Client Spotlight: Jacob Polhill – Custom Artist Merch

Jacob Polhill Headshot

Jacob Polhill is a Chicago-based artist who has collaborated on several projects with Chicago Signs & Screen Printing. Jacob’s work and charisma have enabled him to collaborate with other local creatives to produce band t-shirts, art prints, and other promotional items. Jacob finds his job as a designer empowering because he can use his skills in collaboration with other artists in the city of Chicago. Artists come to us for print services because we ensure products that stand up to the quality of the artist’s work. Jacob is just one of the many local creatives who have had success working with Chicago Signs and Screen Printing, and we are grateful for the many fun projects he has brought us!

Die Cut Vinyl Stickers


Custom Die Cut Vinyl Stickers 

Jacob came to us seeking a low-cost alternative for distributing one of his original drawings to his clients. This project needed to be quick and cost-effective, so we chose stickers as the best option. His design features a character hugging themselves with the phrase “Love Yourself.” We were able to maintain Jacob’s painterly style for a sticker reproduction by using die cut stickers. This is the perfect way to get a clean and crisp look with your art. One special feature of our vinyl stickers is that they can be produced with easy pull tabs. This ensures the sticker won’t get stuck to you when removing it from its backing, and also makes applying them much easier!


Custom Enamel Pins

We even converted one of his characters into 5 color enamel pins. The goal was to come up with a tiny item that packed a lot of punch, like soft enamel pins. After looking through several metal choices, such as brass, silver, and gold-plated steel, Jacob decided on black plated metal for his design.


Custom Apparel, Headwear, and Totes

Jacob’s career in the Chicago art world has given him a strong network of musicians and other visual artists. Jacob wears his feelings on his sleeve, and it is his goal to spread love, strength, compassion, and optimism throughout the community. We’ve worked on a number of projects for bands and solo artists with whom he works. We have printed Jacob’s designs for musician, Julius Dolls, on t-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags, along with embroidered hats for Julius’ recent EP, “We’re Good, We’re Fine.” Jacob has also worked with artists, Birdmilk and nonstopbangin, to collaborate on a t-shirt which we screen printed in-house.

Go-To Tee: Gildan 6400.

Custom Art Prints

Our print services are not limited to commercial jobs so when Jacob needed extremely high-quality art reproduction prints, he knew right where to come. For this project he created a series of custom posters for his solo gallery show in his hometown of Rockford IL. Jacob’s decision to include posters in the show was last minute, so we expedited his order and shipped the final product directly to the gallery. The 18″x24″ posters were digitally printed in full color on premium matte photo paper which features a delightfully smooth finish. 


Chicago Signs and Screen Printing is a one-stop shop for bespoke printing services in Chicago, Illinois. We provide competitive priced goods that are ideal for artists looking to develop their own merchandise or sell their work at art exhibits. In this post, we look at projects with Jacob Polhill, as well as how he has achieved success working with Chicago Signs and Screen Printing.

Check out Jacob’s catalog of prints at jacobpolhill.com. If you are interested in getting in touch with Jacob for art and design related projects, find him on social media @jacob_polhill or email him at jacobpolhill@gmail.com  

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