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BDK is the local go-to for screen printing posted on 07/01/2020

When lifelong board-sport enthusiasts Michael and Tracey Kays moved to Mount Hood from Hawaii in 2014, they were finally able to achieve their snowboarding dreams. They settled into their new home in Rhododendron and cemented their ties to the region by opening their second skateboard business, BDK Boardshop, in Sandy in 2016.

The couple are now taking on a new venture in the Mount Hood community with BDK Printwerks, a custom screen printing and embroidery business they launched in March.

“I’ve been screen printing on the side since the 80s,” Michael said, explaining he would often print shirts or other goods for local businesses he frequented or through word-of-mouth. “It just got to the point where we realized we needed to step it up.”

Michael began screen printing while in the military in Hawaii and continued printing for his first board shop and skate park on Oahu.

BDK Printwerks specializes in offering screen printing services to small businesses. The Kays provide personalized service for companies or individuals in need of customized goods printed in small or large quantities. The addition of a commercial embroidering department in March expands the array of goods BDK Printwerks can produce to include hats, beanies, polo shirts, towels, totes and other goods.

“I’m happy to meet and discuss,” Michael said. “I like that aspect; we’ll work hand in hand to help a business realize their idea.”

He explained this approach was something instilled in him through his involvement with the close-knit ethos of skate culture.

In addition to printing, Michael has done design and logo work and can assist clients in executing their concept for printing on textiles. There’s a “different method to the madness” when setting a logo or design up for screen printing Michael explained.

BDK Printing offers custom-designed hats created by Michael for skateboarding and 914 Porsche enthusiasts available for order through their website.

There are no minimums for print orders.

“We’re always happy to review a design and put together a quote,” Michael said.

The Kays officially launched BDK Printwerks in March before the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the mountain communities.

“We’ve kept rolling through (the shut-down),” Michael said.

The couple plan on finding a shop location in the Mount Hood region in the near future for the business to house both the printing and embroidery departments, as well as potential for a retail space.

“We love working with the local community,” Michael said.

Local clients include Mount Hood Roasters and the Mount Hood Villages. The Kays hope to offer expanded services to existing customers and bring their hands-on service to new customers in the region.

For more information or a quote contact BDK Printwerks through their website at www.bdkprintwerks.com or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/bdkprintwerks/.

By Ben Simpson/MT

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