In 1987 Thomas Ryan was coming up to the end of his car sales career when he was approached by Doug Alred of 1st Place Sports to create a T-shirt screen printing business. The goal of this business was to service the running events all around Jacksonville, FL and any additional businesses that came its way. Since then T-Shirt Express has grown into one of the premier T-Shirt printing shops in town. Working with some big local companies such as Firehouse Subs, 1st Place Sports, and FIS to name a few of their clients. T-Shirt Express is now one of the biggest screen printing shops in Jacksonville.
Fast forward to 2010 Funk Fashion was created by Noah Dellilo which later became Prints by Funk. Funk began as a clothing brand catering to the car community and has since grown into a household name when it comes to printing in Jacksonville, FL. Noah took his artistic skill of bringing ideas to life on apparel and began printing for numerous clients.
Early 2011 Noah and Raymond meet and begin their business relationship doing clothing brand/niche shirt ideas here and there.
Late 2012 Raymond begins looking for a local screen printer to do some LSU niche shirts for him to sell in Baton Rouge, LA. He stumbles across T-Shirt Express through a google search and visits Thom for the first time. Following this Raymond began shadowing Thom with hopes to one day get an SBA loan to purchase the company. Stubborn to the naysayers informing him of the difficulties it would be to get an SBA loan with no financial history, he goes for it anyway. After about a year of working for free Raymond applies for a loan and is turned down without a question. He then begins his corporate America journey only lasting for about 3 years before getting back into the “entrepreneurship” world.
Fast forward to early 2019 Raymond is doing well with his various ventures and decides to pay a visit to Prints by Funk. This visit leads to what we now know as Prints R Us in a new and exciting partnership with Noah. Prints R Us has since grown into one of the leaders in the custom apparel business in Jacksonville, FL after merging with T-Shirt Express. In just the first full year in business Prints R Us should more than double what Prints by Funk did in 2018.
With a bright future ahead of Prints R Us they are always looking to bring on new clients. They specialize in screen printing, DTG, and clothing brands. They believe in “wearing your brand” and that is one of the most effective and cost effective forms of marketing. Learn more at printsrus.com or tshirt-express.com.