iOS app Android app

Tanja M. Laden
GET UPDATES FROM Tanja M. Laden
 
Tanja M. Laden is the publisher of Pop Curious. She's also a contributor to LA Weekly, VICE, Juxtapoz, Bluecanvas, Lost at E Minor, and The Rundown.

Tanja worked as an editor at Flavorpill for five years, and has been published in Los Angeles Times, Vs. Magazine, Artillery, Film Threat, and Whitehot Magazine, and has worked as a new media consultant with 20th Century Fox, MGM, Disney, and NBC. She holds a degree in History from Occidental College and served as a longtime volunteer with the nonprofit teen mentoring organization, WriteGirl.

When not writing about arts and culture, Tanja makes videos from public domain footage while continuing to have her way with words.

Entries by Tanja M. Laden

The Edwardian Ball Returns to Los Angeles

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 11:55 AM

2014-02-05-2MarcoSanchez14.jpg

Queen Victoria's son King Edward VII ushered in a new century during his brief yet historic reign as the first British monarch of the House of Windsor from 1901-1910. Since then, "Edwardian" has come to define the art, fashion and...

Read Post

Google Instant Perpetuates Stereotypes, Study Finds

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 2:20 PM

2013-12-19-gay.jpg

When you look up something on Google, you'll notice that the search engine tries to predict your quest by filling it in through autocomplete, which is based on technical and complex algorithms that are designed to determine what a user is trying to...

Read Post

#LoveAlwaysWins: An Olympics Video Russia's Government Doesn't Want People to See

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 9:03 AM

2013-11-12-thumb.jpg

All Out mobilizes social networks in order to bring awareness to international LGBT rights, and it's produced a two-minute video to bring attention to Russia's anti-gay propaganda laws in the face of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Read Post

Handmade Move-in-Kits Welcome Home L.A.'s Homeless

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 1:01 PM

Brought up in Tijuana, Mexico and based in Los Angeles, Tanya Aguiñiga is a furniture designer (and furniture-maker), and the Artist in Residence at this year's Dwell on Design in Los Angeles. The artist encouraged spectators of the yearly trade show to participate in a unique...

Read Post

Maddie on Things, a Book About Dogs... on Things (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 12:40 PM

2013-04-09-Maddiex200.jpg
Photographer Theron Humphrey has done what many of us only dream of doing. Following a breakup and the loss of his grandfather, he quit his lucrative day job and rescued an adorable dog on Petfinder. Humphrey soon...

Read Post

A Century of Vintage Board Games at the San Francisco International Airport (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 9:09 PM

2013-03-30-snake200.jpgYou wouldn't ordinarily think of an airport as a venue for an art exhibition, and if you did, that exhibition probably wouldn't be all about antique board games. But that's exactly what's so amazing about the latest show at SFO Museum...

Read Post

Christie's Auctioning Warhol's 1978 Photo of Little Edie (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 12:22 PM

2013-03-09-littleediesm.jpg

Andy Warhol captured Little Edie of Grey Gardens in a 1978 portrait of the endearing eccentric, which Christie's is auctioning at an estimate between $5000 - $7000.

A writer, model, socialite and the epitome of...

Read Post

Inside the $47,802 Oscars Swag Bag (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 4:27 PM

The Academy Awards is practically an unofficial holiday, and seeing the Oscars unfold live on TV is a ritual almost as American as watching the Super Bowl. But unlike most of our peers, some of us don't really care about the red-carpet pageantry, or even about the nominees. We care...

Read Post

Beautiful/Decay Publishes Book 9: 'The Seven Deadly Sins' (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 3:14 PM

Back when Amir H. Fallah founded Beautiful/Decay in 1996, it was a black-and-white photocopied 'zine made with a limited budget and a whole lotta love. More than 15 years later, Beautiful/Decay has evolved into a 21st century creative enterprise with an online community of art-lovers, a glossy magazine,...

Read Post

A Breath of Fresh Art: Rabbit Air Purifiers Merge Form and Function (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2012 | 11:44 AM

We discovered Rabbit Air at this year's Dwell on Design, where we were convinced that the products were a form of electronic haute-décor instead of what they really are: an incredible series of high-tech air-cleaning machines that look much cooler than you'd expect. The HEPA purifiers...

Read Post

Dogs Take Over the Catwalk for UK Artists The London Police (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 6:29 PM

2012-10-10-1TLPMarilyn.jpg
"Marilyn" by The London Police

The London Police are a pair of Amsterdam-based street artists from the UK -- Bob Gibson and a guy named Chaz. Best known for making large-scale murals with bubble-headed figures they call LADS, these two also happen...

Read Post

Narcolandia Art Exhibition Explores Drug-and-Gun Culture (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 12:46 AM

2012-09-13-Narcolandia.jpg

Narcolandia features a range of colorful imagery and graphic depictions of a dark subject: drugs and guns. Beyond the lurid, pulp-like prints and occasionally pun-heavy illustrations, the works of art in this collection highlight a disturbing phenomenon that's deeply embedded in...

Read Post

I Was a Teenage Paparazzo: The Photography of Brad Elterman

(2) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 4:29 PM

2012-07-12-BradElterman_Factory77_6.jpg
"The Key to On the Rox," © Brad Elterman

As a young photographer coming of age in the San Fernando Valley, Brad Elterman would borrow his parents' car to drive over the hill into Hollywood, where he witnessed 1970's...

Read Post

Gothic Lolitas by Dolldelight (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 2:48 PM

2012-06-28-Cyril.jpg

When France first published Vladimir Nabokov's now-infamous novel back in 1955, Lolita's Russian author never would have guessed that almost 60 years later, his controversial story about an underage girl would spawn a Japanese clothing style inspired by the book's eponymous object of affection.

...
Read Post

The Eagle Rock Rock and Eagle Shop Takes Flight (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 4:41 PM

2012-05-28-LOGO_sm.jpegEarlier this year, the Eagle Rock Rock and Eagle Shop opened its doors -- on April 1, to be exact. But make no mistake: there was no fooling' around.

Back in 1964, poet Mason Williams joked with his...

Read Post

My Little Pony Project (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 12:11 PM

2012-05-03-ONCHMOVEMENT7copy.JPGFor nearly 30 years, My Little Pony has been coveted by kids of all ages, making it possible for each of us to actually have the ubiquitous "pony" we've all wished for, at one time or another. Today, My Little Pony has reached...

Read Post

Good Art, Hlywd Style (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 6:05 PM

2012-05-01-4MonopolySM.jpg

(© Josh Warner, Good Art Hlywd)

Josh Warner of Good Art Hlywd handcrafts pop-culture staples such as Cracker Jack prizes, Monopoly charms, whistles, zippers, and bullets, but while the atelier's...

Read Post

Sesame Street Art Exhibition Benefits City of Hope (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 10:16 AM

Sesame Street is the inspiration behind a unique two-day art exhibition at L.A.'s Known Gallery, with proceeds going toward the City of Hope's Department of Pediatrics.

The beloved children's TV program has collaborated with sports-gear supplier, Neff Headwear, and

Read Post

Snow White by the Brothers Grimm and Camille Rose Garcia

(21) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 5:17 PM

2012-03-16-SnowWhiteCoverSM.jpgWe all know Disney's version of Snow White, but the classic fairy tale that inspired the 1937 animated feature film is much more grim -- literally. As recorded by the Brothers Grimm, the original story involves a bloody boar's heart, an apple-induced coma,...

Read Post

Meet the Pandrogyne: The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

(13) Comments | Posted March 11, 2012 | 8:56 AM

2012-03-11-Ballad_SM.jpgGenesis Breyer P-Orridge is best known as the godfather of industrial music -- specifically, as the founding member of Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, and Thee Majesty. But long before DJs and record-collectors sought out his (nowadays)...

Read Post