Universal THC Symbol: Oregon State

Oregon packaging requirements (from official government website)

A generic label is a label that contains only the required information listed in the rule and has no graphics, pictures, or logos. Generic labels do not need to be submitted to the OLCC for approval. The chart below provides the required information for each product type and an example of a generic label. Keep in mind that these are only examples – generic labels do not have to list information in exactly the same way. As you can see below, only the required information appears on the label. The required information can appear on more than one panel. If using more than one panel, please remember that the principal display panel is the portion of the label that is most likely to be seen when on display for sale. (this is an excerpt, view article here)

5 Reasons to buy URGrafix Wall Tatts (Removable Wall Decals)

5 Reasons to buy URGrafix Wall Tatts

We’ve compiled a list of reasons you should consider purchasing one of our awesome new product we call Wall Tatts. These are removable wall decals that are contour cut in awesome shapes and can be used for promotional reasons or as interior design elements.

Wall Tatts have self Adhesive!

No thumbtacks? No problem! These awesome wall decorations can be put up and moved without any hassle. No more ugly and hard to repair thumbtack holes when you are indecisive on where you want to display your art.

Wall Tatts by URGrafix. Art by Mighty High

They can be cut into shapes other posters wouldn’t dare…

Wall Tatts by URGrafix. Art by Darby Krow

Use to spruce up boring closet doors!

Wall Tatts by URGrafix. Art by Darby Krow

Promote your brand… in a big way!

Create Removable & Repositionable branding to your business’s bare walls!

Heard enough? Check out our featured artist removable wall Decals by Darby Krow available in our shop. You can also purchase a custom wall tatt here! We can also help with design if need be. Like always, please feel free to message our page or email jess directly at jess.urgrafix@gmail.com. Joe can be reached via joec253@gmail.com

HP Latex technology: Reflective traffic signs

With HP Latex Technologies, you can not only produce the traditional signage jobs you do today, but you can unlock additional revenue streams with a range of new application offerings, including reflective traffic signs.

HP Latex expert Roman Barba joins us to to discuss and print graphic traffic signs using HP Latex technology. With HP Latex, you can deliver regulated and non-regulated signs.

HP Latex technology: Vehicle and object wrapping

With HP Latex Technologies, you can not only produce the traditional signage jobs you do today, but you can unlock additional revenue streams with a range of new application offerings, including unforgettable banners.

HP Latex expert Roman Barba discusses vehicle and object wrapping in this video. Laminate right after printing with vehicle graphics — no need to wait for prints to dry. Specialized cast vinyl prints produced with HP Latex Inks and cast over-laminates provide durable performance—standing up to the demands of the road while the flexible ink layer conforms to the most complex surfaces.

HP Latex Application Roundup with HP Latex Expert

What can you print with HP Latex Printing Technology? Learn at the HP Latex Academy. Here, HP’s Timothy Mitchell walks you through six different applications that HP customers have had strong success printing and selling to customers. These HP Latex applications include:

+ Light boxes and backlits
+ Wallcoverings and wall graphics
+ Temporary use textiles
+ Point of purchase (POP) posters and displays
+ Vehicle wraps and fleet graphics
+ Banners

drupa 2016: expand your potential with HP Latex applications

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HP’s Roman Barba joins us in Hall 17 at drupa 2016 to discuss HP Latex applications. With HP Latex Technologies, you can not only produce the traditional signage jobs you do today, but you can unlock additional revenue streams with a range of new application offerings.

HP Latex printing goes even where solvent can’t¹ allowing wider application versatility and higher profit potential than eco-solvent. Choose from a wide range of flexible coated and uncoated materials and expand your opportunity beyond vinyls and banners to films, papers, textiles, canvas, wall paper, and more.


¹ The advantages of HP Latex printing include wider application versatility with a single printer and odorless prints that can reach indoor spaces that solvent can’t.

What is HP latex ink?

Because ingredients of HP latex ink are a well-kept secret, there is lots of speculation. Some people call it a “synthetic latex polymer”. Helpful articles on resin and latex inks are by Dr Ray Work, in Sign & Digital Graphics Magazine.

You can also visit the booth of Sam-Ink (at most major expos) and ask what is in latex ink (we give basics in our FLAAR Report on his after-market latex ink). Here is a summary:

“Latex” is a general descriptive term for an aqueous (water) dispersed polymer.
The polymer exists as spherical particles and are dispersed in water.
The polymer is a synthetic (manufactured) material.
The polymer is not natural rubber from the latex producing rubber trees.
The word latex was most likely selected as a name for the ink in order to deliberately avoid using the word resin.
If the word resin was used then it would be too easy for everyone to have figured out what was really the chemical ingredients. “Latex” was a great smoke-and-mirrors ploy.
The polymer cures (coalesces) into a film under extreme heat.
Polymers are molecular compounds, either natural or synthetically manufactured, that are made up of many repeating units of monomers.

There are several companies making latex ink; we have been in their R&D labs in different parts of the world.

HP Designjet L25500 reviews and evaluations
Photography of Castilla elastica rubber flower

How many trees can produce latex?

So many trees produce latex it would take an entire web site to show them. The best known (in Guatemala) are frangipani (Plumeria rubra) and Stemmadenia donnell-smithii. We raise frangipani in our garden. This is the lei flower of Hawaii, but it is native to Guatemala (and introduced a century ago to Hawaii). I see frangipani whenever I visit Singapore or southern China or Viet Nam (we inspect print shops all over the world, or ink factories or attend trade shows).

If you are curious about the remarkable plants of Guatemala in general and the plants of the Maya civilization in particular, take a look at our www.maya-ethnobotany.org.

HP Designjet L25500 reviews and evaluations
A photograph of a branch of Castilla elastica

Did you know that the common dandelion produces a usable rubber-producing latex!

It’s amazing how many plants produce latex, and of these, some can even produce rubber! Just that to produce tons, a dandelion is perhaps not very efficient. Wikipedia is very informative.

FLAAR scientists are also working on studying resins

Some ink chemists speak about HP latex ink being another kind of resin ink. Sepiax is often called a “resin ink.” And there are several other resin inks under development in R&D labs around the world (we have been in several of these labs, but are under NDA as to the name of the company and the ingredients of the inks).

But our research on resin is different, we study natural resins of trees (of Guatemala). Our overall plant research progress is shown on our maya-ethnobotany website. The present page is an introduction to latex. We will have an introductory page to resins when time and funding allow.

Most people we speak with said they were not aware of all the trees which produce latex-like sap, so we hope our introductory page shows you what happens if you have an interest in a topic, and you make the effort to learn more about this topic by your own research.

A bunch of Castilla elastica rubber flowers

Source: We originally found this info here

You need a virtual business presence let us help!

So you may or may not have heard about the virtual reality platform called Second Life. It has been around for nearly a decade and it’s doing very well and about to get even better! Being featured on websites like Forbes, and Business Insider in the news recently, we decided to get back into it. Second Life has gained a couple new/old active users and we are going to help bring businesses in on the fun. Here is how you can do it.HeadyHillLogo

We have created our own (sim) Second Life town we call Heady Hill. There we have a community of shops, go-kart racing, warhog battle airplanes, and have built a place to start. All you need to do is create an account. Create an account by going here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/CHESS/134/163/101 this link will take you to the top of Heady Hill (our sim).

Just like real life you need to either have your own land or rent from someone else. Check our available rentals on Heady Hill if you want to rent with us. Our goal on Heady Hill is to create a real feeling within a virtual space. We’ve brought in Darby Krow, URGrafix, CannAds, Dabstars merchandise shop, and working on others also.

Note: Make sure you have a logo. If we design your logo, we’ll give you a 3d sign to place outside (your virtual shop) for $50*

What do you want to sell?

Do you have a clothing brand? We can help convert your clothing designs into wearable 3d clothing for your Second Life avatar! Are you a photographer? We can help every step of the way from setting up your shop to creating scripted vendors where others can purchase your clothing in world. More information coming soon.

Online Shop with virtual merchandise (see Dabstars shop)

Artists can have their own virtual art gallery (see: Darby Krow)

Darby Krow Gallery on Heady Hill by URGrafix
A cool shot of the Darby Krow Gallery on Heady Hill. This is an example of a virtual presence by URGrafix

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Once you are all set up, Advertise your new virtual presence and start bringing in a new revenue source!

7 Reasons To Sell From Your Own Site Rather Than Etsy

7 Reasons To Sell From Your Own Site Rather Than Etsy

Sites like Etsy, Zazzle, RedBubble, Society6 and other third party online shop solutions are great to get your feet wet when you start selling your creations online or if you don’t have your own site yet to directly sell your work from.

However, I always recommend to get your own eCommerce enabled website as soon as possible so you can start selling directly from your own site.

Why? Well, here are seven reasons why I recommend selling from your own site rather than from an Etsy store:

1. More Control

Artfire decided to close all free accounts, Etsy has grown so much that it is hard to keep up with the competition and other online marketplaces closed their doors completely and left you out in the cold.

If you rely on any third party store solutions you have no control over your own business. That’s not smart. You need to be in control of your own store and not be at the mercy of someone else.

2. No Customer Distractions

When you go and have a look at any Etsy or Zazzle store product page, you will find about 40 links that lure customers away from that page and away from that store!

On your own site this will not happen as all links will only lead to more of your own products.

3. Better Design

It’s hard to stand out on Etsy and similar third party eCommerce solutions. All stores look and feel the same which also makes it hard for customers to remember your individual shop.

If you have a shop on your own site you can give it a design that brings out your individuality and that suits your products.

4. Easier List Building

The money is in the list. This is a truth that pretty much any internet marketer agrees with. You need to collect as many email addresses of (potential) customers as possible.

The good news is that all marketplaces that let you sell stuff from their site will indeed have mailing lists but the bad news is that they use them to increase their own business, not yours.

Now, if you sell from your own site you can use a service like Aweber to let people subscribe to your mailing list and then cross and upsell to them, send out special discount offers and even create automated email series.

5. Customer Convenience

If you have an Etsy store AND a website you have to send your customers from one site to the other and back. You also need them to remember two domain names, bookmark two sites and share content from two sites. Hmmm, that’s not really ideal, is it?

It is way more convenient for your customers if your blog and shop reside under the same domain name, don’t ya think?

6. More Referrals

A lot of people buy something on sites like Etsy, Zazzle etc. but in the end never remember the name of the individual shop or seller. So when asked where they got the beautiful earrings, necklace or painting they will just say they got it from Etsy. That’s great for Etsy but not so much for you.

Selling from your own site will make it easier for them to remember you and your shop and tell others about it.

7. Better Search Engine Optimization

It’s much easier to rank in Google search results with a shop on your own site than with an Etsy store. Yes, Etsy does give you some control over how your store will appear in search results.

But with your own WordPress shop or other online store you will be able to have much more granular control as you can change titles, set keywords, add a description and even get a free page analysis which tells you how to optimize each single page for SEO purposes.

Thanks to Yamile Yemoonyah for a great article. Links take you to her site for those interested in trying to DIY. Of course if you need professional help and would like a quote on letting URGrafix take you to the next level, contact us! 🙂