STATE COLLEGE, PA (WTAJ) – A local screen printing company creates a unique style of face masks – for your own face. Collegiate Pride Inc. recently decided to bring a bespoke “Happy Face Mask” to market. The idea is the brainchild of Lori Moyer. She got the idea from a neighbor who saw a message about a place overseas that was doing the same thing. Lori knew the skills of screen printing and put her ideas to the test.
Usually at this time of year Collegiate Pride is busy making thousands of shirts for camps and summer activities, but with the pandemic, much of that work has been put on hold. These whimsical face masks ensure that the 20 full-time employees don’t have to worry about losing their jobs or their services. Danielle Stemple, Director of Marketing, says, “When you buy these you are supporting a local business with products made by local people.” The company makes t-shirts for Penn State and THON to help them take large orders. The business is happy to develop a product that is so popular right now, and Danielle says, “These things are not going to go away anytime soon.”
With a direct printer, the masks are created immediately with a digitized version of a quality photo. The printer uses water-based ink and goes over the mask to create the image in about 10 seconds. Chris McKee is the production manager at Collegiate Pride. He says: “The better the image, the better the end result.”
All you have to do is take a clear photo of yourself in natural light, choose your style, realistic or cartoon, choose your youth size, small or large. The cartoon versions are a bit larger for an over-the-top look.
Danielle Stemple, Director of Marketing, says this is a great way to make people smile in a dark time. She says the reactions she gets in public are the best part. She says a lot of people take a double shot and then crowd around them to take pictures and ask where the mask is coming from.
To order your own mask at Collegiate Pride / Lion’s Pride at State College, click here.