Needles & Pens

Where
3253 16th St, San Francisco , CA
Call
(415) 255-1534
Web
Needles & Pens Website
Tags
Books, Book Stores
Hours
Mon-Sun (12noon-7pm)
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The cozy, quirky space (formerly a tattoo shop) is a zinester's mecca featuring everything from Xeroxed and stapled musings to beautifully screenprinted and handbound runs. The zines cover topics as diverse and personal as a stripper's account of working in New Orleans (Rocket Queen) to the telling of an Oakland resident's disastrous band tour (Suburban Bitch). They range in price from $1 to $5 and you can be assured it is money well-spent. The store carries some widely distributed magazines as well but leans toward the more independent glossies like Anthem, Venus, Bust and Index. The rest of the store is filled with handmade, limited run items, many created by local artists and crafters. Culbertson designs a line called Strandid which features reconstructed thrift store items such as shirts redesigned to include hand stitched hearts and silkscreened birds ($34), or blouses turned into one-of-a-kind dresses with vintage fabric. - Excerpt from review by Lisa Butterworth

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  • Needles & Pens

    05/14/2004 by Lisa Butterworth

    With all the creative folks who call San Francisco home, it's about time a shop successfully synthesized writings, art, homespun clothing, and accessories the way Needles & Pens does. Tucked away in t...  More »

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