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How to Draw Japanese Dragons

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Size: 8.5” x 11” - Pages: 166 - Published: 2008 - Price: $70 - Binding: Softcover

This book is AWESOME!! It is a great new collection of dragon imagery perfect for tattoo design. It includes tons of full page full color imagery as well as instructional pages which focus on tricky areas - 12 pages of heads and pages devoted to noses, horns, ears, eyes, claws, tails - this is the most comprehensive book on drawing Japanese dragons one I've seen yet. The book is softcover, appx. 8.5" x 11.5" and 166 pages. Text in Japanese. A must have for tattoo artists interested in traditional Japanese imagery, and Japanesque art collectors.

Birds and Flowers by Ito Jakuchu

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Size: 7” x 10” - Pages: 128 - Published: 2004 - Price: $45 - Binding:  Softcover

This book is called Doubutzu Shokubutsu Sai Kai (loosely translated this means - animal and plant colorful pictures) and it is  the best Jakuchu survey book for the buck. It includes most of his bird/flower and animal studies - nice big prints of his roosters!

Jakuchu was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1715. He is a solitary figure in the history of Japanese painting, way ahead of his time his style decorative, elaborate and daring. He remained unknown until well after his death, when he was rediscovered in the late 19th century.

Jakuchu's animals are a personal favorite....his phoenix and roosters in particular. This book includes images of ducks, his roosters,  the phoenix, peacock, butterfly, cranes, many great fish, octopus (my favorite), toad, dragonflies, crickets and other insects, stingray, shells and assorted small birds...also includes a variety of trees, plants, leaves and flowers. His choice of color and attention to detail are both unique yet quintessentially Japanese. He brings subtle earth tones to life with brilliant red accents - a sun or rooster crown. His underwater scenes are equally stunning, darker yet with vivid details.  This book includes full page, full color reproductions of his birds and animals, as well as separate full pages devoted to close ups of particular points of interest - a rooster head or a particularly vivid fish. Brilliant resource book and a must have for any tattoo art book collection
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Japanese Traditional Birds & Flowers in Outline

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Size: 7” x 10” - Pages: 206 - Published: 2004 - Price: $52 - Binding: Softcover

This book is a collection of monochrone and tri-colored woodblock prints marketed for use on the outermost kimono...therefore the most detailed. It features over 120 pages of woodblock prints of predominately different birds, plants and pattern work; plus a section in the back of single line designs...again more animals and georgeous flowers. Contains images of cranes, hawks, swallows, roosters, lots of assorted plants and trees, waves, dragon, a foo dog, cat, rabbit, boats, butterflies, armor, turtles, eel, bats, cherry blossoms and more. A great book for woodblock print collectors/artists, and those interested in traditional Japanese design and patterning - this book has large inspiring images for those in need of ideas...great for tattooing.

Japanese Tiger Illustrations

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Size: 8.5" x 11.5" - Pages: 158 - Published: 2009 - Price: $70 - Softcover

This is a great book on drawing/painting Japanese Tigers. It is one of the most comprehensive ones I've seen yet  - incredibly thorough. It includes a section on faces, legs/paws, body positions, ears, mouths, tails and stripes. The illustrations range from basic outline to full color completed piece. It details both the Japanese style, slouchy, hunched sad eyed tigers on ukiyo-e and the more ferocious, powerful creatures that are seen in Western and Chinese Art. It is predominately illustrations - all text is in Japanese. A must have for tattoo artists interested in traditional Japanese imagery.

Painting Japanese Dragons - Now OOP

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Size: 8.5" x 11.5" - Pages: 88 - Published: 2005 - Price: $100 - Softcover

This is an amazing collection of Dragon Imagery by Seiryu Kitabatake that came out December 2005.....(I believe it is a reprint of a collection from 1997 that was put out by a publishing company that was bought out) anywhoo it is one of the most amazing collections available in Japan. It includes 88 pages of predominantly monochrome, full page images.The very little text there is, is in Japanese but the book consists mainly of amazing Japanese dragons in a multitude of poses.

Niwatori (Japanese Roosters) OOP


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Size: 6” x 9” - Pages: 400 - Published: 2004 - Price: $125 - Binding: Softcover

I am gonna come right out and say it....this is the best book on cocks I have ever seen!! It is amazing!! Beatifully bound and printed on high quality paper this book boasts 400 pages full of images of Japanese roosters - really, really incredible. Includes stunning photographs as well as images in art. The book includes few pages of text (in Japanese) the rests is full color images. This is a brilliant reference book for any artist interested in traditional and not so traditional Japanese renditions of these great birds. This book is out of print so snatch it up now.

Strange Japanese Creatures

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Size: 6” x 8.5” - Pages: 155 - Published: 2004 - Price: $58 - Binding: Hardcover

I LOVE THIS BOOK. It is called KAIKI CHOJYU ZUKAN (strange bird/animal picture collection) and features 100 full color images, 1 per page, of mythological creatures including birds with dragon heads, tigers that are part goat, a beast with part snake - part human features, really creepy stuff. The last 50 pages are monochrome thumbnails of more creatures. The book is appx. 6"x8.5" and 155 pages reading right to left. Text is in Japanese.This book is a good one for anyone interested in antique Japanese imagery and anyone intersted in images to use as a springboard for original artwork and designs.

Cats in Japanese Art

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Size: 6.5” x 8.5” - Pages: 126 - Published: 2008 - Price: $32 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great little reference book on Japanese cat imagery. Itincludes 126 pages (both full color and monochrome) of Japanese cat illustrations - both paintings and ukiyo-e. Cats are depicted in a wide range of styles...sweet, aloof and in some of the ukiyo-e, menacing - since there are Japanese Ghost stories involving cats. Includes some cool anthropomorphized cats donning kimono and dancing. Lots of food for thought in this little collection. Text is minimal and in Japanese. This is a great Japanese art and tattoo reference book - great to have around the shop.

Japanese Tigers - OOP

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Size: 7.5" x 9 " - Pages: 77 - Published: 1997 - Price: $50 - Softcover

This book is cool and a little different from most of the Japanese tigers books in that these tigers are fierce. They strike aggressive poses and are not reminiscent of the ukiyo-e pussycat tigers that the Japanese are infamous for. Lots of great full color and line drawing illustrations plus individual pages devotes to heads, noses, eyes, mouths and whiskers, teeth, tongues, ears, foreheads, stripes, paws and tails and rounded out with a step by step approach to crafting an amazing tiger. This one is one of my favorite tiger reference books and it it out of print, so snatch this one up.

Japanese Zodiac Animal Imagery
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Size: 7” x 10” - Pages: 150 - Published: 2007 - Price: $40 - Binding: Softcover

This book is a great find for anyone looking for Japanese style imagery of the zodiac animals - rat, chicken, monkey, snake, boar, rabbit, dragon, tiger, horse, ox and goat. Images puled from old advertisements, woodblock prints, stamps, illustrations and photos. Great variety and very original. This is a good reference book for tattoo shops or collectors of Japanese art and designs. Book is 150 pages, appx. 10 pages per animal, 2-3 images per page. Reads right to left, Japanese style, text in Japanese.

Japanese Tiger Design Book

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Size: 8.5” x 11.5” - Pages: 87 - Published: 1997 - Price: $55 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great reference book for drawing traditional Japanese tigers. It includes well over 50 full color & monchrome examples of tigers done in the traditional Japanese style. Many of these designs are full page paintings. Includes a few pages on specific body and face details to get you started and help you through some of the more difficult areas of design. A must have resource book for tattoo artists interested in traditional Japanese imagery.


Drawing Japanese Dragons Reference Book

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Size: 8.5” x 11.5” - Pages: 90 - Published: 2003 - Price: $60 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great reference book for anyone looking for instruction in drawing traditional Japanese dragons. One of the more comprehensive publications this book is 90 pages of black and white dragon imagery. It includes12 pages devoted to heads, 5 pages of claws and the remaining pages of full body illustrations range from single line drawing to fully shaded dragons with wind spirals. Excellent resource book.

Dragon & Phoenix Design Book - OOP

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Size: 7” x 7” - Pages: 140 - Published: 1998 - Price: $50 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great little Japanese book on Dragon and Phoenix designs. 140 pages of monochrome images, an average of 4 to a page, and 22 full color pages in the back all of Dragons and Phoenix. Very good for people looking for an original image, solid black line drawings perfect for tattoo work - easy to replicate or use as a base for your own original artwork. Great little reference book to have around the shop.

Japanese Dragon Design Book

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Size: 8.5” x 11.5” - Pages: 99 - Published: 2007 - Price: $70 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great new collection of dragon imagery perfect for tattoo design. It includes both dragons by master artists like Hokusai as well as current artists who specialize in traditional Japanese imagery. There is a brilliant range of styles in the dragons - each artists brings something new to the book - allowing the reader a broad scope of possibilities. The book is cover to cover illustrations - not so much text in this one, although what is there is in Japanese. The images are, for the most part, ink on paper and therefore monochrome. Many of these designs are full page, so the details are very clear. Includes a few pages of close up face sketches to get you started and help you through some of the more difficult areas of design. A must have for tattoo artists interested in traditional Japanese imagery, and Japanesque art collectors.

Japanese Classic Images w/CD-ROM

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Size: 7” x 9” - Pages: 127 - Published: 2001 - Price: $50 - Binding: Softcover

This book is designed to help people create their own stationary/new years card...hence the inclusion of a CD-ROM. The book is a great collection of traditional Japanese imagery, all in full color. The CD-ROM allows you to play with these images, change them to monochrome designs, thicken lines and play around until you've created the exact image you're after. With some luck you'll be able to give you customer an idea of the design without having to laborously draw it out (over and over). This book includes some great images of goldfish, all sorts of flowers including mums and cherry blossom, archways, fans, men and womens kimono and fabric designs, tons of great birds - crane and hawk - sea life, Mt. Fuji scenes, dragons, foo dogs, turtles, workers, warriors, bamboo and a page each for all 12 chinese zodiac animals: dog, cock, monkey, boar, goat, horse, snake, dragon, rabbit, tiger, ox, and rat. Very cool book and a great reference book to have in the shop.

More Japanese Classic Images w/CD-ROM

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Size: 7” x 9” - Pages: 127 - Published: 2002 - Price: $50 - Binding: Softcover

This book is designed to help people create their own stationary/new years card...hence the inclusion of a CD-ROM. The book is a great collection of traditional Japanese imagery, all in full color. The CD-ROM allows you to play with these images, change them to monochrome designs, thicken lines and play around until you've created the exact image you're after. With some luck you'll be able to give you customer an idea of the design without having to laborously draw it out (over and over). This book includes 120 pages of full color images of primarily animals, plants and people. Included are Japanese-esque renditions of frog, fish, crab, waves, deer, squirrel, fox, pig, raccoon, cats, cranes, peacock, hawks, owl, swallows, geese, duck, assorted smaller birds, bijin (beauties in kimono), fruit and some vegetables, cherry and plum blossoms, chrysanthemums, red maple leaves, sunflowers, 2 pages of each of the 12 chinese zodiac animals: dog, cock, monkey, boar, goat, horse, snake, dragon, rabbit, tiger, ox, and rat. Foo dogs, the gods of thunder and wind, shrimp, lunch boxes, kites, noh mask, moon, Mt. Fuji, and background patterns featuring flowers and waves....this book has it all!!! Includes a section on Hiragana symbols as well. The images are brilliant, making this volume a great addition to anyone collection traditional Japanese imagery.

Art Nouveau Design Book with CD-ROM

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Size: 8.5” x 9” - Pages: 144 - Published: 2002 - Price: $58 - Binding: Softcover w/CD-ROM

I Love this book. It is one of a series put out by a publishing house in the Netherlands and the whole series is amazing...The book has introductions in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, dutch, Japanese and Chinese....a little something for everyone! It includes a mac/win compatible CD-ROM of the images. Great for simple small tattoo pieces, frames and bands. This stuff will steer you as an artist and your clients as well down a new avenue of tattoo design.....these are classic pieces yet to be tapped and truly timeless. This book is a great springboard for tattoo ideas and will be a welcome addition to any individual or shop collection.

Dragon Illustrations in Color - RARE

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Size: 9 ” x 11.5 ” - Pages: 128 - Published: 2008 - Price: $82 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great book on Syogaku Emoto's dragons, unique in that they are in color instead of the more prominent monochrome illustrations. Not so much a 'how to' book this one features more completed illustrations. Lots of full page, full color dragons in a variety of positions - there are some great red suns and flames. There is a section on the technical aspect of adding color at the end. All in all a great reference book to have around the shop.

 

 

Japanese Design Collection - Bird

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Size: 4" x 6" - Pages: 160 - Published: 1991 - Price: $35 - Softcover

This is an awesome collection of brilliant bird and flower imagery - pocket size and great for conventions. Chrysanthemums, sakura, peony, bamboo, cranes, mandarin, phoenix, peacocks, swallows and so so so much more. Do yourself a big favor.....

 

Hokusai Encyclopedia - ALL THE MANGA & SKETCHES

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Size: 6” x 9” - Pages: 932!! - Published: 2005 - Price: $180 - Binding: Hardcover


This is an AMAZING collection of artwork by Japanese master artist Katsushika Hokusai, one of my personal favorites. This is all 15 of the sketchbooks and Manga COMPLETE and bound in one encyclopedic volume! 932 pages of art - an invaluable reference book! This is all the animals, plants, men, women, gods, architecture, demons, objects - basically everything Hokusai saw in his life that he chronicled for future reference (little did he know how far into the future his material would be referenced!) These prints have been previously published individually both in paperback and hardback (the hardback volumes are now out of print), but this is the first time you can get them all in one go. This book is a monster! Text is in Japanese and book reads right to left, Japanese style.


Rare Bird Painting Techniques

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Size: 8 ” x 11.5” - Pages: 96 - Published: 2001 - Price: $45 - Binding: Softcover

This is a good little "how to" book for painting asian birds.It ahighlights peacocks, pheasants, cranes, egrets, eagles, owls mandrins and mallards. It pays special attention to tricky details like heads and leg positions. and claws and has several step by step sections to help you craft beautiful birds. Stock on this book is limited, I only get them in occasionally so please understand if there is a delay on your order. If this book is out of stock I will refund your payment and let you know as soon as more come in. xx

 

Hiroshige Collection

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Size: 7” x 10” - Pages: 80 - Published: 2007 - Price: $45 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great survey book on the works of master ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige - a contemporary of Hokusai. Includes people, animals - great fish, koi, monkey, ducks, birds...a cool lobster - some of his geisha, plants, and some stunning landscapes. This is a great introduction to his work. He was inspired to become an Ukiyo-e artist by Hokusai's 36 veiws of Mt. Fuji (Hiroshige was a fireman by trade, like his father) and he made his mark in history with his own 56 Stations of the Tokaido - painting famous views along this long road that connects Edo (Tokyo) with Kyoto. Hiroshige is a personal favorite. I purchased a copy of the monkey when I first started collection Japanese art and it is amazing. Hiroshige uses bold blues to bring his pieces to life. His colors are striking and really draw the eye. His plants and animals are very detailed and quintessentially Japanese - making this a great reference book for artist interested in Japanese Imagery. Brilliant tattoo reference. Reads right to left, Japanese style and text is in Japanese.

Japanese Koi (Carp) Reference Book - OOP


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Size: 9” x 12” - Pages: 85 - Published: 1985 - Condition: USED - GOOD CONDITION - Price: $70 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great Japanese Koi (Carp) Designs Book - a compilation of sumi-e ink imagery. 64 full page monochrome images of koi in different positions and with different markings. This is a Japanese painting reference book. This book is now out of print and rare. It is used, in excellent condition, softcover and well bound appx. 9" x 12" - 85 pages in total. Text is in Japanese, book reads right to left.

 

Japanese Traditional Animals in Outline


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Size: 7” x 10” - Pages: 228 - Published: 2003 - Price: $52 - Binding: Softcover

This is an awesome book for anyone interested in classic Japanese art. It is 228 pages of outlines intended for use in woodbock prints and kimono embroidery. The outlines are large and images clear. There are some great foo dogs and dragons. The book features both monochrome and trichrome images of animals, including - tigers, dragons, foo dogs, rabbits, elephants, fish, koi/carp, dragonflies and insects, cranes, dogs, goats, monkeys, fox, ox, horses shellfish, shrimp, turtles, turtles of fortune, cranes, ducks, owls, pheasants, cocks, finches, peacocks, warriors, gods, children, flowers, plants, deer, images of gods on clouds/with dragons/riding carp....all sorts of great stuff! This is a great reference book - images are perfect for immediate tattoo work or as a springboard for original artwork.

Mythical Beasts of Japan - From Evil Creatures to Sacred Beasts - OOP

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Size: 6 " x 9 " - Pages: 392 - Published: 2009 - Price: $100 - Softcover

This is an amazing book by the people that did the Kingyo and Niwatori books I ha ve in other auctions - if you are going to make one new acquisition this month, this should be it. It is called Mythical Beasts of Japan - From Evil Creatures to Sacred Beasts (sounds similar to the art shows I have been organizing this past year!) and it includes an impressive collection of ukiyo-e woodblock and screen paintings from traditional Japanese masters that feature a huge assortment of creatures. Moreover it has an index in the back that explains the significance and characterstics of eash one. All text, irtroduction as well, is in Japanese and English. The book includes Foo Dogs, Kirin, Dragons, Phoenix, White Elephants, Tigers, Deer, Hakutaku, Baku, Tortoise, Karyobinga, Fujin, Raijin, Goho-Doji, Kenzoku, Oni, Tengu, Catfish, Fox, The entrance to the spirit world, Tsuchigumo, Kappa, Bakeneko, Daijya, the monster Serpent, and Tsukumogami....as well as assorted obake and goblins. The publishers have done an amazing job, I cannot give high enough praise for this compilation - as I flipped through it I was struck by how thorough it is. The book includes few pages of text and the rests is full page, full color images. There is a section in the back that includes photos of Kimono, pottery, sword hilts etc. that feature mythical beasts as well.

 

Painting Butterflies & Insects

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Size: 21cm x 30cm - Pages: 118 - Published: 2002 - Price: $55 - Softcover

I love love love insects and this book has some incredible dragonflies, praying mantis, grasshoppers, bees and butterflies!! If you do insects and are ready to put an asian twist on them, pick this up. It includes a variety of nice flowers as well - lotus, peopies, lillies, iris. This is a great tattoo reference book. Stock on this book is limited, I only get them in occasionally so please understand if there is a delay on your order. If this book is out of stock I will refund your payment and let you know as soon as more come in. xx.

Asian Dragons and Phoenix in Outline

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Size: 7.5 " x 10" - Pages: 130 - Price: $48 - Softcover

This is a huge collection of rather coarse outlines of dragons and phoenix. Ranging from thick outlines suitable for stencil work to more fine, delicate illustrations this book offers a variety of positions and designs. Great to kickstart original compositions.

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How To Draw Dragons - Step by Step

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Size: 7 ” x 10” - Pages: 104 - Published: 2011 - Price: $52 - Binding: Softcover

This is a new publication on drawing dragons with a huge focus on step by step crafting. Attention is paid specifically to eyes, claws, scales, horns, snouts, whiskers - all the tricky parts that, when done well, make a dragon illustration stand out. If you are trying to fine tune your dragons this book is exactly what you are after!

Foo Dogs - A Complete Guide to Komainu

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Size: 6” x 8” - Pages: 128 - Published: 2006 - Price: $45 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great little book. I have been waiting for a book to be published devoted to FOO DOGS or KOMAINU as the statues guarding the temples are called in Japanese. Not only have they finally done it, they translated the text so it is printed in both English and Japanese. The photos in the book are of statues, not illustrations. The book focuses on foo dogs guarding different temples and their history. It outlines the history and purpose of foo dogs in Asian culture and illustrates differences between the Edo lion and the Naniwa foo dog. Photos are dated so you can see the growth and development of these statues. All in all a very cool reference book.


Animal, Bird, Insect, Fish - OOP

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Size: 6” x 9” - Pages: 408!!! - Published: 2008 - Price: $120 - Binding: Softcover-USED in mint/good condition.

This is an amazing book by PIE, the people that did the Kingyo and Noh book I have in other auctions - if you are going to make one new acquisition this month, this should be it. It is called Animal, Bird, Insect, Fish and includes 408 pages of amazing full color full page animal images pulled from traditional Japanese art. Great illustrations of tigers, lions, cheetah, cranes, hawks, peacocks, phoenix, swallows, chickens, koi fish, phoenix, rabbits, hawks, fox, dragons, horses, cows, dogs, rabbits, badgers, camels, cats, butterflies, dragonflies, grasshoppers, frogs, cicadas, deer, crabs, lobsters, octopus and tons more....all pulled from the Japanese Masters. The publishers have done an amazing job, I cannot give high enough praise for this compilation - as I flipped through it I was struck by how thorough it is, there are tons of prints I have never seen before. The book includes few pages of text (in Japanese), the forward has been translated into English but the rest is full color full page illustrations. The book itself is softcover, appx. 8.75" x 6" and made with nice thick durable pages.

More Japanese Dragons (good for tails and claws)

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Size: 7 ” x 10” - Pages: 144 - Published: 2008 - Price: $50 - Binding: Softcover

This book is AWESOME!! It is a "how to draw" Japanese dragons perfect for tattoo design. It has some really good pages on tails and claws, a section devoted to clouds and waves and background ideas, lots of different body sketches for position and tons of unique faces. Unlike a lots of the Japanese dragon illustration books, this one includes art from different sumi-e artists - so there are an assortment of styles/approaches. The book is softcover, appx. 7"x10" and 144 pages. Text in Japanese. A great one for artists trying to develop their dragon imagery.

Drawing Japanese Dragons (good for body positions)

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Size: 6” x 8” - Pages: 144 - Published: 2008 - Price: $50 - Binding: Softcover

This is a reprint of a book that came out in 2004. It is a "how to draw" Japanese dragons perfect for tattoo design. It includes 190 pages of dragon outlines and sketches. These are all full figures in a great variety of positions. If you've worked out your heads and claws pick this one up to get your dragons flowing. This will help you better fit your dragon to the body.

Chinese Stencil Designs

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Size: 4” x 6” - Pages: 255 - Published: 2006 - Price: $25 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great book put out by the same people who do the Japanese kimono pattern design series. This one has 255 pages of clean monochrome designs that would make great, original tattoos. This would make a great shop book and allow artists the opportunity to have new flash at their disposal...these illustrations will grab the people who come in wanting - a butterfly, or a flower. Images include goats, zebra, rabbits, pigs, some great mice, tigers, wierd little foo dogs, cats, dogs, pheasants, chickens, flying birds, cranes, even a penguin, tons of fish, a great goldfish, frog, crab, insects, butterflies, all sorts of flowers, some of the best chrysanthemum outlines I have seen yet, trees, fruit, peoples faces, ox, and the 12 chinese zodiac animals. Easily 500 designs in one little book! Great for rubber stamps and silk screen work as well!

Drawing Japanese Tigers - Quick Reference Guide

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Size: 7 " x 10" - Pages: 80 - Published: 2009 - Price: $38 - Softcover

This is a good little quick reference guide to drawing Japanese Tigers. It includes a good assortment of body positions and facial expressions. It has outlines of tigers as well as shaded images and fully colored renditions. A great reference book to keep around the shop....perfect for 2010, The Year of the Tiger.

Japanese Hawks & Other Birds - A Sumi-e Reference Book

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Size: 9 " x 11.5" - Pages: 98 - Published: 2007 - Price: $55 - Softcover

This is an awesome collection of sumi-e paintings of Hawks, Eagles, Crows and Owl done in a distinctive Japanese style. It includes up close details of claws, beaks, heads, and  wings, along with a few step to step guides to bird construction. This is a must have for tattoo artists interested in traditional Japanese imagery, and Japanesque art collectors.

Guide to Painting Japanese Tigers

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Size: 9 " x 11.5" - Pages: 98 - Published: 2009 - Price: $65 - Softcover

This is an awesome book on how to draw Japanese tigers - perfect tattoo reference material. It includes several step by step pages to illustrate how to craft both the whole body and the face in various positions, the rest of the pages are devoted to finished paintings of tigers in a multitude of positions. From sketch to fully rendered illustration this book offers TONS of tiger imagery and is a brilliant reference book to keep around the shop.

Birds & Flowers in Japanese Kimono Design

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Size: 7 " x 10" - Pages: 208 - Published: 2009 - Price: $65 - Flexicover

This is an amazing book full of beautiful Japanese birds and flowers. It is one of the best collections I have come across - an excellent book for tattooist - tons of cranes, peacocks, phoenix, mandrin ducks, swallows, sparrows and full of mums, sakura, bamboo, pine needles, peony....it has it all!! Full color, full page images from Kyoto kimonos, famed for their intricacy and composition. Predominately artwork - only 5 pages of text in the whole book!!!  This is a brilliant compilation and would be a great addition to anyone collecting Japanese kimono art, or interested it traditional Japanese designs.

Kirin Outline Book

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Size: 7.5 " x 10" - Pages: 208 - Published: 2004 - Price: $58 - Softcover

This is a really great little tattoo reference book and the first I have seen that focuses predominately on Kirin. The Japanese Kirin traces it‘s origins to Chinese mythology, but they‘ve diverged quite a bit in physical appearance and attributes. In Japan, Kirin are believed to be more powerful than dragons or phoenix, but much less aggressive. The Kirin is a benevolent creature, a protector, that, while incredibly powerful, will not harm another living creature unnecessarily. They do not hunt or eat meat and supposedly move without disrupting even the grass underfoot. They are said to appear only in lands ruled by a just and virtuous leader, therefore the appearance of a Kirin is a very good omen, particularly for the ruling family, as they are fierce adversaries of deceit and cruelty. Some legends portray Kirin as a sacred pet of the gods. Kirin are said to have the head of a dragon, the body of a deer, often covered with the scales of a fish or dragon, the legs of a horse and the tail of a bull. They usually have antlers or a single horn in the center of their foreheads. This book contains a variety of Kirin images in various angles and stature as well as some Dragons, Phoenix, Foo Dogs and Gembu. A must have! Stock on this book is limited, I only get them in occasionally so please understand if there is a delay on your order. If this book is out of stock I will refund your payment and let you know as soon as more come in. xx

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Drawing Goldfish & Golden Carp

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Size: 21cm x 30cm - Pages: 110 - Published: 2007 - Price: $48 - Softcover

This is a great little instructional book on crafting asian koi and goldfish, perfect for tattoo reference. It includes step by step drawing instructions as well as written instructions and tips in English. Stock on this book is limited, I only get them in occasionally so please understand if there is a delay on your order.

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Elaborate Bird Paintings

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Size: 21cm x 30cm - Pages: 224 - Published: 2000 - Price: $55 - Softcover

This book is cool. Step by step visual instructions on drawing over 80 different birds. Very good reference book for anyone crafting bird/flower or bird/branch imagery. Stock on this book is limited, I only get them in occasionally so please understand if there is a delay on your order. If this book is out of stock I will refund your payment and let you know as soon as more come in. xx

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Kingyo - Japanese Goldfish

 

Size: 6” x 9” - Pages: 385 - Published: 2003 - Price: $70 - Binding:  Softcover


This is an amazing book, 386 pages of images of Kingyo, Japanese goldfish. Photographs, images in ceramics, paintings and pottery. The book includes only 63 pages of text (in Japanese) the rests is full color images. This is a brilliant reference book for any artist interested in traditional and not so traditional Japanese renditions of these great fish. There is a reference section in the back that show the Japanese name for each breed of goldfish and where it appears in the book.

Japanese Butterfly Designs

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Size: 9.5” x 9.5” - Pages: 88 - Published: 2003 - Price: $52 - Binding:  Softcover

This book is called Modern Design of Japan and features brilliant, traditional Japanese butterflies imagery. It is 88 pages total  with 76 pages of full color images, 47 of which feature butterflies. The remaining pages feature abstract patterns, full color, like one might find on furoshike. The book is well bound and quite impressive. The butterflies alone brilliant enough for single image tattoo work, the patterns great for background construction. Original artwork with a very pronounced Japanese influence. Great book to have around the shop.

The Best Bird Reference Book in Japan

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Size: 9.5" x 11” - Pages: 180 - Published: 2008 - Price: $120 - Binding: Hardcover

Just this the title says...this is the best bird reference book I have found over here. A gorgeous hardback with a huge variety of birds - from sparrows to owls and falcons.- Sketches and full color illustrations with special attention paid to head, claws and wing details...often displaying several positions for each bird. This book is a must have.

 

 

Asian Hawk Illustrations

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Size: 28.5cm x 28.5cm - Pages: 46 - - Price: $50 - Softcover

This is a beautiful collection of asian hawk illustrations. Hawks and Eagles in a variety of poses beautifully detailed with stunning backgrounds. A must have for anyone tattooing birds and flowers. These ship in sporadically so if it is out of stock we will add your name to our waiting list and send one out as soon as we can. Thanks for understanding, Gomineko

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Rad Tiger Sketchbook

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Size: 10" x 14" - Pages: 46 - - Price: $58 - Softcover

This is a great book...all tiger outlines perfect for tattoo reference. This book is big and thin so will be shipped rolled in a tube so it doesn't get damaged. These ship in sporadically so if it is out of stock we will add your name to our waiting list and send one out as soon as we can. Thanks for understanding, Gomineko

Cats in Ukiyo-e

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Size: 6 " x 8 " - Pages: 140 - Published: 2010 - Price: $40 - Softcover

This is a great collection of Japanese cat imagery. I've seen many of these prints before in the out of print Orange Kuniyoshi Humorous Illustrations book but if you don't want to fork out $400 then I'd suggest you pick this one up instead! It has the monster cats (bakeneko) prints, illustrations of cats as pets and tons of pages devoted cats with human characteristics which I just love....cats in kimono performing daily tasks, dancing, debating, playing musical instruments etc...very cool. There is sure to be something that appeals to everyone in this book, making it a great one to have around the shop.

Chinese Foo Dogs by Dong Dong Chou

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Size: 11 " x 14 " - Pages: 126 - Published: 2010 - Price: $90 -Hardcover

This book is amazing and I highly recommend it! It's a beautiful cloth bound collection of foo dog reference by Mummy Tattoo's Dong Dong. Predominately full page, full color illustrations, with a few sketches and close ups of eyes and claws. Dong Dong's sketches are full of movement and expression - they are powerful and translate beautifully into tattoos. This is the best foo dog reference I have seen on the market - do yourself a favor!

The Best Little Animal Reference PocketBook Ever!

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Size: 4 " x 6 " - Pages: 328 - Published: 2010 - Price: $30 -Softcover

This really is the best little animal reference pocket book ever. Over 300 pages of animals, both sketches and full color renditions - and decent ones at that. Various poses, an amazing variety of species - including dinosaurs, and best of all it'll fit in your back pocket making it perfect to take to conventions. Fish, insects, birds, amphibians, reptiles, mamals - they're all there. This one's good bang for the buck.

Painting Japanese Monkeys - OOP

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Size: 22.5cm x 30cm - Pages: 126 - Published: 2003 - Price: $70 - Softcover

This book is awesome!! Step by step visual instructions on painting various simians with special attention to heads, bodies and body positioning, facial expressions and features and hands and feet. . Amazing full color full illustrations in the back of uniquely Japanese renditions of monkeys including monkey samurai warriors, monkeys with Buddhist deities and the beloved Japanese Macaque monkeys.

This book is out of print and stock of mint copies is limited, I do have 2 copies in stock at present. but if this book is out of stock when you I will refund your payment and let you know as soon as more come in.

Japanese Animals Sketchbook

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Size: 15cm x 21cm - Pages: 126 - Published: 2011 - Price: $48 - Softcover

This book is a cool book of outlines of traditional Japanese animals originally intended to help calligraphy students. I picked it up because it's a great variation of seacreatures, plants and flowers, birds and creatures. Sipmle to draw from outlines make this collection a great resource for original compositions.

Japanese Monkey Sumi-e Illustrations - OOP

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Size: 22cm x 33cm - Pages: 95 - Published: 2003 - Price: $50 - Softcover

This is a good little collection of monkey imagery. It includes a lot of sumi illustrations in a variety of styles. Several pages of step by step instructions, there are some fully rendered illustrations in the back of monkeys and landscapes and several pages of monkey photos. All in all a vendy little reference book to have around the shop.

This book is out of print and stock of mint copies is limited, I do have copies in stock at present. but if this book is out of stock when you I will refund your payment and let you know as soon as more come in.

Sumi-e Guide Book - Sea Creatures, Plants and Insects.

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Size: 9 " x 11.5" - Pages: 98 - Published: 1998 - Price: $50 - Softcover

This is a great book on how to create traditional Japanese stylized sea creatures. plants and insects. Predominately sea creatures it illustrates step by step painting techniques for lobster, fish, shellfish, and well as details crabs, vegetables, insects, butterflies, snails. Great book designed to assist artists with their own unique compositions.

Dragon Illustrations - brilliant tattoo reference!!

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Size: 9 " x 12" - Pages: 127 - Published: 2011 - Price: $90 - Hardcover

This is an awesome new publication of dragon illustrations created specifically for tattoo artists. From single line to fully rendered with background imagery, this book is cover to cover inspiration. It's unique in that there is a section devoted to dragons w/ plants and flowers as well as in the fact that there was more than one artistic contributor....allowing for a variety of style and composition. Predominately full page monochrome images, with a small section of work in full color at the end. This is a great book for any serious tattooer.

Dragon Suiboku-ga Art Book

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Size: 9 " x 12" - Pages: 104 - Published: 2011 - Price: $68 - Softcover

This is a new rather hectic book of dragon illustrations....includes contributions from 10 different artists giving the collection a lot of diversity. All monochrome except the first 8 pages there is a lot of food for thought in this book. A page and a half of claws and a step by step face construction helps you through some of the trickier areas. All in all a good reference book.

Kitabatake Seiryu's Dragon Illustrations

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Size: 9 " x 11 " - Pages: 96 - Published: 2011 - Price: $65 - Softcover

Seiryu's dragons are remarkably feminine and delicate. The compositions are fluid and she makes great use of wind and flames. The first half of the book is sumi-e so monochrome illustrations, the latter half is gold on black etchings...predominately Buddhist imagery. I was really struck by how unique Seiryu's approach is to a very thoroughly explored motif! If you are in the market for something different, check this out.

Japanese Roosters (Niwatori)

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Size: 6" x 8" - Pages: 70 - Published: 2009 - Price: $35 - Softcover


While not as good as the out of print  PIE Niwatori book I am selling, this book does a good job capturing the awesome Japanese, um, cock. Some great head shots, tail displays and feather close ups. All in all some great reference. 

 

Pose Book - Animals

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Size: 7" x 10" - Pages: 176 - Published: 2003 - Price: $58 - Softcover


Well over 1500 photos of animals doing numerous activities = reference jackpot. Huge section on cats and assorted dogs - this was designed with the manga artist in mind, but includes a huge wild animal section in the back as well.


Japanese Bird Illustrations

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Size: 8” x 11.5” - Pages: 110 - Published: 2010 - Price: $65 - Softcover

Great collection of small bird illustrations. Predominately monochrome sumi ink illustrations, the first half is essentially "how to" instructionals. This is not you average joe swallow imagery but if you get requests for song birds n cherry blossoms this book will definitely prove handy.

 

A Field Guide to Bats the Bats of Japan

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Size: 4.5”x7” - Pages: 88 - Published: 2011 - Price: $32 - Softcover

This is a cool little book on the bats in Japan. Lots of face close ups and arrows pointing out the differences found in the individual breeds. Photos are full color not full page but definitely plentiful. Text in Japanese.

 

Little Sea Creatures Reference Book

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Size: 4 " x 6" - Pages: 238 - Published: 1999 - Price: $30 - Softcover

This is a rad collection of underwater creature imagery. Tons of monochrome and full color illustrations of jellyfish and sea urchins etc. and small so it's perfect for taking to conventions....

Little Moths & Butterflies Reference Book

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Size: 4 " x 6" - Pages: 228 - Published: 1999 - Price: $30 - Softcover

This is a great little portable book full of beautiful full color butterfly, moth, insect and flower imagery. Tons of stuff in this little guy!

Phoenix Outlines

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Size: 7.5 " x 10" - Pages: 208 - Price: $60 - Softcover

This is one of the best books devoted exclusively to phoenix that I hve in stock. A wide assortment of outlines, the entire book is monochrone, with a few pages devoted to tail feather designs, and amyriad of body positions. Great book to use as a springboard for original illustrations! This book comes to me is less than mint condition, usually looks like it has been sitting on the shelf since 1960....they are also from a distributor that sends to me quite sporatically so I only get them in every once in a while ¥, and I sell out fast. If I am out of stock I will let you know and add you to our wait list. xo Gomineko

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Painting Chinese Birds

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Size: 28.5cm x 28.5cm - Pages: 70 - Price: $58 - Softcover

This book is gorgeous. Tons of bird outlines, and quite a few pages devoted to step by step instruction. This book includes both monochrome outline and full color illustrations...BRILLIANT bird reference!!

 

Huge Book of Tiger Illustrations

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Size: 10" x 14" - Pages: 46 - - Price: $58 - Softcover

This is a great book...all tiger outlines perfect for tattoo reference. This book is big and thin so will be shipped rolled in a tube so it doesn't get damaged. We get these in sporadically, and they sell out fast, so if it is out of stock we will add your name to our waiting list and send one out as soon as we can. Thanks for understanding, Gomineko

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Rare Drawing Dragons Book - OOP

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Size: 9” x 12” - Pages: 128 - Published: 1987 - Price: $100 - Binding: Softcover

This is a rare publication of really nice dragon imagery perfect for tattoo reference. This book has been out of print for a while now, I have 3 copies in stock, they are gently used but in fine condition for studying. All monochrone, lots of full page outlines....cover to cover rad dragon illustrations. Pick this up before I run out.

 

Songoku Monkey King Illustrations - Limited Stock

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Size: 10” x 14.5” - Pages: 17 - Price: $60 - Binding: Softcover

This book rules! Such amazing illustrations. Not tons of pages but each one packs a punch. I get these in infrequently so if by change it is out of stock you will be notified by email and added to the wait list. At the moment I have about 8 in stock. xo Gomineko

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Asian Hawk Illustrations - Limited Stock

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Size: 10” x 14.5” - Pages: 25 - Price: $60 - Binding: Softcover

Like the book above this book is cover to cover amazing illustrations. Not tons of pages but each one packs a punch. I get these in infrequently so if by change it is out of stock you will be notified by email and added to the wait list. At the moment I have about 5 in stock. xo Gomineko

Cats in Japanese Woodblock Prints w/English Explanations!

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Size: 6” x 8.5” - Pages: 192 Published: 2012 - Price: $58 - Binding: Softcover

Great little book of cats in ukiyo-e that has, wait for it, explanations in both Japanese and English! Such a great reference book! Tons of prints, most full page of double page spreads with thorough English commentary. Get this one.

Sliding Door and Folding Screen Paintings - OOP


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Size: 9” x 12” Pages: 120 - Published:1997 - Price: $100 - Binding: Softcover

This book is cool....tons of rad animal imagery and landscapes from the Maruyama school! Birds, rock formations, trees, flowers, tons of fish and underwater creatures. Some really great hawk line drawings and a secion of kimono patterning as well. I like this cause it's full of stuff that hasn't been used 100 times. This book is out of print so if I don't have it in stock you will be notified by email and added to the wait list. xo Gomineko

Wildlife & People Illustrations - OOP


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Size: 9” x 12” Pages: 119 - Published:1997 - Price: $100 - Binding: Softcover

Another book of really cool imagery from the Maruyama school. reat tigers, gods and deities, some brilliant cocks and peafowl as well. This book is predominately line studies so really good for things like kimono construction. This book is out of print so if I don't have it in stock you will be notified by email and added to the wait list. xo Gomineko

Hokusai Museum Catalog vol. 1 - Birds and Animals

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Size: 9” x 12” - Pages: 164 - Published: 1990 - Price: $80 - Binding: Hardcover

This book is awesome! Tons of full page, full color renditions of hawks, phoenix, fish, tigers, shi shi, snakes, roosters fox...and heaps of Hokusai sketches towards the end. If you have his sketchbooks there isn't anything new in here per se, but seeing them in full color and large as life really adds a new dimention to his work. This book is a keeper.

 

 

Painting Japanese Monkeys - OOP

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Size: 8.5” x 11” - Pages: 86 - Published: 2003 - Price: $75 - Binding: Softcover - Used, in good condition

Cool book on how to paint Japanese monkeys. This book is out of print and really for those after either Japanese Macaques or more animated imagery. I added it cause I am a fan and would love to see more monkey tattoos!

 

Beautiful Birds

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Size: 6 " x 6" - Pages: 192 - Published: 2012 - Price: $48 - Softcover

This is a great little book of bird photos, heaps of possibilities. All full color full page pictures of a large assortment of birds. Book is small, perfect for carrying to conventions, and packed cover to cover with images, no text.

 

Japanese Animal Illustrations

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Size: 7” x 10” - Pages: 122 - Published: 2001 - Price: $55 - Binding: Hardcover

This book has some awesome animal images! The first half is birds, underwater creatures, insects and flowers done in full color followed by more text than images and those that are there and black and white. The text can be a little daunting in this one, but the full color images are pretty rad and definitely carry the book. A good one for anyone looking for detailed underwater creatures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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