Optic Ink finds home on Central
11 Aug 2019
Chris Staley, of Webster City, has always had a love for design.
“I have been doing something in the art field my whole life,” Staley said. “I have been drawing since I could pick up a pencil.”
He added, “I literally took every art class available through school.”
And through Optic Ink, a screen printing business located in downtown Fort Dodge, Staley has been able to put his artistic skills to work.
Whether Staley creates a design for customers or if they already have one in mind they want to use, his goal is to help provide them with apparel that satisfies.
“Sometimes the customer already has an idea and we can replicate that or we can create something from scratch too,” he said. “We get a good mixture of both.”
Optic Ink provides custom apparel, race shirts, screen printing, embroidery, promotional items, graphic design and logo design.
“”We do embroidery on hats,” Staley said. “We have printed on shirts, bandanas, aprons, tote bags. We print on towels.”
Staley started Optic Ink out of his house in Webster City about a year ago, he said.
“I was kind of doing it as as side hobby,” he said.
Prior to that Staley worked as a screen printer for Decker Sports for about eight years. He also worked at Double M for a time.
“I eventually started my own thing with Optic Ink and was helping out a buddy of mine in Carroll at Outlaw Graphics,” Staley said.
Then a few months ago, Josh Mason, owner at Active Health Chiropractic, approached Staley about a business opportunity.
“Splash Graphics came up for sale and we decided on purchasing it and converting it to Optic Ink,” Staley said.
Staley is the general manager of Optic Ink. Tim Mapel is the store’s office manager.
“I suggested to bring Tim over,” Staley said. “We have worked together in the past.”