Paste is a graphic line of t-shirts, art prints and limited edition gifts, all designed by artist Jason Laurits. Paste's t-shirts are made in California with Laurits's own custom-colors and are hand-silkscreened in Brooklyn, NY. Each t-shirt is enzyme-washed to battle shrinkage which also gives them a vintage-soft feel.
From the Artist
My approach to Paste has long been influenced by the necessary trial and error I found in silkscreening. I like to try different things and see what works. This means graphics and designs that are forever-changing. Even the good ones gotta go eventually. I work with a variety of good materials and good people, always respecting the process of making something.
I was born and raised in the often-forgotten state of Delaware to an American mother/teacher and an Estonian-born, Brooklyn-raised father/Air Force pilot. It was here I experienced American life, the good of simple things and the forever-kookiness of small-town normality.
The American Dream got a hold of me, for better or worse, and I had to get out, first film school in Miami, then showbiz in LA (whatever that means), and music in New York. I taught myself to silkscreen to hang posters of myself around East Village laundromats for midweek shows at CBGBs and the Continental (gave up before I hit a weekend gig). Moved to London to shop a demo, didn’t go anywhere, and found myself with a weekend gig, selling silkscreened tees at markets there.
Moved back to New York, finished school, creative writing at the New School, and started up silkscreening my graphics on t-shirts again and selling them around NYC. Never graffiti-ed, no pseudonym, sorry. I created Paste, and went from there. Now I do graphics on t-shirts, graphics not on t-shirts, t-shirts on t-shirts, swim trunks with graphics, and swim trunks without.
Jason Laurits, Paste
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