Needles and Pens
is an emporium of zines, d.i.y. goods, and an art gallery. Located in San Francisco's Mission district, the space aims to provide an affordable place where like minded people from the community can display and sell their own home-made goods, home-published zines, and art work. The items we stock are predominately recycled, silk screened, cut-up, re-sewn, photocopied, hand-made, and hand-published.

Needles and Pens was a wouldn't it be great if... idea. The type of dreamy fantasy scenario that two friends discuss over coffee or beers in the park - the type that rarely goes further than conversation. However, Needles & Pens was one rare pipe dream that actually came to fruition. It all began in October of 2002, shortly after completing a year of coordinating Maximum RocknRoll, fanzine enthusiast Andrew Scott (editor of sobstory? zine) joined forces with thrift store junky, seamstress, and Strandid Clothing designer Breezy Culbertson to form a new type of retail space. Their idea was to create a space that embodied both the ethos of the punk do it yourself spirit and the creative aesthetic of SF's art scene. Six months down the roads worth of building and painting, Needles & Pens (a moniker inspired by a Ramones song - pens not pins!) took form in an old store front at 483 14th Street. Today, N+P remains strong as ever at our current location of 3253 16th Street and plans to continue it's tradition of monthly art shows/events indefinitely into the future.

We are located two and a half blocks west of the 16th & Mission BART station at
3253 16th Street (between Guerrero & Dolores) in San Francisco.
If you can't find us, give a call to (415) 255-1534 / Open Daily 12-7pm.

Needles and Pens in the media:

SFGATE culture blogger on our new spot (7/6/06)
SF Bay Guardian event pick of the week - The Stories Care Forgot New Orleans zine reading + book tour (3/8/06)
SF Bay Guardian art pick of the week - Biophilia art show (3/8/06)
SF Bay Guardian article on THE COPYIST CONSPIRACY show (11/20/05)
KQED did a little write up on Greta Snider's piece for the COPYIST CONSPIRACY show (11/20/05).
Flavor Pill check out by Katie Kurtz on THE COPYIST CONSPIRACY show (11/20/05).
Nice little write up by MAKE Magazine on N+P (11/20/05).
"A Piece of Your Own" article from 7x7 magazine (11/4/05).
Favorite Local Spots of Berin Golonu (Curator at the YBCA) printed in The San Francisco Chronicle (9/11/05).
"San Francisco treats that can't be beat!" in BUST magazine by Heidi Rhodes (9/05/05).
Venus Magazine's 2003 Hot List and Spring 2004 "Store of the Ish"
Beth Lissick SF Gate columnist plugged N&P
N&P interview by Roman Mars for KALW program "Invisible Ink"
A nice little write up by Lisa Buttreworth on SF Station
SF Bay Guardian article on the 14th Street neighborhood
San Francisco Magazine article on 14th Street
"Aperto San Francisco" article from FLASH ART Magazine.

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