Fast Food Prints was born out of the idea that the art and the public needed other platforms to conjoin. While working at a restaurant in Portland, Maine, printmaking artist Shawn Brewer, day-dreaming that prep-cooking and dishwashing was way too similar to rolling out slabs of ink or running a press, wondered what printmaking would be like at a fast food restaurant. So he conceived of the idea of putting the fast in printmaking by creating ready-to-order imagery that was convenient, personalized, and could be printed and made on the spot.
Fast Food Prints was started in 2011 when Shawn Brewer was attending Maine College of Art as a printmaking major. Since graduating Shawn has gone on to pursue expansive and engaging modes of participation and alternative art experiences in public art with the collaborative printmaking event Fast Food Prints. He is currently a program staff at The Art Department, an alternative art space in Portland, Maine engaging individuals with developmental disabilities working in film, animation, and visual arts.