Mex and the City and photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero present

Tanya Avelar, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City
Manhattan Rooftop

Tanya came on board as a satellite designer from Los Angeles while finishing school at UCLA. Before moving to NYC, she was our secret weapon in design as we began to flourish as a blog. She developed our beloved metropolis logo and many of our playful fliers. She has a meticulous eye for symmetry and clean design. She is also an avid indie band fanatic and spends her time going to live shows in whichever city she may be in. Because of her diehard love for select musicians like The Strokes, James Blake, and Diplo, she managed to get M&TC on Diplo's blog shot out as well as some Twitter love. Fusing her love for music with her design capabilities, she has worked for Paper and Spin magazines. She continues to push Mex and the City forward with polished and thoughtful projects.

Age: 24

Place of Birth: San Francisco, CA

Parents Place of Birth: Guadalajara, Mexico

Occupation/ Aspiration: Graphic Designer

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
UCLA for Design|Media Arts and Architectural Studies

Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
Chinatown. I love the sense of community in this neighborhood. I see kids being dropped off at school by their parents and the grandparents sitting in the park benches chatting away. This reminds me a lot of Guadalajara.

Share the best piece of advice you have been given.

El que no enseña, no vende y el que enseña mucho se le mosquea.

Who is your favorite designer?

Henrik Vibskov is a Danish fashion designer who creates unique clothes and amazing installations for his runway shows. Herzog & de Meuron. Tara Donovan because she works with space and everyday materials in an innovative way.

Name three songs you are listening to right now.

"We Might Feel Unsound" by James Blake, "Total Drench" by Iceage and "Out Getting Ribs" by Zoo Kid/King Krule.

What is your favorite restaurant or place to eat?
La Superior and Lil Frankie's

Name a Mexican you admire.
My grandpa. He was a wise, hardworking man, and ahead of his time. He was also a great artist and musician. I guess that's where I get my love for music and art.

What do you think about the cross-cultural phenomenon between Mexico and New York? 

Both metropolises share an emphasis in urbanism, architecture, and art. Both cities having a strong influence in the arts, which brings many Mexicans to NY and vice versa.

What is your Mexican travel destination?
The best beach I have ever been to is Playa de Burro, a couple hours north of Cabo San Lucas. It's a camping beach with huts right by the crystal clear water. At Bertha by the beach, I had the best camarones empanizados and ceviche. Also on my road trip, I visited the salt mine in Guerrero Negro and it was heavenly. The entire landscape was made of white mounds and lakes of salt water. It was so serene.

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