Browse by Tag - day of the dead

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10 December
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CARNAVAL DE MUERTOS Decks. Lively playing cards to celebrate death

The traditional Day of the Dead celebrated in Mexico has already been the inspiration of several decks. One of the most interesting one was undoubtedly Fuego!, created by Nam Tibon (Cellar Window). Inspired by the designs of Nam and by Steve Simpson‘s illustrations, Noir Arts has released a deck about this popular celebration: CARNAVAL DE MUERTOS.     The designs on these cards are hilarious, with a humorous tone and fantastic coloring. The characters in the court cards live the…

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09 October
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LA CATRINA DEAD EDITION Playing Cards. This beautiful girls are not alive anymore

After completing their first project about La Catrina, Joc Fora, a young Spanish company dedicated to design and audiovisual creation, launch their second deck: LA CATRINA DEAD EDITION. If the first deck was inspired by the illustrations of the famous Jose Guadalupe Posada, this new edition is much more mysterious and disturbing. The essential aesthetic elements are red roses and skeletal bodies, unmistakable symbols of traditional Mexican imagery. These new designs are less linear and symbolic with richly detailed illustrations….

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15 August
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CALAVERAS DE AZÚCAR Playing Cards. Sweet Russian dolls living the Mexican fiesta

After her more traditional style in The Other Kingdom, Natalia Silva strikes back to her roots with an amazing and personal interpretation of the Day of the Dead: CALAVERAS DE AZÚCAR. Those Natalia’s fans will perfectly see in these cards her original style, with a clear remembering of the Russian Folk Art decks but with a fantastic new and colorful designs inspired by the most traditional Mexican celebration. Even if you are a bit tired of so many Day of the Death…

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03 February
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Day of the Dolls Playing Cards. Dead girls were never so beautiful

If we list the most popular themes for playing cards fans according the latest successful projects and classic collecting trends I am sure that pinups and Day of the Dead would be, without doubt, part of that list. But wait, what about mixing both? Do you think it is impossible? No, it’s not. In fact, Stephen Lewis has done it in a set of stunning decks called DAY OF THE DOLLS. Stephen partnered with the artist Michael Axt to hand draw illustrations and convert…

05 May
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Fuego! Not yet another Muertos deck

  Nam Tibon is a great artist. He is not new on playing cards design as he has been behind great decks such as the gold Edition of Get Made by Crooked Kings or the last British Monarchy Tally-Ho deck by LUX. He is the creative for a new brand called Cellar Window, and for the premiere, they have launched their first deck: FUEGO!   He is the creative director for a new brand called Cellar Window, and for the premiere, they…

24 April
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“Día de los Muertos” Second Edition by Edgy Brothers. A design more elegant and deeper

  One year ago, Edgy Brothers released “Día de los Muertos“, their first deck (which ended up being four) inspired by Mexican culture and tradition through one of their most popular festivities. After the huge success of the first edition, now they present the Second Edition of Día de los Muertos. In this new edition, the artist Dave Edgerly has done a great creative work in which, without losing the essence of the first one, shows us a completely renewed cards…

30 November
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Defunctorum Cruor Playing Cards. The deck with metallic blood

  Do you remember the Defunctorum decks created by by Roman Kotiv (NOIR Arts) and inspired by the Day of the Dead? Well, the project was such a success that had a sequel in a second project that offers a new variation of the deck: Defunctorum Cruor. Cruor (Bloody) is the perfect complement to its sisters Nox and Dies. The deck shares their design but uses gold, silver and red metallic inks creating a much more disturbing atmosphere and a very impressive result….

31 October
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Arcanum Playing Cards. The link between life and death

  Something different and dark. This is ARCANUM. Arcanum is a deck of cards designed by Alex Vovk and Vladimir Kuksin, both partners of Tortoise Design Studio, based in Ukraine, Kiev. This is their very first project of playing cards and it has been launched through Kickstarter and produced by  Gambler’s Warehouse. Despite of the apparent sinister aspect of the images, the inspiration of the deck is really positive. Their belief: “Remembering our roots – we are still human beings”. They want…

26 October
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Defunctorum Playing Cards by NOIR Arts. The dead wearing gold and silver

  Life and death have been the theme for a lot of playing cards along last months, specially from the Day of the Dead point of view. This time, we have a new and different proposal: Defunctorum. Although it could remind us something we saw before, the design of these decks,  created by Roman Kotiv and produced by NOIR Arts, is original and deep. There is a high detail on every customized card, including the new pips and the disturbing masks…

07 August
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Bicycle Day of The Dead Playing Cards. A new interpretation of “El día de los Muertos”

  This is not the very first design of playing cards dedicated to the day of the dead, but I admit this is quite different from other seen before. It is the last deck produced by  Collectable Playing Cards: Bicycle Day of The Dead. What stands out most watching at the deck is the strength of the court cards characters. They have been hand painted over a canvas by Tessa Meier, along last year and they are quite impressive and…