Paranoid Tiers by Griffin McPartland & Paul Urich

This Saturday, & Pens will be releasing it’s latest publication Paranoid Tiers by Griffin McPartland and Paul Urich in San Francisco at NoWheresVille Gallery.

Paranoid Tiers is a collaborative effort between the two artists. Urich would draw a picture and mail it to McPartland to add random text to the page. He added random placements of words, comical social commentary, and other times a dark and emotional outpourings and paired them with Urich’s take on traditional tattoo art. As a whole, the zine takes on a narrative of two human lives lived and a documents a conversation between friends. It’s truly fantastic. The publication contains 67 exchanges of words and imagery that were passed back and forth between the two.

Zines have been printed in an edition 150 copies and will be available at the opening and online (and also at our spots in LA and Needles & Pens in SF).

Buy online here.

Signings today at the LA Art Book Fair

Today at the & Pens LA Art Book Fair table we’ll be hosting two book signings:
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Arrington de Dionyso will be signing copies of the latest & Pens publication Trance Dancers of the Open Flower, a three-color riso/digital zine filled with the mystical sexualized imagery of the Olympia Washington based artist, musician, mystic, linguist, and designer. Somewhat provocative and somewhat eerie, like a slightly more twisted Henry Darger the nymphs, fairies, and anthropomorphic forest creatures of Dionyso’s world frolic freely amongst the pages of this zine. Founder of groups Old Time Relijun and Malakat Dansinga, he has released over three dozen albums and numerous self-released art books. The sumi ink drawings repurposed and collaged for this publication were originally created for the spring/summer 2015 men’s collection for French fashion label Saint Laurent.

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David King will be signing copies of the & Pens Press title Secret Origins of the Crass Symbol. David King made this iconic symbol for class mate Penny Rimbaud at a London art school in the 1970s. …And now it’s one of the most recognized emblems of the punk movement. Come get a signed copy of this book while it’s still available.


& Pens Mural Project at The Bloc

Over the last few months & Pens organized a giant mural project at The Bloc in downtown LA with artists Chris Lux and the Sumi Ink Club. Photographer Tobin Yelland made this beautiful video documenting the process of the project from start to finish as the artists painted it. The clip nicely captures the mood on the street as the murals were being completed. Residents and commuters interacting with the artists as they witness a familiar blank brick-walled corridor slowly transformed into a vibrant and colorful scene. This project was a lot of fun to put together, stay tuned for more of these types of endeavors from us in the near future!