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Playing cards, roller derby, and tattoos, together at last.
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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!

Stretch Goals

$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!

Add-ons

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.

Money Back Guarantee - If you're not completely satisfied with the final product, you may return it for a full refund.

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    Just a Taste - We'll take a postcard print of a random face card print from the deck, slap a stamp on it and mail it to you. US shipping included. Note: This is an unpackaged post card, it will be mailed to you using a postcard stamp.

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    Signed Postcard - A postcard print of a random face card, signed by Shannon Young, packaged and mailed to you in a flat envelope. US shipping included.

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    Slightly Later Bird Special! - Receive 1 Shannon Young's Derby Deck. US shipping included.

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    Sharing is Caring - Receive 2 Shannon Young's Derby Decks. US shipping included.

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    Signed Box! - Receive 1 Shannon Young's Derby Deck, box signed by Shannon Young. US shipping included.

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    Postcard Prints - All 17 (18 with stretch goal) original pieces of art, printed as playing cards on postcards. US shipping included.

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    Print Set - A set of prints for the current 5 pieces of artwork. All printed 8x10 on glossy stock, to be shipped shortly after the project funds. US Shipping included.

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    Uncut - Receive 1 uncut sheet of Shannon Young's Derby Deck. Perfect for collectors. US shipping included.

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    Half-Brick - Receive a Half Brick (6 decks) of Shannon Young's Derby Decks. US shipping included.

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    Combo One! (save $11) - 1 deck, 1 signed deck, and 1 set of postcards. US shipping included.

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    Combo Two! (save $30) - 1/2 brick (6 decks), 1 signed deck, 1 uncut sheet, and 1 set of postcards. US shipping included.

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    Take on me - We'll design one of the final face cards based on an image of you! Be immortalized forever as a derby girl (or guy)! We'll also send you 5 decks and an uncut sheet to show off your image. The final image presented in the deck will be at Shannon's sole artistic discretion.

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    Ad Spaaaaaaace - Have your ad printed on 1 side of one card and included in all decks from this Kickstarter campaign (minimum 2,500 decks). We'll also send you 10 decks to show off your ad. You'll need to provide the ad artwork and ad design and content subject to our approval. Please contact us with your ad information prior to the close of the Kickstarter campaign for approval.

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