A B O U T
Born in Pittsburgh PA, I became enthralled with the entertainment industry at a very early age. I would memorize Disney songs and Christmas carols and walk around the house humming and singing to myself. I always thought that I would grow up to become a singer or rapper. It wasn't until middle school that I toyed with the idea of becoming an illustrator. I fell in love with Marvel comics, specifically the Hulk and the X-men. I would draw on the back of all of my homework and school papers.
By the time I reached high school, I developed a love for hip hop and had written and recorded two mix tapes. I also become intrigued with fashion. In my Junior year an art teacher helped me in submitting some of my fashion illustrations into a city wide student art competition. The prize was a feature show in a local art gallery, of which I happened to win. My illustrations were hung and featured for a month which resulted in my meeting my now friend, Paula Weiner. She introduced me to the then editor and writer for Pittsburgh's local fashion magazine, Maniac, Jennifer Petrini. After seeing my work, Jennifer interviewed me for the magazine which was published and I was dubbed as “Pittsburgh’s Prince of Fashion" alongside illustrations for my then fledgling label and brand
S A V O U.
After graduating Peabody High School, I attended the Illinois Institute of Art for Fashion Design. I would take my classes during the day and come home and write music at night. I found however, that I had less and less time to give to my music and I began to lose interest in school as a result. I recorded my third mix tape at 18 while home in Pittsburgh on a summer break and the allure of becoming a rapper lead me to leave Chicago (and school) the summer of 2008. I returned to Pittsburgh to focus on my music. I went on to be featured in several online blogs and publications including the June 2014 issue of Raynbow Affair magazine.
Over the years I've felt a need to separate my interests from each other, it wasn't until meeting my friend and Vice President of Benny Domino Industries (BDI), Jennifer Franklin, that I realized a marriage of music, illustration and fashion was the key to fulfilling my dreams. Alas, my comic series No Cake for Benny (NCFB) was born. I believe I've developed a concept rooted in culture and the arts and I am elated to share my vision with the world. We hope you enjoy our fun blend of fashion, art and music for many years to come. My hope is that I can inspire even just one person to chase their dreams, no matter how long it may take or how grandiose they may seem.
"There is no time limit on success." - Benny Domino
Benny Domino - CEO and President