Tanja M. Laden

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‘Never Built Los Angeles’: Fascinating Renderings of the City as It Never Was

The drafts, plans, 3D model renderings, and other early phases of the architectural design process can sometimes be more interesting than the …

Artists Reimagine Norman Rockwell’s Boy Scouts

Norman Rockwell is best known for illustrating covers of <i>The Saturday Evening Post</i>, but the celebrated American illustrator launched his …

Maj Isabelle Olsson, Lead Industrial Designer of Google Glass, on Wearable Technology

“Perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away,” wrote Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. At last …

The Best Of Game Design Is Celebrated At Into the Pixel 2013

Check out 16 of the best works of art chosen by the jurors and see if you agree.<p>Videogame art has come a long way since the days of <i>Pong</i>, <i>Pac-Man</i>, and the debut edition of <i>Grand Theft Auto</i>. The debate over whether game design is a legitimate art form has cooled down considerably as well. With major …

Flavorpill LA’s Favorite Games from E3

E3 2013 has come and gone, bringing with it all the usual hullabaloo that makes gamers go nuts. New systems were announced, and by now, everyone …

Amazing Photographs by Children Living With Cancer

The third annual Pablove Shutterbugs Gallery Show at Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles recently celebrated truly beautiful photography by children …

Preview Paris Photo’s US Debut

Devoted to the fine art of historical and contemporary photography, the annual Paris Photo fair brought 54,000 visitors through the doors of Grand …

Rare Photos of the Rolling Stones’ 50 Years in Rock History

Sometimes it’s hard to believe The Rolling Stones have been around for more than half a century, but given their iconic <i>je ne sais quoi</i>, it’s really …

Takashi Murakami on His Debut Feature Film, ‘Jellyfish Eyes’

Takashi Murakami merges elements of contemporary anime, manga, and kawaii for an instantly recognizable style that he’s defined as “superflat,” a …

The Icelandic Phallological Museum

Tucked inside the city of Reykjavík is a sleek, modern-looking little museum that just so happens to display nearly 300 phallus specimens from water …

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

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 more about all …

The Best Grammys 2013 Swag, Including a Vagina Steamer

Tanja M. Laden<p>...everything from eye drops and throat drops to hand-dipped chocolates. Also, a USB shaver (!), a Touchfire iPad keyboard, and a IDAPT …

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

"Marilyn" by The London Police<p>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 to <i>love</i> dogs. <i>For Dogs Sake</i> is TLP's newest multimedia …

10 Groundbreaking Celebrity and Music Photographers

Kid With Camera (David Waldman)<p><b>10. David Waldman, aka Kid With Camera</b><p>Over a decade ago, Toronto-based photographer David Waldman started taking …

Old Railcars at Union Station Are Ready for You to Charter for $5,000 a Day

Los Angeles Union Station isn't just a mass-transport hub. It's also a semi-retirement home for a cluster of vintage railroad cars that occupy the …

A Boardwalk Vendor Who Sells Stories, by Request

Next, Elliot's planning to head to New York City to gather more Typewriter Stories for an upcoming collection. In the meantime, her creative writing …

Gothic Lolitas by Dolldelight (PHOTOS)

When France first published Vladimir Nabokov's now-infamous novel back in 1955, <i>Lolita</i>'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 …

Photo Gallery: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier is the designer behind some of fashion’s most memorable looks, from Madonna’s cone bras to 1980s kilt-inspired man-skirts. But the …

Marijuana Architecture: 10 Best Designs for Pop-Up Pot Shop Storefronts, from Michael Underwood's Dispensaries

<b>10. Mission Hills Patients Collective</b><p>Michael Underwood: "Whomever sells mirrored glass in the valley made a killing in the dispensary boom. It's as …

Diorama Panorama: Zoe Beloff Gets Inside Your Brain with 3D Movies and Models in 'The Somnambulists'

I have a checkered history and I'm a late starter. In 1995, I started making a project called <i>Beyond</i> that was initially a web serial. Each week, I …

Charles Phoenix Gets Tied Up in Knott's (Berry Farm)

Then, in 1934, Cordelia Knott began dishing out fried chicken dinners to help her husband financially, seeing as how as it was during the middle of …

10 Best Alleys in Los Angeles

Flickr/Mark Hulbert<p>"I took this shot during a brief walk around my neighborhood after a mid-afternoon rainstorm. I waited for a while to see if a …

South-of-the-Border Getaway: Mazatlán, Mexico

One of the benefits to living in Los Angeles is its proximity to a countless variety of weekend excursions, which includes the vibrant and colorful …

This L.A. Golf Course Was an Internment Camp. Should It Get Historic Monument Status?

It's been a complicated and contentious debate for both those in favor and against historical designation, but at least everyone agreed on one thing: …

Electrifying Photos of Los Angeles, 1940-1990

Not far from Downtown Los Angeles, the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is the former home of American railroad magnate …

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Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: Sheet Music from the Collection of the Los Angeles Public Library

Long before MP3 files and ringtones dominated the music realm of pop culture, sheet music was all the rage. From the 1850s through the 1950s, stores …

Socially conscious jewelry design by The Love Project

The Love Project is both an eco-friendly jewelry line and a charitable collaboration between a pair of Washington DC-based designers. Jennifer …

New art by Taipei-based No2Good

It's not easy to pigeonhole an artist like No2Good. The Taipei-based, Taiwanese illustrator, painter, sculptor, and designer works in just about …

Sleek furniture design by KAVANTE

Bespoke furniture might be a luxury nowadays, but it's still something most of us secretly desire. While vintage-inspired and IKEA accessories might …

Clever design work by Brazilian studio: Romeu & Julieta

Jean Campos and Patricia Palma own and operate the four year-old, Brazil-based design studio, Romeu and Julieta, which specializes in advertising …