Sophia Tan


United States

Recent grad with a BA in English Language & Literature from Pace University NYC. Learning new perspectives, evolving my skills and passions, and sharing revelations that resonate with others is what I hope to do in every pursuit.



Tattoo Ideas, Artists and Models
The Future of Tattoos in the Workplace Is Brighter Than Ever

"The times are changing." Each year we hear this phrase in accordance with tattoos becoming more acceptable in the workplace. Given that it's 2022, one would hope we were already in a world where offices are dominated by full sleeves, face tattoos, multi-colored hair and piercings in every part of the body without anybody batting an eye.

Music During the COVID Era: An Escape and Catharsis All in One

With this past year’s pandemic affecting everyone in different ways, many of us who’ve been stuck at home have turned to our beloved forms of entertainment to bring us some semblance of solace and/or serotonin. It is not unthinkable to say that quarantine has made us all face the ugliest parts of ourselves that we can’t hide from when subjected to intense solitude. Knowing this, one can’t help but wonder if the types of media we’ve been consuming lately is a direct reflection of those...

PingPong Digital
University Vs. School

When universities, along with their multiple schools, want to market themselves to Chinese audiences, who should get the final say in what those followers see? While it can be useful for universities to have central marketing control over all their departments, it can also be beneficial to encourage autonomy of the colleges within the institution.

How clipping. Captures the Horror of 2020 on 'Visions of Bodies Being Burned'

If there's one way I'd describe clipping.'s music, it'd be the soundtrack to a spiral into insanity - the last thing you hear before you're about to crack. The group falls under the umbrella of experimental hip hop, but this doesn't even begin to describe all that they bring to the table.

The Otherworldly Elegance of Caroline Polachek

A mystical, piercing figure in the art pop (known for its avant-garde yet distinctly pop qualities) landscape, Caroline Polachek is making a name for herself amidst contemporaries in the ever-evolving genre.


The Resilience of CAPRISONGS

When your heart breaks, everything in your view becomes distorted; life's most meaningful passions start to feel purely absurd, and the gravitational pull to boundless isolation becomes ever so enticing. Tahliah Debrett Barnett, better known as FKA twigs, knows this feeling well. On her last album, the otherworldly MAGDALENE, she explored the deepest crevices of...

The New Abnormal - The Strokes: Album REVIEW

What a gift it is to have the return of The Strokes in 2020!!! Especially after such a long wait since their last full LP in 2013, causing fans to speculate if they were to ever release a new album...

The Slow Rush - Tame Impala: Album REVIEW

It's here... after five impatient years of waiting, the newest LP from psychedelic rock/pop legend Tame Impala has finally come into fruition. It feels pretty crazy to have witnessed the evolution of Kevin Parker's projects from the very beginning; from Innerspeaker's rowdy, rugged guitars, to Lonerism's lush and kaleidoscopic palette, to Currents' blaring synths and...


Tattoo Ideas, Artists and Models
16 Tattoos of Classic Hip-Hop Album Covers

When a remarkable album is released into the universe, there are many different factors that come together to contribute to its positive reception and long-lasting impact. These days, a lot of hype around a project has to do with its rollout-artists tend to get creative in teasing a series of singles, concept art and videos to build anticipation.

Tattoo Ideas, Artists and Models
20 'Attack on Titan' Tattoos

Raise your hand if you're devastated about the storytelling masterpiece "Attack on Titan" coming to an end. After nearly a decade, Hajime Isayama's grotesquely barbaric titans will frolic, flail and mutilate the human race no longer. All that'll be left are the memories of crushing deaths and triumphant victories (but at what cost?).

Avatar: The Last Airbender - 10 Things You Never Noticed In The First Episode

Nearly two decades after its release, Avatar: The Last Airbender still stands as being one of the most profound and philosophical children's shows in all of television history. This is thanks to endless reasons - from its immersive and fantastical world-building, to its powerful storytelling based on real-life historical events, endearing character arcs, and so much more.

Attack On Titan: 10 Times Levi Helped Eren

Ever since their paths crossed, Attack On Titan's Levi Ackerman and Eren Jaeger have forged a pretty rocky relationship. It's one complicated by a ceaseless mistrust and resentment, yet held together by mutual respect and understanding that they must keep each other alive at all costs.


Personal Essay
An Apartment Worth a Thousand Words

Written in a Creative Nonfiction course for an assignment called "Writing the World." I wrote about what it was like to visit my grandfather's apartment in Zhuhai, China for the first time in 2019.

Short Story
Two Red Dots

A personal short story where I recount what it felt like to have a manic episode on the subway late at night, and what in my surroundings brought me relief as I came down. This piece received Honorable Mention at my university's annual writing awards for the nonfiction category in 2021.


Poet Analysis
The Internal Strife of Alexander Blok

Written for a Studies in Poetry course that focused on international poets. This is an analysis of Russian lyrical poet Alexander Blok, using three of his poems and a bit of biography to draw larger conclusions about his internal conflicts and outlook on life as a whole.

Character Analysis
Clarissa Dalloway and Septimus Smith as Mirrors of Each Other

Written for a Modernism course in which we spent ample time reading and discussing the famous piece of Modernist literature, Mrs. Dalloway (1925) by Virginia Woolf. I compare two central characters of the novel that seem to be uncorrelated, but actually draw more similarities than differences to one another.


Depth Cues
All the Way From Up Here

Published in Depth Cues film zine in November 2020. Each issue calls for a theme in which all works of art of writing featured must draw from a specific scene in a film that elicits said theme. I wrote this poem based on a scene from Her (2013) for Issue No. 2, "Comfort".

Panic Attack

Poem written from personal experience.