Design Notes: Bacon, Bacon, Everywhere. Has The Pig Jumped The Shark?

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Hands down, bacon's one of our favorite bliss-inducing food items, an all-around crowd pleaser and very often a gateway drug for fence-straddling vegetarians. And as the cured pork product's evolved into a near-ubiquitous ingredient in everything from breakfasts to desserts to cocktails, we've also seen bacon transition beyond edibles into elements of design. But cheekiness aside, does bacon as a legitimate style trend hold the same kind of appeal as it does as a food item? When it comes to what's beyond the plate, has the pork jumped the shark?

Sure, there's the novelty of bacon turning up as an unexpected flavor in various foodstuffs: popcorn, coffee, mayo, rim salt for margaritas and so on, and even bacon-influenced kitchen items like these printed oven mitts and pot holders, for example, make sense to some extent. But ties and scarves bearing the red-white strips of raw pig? Unless you're Lady Gaga, meat-inspired clothing is definitely a fashion risk, even if it's meant to be funny.

But wait, there's more! Bacon's foisted its way into the bathroom in the form of soap, shaving cream, even condoms (and yeah, they make your meat look like, well...). Even your girlfriend's adopted a bacon-inspired look with her nails. Is this some kind of nitrate-induced nightmare? Oscar Meyer certainly doesn't want you to snap out of it, not if the brand's deluxe bacon gift boxes are any indication.

It all broils down to being a matter of taste, but sometimes, there are clear delineations. Isn't bacon at its most tasteful when you can actually eat it? Let's move the pig back to the plate. Do you really need to see it on a shirt when you're always craving it anyways?

Vi Novell wine from Spain, which is bottled in November and coincides with the region's annual celebration of the pig.[/caption]
Yeah, bacon condoms: Tastes like bacon? Check. Looks like bacon? Obviously.[/caption]
Bacon typeface font, one of the more inventive ways we've seen bacon manifested in design (by Marion Luttenberger).[/caption]