Derby Deck is the result of a small group of derby girls and derby fans coming together to create something awesome for a sport we all love. It's a custom-illustrated deck of playing cards featuring watercolor illustrations by artist, tattooist, and former derby athlete, Shannon Young. Each face card in the deck features a unique depiction of a derby girl, and each ace features a piece of derby paraphernalia.
We've already got a bunch of cards designed, and we need your help to finish the set and get them printed. Check out the completed art below, and make a pledge to help us make these cards a reality!
Derby Deck Features
- 17 Fully-illustrated custom face cards including the joker
- Fully-illustrated custom box and card backs
- All works scanned from Shannon Young's hand-painted watercolor designs
- Printed by the US Playing Card Company, makers of the BICYCLE®, AVIATOR® and HOYLE® brands
- 54 Custom cards in all
- Smooth finish (AVIATOR® card stock)
- Cello-wrapped and sealed
Expect updates and sketches of new cards and the design process every week!
$16K - Extra flair designed by Shannon will be added to the faces of the number cards to tie them into the overall deck!
$18K - Extra joker design! Shannon will design an extra Joker card for the deck. Full postcard print orders will also include this design.
$20K - To be announced!
Want an extra deck, or uncut sheet with your order? Add the following amounts to your pledge (including any international shipping if applicable) and let us know what you'd like added in the post-project survey!
Extra Deck: add $11 USD (Add $9 USD to ship outside the US)
Extra Random Postcard Print: add $3 USD (Add $2 USD to ship outside the US)
Extra Random Signed Postcard Print: add $6 USD (Add $3 USD to ship outside the US)
Extra Signed Deck: add $20 USD (Add $9 USD to ship outside the US)
Extra Set of all Postcard Prints: add $25 USD (Add $12 USD to ship outside the US)
Extra Uncut Sheet: add $40 USD (Add $25 USD to ship outside the US)
Extra Set of 5 8x10s: add $30 USD (Add $10 USD to ship outside the US)
About the Artist
Shannon Young is a visual artist who owns and operates Forever Young Tattoo in Tallahassee, Florida. Born and raised a Floridian, Shannon enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Program at Florida State University in 2007. That same year she began her roller derby career with the Tallahassee RollerGirls (TRG). Over the next four years, "Battlescar Galactica" blocked and jammed as TRG became one of the top roller derby teams in Florida. Shannon received her BFA in studio art in 2010 and now sells and showcases her art in Canada, Sweden, Norway, Puerto Rico, Bosnia, and all over the United States. Her business, Forever Young Tattoo, specializes in clean, modern, electric tattooing as well as illustration, mural painting, jewelry making, airbrushing, and oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting. You can see more of Shannon’s work at Forever Young Tattoos.
Risks and challenges
This project is a labor of love that has been several years in the making. In preparation we've researched the market, printing processes, and the logistics, and feel we have done a great deal to mitigate risk and plan ahead successfully. As with any artistic endeavor there are inherent risks, but the major challenge to seeing this deck become a reality is funding. This means the more interest and backers we can attract, the more likely we are to be successful!
We are fortunate to be working with seasoned professional illustrators and artists who are familiar with the printing processes. However, it’s the first time we've created playing cards, so there’s always a risk of surprises in the process. Our cards will be printed as full bleed, four color cards to fully capture the wide range of vibrant colors in the original illustrations. The prints will match the brilliance of our vision. We're card players though, so we've kept an eye on the readability of the suit and card to keep the balance between art and function.
The rest of the illustrations, the remaining 12 cards and any additional stretch artwork, will be completed after the fundraising ends. Shannon is dedicated to upholding the quality and vision of this artwork/card deck and has made an estimate of 13 weeks for completion. Printing and shipping is estimated to take 8 weeks by the US Playing Card Company. We believe that January 2015 would be the absolute latest date for the delivery of the decks.
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