Dumping out the 2009 Junk Drawer
Written by Andrew Scott   
Monday, 11 January 2010 05:38
The Shopkeep blogs one up sharing Needles & Pens shows Tim Kerr, Russ Pope Mathew Rodriguez, Michael Sieben Nikki McClure, & Sara Thustra.
N&P: Reason to Believe
Written by Andrew Scott   
Monday, 03 August 2009 07:19
The Shopkeep and Kyle Ranson visit Chris Sollars' studio @The Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin.
N&P: Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill
Written by Andrew Scott   
Tuesday, 26 May 2009 09:08
A trip to Tomales Bay and finding the former residence of artist J.B. Blunk.
N&P: Magic Tree House
Written by Andrew Scott   
Monday, 20 April 2009 08:59
Somewhere up on a hill Daniel Arcus Incus Ululat Higgs takes the stage.
N&P: The Old Believers
Written by Andrew Scott   
Monday, 06 April 2009 05:07
A quiet backlash has emerged. So quiet is this backlash, that one might not have even noticed it.
N&P: Life Is A Rehearsal
Written by Andrew Scott   
Monday, 02 February 2009 06:14
A trip to LA, photo shows, letter press, and Bill Daniel.
N&P: Hosers & Canajuns, eh?
Written by Andrew Scott   
Tuesday, 09 December 2008 08:01
Visiting Canajuns, art shows, a trip to Chicago, and the discovery of some cool new zines.
N&P: Retinal Webcams
Written by Andrew Scott   
Wednesday, 05 November 2008 13:26
He's alive with Nikki McClure art shows, a grip of hot dogs and heads to Oakland for the Budget Rock Festival @The Stork Club.
N&P: August Roundup
Written by Andrew Scott   
Tuesday, 02 September 2008 03:09
I'm gonna say that mid-August started out a little strange, not crazy strange, but a little off nonetheless.
N&P: They Killed Lou Reed
Written by Andrew Scott   
Wednesday, 06 August 2008 02:36
Motorcycle down, Pistols, Nate Denver's Neck, Tara Jane O'Neil with lots of video clips of good musica.
N&P: The Great American Spirit Sizzler
Written by Andrew Scott   
Monday, 14 July 2008 05:32
What's been going on with the Shopkeep?
N&P: Sweet Bird of Youth, The Blog Novel
Written by Andrew Scott   
Thursday, 19 June 2008 04:01
Andrew blogs up the beginnings of Needles & Pens and 5 years later...
N&P: Life In The Hair Salon-Themed Bar
Written by Andrew Scott   
Thursday, 08 May 2008 05:50
Andrew & Breezy run Needles and Pens here in SF. This is another small taste of the life of a shopkeep.
N&P: Hang Ten in East Berlin
Written by Andrew Scott   
Thursday, 20 March 2008 03:35
The Shopkeep and the Shopkeep-ette continue their travels through Euro after their show in London... Simon Evans spotting.
N&P: London Mega-Blog
Written by Andrew Scott   
Tuesday, 04 March 2008 08:20
The Shopkeep's in London-town for a show Needles and Pens had at 96 Gillespie.
N&P: Art Sweat Shop
Written by Andrew Scott   
Friday, 22 February 2008 03:13
The Shopkeep heads over to Monica Canilao's studio with Kyle Ranson and Chris Duncan to work on a zine for their show in London @96 Gillespie.
N&P: Dirty Skate Mags of Yester Yore
Written by Andrew Scott   
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 04:28
The Shopkeep travels down memory lane visiting Blender and a zine he made!
N&P: Duncan, Ranson & New Pale Hoarse LP
Written by Andrew Scott   
Tuesday, 22 January 2008 02:44
The Shopkeep is laying low checking out Pale Hoarse and preparing for spring?
N&P: Over the Bridge and Back
Written by Andrew Scott   
Sunday, 16 December 2007 08:43
A bike ride and then to see Gee Vaucher @Jack Hanley.
N&P: Nostalgia Peddler
Written by Andrew Scott   
Tuesday, 11 December 2007 12:22
Naked Raygun, fixing Tim Kerr's accordion, and Tim's show with Rich Jacobs @Needles and Pens complete with bonus video.
N&P: Half-Framed in 2008 A.D.
Written by Andrew Scott   
Tuesday, 13 November 2007 03:23
Andrew's calendar, Gonz, Rich Jacobs, Neil Blender, Tim Kerr, and Mike Watt.
N&P: San Francisco Wanderings
Written by Andrew Scott   
Monday, 15 October 2007 04:11
Andrew's photo bike ride around the city.
N&P: Busy Conforming to Nonconformity
Written by Andrew Scott   
Thursday, 13 September 2007 05:36
Billy Childish, Pizza Parties, Fucking Des Moines Iowa, and The Polaroid Kidd.
N&P: August I Guessed
Written by Andrew Scott   
Tuesday, 14 August 2007 03:32
Bill Daniels, The Polaroid Kid, Terrorist Bubble Gum, and Mika Miko.
N&P: The Russian Girl
Written by Andrew Scott   
Thursday, 19 July 2007 05:53
The shopkeep checks out Black Lips, Pink Reasons, Scrawls, Doodles with added internalization.
N&P: Paul Urich, Pale Hoarse, Musical Pants, & New Zinage
Written by Andrew Scott   
Friday, 13 July 2007 04:11
Did you know that Willie Nelson is into Reggae?
N&P: House Rockin' in Oakland!
Written by Andrew Scott   
Friday, 06 July 2007 05:36
THE FLAKES, THEE FINE LINES, & LES HORMONES playing @ Carlos's House in Oakland
N&P: This is What Happens
Written by Adnrew Scott   
Monday, 25 June 2007 03:06
The shopkeep's life. Andrew from Needles and Pens with Dan Higgs and that weird dude who goes around taking stickers off parking meters.
N&P: God Loves a Working Man
Written by Andrew Scott   
Tuesday, 12 June 2007 08:00
The shopkeep's week at Needles and Pens with Dishwasher Pete, Lungfish, David Benzler, the Humbler, and more...
N&P: Chicago + New Zines
Written by Andrew Scott   
Tuesday, 22 May 2007 04:03
Andrew from Needles and Pens takes you to Chicago and updates you with best new zines.
N&P: Boy Howdy!
Written by Andrew Scott   
Monday, 14 May 2007 04:40
Andrew from Needles and Pens starts off a new SF based blog- zines & art from the best shop in the city.

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Gone Fishin'
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 11:39

I don't think at this point it needs to be written since the last update to Fecal Face was a long time ago, but...

I, John Trippe, have put this baby Fecal Face to bed. I'm now focusing my efforts on running ECommerce at DLX which I'm very excited about... I guess you can't take skateboarding out of a skateboarder.

It was a great 15 years, and most of that effort can still be found within the site. Click around. There's a lot of content to explore.

Hit me up if you have any ECommerce related questions. - trippe.io


SF Giants' World Series Trophy & DLX
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 17:21

I'm not sure how many people are lucky enough to have The San Francisco Giants 3 World Series trophies put on display at their work for the company's employees to enjoy during their lunch break, but that's what happened the other day at Deluxe. So great.


SF skateboarding icons Jake Phelps, Mickey Reyes, and Tommy Guerrero with the 3 SF Giants World Series Trophies


Alexis Anne Mackenzie - 2/28
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:21

SAN FRANCISCO --- Alexis Anne Mackenzie opens Multiverse at Eleanor Harwood in the Mission on Saturday, Feb 28th. -details



The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:34

When works of art become commodities and nothing else, when every endeavor becomes “creative” and everybody “a creative,” then art sinks back to craft and artists back to artisans—a word that, in its adjectival form, at least, is newly popular again. Artisanal pickles, artisanal poems: what’s the difference, after all? So “art” itself may disappear: art as Art, that old high thing. Which—unless, like me, you think we need a vessel for our inner life—is nothing much to mourn.


Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it? --continue reading


"Six Degrees" @FFDG
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:30

"Six Degrees" opens tonight, Friday Jan 16th (7-10pm) at FFDG in San Francisco. ~Group show featuring: Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold III, Mario Ayala, Mariel Bayona, Ryan Beavers, Jud Bergeron, Chris Burch, Ryan De La Hoz, Martin Machado, Jess Mudgett, Meryl Pataky, Lucien Shapiro, Mike Shine, Minka Sicklinger, Nicomi Nix Turner, and Alex Ziv.


Work by Meryl Pataky


In Wake of Attack, Comix Legend Says Satire Must Stay Offensive
Friday, 09 January 2015 09:59


Ron Turner of Last Gasp

"[Satire] is important because it brings out the flaws we all have and throws them up on the screen of another person," said Turner. “How they react sort of shows how important that really is.” Later, he added, "Charlie took a hit for everybody." -read on


Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:36



SF Bay Area: What Might Have Been
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 09:36


The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for its tens of thousands of acres of beautiful parks and public open spaces.

What many people don't know is that these lands were almost lost to large-scale development. link


1/5/14 - Going Back
Monday, 05 January 2015 10:49

As we work on our changes, we're leaving Squarespace and coming back to the old server. Updates are en route.

The content that was on the site between May '14 and today is history... Whatever, wasn't interesting anyway. All the good stuff from the last 10 years is here anyway.


Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter @Park Life (5/23)
Friday, 23 May 2014 09:22

Opening tonight, Friday May 23rd (7-10pm) at Park Life in the Inner Richmond (220 Clement St) is Again Home Again featuring works from the duo Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter who split time living in Sacramento and a tiny island at the top of Pudget Sound with their children.

Jacob Magraw will be showing embroidery pieces on cloth along with painted, gouache works on paper --- Rachell Sumpter paints scenes of colored splendor dropped into scenes of desolate wilderness. ~show details



NYPD told to carry spray paint to cover graffiti
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:37

nyc_graffitiNYC --- A new graffiti abatement program put forth by the police commissioner has beat cops carrying cans of spray paint to fill in and cover graffiti artists work in an effort to clean up the city --> Many cops are thinking it's a waste of resources, but we're waiting to see someone make a project of it. Maybe instructions for the cops on where to fill-in?

The NYPD is arming its cops with cans of spray paint and giving them art-class-style lessons to tackle the scourge of urban graffiti, The Post has learned.

Shootings are on the rise across the city, but the directive from Police Headquarters is to hunt down street art and cover it with black, red and white spray paint, sources said... READ ON


Wednesday, 16 June 2010 17:39






Alison Blickle @NYC's Kravets Wehby Gallery

Los Angeles based Alison Blickle who showed here in San Francisco at Eleanor Harwood last year (PHOTOS) recently showed new paintings in New York at Kravets Wehby Gallery. Lovely works.

Interview w/ Kevin Earl Taylor

We haven't been featuring many interviews as of late. Let's change that up as we check in with a few local San Francisco artists like Kevin Earl Taylor here whom we studio visited back in 2009 (PHOTOS & VIDEO). It's been awhile, Kevin...

Peter Gronquist @The Shooting Gallery

If you like guns and boobs, head on over to the Shooting Gallery; just don't expect the work to be all cheap ploys and hot chicks. With Make Stuff by Peter Gronquist (Portland) in the main space and Morgan Slade's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow in the project space, there is plenty spectacle to be had, but if you look just beyond it, you might actually get something out of the shows.

Jay Bo at Hamburg's Circle Culture

Berlin based Jay Bo recently held a solo show at Hamburg's Circle Culture featuring some of his most recent paintings. We lvoe his work.


Fifty24SF opened Street Anatomy, a new solo show by Austrian artist Nychos a week ago last Friday night. He's been steadily filling our city with murals over the last year, with one downtown on Geary St. last summer, and new ones both in the Haight and in Oakland within the last few weeks, but it was really great to see his work up close and in such detail.

Gator Skater +video

Nate Milton emailed over this great short Gator Skater which is a follow-up to his Dog Skateboard he emailed to us back in 2011... Any relation to this Gator Skater?

Ferris Plock Online Show Now Online as of April 25th

5 new wonderful large-scale paintings on wood panel are available. visit: www.ffdg.net

ClipODay II: Needles & Pens 11 Years!!

Congrats on our buddies at Needles and Pens on being open and rad for 11 years now. Mission Local did this little short video featuring Breezy giving a little heads up on what Needles and Pens is all about.


In a filmmaker's thinking, we wish more videos were done in this style. Too much editing and music with a lacking in actual content. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

AJ Fosik in Tokyo at The Hellion Gallery

Matt Wagner recently emailed over some photos from The Hellion Gallery in Tokyo, who recently put together a show with AJ Fosik (Portland) called Beast From a Foreign Land. The gallery gave twelve of Fosik's sculptures to twelve Japanese artists (including Hiro Kurata who is currently showing in our group show Salt the Skies) to paint, burn, or build upon.

Ferris Plock - Online Show, April 25th

FFDG is pleased to announce an exclusive online show with San Francisco based Ferris Plock opening on Friday, April 25th (12pm Pacific Time) featuring 5 new medium sized acrylic paintings on wood.


Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne played host to a huge group exhibition a couple of weeks back, with "Gold Blood, Magic Weirdos" Curated by Melbourne artist Sean Morris. Gold Blood brought together 25 talented painters, illustrators and comic artists from Australia, the US, Singapore, England, France and Spain - and marked the end of the Magic Weirdos trilogy, following shows in Perth in 2012 and London in 2013.

Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

San Francisco based Fecal Pal Jeremy Fish opened his latest solo show Hunting Trophies at LA's Mark Moore Gallery last week to massive crowds and cabin walls lined with imagery pertaining to modern conquest and obsession.

John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

Well, John Felix Arnold III is at it again. This time, he and Carolyn LeBourgios packed an entire show into the back of a Prius and drove across the country to install it at Superchief Gallery in NYC. I met with him last week as he told me about the trip over delicious burritos at Taqueria Cancun (which is right across the street from FFDG and serves what I think is the best burrito in the city) as the self proclaimed "Only overweight artist in the game" spilled all the details.

FRENCH in Melbourne

London based illustrator FRENCH recently held a show of new works at the Melbourne based Mild Manners

Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

Ever Gold opened a new solo show by NYC based Henry Gunderson a couple Saturday nights ago and it was literally packed. So packed I couldn't actually see most of the art - but a big crowd doesn't seem like a problem. I got a good laugh at what I would call the 'cock climbing wall' as it was one of the few pieces I could see over the crowd. I haven't gotten a chance to go back and check it all out again, but I'm definitely going to as the paintings that I could get a peek at were really high quality and intruiguing. You should do the same.

Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

Mario Wagner (Berkeley) opened his new solo show A Glow that Transfers Creativity last Saturday night at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.

Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

The paintings in the show are each influenced by a musician, ranging from Freddy Mercury, to Madonna, to A Tribe Called Quest and they are so stylistically consistent with each musician's persona that they read as a cohesive body of work with incredible variation. If you told me they were each painted by a different person, I would not hesitate to believe you and it's really great to see a solo show with so much variety. The show is fun, poppy, very well done, and absolutely worth a look and maybe even a listen.

NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

NYCHOS completed this great new mural on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco on Tuesday. Looks Amazing.

Sun Milk in Vienna

With rising rent in SF and knowing mostly other young artists without capitol, I desired a way to live rent free, have a space to do my craft, and get to see more of the world. Inspired by the many historical artists who have longed similar longings I discovered the beauty of artist residencies. Lilo runs Adhoc Collective in Vienna which not only has a fully equipped artists creative studio, but an indoor halfpipe, and private artist quarters. It was like a modern day castle or skate cathedral. It exists in almost a utopic state, totally free to those that apply and come with a real passion for both art and skateboarding

"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

I just wanted to share with you a piece I recently finished which took me 4 years to complete. Titled "How To Lose Yourself Completely (The September Issue)", it consists of a copy of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine (the issue they made the documentary about) with all faces masked with a sharpie, and everything else entirely whited out. 840 pages of fun. -Bryan Schnelle

Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

Some great work from San Francisco based Tyler Bewley.

Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

While walking our way across San Francisco on Saturday we swung through the opening receptions for Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in the Mission.

Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

Jeremy Fish opens Hunting Trophies tonight, Saturday April 5th, at the Los Angeles based Mark Moore Gallery. The show features new work from Fish inside the "hunting lodge" where viewers climb inside the head of the hunter and explore the history of all the animals he's killed.

The Albatross and the Shipping Container

Beautiful piece entitled "The Albatross and the Shipping Container", Ink on Paper, Mounted to Panel, 47" Diameter, by San Francisco based Martin Machado now on display at FFDG. Stop in Saturday (1-6pm) to view the group show "Salt the Skies" now running through April 19th. 2277 Mission St. at 19th.

The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to quit my job, move out of my house, leave everything and travel again. So on August 21, 2013 I pushed a canoe packed full of gear into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, along with four of my best friends. Exactly 100 days later, I arrived at a marina near the Gulf of Mexico in a sailboat.

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