Dragonfly Graphics, established 1976. You might call us the little shop that could. We started out years ago located at 19 SW 2nd street. We saw a lot of foot traffic back then. Clientele had to physically visit our location to place an order. (It was an ancient era, before email!) As such, our tiny store brimmed with customers, a small team of screen printing maniacs and a tiny alcove of an office where orders were placed. Fresh out of law school, owner Joy Revels turned T-shirts into gold.
Revels’ artful vision paid off. She bought an historic house on the southwest side of town and planned and executed a custom, commercial renovation, making ours the classiest screen printing shop ever. In this new location, Dragonfly Graphics earned the City Beautification Award for Innovation. Our creative, expert graphic artists are truly the cream of the crop and print impressive, cutting edge graphics. Our custom production, years of experience and high standards ensure that our clients are satisfied. Most importantly, at Dragonfly Graphics we print T-shirts with love.
JOY REVELS, CEO
Joy Revels was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She moved to Gainesville to earn her bachelor’s degree at UF and then went on to UF Law School. Once she finished her JD, she did what many grads do: she looked for a job. Somewhere along the way, she came in contact with Dragonfly Graphics, a struggling shop, which focused mainly on graphic arts and also did some screen printing. After Revels visited, she started seeing T-shirts EVERYWHERE. She experienced what you could call an awakening, and decided to put practicing law on hold, and used what resources she had to buy Dragonfly Graphics. That was in 1986.
What separates Revels' business style from the rest of the pack is her dedication to working with the community – whether it’s by offering sponsorship to local events, or by networking with other local businesses, Revels makes a personal connection with everyone she meets. Revels believes that doing business is about much more than just making money – it’s about connecting with humanity and shaking hands with someone new.
AIMEE ANDERSON, SALES AND MARKETING MANAGER
Aimee Anderson started working in the sales department at DFLY back in 2004. Anderson has a passionate interest in promoting Revels’ business, for Anderson and Revels are life partners. Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Smith College. She then earned a master’s degree in English Education, later earning a second masters in writing.
At DFLY, Aimee focuses on keeping all social media applications up-to-date. Whether it’s by sharing new flyers on Facebook or Tweeting out pictures of T-shirts hot-off-the-press, there’s always something to post about.
JOSH HUEY, HEAD GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Joshua Huey has been affiliated with DFLY since 2008! He started off as an intern with the Santa Fe College Graphic Design Program. Once Revels realized his talent, she snatched him up.
While Josh can screen print with the best of them, he stays out of production and focuses on client art. Josh’s artistic style is evident in everything he creates. He’s especially gifted at taking a client’s idea and turning it into exactly what they had in mind. Josh also stays up-to-date on the latest advancements in graphic design software, ensuring that DFLY is cutting-edge when it comes to graphic arts. His favorite part of his job is that his work is actually also his hobby. When Josh is not in the office, he likes to work on his own personal art: screen printing, printmaking, and illustration.
AKIRA RAIN THOMAS
INVENTORY SPECIALIST & SALES ASSOCIATE
Akira has been working at Dragonfly Graphics since 2014. Her duties include ordering apparel, assisting clients in the office and on the phone. She also makes coffee for the staff every day. Akira loves nothing more than helping clients reach their vision. Akira works full time and also attends school. In her spare time she enjoys socializing, hiking, and decorating her home.
Hunter started working at Dragonfly Graphics in the summer of 2018. Currently he is learning all the nitty-gritty details of printing life—from coating screens to the final print, it is a process that requires much production. As Hunter evolves, he will also master the art of screen printing. His favorite perk of the job is he gets endless free t-shirts. In his free time he enjoys skate boarding and listening to music.