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Tanja M. Laden
Tanja M. Laden is a culture and travel writer based in Los Angeles. She's a contributor to VICE, a columnist for KCET Artbound, and a contributor to TravelAge West, among other print and online publications.

Tanja worked as the LA editor of Flavorpill and Flavorwire, and has been published in LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Juxtapoz, Bluecanvas, Lost at E Minor, Vs. Magazine, Dame Magazine, and Whitehot Magazine. She has also 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. She also publishes her own blog, Pop Curious.

Entries by Tanja M. Laden

The Unexpected Living Treasures of Ireland

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 4:04 PM


Close your eyes and think of Ireland: what do you see? Is it rolling hills of ethereal green and the Ring of Kerry, or perhaps tall, stark, jagged precipices descending into crashing waves, like the Cliffs of Moher? On a recent journey through...

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Photos of LAX From the 1980s Show Gritty Side of Travel

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 6:58 PM


Remember the good old days of passenger aviation, when stylish travelers breezed through security and arrived calmly at their destinations, not a single hair out of place? Neither do I.

As a travel writer and native Angeleno, I cut my teeth on...

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A Gin Cocktail History Tour of Old Hollywood

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 5:27 PM


Long before craft brews and premium vodkas, Hollywood's favorite alcohol of choice was gin. Few other cocktails personify the old-world glamor of debonair leading men and sultry screen sirens than the martini, a simple, elegant mix of gin and vermouth with a garnish...

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Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Season at Theatricum Botanicum

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 2:25 PM

Nestled in the heart of Topanga Canyon, the enchanting Theatricum Botanicum has been a fixture for performance-minded creative types since the 1950s, when Will Geer opened an ersatz theater on his property for fellow blacklisted actors who were unable to earn money during the McCarthy Era, but who still wanted...

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The Edwardian Ball Returns to Los Angeles

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


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...

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Google Instant Perpetuates Stereotypes, Study Finds

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


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...

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

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


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.

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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...

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

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

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...

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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...

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

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


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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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

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

"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...

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

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


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...

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I Was a Teenage Paparazzo: The Photography of Brad Elterman

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

"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...

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Gothic Lolitas by Dolldelight (PHOTOS)

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


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.

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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...

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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...

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