San Francisco, CA and online
Andrew Scott and Breezy Culbertson
Needles & Pens is a Mission staple for art lovers, appreciators of DIY, and zine lovers. Owned and operated by "fanzine enthusiast" Andrew Scott and "thrift store junky, seamstress, and Strandid Clothing designer Breezy Culbertson, this shop offers a beautiful selection of fine art, jewelry, books and zines, and handcrafted items sure to keep you coming back.
Shop: Needles & Pens
Style: An embodiment of "both the ethos of the punk do it yourself spirit and the creative aesthetic of SF's art scene"
Typical Items: Limited edition prints, photographs and other fine art, books and zines, handcrafted jewelry and clothing, and many other things re-purposed, self-published and hand made.
Price Range: $1-$500+
"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."
Needles & Pens has monthly rotating art shows featuring works from some of Apartment Therapy's favorites, like Nikki McClure, Michael Sieben, and Sara Thustra, that keeps the store full of fresh imagery. In addition to the changing fine art, there is always something new to find in their selection of notebooks, accessories and literature. This store is a key resource for lovers of DIY, and a fantastic supporter of local art and wares. Put this one on your list of Mission stops to make regularly.
(Images: Jessica Blake Tata and Needles & Pens website)