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Weekend Market Picks June 7 & 8, 2014: See Father Panik for a Badass Father’s Day Gift

Badass Knuckles Necklace by Father Panik Industries


Is your dad a true badass? Or maybe an aspiring one? Either way, the place to go to get him a really great Father’s Day Gift is Father Panik Industries and Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg.

Scott Machens, aka Father Panik, makes some of the coolest jewelry I’ve seen for both women and men. His rosary beads with brass knuckles or sharp miniature scissors at the end are as irreverent as they are unique. Then there’s the design where the brass knuckles actually spell out “Brooklyn” (see below). That’s just about as badass as it gets.

I can’t get enough of his necklaces and stick pins with a miniature casting of a coyote and a muntjac skulls. (Munjacs are oldest known deer species.)

Father Panik tees, knuckle tattoo gloves and jewelry for men and women make a great gift for any badass in your life. And by that, I really mean your own inner badass, because you’re going to want get something for yourself to feel the way these designs look: dangerous with a sense of style. And if you scroll down, you’ll see that Father Panik himself will be very happy to help you find the perfect thing.

Check out Father Panik Industries Saturdays and Sundays at Artists & Fleas in Brooklyn!

Weekend Market Picks:

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Flea Marqueta: You may know that Flea Marqueta and the Urban Garden Center that hosts it were right across the street from the buildings that exploded in Harlem. Well, I am so thrilled to say that they are back open! This weekend, they are hosting members of the Fresh and Green Academy, who will be selling handmade scarves to raise funds for Ethiopian school kids. (Did you see the lovely story about the Urban Garden Center in Edible Manhattan?) 2PM – 6PM, 1640 Park Avenue, Manhattan

Chelsea’s Down To Earth Market: OPENING DAY!  I am very excited for this farmers market to open! It’s in such a great location on the west side of Chelsea. And the collection of farmers, bakers and specialty food purveyors is wonderful and unique to the beautiful markets hosted by Down To Earth! 9AM – 5PM, on the sidewalk at 23rd Street and 9th Avenue, Manhattan

Saturday & Sunday, June 7 & 8, 2014

American Crafts at Lincoln Center: OPENING DAY! This venerable American Craft Fair takes place for two consecutive weekends in the shade of Lincoln Center. There is a beautiful mix of top craftspeople from New York and across the country. Jewelry, ceramics, woodcrafts, furniture, glass — it’s all there! Saturday 12PM-9PM,  Sunday 10AM-9PM, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan

Gateway to Nations Pow Wow 2014: Sponsored by the Red Hawk Native American Arts Council, this weekend-long pow wow is going to filled with dancers, singers and crafters, including one of the finest Native American jewelry makers, including my friend Isaac Dial. If you have never been to a pow wow, do it this weekend. And bring the kids ! (There will be an entry fee.) 11AM – 7PM, Floyd Bennett Field, 50 Aviation Road, Brooklyn

LIC Flea: Long Island City is closer than you think! Just a few subway stops, and you’re in this great, interesting part of the city. A short and interesting walk from the subway stop is the LIC Flea, which is the major artisan, flea and food market in Queens. It’s outdoor digs are wide open, with seating and music. Also this Saturday, HGTV will be filming Flea Market Flip at the Flea!  10am – 6pm,  5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens

Nolita Market: You may be surprised to see so many talented designers selling their handmade products on the sidewalks of Soho/Nolita. Take your time to walk the length of this market to see jewelry, t-shirts, bags, hats and more. 11AM – 6PM, Prince Street between Mulberry and Mott Streets, alongside the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral wall, Manhattan

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Astoria Flea at Kaufman Studios: The setting alone for this flea market, artisan and food market in Astoria is absolutely worth visiting! You will also want to come for the great antiques and handmade vendors. And you’ll definitely want to be hungry when you get here! 10AM – 6PM,  35-23 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens

~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City

Father Panik Miniature Coyote and Muntjac Skull Stick Pins – They’d look great on a hat, right?


Scott Machens, Father Panik In The Flesh and Happy To Help You Out


Father Panik Anatomical Skull Necklace


Father Panik Rosary with Miniature Scissors


Father Panik Badass Fan Shot (Photo from Father Panik, by Mark Luebke via Facebook)


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