Jose Guadalupe Posada was one of the most popular Mexican illustrators and engravers and his work has inspired many works related to traditional Mexican folklore. Some of these works have become cool playing cards like Calaveras by Chris Ovdiyenko or Fuego! by Nam Tibon. One of Posada’s most popular artwork has been the inspiration for a new deck produced in Spain: LA CATRINA.
La Catrina or Calabaza Garbancera is already an icon of the famous Day of the Dead celebration and her representation has been selected in these cards as a central design element. Her ornate facial makeup is present in all the cards from the nice aces to the static characters in the court cards adorned with red roses and the card back with a geometric formation of skulls and flowers. Jokers are the only male characters in the deck, represented by skulls with the typical Mexican and huge hat.
The numbered cards, although customized, keep their playability so the deck is perfect not only for collection but also for playing and manipulation.
The project mentions that the cards will be printed by the USPCC, although this is the first time I read about a paper of 310gsm with a radiant linen finish when talking about cards produced by this printer. I have asked the creators about clarifying me this matter and as soon as I know, I’ll write it down here.
Joc Fora is a team based in Valencia (Spain) and formed by Ivan and Salva, two young entrepreneurs full of enthusiasm and eager to introduce their art in this amazing world of playing cards design. Although this is their first deck, I am sure that this experience will help them to go on creating new and exciting decks in the future. Just a few days left to the end of the campaign and very close to achieving their goal so if you like it, help to make it happens visiting the project website and raising your pledge.
PROMOTION!!! IF YOU WRITE TO THE CREATORS SAYING YOU READ THIS ARTICLE IN MAXPLAYINGCARDS AND PLEDGE FOR ONE DECK (OR ONE EXTRA IF YOU HAVE ALREADY PLEDGED) YOU WILL GET 2€ OFF IN IT.