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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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22 March
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LA CATRINA Playing Cards. Mexican traditional inspiration “made in Spain”. EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR READERS

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…

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…

29 May
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Muertos Playing Cards. The Day of the Dead tradition engraved in gold

  Although this is not the very first deck inspired in the popular Mexican festivity of El Día de los Muertos, the design of these cards is quite original and its name is short and concise: Muertos. It is really interesting how a colorful celebration like The Day of the Dead can be depicted in such a beautiful way using just two colors: gold and black. Steve Minty,  the artist, has designed the Night deck, inspired by the tradition and…

20 March
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Bicycle “Día de los muertos” decks. Mexican art and tradition

  Edgy Brothers is a new company that believes in designs that celebrate the art in our lives. They are introducing its first playing cards project: El Día de los Muertos. El Día de los Muertos decks are based on the popular mexican tradition (Day of the Dead) that blends the mistic, the culture and the spiritual.     The design, made by David Edgerly, the man behind the Edgar Allan Poe deck, mixes the colorful aspects of the fiesta…

14 June
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Bicycle Calaveras. The mexican revolution and the Day of the Dead

  The traditional Day of the Dead is the inspiration of this amazing deck by Chris Ovdiyenko: the Bicycle Calaveras. Chris pays tribute to the work of Jose Posada, a famous nineteenth-century Mexican paintmaker involved in the revolutionary movement, and reinterprets his work in a set of cards full of original designs. In addition to the cards, Chris offers among its rewards some beautiful signed and numbered xylographies (woodcuts) depicting the artwork used in the deck. They are unique pieces for…