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The Tear-n Tan Files are stories about art, fashion, music, and travel.  I’ve been capturing images since a child and after earning photography degrees at both Pasadena City College and the School of Visual Arts I began my career in the photo industry.

This website is now showcasing the art I create, traditionally and digitally.  I work with acrylic, pen, ink, graphite, and on the iPad Pro.

In college during my first semester at SVA, I headed downtown every Saturday to photograph people on the street.  Most of the time I was only choosing people whose style I liked.  At the time, I didn’t think I was doing street fashion, I thought I was just doing photography…and I loved it.Street 1996 CollagePhoto: 1996-1997 © Tear-n Tan.  All Rights Reserved.

After college, in 1998, I started working as a slide librarian at a photo agency in Hollywood.  A year and a half later I was given the opportunity to photograph celebrities at movie premieres and industry parties for the agency and Detour Magazine.  Yes, I was one of those people behind the red velvet ropes or metal barricades carrying a camera and yelling at the celebs ‘To the left please!  Straight ahead!  Over the shoulder!’  Often times I was overshadowed by the loud ones, since my voice was so soft.  And other times, I stuck out…a small Asian woman in a sea of big, loud guys, that’s hard to NOT notice.

"Collateral" Los Angles PremierePhoto: 2004 © Tear-n Tan.  All Rights Reserved.

While shooting for the agency, I was writing fashion essays for our international partners.  When I noticed a pattern on the red carpet, I would make sure to do a write up on what was trending in Hollywood.  Fashion was in my blood.  Maybe not on my diploma, but in my blood.

My love of British music was born in 1994 (or maybe 1991 when I discovered The Jesus and Mary Chain and Ride), but it wasn’t until 2001 that I realized I could photograph the bands I loved, while watching them perform 3 feet in front of me.  Yes, another opportunity arose, where I was now photographing another passion, music.

The Pigeon Detectives at Bowery Ballroom, NYCPhoto: 2004, 2007, 2007 © Tear-n Tan.  All Rights Reserved.

In September 2010 I started a fashion blog called Processed Meat.  This blog was to feature that love of street fashion along with other fashion stories from showcasing designers to interviewing bands about their style.  Once again, I was joining my love of fashion and music together.

Finally in November 2011, I decided to combine Processed Meat Fashion Blog with The Tear-n Tan Files.  So now, all of this information is available on one site, The Tear-n Tan Files, making it much easier to combine music, fashion, photography, travel, art, and everything I love, in one.

My intent for this blog is to post quality content that is meaningful to my readers.  I hope to share with you information that you will either enjoy or find useful.

Thank you and have a lovely day!

Tear-n Tan


  1. Hi, I found your blog through a search for a vintage 1960’s Laurence Kazan sequined dress. I found it at a local thrift store in northern Michigan. It has a tag that says Laurence…the rest is torn off. I was searching on the web and saw the picture you posted from the NYC Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show. Here is the link:
    As soon as I saw this picture I knew it was designed by the same person. It is the same type dress with many colors of sequins. There is a letter R and a guitar on the dress completely made out of sequins.
    Your picture is the only thing I can find on the web that I know absolutely was the same designer. I would love to find more info on this dress and designer. I can send pictures. If you can help me or point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks, Terry

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