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What is Free Print Day? We're glad you asked! It's an exclusive event where you can walk away with a tee that is only available on that day. It's sort of like a secret club with you and 3,000 of your closest friends. You bring in a blank tee on the event day, and we print the exclusive design on your of charge! Have questions? Scroll down and view our FAQs.

It's been an amazing journey watching Free Print Day grow! When we first started, we printed under 100 prints per Free Print Day. Now we have printed close to 3,000 prints on more popular holidays! We love giving back to the community and seeing these one-day-only shirts in the wild. Thanks, Rockford!


Want to see your FPD photo included in our gallery? Make sure you tag @RockfordArtDeli in your pic on social media!

2024 Free Print Day


Celebrate a decade of the world's greatest shop dog in style with our Pepper Birthday Tee!
This tee features a "Bluey-fied" Pepper holding a birthday cupcake & candle in honor of her hitting double digits. Visit us on May 18 for Pepper's Party to get this design (in black ink ONLY) for free!

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RAD Free Print Day FAQ

Where do I find Free Print Day?

Free Print Day happens at Rockford Art Deli in downtown Rockford, Illinois. (402 E. State Street, 61104 to be exact.)

When is Free Print Day?

Typically, Free Print Days are the Saturdays immediately before the holiday. There are exceptions to the rules, of course, and sometimes they're on different days. You can find the exact days of this year's FPD schedule above or our Facebook/Instagram pages.

What time is Free Print Day?

It does depend on the day, but it's typically 10am - 5pm. Please check our advertisements per each event to get information for that specific date.

How does Free Print Day work?

Bring in any blank shirt (something that contains cotton) and we'll print on it for free.

What kind of shirt should I bring?

Our printing works best on shirts that have at least SOME cotton. If your shirt doesn't contain any cotton, we don't guarantee that the print will not wash off eventually. We would also suggest that you hand wash your garment. NOTE: Anything with pockets or buttons will automatically get printed on the back.

Can I bring in an old shirt?

New is better for printing on.

Can you print on a kids tee or onesie?

We always create a kids' size (but they might not fit tiny sizes or onesies).

Is there a limit per person?

Yep! A maximum of 4 shirts per person. This limit will be strictly enforced.

Can I bring in something other than a t-shirt?

Yes! As long as the item has cotton. We typically see these items: t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt, dresses, scrubs, and pillow cases.

Where can I find a blank tee?

Start by looking in your closet! If you don't find anything there, some other places with affordable, comfortable blank tees are Old Navy, H&M, or Target. We sometimes have blank shirts available for sale at RAD...but not every time, so come prepared!

Can I pre-order my shirt?

We sometimes offer a preorder full-color version of the FPD design (which is always a 1-color black print on event day) that we sell at our regular RAD prices, due to the cost of materials, inks, labor, and online store overhead. Check our social media to see if a preorder is offered.

Can I exchange my preorder shirt once I have it?

All preorder sales are final, so there are no exchanges or returns of Free Print Day preorders.

How long does it take to get my free print shirt?

Your shirt will be printed on the same day. The wait in line depends on how many people are ahead of you. You get to watch the shirts being made, or browse the shop while you wait! The printing generally only takes a few minutes. Sometimes the wait can be 20 minutes when it's extra busy.

How do I know what the free print design is?

The design is always themed for the corresponding holiday. We always release the design at least a week ahead of time on Facebook, Instagram and email. The design is always in black.

What color shirt should I bring?

The ink is always black. The darker your shirt color, the harder it will be to see the print. We will certainly still print it for you, sometimes the black on black shirts look awesome!

Ok, but is the print really free?

Yes, it definitely is free! The only expense you have is if you purchase one of our blank tees for the print or if you preorder your shirt.


  • We do not offer refunds or exchanges on free prints.
  • Anything with pockets or buttons will automatically get printed on the back.
  • If your shirt doesn’t contain any cotton, we cannot guarantee the print will remain on your shirt for the long run, we will not replace your shirt if it washes off.
  • We do not hold shirts or print at a later date. If you are unable to make it to the event and we do not have a preorder option, we suggest you find someone to come in for you.

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