December my parents surprised us with nerf guns and told us we would have a giant nerf war inside the house. The tradition stuck and to commemorate it I have made shirts. This is the 2nd year and I so enjoy surprising my family with new designs. I now have a 2 year old niece and brand new nephew. Custom ink has really helped me combine orders to accommodate for our wonderful new additions. Thank you for everything"
Summer time = Family Time by Vicki - almost 3 years ago
"Every summer for the last 30 years my parents have taken their grandchildren to the Indianapolis Children's museum. This summer was extra special - it was our last trip before my parents left Indiana to move to Texas to be near family. We designed family shirts to celebrate. What a success! All day people kept asking us where they could get our shirts! From 80 year old great grandparents to their 1 year old great grandson - we all had so much fun wearing them! Thanks CustomInk!"
Theisfest 2011 "Home at Last" by Theisfest 2011 - almost 3 years ago
"My dad died 4 years ago. Every year he had a big celebration at his home in Tomahawk, WI. Family and friends from IL and WI would come together for the first weekend in Oct. He has this celebration up until he passed ! This year we decided to continue the tradition and at the same time lay his ashes where he would want to be. He loved his home in Wisconsin! Therefore we put "home at last" on the Sweatshirts along with the picture of wate since this is where we layed his ashes. He is missed so deeply but lives on through the celebrations in October every year! Customink made this year even better by helping in the celebration with such AWESOME sweatshirts. Thank you so much ! The weekend was a very memorable time and not a day goes by that I dont remember my dad! "