Grandline Graphics - The Origin
Hello – My name is Ruben Ryapolov and I am the CEO of Grandline Graphics, Inc.
Let me tell you more about the company I have founded and why I have created it – It all started when I was in my sophomore year of high school, back in 2010. A few friends and I decided to start a clothing line, so I took the first step and registered the original business name (LFS Company) in Washington State. My first goal was to actually be able to make t-shirts, but I did not know how.
This is when I went with my mom to the grocery store that I stumbled upon t-shirt transfer paper - a perfect way for me to start! I tried to make a few t-shirts with the transfer paper and my mom's clothing iron and it was a disaster... The design had already started peeling, it wasn't very clear and you could even see where I cut out the design with my scissors. I was determined to find a better way to make my products, where my customers would actually love to wear my shirts.
How I came to Screen Printing and Perfected my Technique
As I started doing more research, I got into the art of screen printing; a complicated but amazing process. I then began to plan out and design my first press. It lasted a while but since it was homemade, I had more issues than initial success. With the little finances I had, I invested into some entry-level beginner screen printing equipment. This is where I got into custom printing for schools, churches, groups, and businesses.
As time progressed, I began to create a customer base and loyalty. I would get return customers every year, loving their finished product! With this, I began to invest more time and thought into the business - how can I make it better? What else can I do? I then purchased a sticker machine, learned website design and coding, a hat press and after that, the business was on full blast!
I transitioned from part time to full time as I graduated college with an associates degree in business. I was very excited and ready to conquer the world. We now print on a completely automatic screen printing machine that can print up to 1,000 shirts per hour!
To this day, my main goal is to be able to produce a superior product that customers love. I am determined to keep growing, building and making customers happy.
Thank you for reading my story - I would love to hear yours! Contact me to chat, grab a coffee or even get a few custom t-shirts, hats, or stickers for your company or organization! Contact me and let me know what you're looking for.
Side Note: Our logo was inspired by this bible verse! What do you think? It is inspired from a bible verse: 1 Corinthians 9:25
"Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. However, they do it to receive a crown that will fade away, but we a crown that will never fade away."
Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. However, they do it to receive a crown that will fade away, but we a crown that will never fade away.
1 Corinthians 9:25