PortlandButtonWorks

zines, Custom buttons, badges, magnets, bottle openers

Portland, Oregon · 5841 Sales

PortlandButtonWorks

zines, Custom buttons, badges, magnets, bottle openers

Portland, Oregon 5841 Sales On Etsy since 2006

5 out of 5 stars
(3147)

Announcement   Custom pinback buttons, magnets, & bottle openers in Portland, Oregon since 2000 & now as a brick & mortar shop. Plus, books, zines, & catalog button designs.
We are moving! That doesn't really mean much to this Etsy site but we are excited to move into our new Portland shop at the end of April.

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 11, 2016

Custom pinback buttons, magnets, & bottle openers in Portland, Oregon since 2000 & now as a brick & mortar shop. Plus, books, zines, & catalog button designs.
We are moving! That doesn't really mean much to this Etsy site but we are excited to move into our new Portland shop at the end of April.

Alex Wrekk

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Alex Wrekk

200 CUSTOM 1 inch BUTTONS - with Design-O-matic
$48.00
Cancer - button, magnet, or bottle opener
$1.25
Brainscan Zine #27 AND #28
$4.00
Bicycle set of 4 - Buttons or Magnets
$4.50
Brianscan zine #25.5
$1.50
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5 out of 5 stars
(3147)
J. Frank

J. Frank on Apr 6, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Ayup. This is why the world is in the toilet: not enough book-readin' these days. Sorry, I don't mean to sound like a stodgy luddite. But seriously! Read a book, y'all! Anyway, great pin.

J. Frank

J. Frank on Apr 6, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

A lot of neo-paganism is derived from Wicca, from American-Indian shamanism, from Celtic mythos, and other religious traditions—even Christianity! This pin strikes at something touchy: Is it "appropriative" to practice all this stuff? This pin suggests a really lovely idea, about coming from all these different experiential angles but always with the same sense of intent and purpose. Intersectionality! I love it!

J. Frank

J. Frank on Apr 6, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Concerned that I might ever lose the pinback button that says "My Witchcraft Is Intersectional," I purchased it as a backup fridge magnet as well. Thank you!!!!!!!

J. Frank

J. Frank on Apr 6, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

My menstrual cup and I both heartily thank you for this pin. Cups "aren't for everyone," but it seems like there ought to be a way to evangelize them without hurting others' feelings. This pin conveys everything I would like to say. Thank you so much!

J. Frank

J. Frank on Apr 6, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I have decided that "magic" is when you go from "intent" to "goal," but the process in between is somehow obfuscated or otherwise unclear. (So I guess, on some level, intent IS magic?!?!) And since magic has been the language of "resistance" since before I was born, this button makes me feel great about participating in a longstanding tradition of resistance. Thank you!

J. Frank

J. Frank on Apr 6, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I have *always wanted* a copy of Stolen Sharpie Revolution, and I am proud to say that I now have one! I never imagined I would find a copy whilst trawling Etsy for cute buttons. Thank you so much! I feel empowered to start my own minor literary movement! xoxo

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About

Custom button from Portland, Oregon since 2000!

Alex Wrekk started selling her zines, catalog buttons and custom buttons on Etsy in 2006 under the name Brainscan and changed the Etsy shop name to the same as her brick and mortar shop: Portland Button Works in 2012.

Alex Wrekk and Derek Neuland* joined forces to create Portland Button Works and zine distro in April of 2012! With a collective 15 years of button making experience, they felt their custom button making skills would be even more awesome if they worked together. Portland Button Works is an online store, and a brick and mortar storefront in Portland, Oregon.

Portland Button Works specializes in making custom buttons, magnets and other items for your project, school, band, non-profit, memorial, pub crawl or whatever reason you may need tiny pictures to pin to your clothes! We can make your buttons for you or you could come into the shop and we could show you how to press them yourself! We have buttons available in 4 sizes.

PBW also offer a large selection of our own button designs, as well as a growing zine, comic, and book distro that is carefully curated by the Portland Button Works Zine Distro Collective.

Paul Burke joined the Portland Button Works team full time in 2014.

*Derek left Portland Button Works in October of 2012.

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Alex Wrekk

Alex's life revolves around making things; primarily zines, buttons, vegan food, travel plans, and space for a cat in her bed.

Alex moved to Portland, Oregon from Salt Lake City, Utah in 1999 and worked for Microcosm Publishing from 1999 to 2006. Then she started and ran Small World Buttons until 2012. In 2012 Alex opened Portland Button Works and zine distro, an online and brick and mortar shop in North Portland, blocks away from her home of 12 years. Alex maintains the Portland Button Work website and physical shop. She relishes putting stuff in envelopes for the postal carrier to bring to you!

Alex Wrekk has been creating the zine Brainscan since 1997 with stories ranging from travel, reproductive health, love, emotional abuse recovery, zine culture, and even fiction all wrapped up in text and photocopier art. She also wrote the book Stolen Sharpie Revolution: A DIY guide for zines and zine culture that is now entering its 5th printing.

When Alex isn't doing zine things she is doing other zine things like organizing the Portland Zine Symposium, establishing July as International Zine Month, commiserating with Zine Event Organizers around the world, updating the zine event listings on the StolenSharpieRevolution.org website, hosting the podcast Nobody Cares About Your Stupid Zine Podcast, fidgeting with her Risograph printer, reading from her zines out loud on zine tours or singing in a zine themed back called The Copy Scams.

Alex also enjoys fine craft beer, collecting dice and playing Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder, hanging out with her partner Paul, traveling, talking to birds and squirrels on the way to work and is a semi-recent convert to the church of cats thanks to Jackie and OJ.

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  • Alex Wrekk

    Owner, Maker, Button Monkey, Zinester

    Hi, I’m Alex Wrekk. I’m in my mid-30 and love living in Portland, Oregon. I have been involved with zines since the early 90s and I have been making custom buttons since 2000. I recently opened a brick an mortar shop, Portland Button Works.

  • Paul Burke

    Creator

    When he's not pressing buttons at the Portland Button Works shop he's enjoying craft beer, classic Doctor Who, and playing music. Currently Paul sings & plays drums in the Copy Scams, He also works on his solo synth-pop project Late Night SleepTV.

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