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SF Artist & Antique Dealer Attacked by “Crazy” with a Knife

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Photo of Mark E. Sackett from the Box SF Events Instagram

UPDATE: On Wednesday Sackett posted on Instagram that the attacker used a 6 inch switchblade that cut through Sackett’s main nerve and two of his main tendons and clear to his Bone on his left wrist. He underwent over five hours of surgery. He still doesn’t know if he’ll have full use of his left hand again.

Let’s start by saying that “Antique Dealer & Artist” is a gross oversimplification of what Mark E. Sackett does. As his website points out, Sackett has been a “Graphic Designer/Director/Producer for over 38 years with more than 1500 awards to his credit”. The “antique dealer” part stems from the fact that one of his art spaces, The Box SF, houses the largest antiquarian paper and advertising store in the United States. So, “Antique Dealer & Artist” is adequate enough for a headline.

Now that we got that out of the way, according to his Instagram and Twitter, Sackett was attacked Tuesday morning by a “crazy”. At the time of the instagram posting, Sackett was “awaiting a surgical team to evaluate if this hit the bone” the photo shows a pretty bad gash that we can only assume is the knife wound which “cut through some tendons”.

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You can view the Instagram post right here (warning it’s a little ghastly).

Luckily the man who allegedly attacked him is now in custody and, according to the Instagram post is “being charged with assault with a deadly weapon.”

I’ve reached out to Sackett for more details and will update this article once we have them.


In the post Sackett notes that The Box SF is preparing for their huge art fair this weekend that will help artists impacted by the pandemic, and he asks folks to help spread the word. So that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. All the info is below:


Join us to help Artists and Makers recover from the Pandemic at The Box SF in San Francisco!

Looking for something FUN to do in San Francisco the weekend of December 10th, 11th and 12th?
Come shop our holly jolly Holiday Artists and Makers Fair Sale at The Box SF to help Artists and Makers recover from the Pandemic!
Join us for three days of inspiration, creativity, and shopping at our historic event center and 1850’s Mercantile in the South of Market Neighborhood of San Francisco. We will have talented creators and vendors spread across all three floors of our beautiful SOMA venue, and our Letterpress Shop and Store selling “All Things Printed” will be open as well. Come find creative and original Holiday and Christmas gifts for your friends and loved ones and join in the festive spirit of the season!
Friday 12/10: 6pm-9pm Early Buyers Sale and Artist Reception, with live French and Italian Holiday Accordion Music, Full CASH Bar and Empanada Bar with other Holiday Treats and Festivities!
$15 Admission and Cash Bar/Food. And Early Buyers Reception! Children under 12 FREE
Tickets Available HERE!
Saturday 12/11: 10am-6pm Shopping and Sale – FREE and open to the Public!
Sunday 12/12: 10am-4pm Shopping and Sale – FREE and open to the Public!
Note: All guests must show proof of vaccination with matching I.D. or exhibit a Negative Covid Test taken within 72 hours of the event. Masks are required while shopping.
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1 Comment

  1. Dennis Blanchard
    December 7, 2021 at 10:48 pm — Reply

    Yes, I can Google it, but unless I completely missed it the address of The Box SF is missing from this article.

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