Needles And Pens

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