About The Art Department: The Leader in Custom Printing

Old LocationThe Art Department was created to provide quality custom screen printed apparel. We handle each project with the attitude that we want each product to be a work of art. Like a lot of famous companies, The Art Department started in a small garage on April 20th, 1982 in Redondo Beach, CA.

We opened our first retail location in Hermosa Beach, CA in November the same year. We quickly outgrew the location and moved back to Redondo Beach in 1986 where we’ve been since.

We take every customer and thier project personally. We don’t just print products. We serve people through relationships, working to maintain lifelong connections, from school t-shirts to Family Reunions and much more.

“The Art Department has been fabulous with all of our printing needs including business cards, Christmas cards, marketing signs, T-shirts, embroidering messenger bags for employee gifts, etc. Phil is a wonderful artist in his own right and has gone above and beyond in helping us design our T-shirts and cards. The quality has always been spot on, quick turnaround (even during the holiday season) and the price is reasonable.”

Katie B

My Story


I always knew I was going to start my own business. My choice of business would have to be in the art field. After school, I was hired by a small graphics company (REP Graphics) as an artist’s apprentice. I later worked for Hughes aircraft in the drafting department. But after I was hired as an artist in a resort wear company, I knew what kind of business I wanted to start. It took over two years working in my spare time to build a 4 color press and electric dryer.

When I finished in 1982, I launched out on my own from a garage in Redondo Beach, CA.


I opened my first retail location later that year and within 3 years, had outgrown it. I moved to our present location in 1985 and have been growing ever since. Today, the art department has 2 hand and 2 automatic presses capable of printing over 5000 impressions a day.