Spot98 Iron-on Universe!
Spot98 website sells all types of Iron-on Letters and Iron-on Numbers and fashion forward Decorative Lettering and over 10,000 Decal Designs Iron-on Heat Transfers. With a Custom Printing Shop offering project focus options to reproduce the client's Designs as Custom Iron-on Transfers or ready to wear Custom T-Shirts or other Blank Clothing Items. Yours alone, Do It Yourself (DIY) Artistic Clients create your own stuff, yours alone. With Custom T-Shirt Outlet Stores, a Production Facility and Licensed Distributors worldwide, the Spot98 team is all about making your project a success. Specializing in Do It Yourself Iron-On's, Custom Made " One of a Kind " items, like personalized T-Shirts for your kids birthday party, or for corporate & branded markets when the need exists for fashion forward materials, superb workmanship and on time delivery.
The Story behind the Spot98 T-shirt
There is always a story behind every custom shirt, the spot98-net shirt story goes like this:
On Yonge street near Dundas by the Piccadilly Tube where local bands played, there was a guy who became obsessed with making custom t-shirts, so he opened a store and everyone came to print their favorite Band Decals, names and Word Slogans with iron on letters on shirts. They all walk out of the store with a big smile showing off their feelings front and center on the shirt.
He was pushed to expand the business by Rudy Gunther, the inventor of the trucker wallet, yes the world famous wallet that attaches to your pants with a chain, that was the beginning of a Multi-Store retail chain and Factory, known as Royal Leather. His retailing mentors Sam and Sid Sniderman, aka " Sam The Record Man ", who exposed him to the retail trade and the showbiz industry. Sam Sniderman, who gave him a job at the Record Store in the early days and a life long friend. Sid Sniderman who taught him the humble factor in great success.
Carl and Anne Beam
In 1990's, he received a Nomination from the Bank Of Montreal for New Business Entrepreneur of the Year, he contributed to Eastman Kodak Imaging division in the development of Digital iron-on Laser Transfers, aka Photo Transfers that have bloomed into a new industry of it's own. During this time frame, he met Carl and Ann Beam, Carl called him "Freeman", they would spend time together around the Kodak Laser Copy machine. Carl and Anne would walk in with cut out newspaper stuff, books, feathers and other stuff to be photocopied on to Photo Transfer Paper media. Sort of spanking fresh new this transfer paper then. They would randomly photocopy these images one at a time doing things to it like passing the a color graphic or photo through the machine using single color like CYAN, or allow some light to bleed in effect as it passed the scanner, etc. Anyway, Carl Beam would walk out of his place with hundreds of these Photo Transfers. Some of these art pieces can be seen at the Art Gallery of Canada, created by Carl Beam using Paper Transfer Media, and other materials. A well deserved recipient of the Honorary of the Canadian Award for the arts. These two great people expanded his mind beyond art.
What this guy is all about!
" Look, I was aware of the fact, that I would never become a millionaire selling t-shirts ok! so, I play improv with Tees, and do it because I like it. That's all."
To give you an idea of what this guy is all about, before he started making his own iron on transfer designs, he contacted all the major manufacturers of iron-on's after he attended a Trade Show of the Imprintables Industry and gathered a bunch of calling cards, he contacted these transfer companies at the time and asked them if he could have (free of charge) all the Defective Transfers they made that would end up in the garbage because they could not be sold. Not all agreed but some transfer companies did agree to ship him these Garbage Bound Iron on's . This is when he started playing around with these damaged graphic heat transfer in the basement of his College Street T-Shirt Shop in Little Italy, Toronto. Funny but that store where he was now creating Recycled Art T-Shirts in the basement, it was Sid Sniderman's Original Retail Store location Sniderman’s Music Hall.
" Sniderman’s Music Hall, the origins of Sam the Record Man, earned its fame and fortune because its many listening booths allowed music to be sampled prior to purchase. Denise Cronenberg, the acclaimed costume designer and her brother David, the director, remember being sent to the Music Hall by Esther, their mother, to haul their father back home. The Music Hall at 714 College St. evolved from Sniderman’s Radio Sales and Service and was founded by Sid Sniderman in 1929 to cater to the boom in radio sales, which was driven by the boom in car radios at that time" - © 2012 Ryerson University
Toronto Star Fashion " Let's Get Personal "
T-Shirts created in the Basement of the College Street store that led to the Toronto Star Fashion Editorial feature and interview with Scrap Boy.
Even today you will notice the Spot98 Home page continues to use the slogan
" Let's Get Personal "
Recycle creativity and Scrap Boy is Born
All though he chooses to live an OFF spotlight life, this Guy has made 100's of shirts for celebrities, shirts have been featured in News/Magazines and TV shows, 30 years later, he is still obsessed with iron on's, enjoys his job and continues to make people happy with a team of co-workers that love this custom t-shirts thingee too. Spot98 also offers a free service network for artists/designers to expose their work, promotes kids and teens involved with artistic school projects, contributes to the Parkdale Film and Gallery Community The Queen Retail Store is like a magnet for freestyle do it yourself creative outlet for all.
This guy, my Dad,
T. Mays ( Spot98 Founder Passed away on January 16th. 2009 )