Archive for April, 2012

The Coastal Swap: Issue 25 Action Shots

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Twenty-Five with tags , , , , on April 25, 2012 by mohawko

Greetings homies! We’re thrilled to present this grouping of Action Shots from A.K. Mayhew’s brilliant twenty-fifth issue, as worn about the Boston area by Sonja Vitow. We’ll get right down to it:

"Graduating Students Can Get Cash!"

In scenic Watertown, MA.

"Jaywalking on Comm Ave (Not for the Faint of Heart"

Sonja Vitow breaks the law (and don’t get caught.)

"Legalized Walking in Downtown Boston"

Excellent has already happened.

"Rooting Through Used Records (The Death of Rawk)"

Sonja scored some sweet albums that day.

"Enjoying Spring in Boston on the Charles River"

Sonja says: “The murky life-source of our fair city.”

"A Flyers Fan in Bruins Country"

Nothing more badass.


Sonja says: “The juxtaposition between Ann’s story-wearing and mine is even more layered when you factor in the weather discrepancy…this is not a city for people who enjoy ‘clear skies’ or whatever.”


Citgo – known headquarters of the Illuminati.

Issue Twenty-Five!!

Posted in Issue Twenty-Five with tags , , , on April 18, 2012 by mohawko

And here we are, with the Safety Pin Review’s twenty-fifth issue. This story is being worn this week by Operative Sonja Vitow (Boston, MA), author of our much-lauded twenty-fourth issue– and is the second piece of our coastal swap. California and Boston. Let’s do it up. Dig it:



“Missing Childhood”

by A.K. Mayhew

Operative: Sonja Vitow (Boston, MA)

About the author: A.K. Mayhew is working on her undergraduate degree in the suburbs of Los Angeles. She writes about literature at and for The Specter Collective.

About the operative: Sonja Vitow (Boston, MA) calls herself a writer when she’s drunk. She is the central focus for Stephen King’s highly anticipated coming-of-age novel, “Little House on the Landfill.”

Me My We the World: Issue 24 Action Shots and Announcements

Posted in Action Photos!, Announcements, Issue Twenty-Four with tags , , , , , on April 8, 2012 by mohawko

Oh my. We have so many things to show and tell you. First, on Thursday we were written about in the Los Angeles Times book blog “Jacket Copy” by Carolyn Kellogg, and it has been a surreal deluge of social media ever since. So many Facebook likes, so many retweets, so many new submissions and new friends. Our traffic has spiked to levels unheard of.

From the bottom of our collective hearts, we thank you all so much for your support. It means the world to us. Obviously this feels like a very, very big step.

Yet we have such places to go.

Because You Know that Path Leads Somewhere Special

Places like here, like California, now, this week, our heart of hearts, with our Operative A.K. Mayhew, whose back is now featured so prominently in the LA Times, wearing Sonja Vitow’s brutal little story. Fresh from this week’s operative, we present these gloriously high-defined Action Shots.

The Land of Grass that Is Green

Speaking of which, Sonja has a story in the latest Gulf Coast, and we’ll be damned if it didn’t give us chills. It’s called “Master Bedroom,” and you must read it. You simply must. (The bio says it’s her first publication, but, oh, we know.)

I Just Want Somewhere to Rest My Tired Feet

It’s an exquisite little juxtaposition, we think, the stabbing beauty of Sonja’s SPR story so harmoniously matched with its environs.

A Coffee Is A Coffee Is A Coffee Is A PUNCHINTHEFACE

In the past day the Los Angeles Times article has been tweeted by some of our very favorites, among them: The Lit Pub; “The Book Bench,” The New Yorker’s literary blog; NAP Magazine; J. Bradley; xTx; oh my, there are too many. We thank them all.


And this is to all of you, to each and every one who ever needs a boost: we will always give you a shout-out.

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PS. Some anonymous internet commentators have made snarky remarks about our ‘about’ page and how we pledge that our operatives are a collective network of “punks, thieves, and anarchists.” We tweeted this yesterday, and it should be obvious by now in any case:

Issue Twenty-Four!!

Posted in Issue Twenty-Four with tags , , , , on April 3, 2012 by mohawko

Hello again! So soon! We’re back with our cracking twenty-fourth issue, worn this week around Scripps and the suburbs of LA by the peerless Operative A.K. Mayhew. Our first west coast operative! We are covering so much ground. In any case, welcome:



“After the Punch, Before the Swell”

by Sonja Vitow

Operative: A.K. Mayhew (Los Angeles, CA)

About the author: Sonja Vitow is an MFA student in fiction at Emerson College. Her work will be published in upcoming issues of Gulf Coast and Words Apart Magazine.

About the operative: A.K. Mayhew is a Twin Cities native working on her undergraduate degree in the suburbs of Los Angeles. You can find her at and @akmayhew.