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Celtic Tattoo



Celtic Tattoos by Andy Sloss
Learn the traditional art of Celtic body painting

Carlton Books, 2003 edition
Pages: 72
Size: 5.0″x7.75″
Features: diagrams, step-by-step

ISBN: 1-84222-912-5

Celtic Body Decoration Book

From Legendary Celtic Warriors to the present day….

Discover the fascinating art of Celtic Body Decoration with easy-to-read text and clear diagrams of traditional designs for you to try. Practical exercises and an inspirational insight into the history of Celtic body art will entice you to create semi-permanent tattoos which originated over a millennium ago.

– Clear diagrams show how to create enchanting semi-permanent tattoos.

– Traditional designs for you to try, with explanations of the myth and symbolism behind the patterns.

– Easy-to-read text accompanies practical exercises which bring the patterns to life.

– Full history of Celtic design gives a captivating background to the patterns.


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Avalon.ph Featured Customer, Aldrin

Here’s our second Featured Customer, Aldrin! He discovered Avalon.ph around 3 years ago through a radio book review show. He is also part of a book lover’s group called Filipino Book Bloggers, a directory/group of Filipino book bloggers from all over the world.

– How did you discover Avalon.ph?

I found out about the site soon after I moved to Manila in 2007. Back then I used to listen to a lot of local radio stations, and one of those stations, Jam 88.3, had this book review program called Shelve It. Avalon.ph was a regular sponsor of Shelve It, and Lana, the host of the program, featured and even gave away a number of books available from the site. I won Baudolino by Umberto Eco, the first of many books I’d get (the succeeding ones no longer for free, of course) from Avalon.ph.

– What is your best purchase/s on the website and why?

I’m hard-pressed to single out a title from all the books that I’ve purchased from Avalon.ph, which are all good, really. From the site I’ve bought quite a few books by Michael Chabon and Jonathan Lethem, by Philip K. Dick and William Gibson. But I choose my most recent purchase, The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, as probably my best purchase, not because it’s a far better read than, say, Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn or Gibson’s Neuromancer, nor because it sold for quite cheap, but because of the sheer thrill that came the instant I found out that it’s available from an independent bookseller’s Web site whereas the big local bookstore chains appear to not carry the title in their respective online stores nor in any of their branches. The Know-It-All is the breezy memoir of A.J. Jacobs, a magazine editor who set out to spend a year reading, from A to Z, every page of the 2002 edition of Encyclopedia Brittanica. While I am partial to literary and science fiction, I do maintain a soft spot for clever nonfiction, and The Know-It-All, like Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings’s similarly trivia- and humor-laden memoir, Brainiac, is a nonfiction work that is in many ways clever.

– Tell us about your personal evolution in reading, from how your preference changed throughout the years

The first book I read was Aesop’s Fables, back when I was too young to understand some of the words in the book and I would have my uncle explain to me their meaning. Back then I also read whatever else I could get my hands on, like my uncle’s old college textbooks, which contained, among other works of literature that I read but not necessarily understood, Guy de Maupassant’s The Necklace and William Cullen Bryant’s Thanatopsis. I read for the sake of reading. It wasn’t until high school that I would read largely for the sake of self-extension. My high school English teacher gave me her copy of The Little Prince, and that I believe was when my profound love for books started. From Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s compact and beautiful novel I instantly dived into and loved J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Then in college I managed to read a number of fantasy and young adult novels before I began reading modern classics such as The Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird, two of my all time favorites. Now, long after I enjoyed Don DeLillo’s White Noise, I find I’m getting along with postmodern literature rather famously.

– Which book currently in stock on the website do you highly recommend?

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Yes, it’s by Michael Chabon. Yes, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001. And yes, it’s a wonderful, if challenging, read.

– Name one author that people should start reading (& why)

David Mitchell has drawn critical comparisons with Thomas Pynchon and Italo Calvino. He is that good a writer. He can write about unfamiliar worlds so vividly with his palpable powers of description as well as defamiliarize commonplace events so remarkably that the reader might be invited to look at things differently. He has written five novels, and you’ll do well to read even just one of them. Because once you read one of Mitchell’s novels, you’ll be itching to read the rest.

– Who do you collect? Give us a list of your personal must-reads.

Don DeLillo, J.D. Salinger, Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Vonnegut, David Mitchell, Tom McCarthy, David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen, Donald Antrim, Paul Auster, John Barth, Martin Amis, William Gaddis, Donald Barthelme, Italo Calvino, Ian McEwan, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Lethem, Cormac McCarthy, Philip Roth, Nick Hornby, Jennifer Egan, Joshua Ferris, J.K. Rowling, books designed by Jonathan Gray.

– Lastly, share us a favorite quote from any of your favorite books.

“Books are, let’s face it, better than everything else.” – The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

Aldrin likes books. He spends more money on books and iBooks than he earns as a full-time electronics engineer and a part-time book and iPhone app reviewer. He also likes coffee and chocolates, as well as good grammar and proper punctuation in the age of memes and whateverisms. He is a non- practicing wizard.

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Avalon.ph Featured Customer, Louella

In what we hope will be a regular feature on the Avalon.ph blog, we are doing a series of blog post profiling some of our customers. Our very first Featured Customer is Louella Suque. She’s an Avalon.ph customer for more than a year now and is happy to share with us her thoughts about her book collection.

– What is your most memorable purchase/s on the website and why?

My most memorable purchases would have to be my acquisition of hard-to-find books such as TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Sylvia Plath’s Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams and Anne Sexton’s poetry paperback. Avalon.ph has all these great, hard-to-find titles and I’ll admit to going insane each time I browse through the books up for sale. As a matter of fact, at one point, I ended up buying 12 books in one go.

– Share with us your adventures in reading, discovery of new authors and the evolution of your interests:

My mom, from the time I could properly read, made sure that I read classics. The first novel I read from cover to cover was Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist, at age 8. My interest evolved from adventure classics such as Tom Sawyer and Dr Doolittle to Sylvia Plath’s poetry and then a bit of Irvine Welsh by the time I reached high school. It is an endless desire to learn and discover. I read not just for the sake of education but more for leisure.

– What is in your collection?

Of course, being the Sylvia Plath enthusiast that I am, I have every single Plath book in my collection. I also love JD Salinger and I have all of his books including not just one but three copies of The Catcher in the Rye, counting a vintage copy from 1951, a gift from a friend who found it in an antic shop.

I also love Jack Kerouac and am looking forward to exploring the works of other Beat Generation writers such as Allen Ginsberg and William S Burroughs.

– Which books currently in stock on the website do you highly recommend?

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein. I always believe that picture books are also written to be enjoyed even by those pass the age of twelve. Shel Silverstein’s poetry is humorous, clever and witty. His books are a great escape from the ho-hums of a dull weekend afternoon or a pleasing way to conclude a chaotic work day.

– Name one author that people should start reading. Why?

Reading Vladimir Nabokov means intellectual orgasm. If all the other writers have only one selected word, adjective or a single cliché metaphor to describe, for instance, the experience of eating an apple or kissing a girl, Nabokov has multitudes. Reading him is not just an intellectual exercise but a pleasurable awakening of one’s mind’s eye.

– Your taste in music and books. Any connections?

I have always loved the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Tori Amos and Fiona Apple. Radiohead and Pearl Jam, I seem to personally associate with a JD Salinger piece or even a Hemingway or a Palahniuk: the bites of realism and sting of sarcasm is there. I always imagine Sylvia Plath listening to Tori Amos the whole day. Plath and Amos, female artists, tackle feministic issues in their own chosen art forms: music and poetry.

– Lastly, share with us a favorite quote from any of your favorite books.

“He is ugly and sad… but he is all love.” — Gabriel García Márquez (Love in the Time of Cholera)

– Thank you very much Louella!

Louella, a Multimedia Arts major, is a creative writer, one time independent filmmaker and an active cultural worker for cinema. She also collect coffee cups since she was in high school.

Skype: evilloulou
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Blog: http://evilloulou.tumblr.com

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