Selfish at N&P

In-Store Events, Readings


Friday, August 21 at 7:00pm at N&P

Join the editors and contributors of Selfish magazine at N&P for a night of readings and discussion.

Selfish was created as a means to tackle the continuing lack of female presence in publishing as well as encourage women to engage in creative truth-telling. This night will involve a talk about the project//women in publishing// the benefits of collaboration – and we’re encouraging female attendees to bring out their own work with the intention of publishing pieces collected on the road in our third issue to debut next January. Issue one contributor Lauren Crew Photography will join the discussion!



Needles & Pens Gallery


Coming to N&P Saturday August 1st, 6-9 pm:
3 P A I N T E R S: Ashley Fundora, Lauren D’Amato, Holly McHugh
with D.J. Sauvecito Souldies spinning soul jams.
Please join us in welcoming three emerging artists to the Bay Area
for a viewing of recent paintings.

The self-awareness gained being an identical twin informed this painting series and my investigation of one-self. These paintings explore the relationship between our socially curated digital identities and the reality of being. Through experimenting with different painting processes, techniques and color these works paint a portrait of who we are as a result of these contrasting systems and influences. As well as, blurring the line that divides our actual being from our preconceived virtual versions. Creating a conceptually layered work that questions the place of self in today’s equation.Ashley Fundora

My work has aesthetically grown from the influence of my family’s craft of sign making. I’ve enjoyed adapting their traditional and western styles to examine and process my own relationships to the imagery I grew up on. Some of it is personal reflection, but it’s all about the process of production which keeps me happy. Knowing I’m picking up somehow where they left off. – Lauren D’Amato

I use figure studies combined with found images, drawings, photographs and memory to piece together compositions that have a semblance of narrative. – Holly McHugh


Anders Nilsen + Marc Bell @ N&P

In-Store Events, Readings


Join us on Monday July 13 from 7:00-9:00 P.M. for a Reading, Signing, and Book Launch with Anders Nilsen and Marc Bell at Needles And Pens! The authors/artists will be at N&P to release their latest Drawn & Quarterly titles: Anders Nilsen‘s Poetry is Useless, and Marc Bell Stroppy. Not to be missed!


Made by You: Cons/N&P zine collab show opens June 27

In-Store Events, Needles & Pens Gallery


Made by You: Cons/N&P Zine Release + Exhibition
June 27, 2015
6:00-9:00 pm

Needles & Pens collaborated with Converse to create four new publications by Bay Area artists: Mat Obrien, Kyle Ranson, Ted Pushinsky, and Pacolli.

Join us on June 27 for the release of all four zines along side an exhibition of work by the artists with musical performances by Kyle Ranson and Electronic Death Registry (Wendy Farina and Kelly Ann Nelson) – a two piece minimal sandwich wave band.

In addition, food will be provided by Bicycle Bánh Mì.

*200 copies of each publication has been created and will be available for free during the event to those in attendance.



4NOW – coming to N&P June 13



Direct from Tokyo, it’s 4NOW A group show featuring Rich Jacobs, Tim Kerr, Yusuke Hanai, and Hi-Dutch

Opening reception Saturday June 13, 2015 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
On display through June 26.

“Rich Jacobs is a master of west coast street art. Tim Kerr is an artist who was a guitarist for the pioneering 1980s hard core band Big Boys. Yusuke Hanai is a young illustrator who represents Japan. Hi-dutch is an artist who creates three-dimensional works of art using wool and resin.
These four artists who have continued to produce work from within the countercultures of punk, skateboarding, surfing, and more will be exhibiting together their work “for now.” (text from Beams Culture in Tokyo)

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Zine Release & Photo Show: Trepes Las Cochinadas de Tijuana

In-Store Events, Needles & Pens Gallery


Friday, May 29 from 6-9pm

Zine Release & Photo Show:
Trepes Las Cochinadas de Tijuana
w/ Stefan Simikich, ADEK and RESQ

Trepes – Las Cochinadas consists of hundreds of photos taken between 2003 and 2006 by Stefan Simikich, ADEK and RESQ documenting the unique style of bombing in Tijuana, Mexico. Trepes is a form of bombing born in Tijuana in the late 90s that is characterized both by it’s style as well as its approach, especially hangover roll-call tags across the tops of buildings. Trepes – Las Cochinadas provides an immersive look at Tijuana’s graff culture at its grittiest and most intense. Published by YOFC Press, 2015.

Limited to 500 copies. 8″x10″, 134 pages.

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In-Store Reading Event: D.I.Y. MAGIC by Anthony Alvarado

In-Store Events, Readings


Join us on Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. for an in-store reading/event by D.I.Y. MAGIC author Anthony Alvarado!

You’re not going to want to miss this.

D.I.Y. MAGIC is not so much a how-to magic book in the traditional pulling rabbits out of a hat sense, but more a guide to exploring and pushing the boundaries of ones internal/external perception of reality. The book teaches techniques on lucid dreaming, building tarot decks, going on vision quests, creating memory palaces, and getting lost in a familiar city. Anthony Alvarado provides readers with a collection of techniques for accessing deeper levels of creative thought—for hacking into their subconscious. From Salvador Dali’s spoon technique and ornithomancy (divination by crows), to bibliomancy and using (legal) stimulants, the exercises in this book will help anyone chasing the muse—from artists and musicians, to writers and more—as they tug at the strings of everyday reality and tap into the magic of their own minds. It’s a truly excellent publication, and if that wasn’t enough it’s got illustrations from 30 of todays best contemporary artists including: Aidan Koch, Kevin Hooyman, Ron Rege Jr., Edie Fake, and Luke Ramsey

Be there or be square!
(Anthony has rumored that there will be home-made beer samples)


Coming soon: Joe Roberts, LSD Worldpeace

Art Shows


Coming March 19 to N&P, a book release and art show from SF’s Joe Roberts.

Joe Roberts has worked as an artist in San Francisco for the last decade. His mixed media work has been released in various formats over the years and shown nationwide to great acclaim. The tenth title from Unpiano Books is a curated survey of his career thus far in the form of a softbound 160-page book featuring 142 full color reproductions of his work. As an independent publisher, Unpiano Books aims to support and promote lesser-known artists with specialized small-run releases both locally and across the country.

Joe creates artwork which represents a variety of mixed media formats and is reminiscent of work from Jean-Michel Basquiat and Joseph Cornell. Collage, paintings, diorama and figurines all play a role in the world he has created and is constantly reinterpreting.

“ …It is in Joe’s work that we can best see this influence of family, and this deeply veined exploration of the afterlife, the sublime. Childhood caricatures mingle with one another in cavernous hallways and catacombs, float weightlessly in starry skies. Watches stop, time stops, time circles around and we are back at the beginning. Back to what we share with the ones who are gone.”
– Myla Dalbesio, 2014

“Joe Roberts’ journey to the unknown is dotted with the protective guardians of childhood nostalgia. These come in the flavors of films, comics, candies, logos, and branding of the 80s and early 90s, not to mention latent countercultural references from 60-70s. This is the bulk of the content in his works and it is these references that place him in his time period and in a group of people bent on breaking through the illusions and finding themselves.”
– Matthew Ronay, 2014

JOE ROBERTS (b. 1976) grew up in in Madison, Wisconsin. Comic books made up the bulk of his childhood reading material, and their influence persists in his current work. Joe attended San Francisco Art Institute, where he claims he mainly learned about drugs. Through the use of crayons, paper and found objects, his work creates a world of cartoon imagery laced with personal symbology and humor. Joe currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.

UNPIANO BOOKS (Publisher) is an independent book publisher based out of New York. They specialize in photo and art books and currently operate on a timeline of seasonal releases. Since publishing Sandy Kim’s first monograph in 2009, Unpiano has sought to publish both emerging artists and artists from previous generations who never before had the opportunity to give their work a wider audience. They have worldwide distribution and cater to a variety of brick-and-mortar bookstores, museums and art spaces as well as online booksellers. In addition, they self-distribute via their retail website and at book fairs across the country. Artists released through Unpiano Books include: Sandy Kim, Jay Howell, Mel Kadel, Casey Jones and Arthur Pollock among others.

MYLA DALBESIO (Introduction) is an American multi-disciplinary visual and performance artist and curator. Her work is greatly influenced by religion and ritualistic practices, the mystic patterns of the natural world, nostalgic tendencies, American trash culture, and the underlying sexual perversions within all humans. She is currently located in New York City where she also models as the one of the faces of Calvin Klein.


See you at the LA Art Book Fair



We’ll be tabling at the LA Art Book at the end of this month and our publishing imprint & Pens Press will be releasing two new zines for the occasion: First one by Olympia Washington based musician/visual artist Arrington de Dionyso and another by the LA based artist duo Sumi Ink Club. We’re stoked! See you there.


Holiday Parrrrrtay!

In-Store Events


It’s the Needles & Pens / Curator
Friday, December 5, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Come ring in the holiday season with us at our new location and enjoy some tunes by:
MALE GAZE (ex. Mayyors, Blasted Canyons, The Mall)
and Nashville to SF post-punk transplants the
(music starts at 7:30)

In celebration of the Valencia Street Holiday Block Party Curator will be offering 15% off all items the entire evening.

Needles & Pens/Curator, 1173 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

*Flyer by Mr. Ron Regé Jr.



In-Store Events, Needles & Pens Gallery

Coming to Needles & Pens Thursday November 13, 2014


PULP ATLAS, a series of exhibitions featuring the work of 12 artists experimenting with the book form and zines.

Participating Artists Include:
Michael Bartalos, Morgan Cahn, Matt Coors, Edie Fake, Christopher Kardambikis, Mark Lander, J. Pascoe, Vanessa Roveto, Jim Rugg, Tim Schwartz, Mary Tremonte, and Imin Yeh.

Artist book reading and discussion on the night of November 13 begins at 7 P.M. with Michael Bartalos, Christopher Kardambikis, and Tim Schwartz. Discussion moderated by Roberto Trujillo.

*Also – Tim Schwartz will be parking the STAT-US trailer outside Needles & Pens for thew night! Mark Lander will be on hand via Skype from Ipswich to talk to visitors about the books! This show is going to be AWESOME!



Keith Haring Studio Book Release/Signing

In-Store Events


Early last year French photographer Baptise Lignel published a small photo book about Keith Haring at work in his NYC studio. The photographer only 14 years old at the time had a friendship with the artist which gave him intimate access to Haring at work. Lignel captured dozens of candid images of the artist painting his iconic black lined figures as well as sporadic moments of their friendship. The book, originally released in conjunction with the Paris exhibition “Keith Haring, the political line,” now comes to to San Francisco in time for Keith Haring: The Political Line” which opens at the DeYoung Museum on November 7.

Join us Saturday November 8, 2014 for a book release and signing with photographer Baptiste Lignel from 4 to 6 p.m.

* Signed prints of the the artists work from the book will also be available for purchase.



We’re up and Running on Valencia Street!


Needles & Pens is officially open for biz in our new location at 1173 Valencia St. SF CA 94110. Come down and see us! PS – we’ll soon be joined by our buddy @curatorsf who will be setting up a pop up shop in house!




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Hello. Needles & Pens is moving to 1173 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA. 94110 (btwn 22nd-23rd Streets) while our 16th Street space is being retrofitted. Saturday October 4 will be our first day of business in the new location.


Up Next in the Gallery: Ben Medansky + Louis M Schmidt

Art Shows, Needles & Pens Gallery

Needles & Pens presents,

From Beginning to End
Ben Medansky + Louis M Schmidt

Opening Reception 7- 9 pm on August 9, 2014

From Beginning to End is a two person exhibition in which the sometimes abstract/sometimes utilitarian ceramic sculptural works of Ben Medansky will be displayed along side Louis M Schmidt’s graphite/ink drawings depicting the complicated interrelations between human beings. Works by these two Los Angeles based artists will be on display through September 30, 2014 in the gallery at Needles & Pens.

Needles & Pens
3253 16th Street
San Francisco, California 94103


8 Ball Zine Fair comes to SF!


We are pleased to announce that N&P will be participating in the New York City based 8-Ball Zine Fair making it’s first appearance in San Francisco!
Join us on Sunday July 6th, 2-6 pm at Billiard Palacade at 5179 Mission Street in SF.


Tod Seelie comes to N&P July 8

In-Store Events


BRIGHT NIGHTS: Photographs of Another New York
Photo Book Presentation with Tod Seelie
Tuesday, July from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Tod Seelie has been living and photographing in NYC since 1997. He recently published a book of these photographs, BRIGHT NIGHTS: Photographs of Another New York. His New York is not what you might expect, and it’s definitely not the one you see on postcards. To celebrate the publication of BRIGHT NIGHTS, Tod is taking it on the road. He will be presenting a selection of his work, talking about his process, how he ended up where he did and tell a couple stories of what he’s been up to over the last decade and half. It will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

todseelie.com – suckapants.com

BRIGHT NIGHTS: Photographs of Another New York By Tod Seelie
Published by Prestel Publishing

Tod Seelie loves New York, but not the version depicted in postcards. His city is an underground haven for people at society’s edges, people who come alive at night, who make music and art and noise and mess. This startlingly beautiful collection of images captures a gritty culture that belies the city’s glamorous persona. Here are punk bands and bike parties, abandoned spaces and skeezy clubs, junk-filled lots and sketchy streets. Interspersed throughout the book are texts from Seelie’s friends and fellow artists, along with an introduction by Jeff Stark, editor of the iconic alternative events e-mail list Nonsense NYC. The photographs in the book create a love poem to the city that not only doesn’t sleep—it cavorts around at 3:00 am looking for the next adventure.

With contributions by:
Caledonia Curry (Swoon),Colin Moynihan (New York Times), Evan Pricco (Juxtapoz), Benjamin Shapiro (VICE), Carlo McCormick (Paper Magazine), Ian Vanek (Japanther), Conrad Carlson (Black Label Bicycle Club), Carolina Miranda (ArtNews), Joe Ahearn (Clocktower Gallery/Showpaper), Jeff Stark (Nonsense NYC), Sto Len (Cinders Gallery)

Colorful, entertaining, and slightly shocking, this is the first book from Tod Seelie, a photographer whose images “elevate mere weirdness to a more striking realm of visual intrigue.” —New York Times

TOD SEELIE has taken pictures in more than 25 countries on five continents. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world and appeared in publications including the New York Times, TIME, Rolling Stone, Spin, Thrasher, Vice, Der Spiegel and Juxtapoz. Seelie displays his work on multiple websites including Sucka Pants, which he has maintained for almost a decade.


Clutter by Troy Lovegates aka Other

Art Shows

Clutter by Troy Lovegates

Needles & Pens presents,
a solo exhibition by
Troy Lovegates aka Other

Clutter will feature a collection of paintings, drawings, prints, books, wood block carvings, and wall scribbles from a cruddy northern city up in the Canadian tundra known for it’s fat red faced mayor.

Opening reception Friday June 6, 2014 from 7-9:30 pm

*On dispaly June 6 – August 3, 2014.

More info on the artist here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/other/

Needles & Pens, 3253 16th Street, SF CA, 94103


Nikki McClure works for sale online

Art Shows


All available works from Nikki McClure’s May The Stars Drip Down are available for sale online.


Nikki McClure returns to N&P

Needles & Pens Gallery


May The Stars Drip Down
new papercuts by
Nikki McClure

Opening Reception,
Friday April 11, 2014, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Featuring original papercuts for the book,
“May the Stars Drip Down” by Jeremy Chatelain of Cub Country, published by Abrams Books
for Young Readers

Musical performance and lullaby by Jeremy Chatelain.

On display through May 31, 2014

Needles & Pens, 3253 16th Street, San Francisco, CA. 94103

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