Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Made in St. Louis: Printed Bacon as Popular as Real-Thing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Made in St. Louis: Printed Bacon as Popular as Real-Thing

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BENTON PARK PRINTS

Designer/owner * Daniel Jones

Age * 32

Home * Lindenwood Park

Family * Kristen, married in September; two cats, Spooky and Mr. Waffles (dubbed "head of shipping" because he sleeps on printer); a golden retriever, Lilly

What he makes * Typography prints and city skyline silhouettes for home dcor, but he "comes from a T-shirt-making background. I planned to make more T-shirts out of the prints, but everything else takes up so much more of my time."

Where to buy * Check out the online shop, etsy.com/shop/ BentonParkPrints; or visit Local Lucy's, 18 East Main Street, Belleville; and some T-shirts and prints are available at the Missouri History Museum gift shop. Prices range from $14 to $80 for 8-by-10-inch to giant poster prints, respectively.

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Powered by bacon * Jones, an Illinois State University graduate, has been doing web design work for nearly a decade. He's worked with local small businesses, music bands and corporate sites, but "one day I was like, I need to start doing something fun, and I just wanted to do it for myself. So I started with bacon prints in 2012." And apparently, he tapped an untapped bacon print demand. It was featured in national magazines, "Within two months, the Food Network asked if they could use them, and it just took off like crazy." He sold a few hundred prints. One of the prints proclaims "Bacon is duct tape for the kitchen" and another features images of a chicken, cow and pig with the words "Wings, Steak, Bacon." Jones still produces more than a dozen bacon-themed prints.

Didn't I see that? * Since the bacon-print bonanza, some other prints have been licensed by a company doing props for television shows in Canada, a cooking show in Europe, as well as the Barnes and Noble bookstores where you might find a simple print of a vinyl record on the wall near the music collection.

Australians prefer beer * Jones said that before shipping charges changed, he sent a lot of his beer and food prints to Australia. His prints have gone to 40 countries, but Australians really preferred the beer prints, he said. "It did seem a little weird, I mean, you'd think there'd be a few closer printers between here and Australia, but it's so easy to order online, and I guess they liked my prints. …

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