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Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

Angel Tattoos: Over 400 Tattoo Designs, Ideas and Pictures Including Angel Wings, Baby Angels, Devil Angels, Tribal, Cross, Fairy Tattoo
by Johnny Karp (Author)

Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

BUY: Angel Tattoos: Over 400 Tattoo Designs, Ideas and Pictures Including Angel Wings, Baby Angels, Devil Angels, Tribal, Cross, Fairy and
With over 400 angel tattoo designs, this book is probably the largest collection of angel tattoos you will ever find. From angel wings to baby angels and tribal angels, from fairy angels and cross angels to devil angels and cupids, all designs are very well represented in this book.

If you are looking to get a new angel tattoo, this book will help you find your dream design. If you are a tattoo professional, this book, and the other in the same collection, will make an excellent inspiration source for you and your customers.

 


 

Beyond Tattoo: Art, Graphics and Illustration by the World’s Leading Tattoo Artists
by Allan Graves (Author)

Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

BUY: Beyond Tattoo: Art, Graphics and Illustration by the World’s Leading Tattoo Artists
A look at the crossover between fine art and tattooing

Fine artists are increasingly practicing the art of tattoo while tattoo artists are exercising their skills beyond skin; both are taking the visceral aesthetic of the tattoo underworld with them to create some astounding art pieces. A new art movement in its own right, this fantastic collection of amazing, visceral imagery will appeal to anyone into the contemporary art scene, but also to the vast armies of people getting inked. More than 50 world-class artists from the United States., Europe, Japan, Brazil, Indonesia, and the UK are represented, each with a detailed biography and discussion of their work.
Review
“The artwork in Beyond Tattoo is simply breathtaking, not to mention the book makes a great coffee table read.” —Aquarian

About the Author
Allan Graves is a London-based tattooist whose skin art career has seen him embellish bodies in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Ibiza, Berlin, Barcelona, and London. He is the owner of and leading artist at London’s famous Haunted Tattoos.

 


 

Celtic and Old Norse Designs (Dover Pictorial Archive)
by Courtney Davis (Author)

Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

BUY: Celtic and Old Norse Designs (Dover Pictorial Archive)
Artists, illustrators, designers, and craftspeople in search of exceptionally bold and inventive motifs will find them in this versatile treasury brimming with 125 royalty-free designs. Taken from authentic Celtic and Old Norse sources, they include an amazing array of birds, human figures, and mythological creatures, all ingeniously woven into an intricate network of spirals and interlacings.
Meticulously adapted from artwork that graced ancient rune stones and religious symbols, furniture, manuscripts, bronze mirrors, sword hilts, cooking utensils, and other artifacts, the illustrations depict a crucifix; decorative creatures that adorned the pages of the Lindisfarne Gospels; interwoven designs from stone crosses of Ireland, Scotland, and Cornwall; and many other designs and motifs.
Convenient and inexpensive, this collection offers inspiration and a wealth of immediately usable dramatic ornamentation rich in character and distinctive in content.

From the Back Cover
Artists, illustrators, designers, and craftspeople in search of exceptionally bold and inventive motifs will find them in this versatile treasury brimming with 125 royalty-free designs. Taken from authentic Celtic and Old Norse sources, they include an amazing array of birds, human figures, and mythological creatures, all ingeniously woven into an intricate network of spirals and interlacings.
Meticulously adapted from artwork that graced ancient rune stones and religious symbols, furniture, manuscripts, bronze mirrors, sword hilts, cooking utensils, and other artifacts, the illustrations depict a crucifix; decorative creatures that adorned the pages of the Lindisfarne Gospels; interwoven designs from stone crosses of Ireland, Scotland, and Cornwall; and many other designs and motifs.
Convenient and inexpensive, this collection offers inspiration and a wealth of immediately usable dramatic ornamentation rich in character and distinctive in content.

Retro Hairstyle Look Books Vintage Hairstyles

1940s Hairstyles (Vintage Living)
by Daniela Turudich (Author)

Retro Hairstyle Look Books Vintage Hairstyles

Retro Hairstyle Look Books Vintage Hairstyles

BUY: 1940s Hairstyles (Vintage Living)
Expanded and back in print, this popular resource to recreating authentic period hairstyles covers everything from short hairdos popular in the early 1940s to the cut-to-fit look made popular by Christian Dior in the late 1940s. Hundreds of vintage illustrations, photographs, and diagrams accompany detailed instructions and techniques for replicating the styles of the decade. Fun facts and trivia related to the hairstyles of the time are included, as is a look at wartime hair and regulations brought about by the government. Comprehensive lists of the beauty tools needed to create these hairdos, where to purchase the various hard-to-find items discussed, and hairstyles based on hair length and type are all included for those interested in revisiting the period beauty of the 1940s.

Review
“Daniela Turudich’s Authentic 1940s Hairstyles is an amazingly detailed guide to hair styles of the 1940’s.” — Mike Fischer for Austin Swing Syndicate

(hair) stylists go crazy for this kind of stuff! — Vanessa Kaylor – Hairstylist, Atlantic Studios

I’m getting married in April and the wedding is a late 30’s early 40’s theme. My sister-in-law is a hairstylist and has no clue what to do with my long hair. I haven’t been able to find anything on how to “do” the styles and need help desperately. — Angi Dressen – Bride, Dec. 2000

I’m happy to see that there’s now a publisher dedicating info on topics of interest… — Savina Thompson – Glamour Central, Online Magazine

About the Author
Daniela Turudich is an expert on re-creating period beauty styles and techniques. She is the author of Vintage Face, The Vintage Fashion Directory, and Vintage Wedding. She lives in Long Beach, California.

 


 

1940’s Hairstyles You Can Do
by C. Franzwa (Author)

Retro Hairstyle Look Books Vintage Hairstyles

Retro Hairstyle Look Books Vintage Hairstyles

BUY: 1940’s Hairstyles You Can Do
This circa 1946 hairstyling handbook is faithfully reproduced so you can create authentic WWII-era hairstyles with ease. Learn how to do everything from basic finger waves, to elegant victory rolls. This glamorous Hollywood resource even shows you how to block and wrap a home permanent. Twelve beautifully illustrated era up-do’s and styles to choose from.

 


 

1950s Hair: Hairstyles from the Atomic Age of Cool (Vintage Living)
by Daniela Turudich (Author)

Retro Hairstyle Look Books Vintage Hairstyles

Retro Hairstyle Look Books Vintage Hairstyles

BUY: 1950s Hair: Hairstyles from the Atomic Age of Cool (Vintage Living)
From June Cleaver, Doris Day, poodle skirts, and pedal pushers to Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, hot rods, and rock ’n’ roll, this popular culture resource explores the ever-changing hairstyles of the Atomic era. A comprehensive sourcebook for the period to be used by costumers and stylists, 1950s Hair is not only a historical reference manual but a how-to book incorporating modern methods.

About the Author
Daniela Turudich is an expert on re-creating period beauty styles and techniques. She is the author of the Vintage Living series, which has been relied upon as sourcebooks by film and television costume designers, professional stylists, academics, and historians. She lives in Long Beach, California.

Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of the Month March 2013

Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara by Terry Brooks

Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara by Terry Brooks

Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks

Book Description
Release date: August 21, 2012 | Series: The Dark Legacy of Shannara
Seven years after the conclusion of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks at last revisits one of the most popular eras in the legendary epic fantasy series that has spellbound readers for more than three decades.

When the world was young, and its name was Faerie, the power of magic ruled—and the Elfstones warded the race of Elves and their lands, keeping evil at bay. But when an Elven girl fell hopelessly in love with a Darkling boy of the Void, he carried away more than her heart.

Thousands of years later, tumultuous times are upon the world now known as the Four Lands. Users of magic are in conflict with proponents of science. Elves have distanced their society from the other races. The dwindling Druid order and its teachings are threatened with extinction. A sinister politician has used treachery and murder to rise as prime minister of the mighty Federation. Meanwhile, poring through a long-forgotten diary, the young Druid Aphenglow Elessedil has stumbled upon the secret account of an Elven girl’s heartbreak and the shocking truth about the vanished Elfstones. But never has a little knowledge been so very dangerous—as Aphenglow quickly learns when she’s set upon by assassins.

Yet there can be no turning back from the road to which fate has steered her. For whoever captures the Elfstones and their untold powers will surely hold the advantage in the devastating clash to come. But Aphenglow and her allies—Druids, Elves, and humans alike—remember the monstrous history of the Demon War, and they know that the Four Lands will never survive another reign of darkness. But whether they themselves can survive the attempt to stem that tide is another question entirely.

March 2013 Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, Book 7) by Patricia Briggs

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, Book 7) by Patricia Briggs

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Book Description
Release date: March 5, 2013 | Series: Mercy Thompson (Book 7)
Mercy Thompson returns in the seventh novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

March 2013 Best Romance Books

Lover At Last: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward

Lover At Last: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

Lover At Last by J.R. Ward

Book Description
Release date: March 26, 2013 | Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (Book 11)
“The hottest collection of studs in romance” (New York Times bestseller Angela Knight) returns as #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward brings together two of the most beloved people in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world—at last… ….

Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: it seems Qhuinn has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young. It’s hard for Blay to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. And Qhuinn needs to come to terms with some dark things before he can move forward…

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one.

March 2013 Best Nonfiction Books

Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts by Emily Anthes

Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts

Frankenstein’s Ca

Book Description
Release date: March 12, 2013 | ISBN-10: 0374158592 | ISBN-13: 978-0374158590
One of Barnes and Noble’s Best Books of March 2013

One of Amazon’s Best Nonfiction Books for March 2013

One of Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten Spring 2013 Science Books

For centuries, we’ve toyed with our creature companions, breeding dogs that herd and hunt, housecats that look like tigers, and teacup pigs that fit snugly in our handbags. But what happens when we take animal alteration a step further, engineering a cat that glows green under ultraviolet light or cloning the beloved family Labrador? Science has given us a whole new toolbox for tinkering with life. How are we using it?

In Frankenstein’s Cat, the journalist Emily Anthes takes us from petri dish to pet store as she explores how biotechnology is shaping the future of our furry and feathered friends. As she ventures from bucolic barnyards to a “frozen zoo” where scientists are storing DNA from the planet’s most exotic creatures, she discovers how we can use cloning to protect endangered species, craft prosthetics to save injured animals, and employ genetic engineering to supply farms with disease-resistant livestock. Along the way, we meet some of the animals that are ushering in this astonishing age of enhancement, including sensor-wearing seals, cyborg beetles, a bionic bulldog, and the world’s first cloned cat.

Through her encounters with scientists, conservationists, ethicists, and entrepreneurs, Anthes reveals that while some of our interventions may be trivial (behold: the GloFish), others could improve the lives of many species—including our own. So what does biotechnology really mean for the world’s wild things? And what do our brave new beasts tell us about ourselves?

With keen insight and her trademark spunk, Anthes highlights both the peril and the promise of our scientific superpowers, taking us on an adventure into a world where our grandest science fiction fantasies are fast becoming reality.

March 2013 Best Mystery, Thrillers, & Suspense Books

Six Years by Harlan Coben

Six Years by Harlan Coben

Six Years by Harlan Coben

Book Description
Release date: March 19, 2013
In Six Years, a masterpiece of modern suspense, Harlan Coben explores the depth and passion of lost love…and the secrets and lies at its heart.

Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd.

But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for…but she is not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for almost two decades, and with that fact everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life—a time he has never gotten over—is turned completely inside out.

As Jake searches for the truth, his picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel. Mutual friends of the couple either can’t be found, or don’t remember Jake. No one has seen Natalie in years. Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart, who lied to him, soon puts his very life at risk as it dawns on him that the man he has become may be based on a carefully constructed fiction.

Harlan Coben once again delivers a shocking page-turner that deftly explores the power of past love, and the secrets and lies that such love can hide.