After the paint is dried, Mr. Asiatico sandpapers parts of the jacket, a technique that returns highlights to the garment by forcing the paint into the fabric. “It brings back life into the garment,” he said. “It was becoming too painted. Now it has shadows and light.” Mr. Asiatico does the sanding on a dress form, which helps pull down the garment and naturally distresses the denim. (It can also be done on a table.) He also cuts off some excess threads on the hem. The finished look is about a six on a distressing scale of one to 10.
“For the theater, they would buy a jean jacket that costs $30 and charge me a couple hundred to do this,” he said. “A full jacket for a Broadway show would take probably four hours. We did this in about 90 minutes.” The contrasts in various sections of the chest get emphasized by his treatment. (My comment).
The original denim jacket, left, and the finished version, completed by Mr. Asiatico in about 90 minutes.CreditPhotographs by Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times. It was not mentioned in the article, that only cotton or linen could work be used as a substrate, much like canvas.