Pat The Cat Prints was formed in 2010 by the father-and-daughter team of Louis and Kristyn Armour. Louis wanted to do the artwork for museums, Civil War sites, and air bases; Kristyn was fresh out of college with an anthropology degree in one hand and a bill in the other.
Louis Armour started making T-shirts for the public in 1976. Back then, he airbrushed the design directly onto the shirt. As his skills increased, he worked at various resorts and tourist spots around the country.
In 1993, Louis became art director for a shirt company specializing in museum gift shops. During this time, he created shirts for such clients as the Smithsonian, the White House gift shop, the CIA, NASA, and Lockheed-Martin. In early 2010, he decided to start his own company utilizing a state-of-the-art direct-to-garment printer. Today, his designs are painted on a computer, then printed directly onto the shirt with industrial dye. The result is a highly-detailed design that cannot be felt on the shirt, and which has unsurpassed washability.
Kristyn Armour joined the T-shirt printing industry by part-timing at the same company for which her dad worked- her job was running the copy machines and color-correcting the prints. She took a break from the garment-making workforce while she attended college and did some volunteering at a nearby museum, but soon after graduation, went into business with her father and started PTC Prints, where she runs the printer (which is a little like a copier).
She spends most of her time writing out packing slips, making costumes, and performing in the local improv comedy troupe, West of Shake Rag. Unfortunately, only one of those skills is a benefit to PTC Prints. Her favorite part of the new company? She can print all the shirts bearing the image of her beloved cat, Kimba, that her heart could ever desire.