I had been waiting for a while to receive my t-shirt for review from Paste. They got me all excited months ago but turns out they were waiting for their new line to launch – so I guess I can forgive them for that. I had no idea that it actually arrived when it did because the mailer was a basic one with no indication of where it was from. The return address didn’t even say Paste, it said Jason Laurits which I at that point in time, I had no idea who that was.
Turns out, he’s the artist! Ha, don’t I feel stupid now. Anyway, inside that basic mailer was something unique. The t-shirt was rolled up in a brown paper bag with a Paste sticker to hold it closed. My immediate thought was, “ooooo, the t-shirt was exposed in the mailer and what if the mailer had a hole and got wet?”. Then I thought, “this is a cute idea!”. It gave me this simple and earthy feeling (please don’t ask me how you can feel earthy, I’m not quite sure.).
I was able to slide the shirt out of this very easily, without having to tear it open or wreck the sticker which was nice. When I unfolded the shirt, that’s when the real shocker took place. It had a skeleton with a cute kitten inside poking it’s head out. Unfortunately, Paste happens to have bad timing on the review front. Let’s just say that I had to attend a funeral not too long before I received this package and even THAT aside, the same day that person passed, the family I work for’s pet cat died as well. So you can see that AT FIRST I thought this was some sort of mean joke. Then my rational side came back and I realized it was a coincidence and that I need to wait a bit before I review this because I need to change my perception of the t-shirt.
With some time having passed now, I am not AS bothered by the shirt’s design as I initially was. This original work is titled “Skeleton” and is designed by Jason Laurits for Paste. Jason is an artist/designer that has an incredible portfolio of what I’d describe has amazing Photoshop skills. His pieces look like part drawings, part photographs, part Photoshopping other images into photos where perhaps they don’t belong. His art is silly, a little shocking at times but more or less just fun. I wouldn’t necessarily describe this particular design as “fun” in my book; it can be distinguished as a bit dark but in another viewpoint; loving. With a little help from my mother, she looked at this design as the kitten is always in your heart. Still, for some reason when I look at it I see a dead person (the skeleton) with a kitten inside that could represent you eating the kitten? Perhaps the kitten was swallowed alive? No? Or maybe the kitten is dead too? Is the kitten playing inside of a dead body? I really have no idea and when I took to Paste’s website to see if they had any explanation or description, there was none. If you’re an avid reader of my reviews you know I do enjoy a description of a design. I feel it helps capture your customers attention, emotions and wallet (you with me on this?).
Descriptions aside, some small details I noticed on the t-shirt were that they included the brand’s name and what appears to be Jason’s signature underneath the design on the front of the shirt. It was a small, delicate detail that I really liked.
Though I’m not a super fan of this particular design, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like Paste’s other designs or them as a company in general. They produce their shirts all within the USA. Their tees are hand silk-screened in Brooklyn, NY and they get their tees made in California. Once again all the graphics are original works by Jason Laurits; and let me tell you he’s got some really good ones in there if you take a look through their website. I especially enjoy the Hamster one, myself! The t-shirt is a men’s slim cut in a Small (I believe all their shirts are men’s cuts) and it is by far the world’s most comfortable/softest t-shirt ever! Whatever they’re doing with these tees in Cali and Brooklyn, keep it up! The print itself doesn’t make for any discomfort as if you run your hand over the top of the tee, you only feel a slightly different texture where the design is, but it isn’t lumpy or hard or cheap like some t-shirts I’ve felt before. The tee is loose, being that it’s men’s cut but I’m assuming that if on a man it would fit “slim” (ha). They’ve got their own private label printed on the interior neck area which I’ve photographed for your viewing pleasure!
They also gave me a sticker, a large postcard size business card for Jason Laurits and a hand-written note!
They gave me just enough little goodies and not too much to clutter my desk. I got only the important stuff, which is how I like it! I’m still currently wearing the shirt while writing this because it’s THAT comfortable. I can get past the design for comfort on this one. All in all though Paste produces some amazing apparel made in the USA keeping comfort in mind. I’m sure at least every one can find one design on their website that will tickle their fancy and make them laugh at little. Though, at $38.00 a pop per shirt, that’s a little out of my price range when it comes to buying t-shirts. I guess that can be justified with the hand silk-screening process but otherwise I can’t understand a t-shirt being that pricey, no matter who the artist is. Time’s are tough these days and tack on shipping to that and you’ve just spent about $45.00 for 1 t-shirt. Not really my style when I go shopping but if you can afford it and it’s your taste, I say go for it, because the product doesn’t disappoint at all! Two thumbs up to you, Paste!!
Just want to give a huge thank-you to Andrea from Paste for sending this over and to Jason for his ever so unique designs!! You can keep up with Paste on Twitter and Facebook and don’t forget to check out all their shirts on their website. And by all means, take some time to head on over to Jason’s website and see all his beautiful work!