HERETICAL FATES ART BOOK and TAROT DECK with Danika XIX
A NSFW Tarot deck and art book with 78 photographs by Allan Amato, descriptions by Danika XIX and art by JAW Cooper + Lauren Panepinto.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, May 14 2019 4:18 PM UTC +00:00.
The HERETICAL FATES tarot deck comes complete with 78 composited cards, box and accompanying booklet. The box, booklet, and cards will be spot varnished with a scuff-free matte finish. Each comes with a signed 3x5 deck plate by Allan and Danika.
The HERETICAL FATES fine art book is a 160 page superbly colored tome, designed by Orbit Books creative director Lauren Panepinto. It will include a vellum tipped in print of JAW Cooper's incredible art of Danika XIX, and will be signed by Allan and Danika.
The HERETICAL FATES LTD edition Box Set features a LTD DECK and BOOK together in a Cigar Style Box with Magnetic Closure. Gilded edges and gold foil stamping on the card backs all on 350 Gsm stock, with a luscious Soft touch matte lam finish. This set comes with a silk screened black satin divination mat featuring JAW Cooper's premium art, and a velvet pouch for the cards.
The art for the suites, card backs and frontispieces are all created by JAW Cooper.
Collaborating creatively with Allan Amato is a delight so when he asked me if I would be interested in working with him on a Tarot deck, I accepted without hesitation. As a student of the tarot and a nude model I couldn’t refuse the opportunity to help develop and pose for my favorite esoteric system.
For me the Tarot is an indispensable tool which acts as a bridge pulling subconscious desires and secret purposes into the light of the conscious mind. It provides a locus of control when the chaos of life becomes overwhelming. As a visual language, it utilizes symbols from a wide variety of mystical and religious traditions to express Universal themes that we all encounter in our travels through Life.
Experienced readers, new students, and admirers of the human form can all enjoy the Heretical Fates Tarot Deck as both a fully functional divinatory system as well as a gorgeous work of Art.
The idea for this deck arrived over breakfast one fateful sunday morning. My partner Mallory and I each pulled our tarot card, a prompt we do together to answer a creative question, get our bearings, or just invite our subconscious into the conversation.
I wondered aloud whether a tarot version of those old timey naked lady playing card decks existed out in the world already (they do), and would a functioning photographed deck be interesting to contemplate? (it was) My partner immediately encouraged me to think more about it, and very much in the chaos theory way I do things, I had two shoots scheduled the following week.
There was only one collaborator that came to mind, and I called the amazing Danika XIX that same day. Danika is working with me on every aspect of the more esoteric nature of the deck, as well as on all the descriptors in the book.
In addition to the ethereal Danika, we have JAW Cooper creating the suites, backs and frontispiece of the deck, and Lauren Panepinto designing the complete series, soup to nuts. A true creative dream team that came together to make this the best possible project it could be. To say nothing of all the staggering subjects who allowed themselves to be transformed into angels, monsters and misfits! Ye Gods; Danika XIX, Amanda Palmer, Stoya, Joanna Angel, Vivid Vivka, Sash Suicide, Candy Ken, Ana Fox, Buck Angel, Jiz Lee, Anikka Albrite, Dani Daniels, Dominique, Nina Kate, Mick Blue, Mousa Kraish, Jeana Turner, Eugene Simon, Valis Volkova, Anactingangel, Bree Daniels, Jenna Fox, Pulpfictionally, Misti Dawn, Alexis Fawx, Fawn Grey, Taylor Wilkey, Eirenne SG, Thomas Gunter, Susanna Eggli, Mark Snyder, Megan Ayn, Ace Tilton Ratcliff, Roarie Yum, Ali Rose, Brandon Scott, TJ, Idiivil, Tee Beez, Andi Rye, Ryan Mclane, Autumn Fryer, Ms Briq House, Jettila Lewis, Small Hands, Vanessa Alexandra, Stephanie Inagaki, Tita Cupcake, Biqtchpuddin, Misfit Marceline and Astraia Esprit!
Thus 5 months, 78 cards, and immeasurable hours lost in front of Photoshop later, the Heretical Fates have arrived!
Although the almost insurmountably dense symbology of each card was important, acting as starting point and as signposts along the way, intuition played a key role as well. I wanted to let myself be guided based on the most organic interpretations available; to strip the meanings down to their essence. Since in many cases, the color and cut of the clothing of a specific card is critical to its esoteric interpretation, altering that was unavoidable.
And while I often expressed these ideas in other forms, the language of the human body always took precedence. Applying my visual approach to the magical tradition of the Tarot has led me on a journey that is deepening my understanding and appreciation of both.
I truly hope you enjoy possessing these mysterious tomes and alchemical tools of prognostication at least as much as we all enjoyed making them!
Every facet of the HERETICAL FATES stretch goals is designed with improvement in mind.
An ongoing evolution of the deck and book, reflected in increased content, quality and scope, from soft touch finishes to gold foil stamping and thicker card stock. We aren't there yet, but some of these improvements will include:
- Gold gilding on card edges
- Cards to use 350 Gsm stock
- Soft touch matte laminate
- Gold foil stamping
- 2-piece box with magnetic closure
- Softcover to hardcover book
- 10 card Expansion pack
With each unlocked stretch goal, the models also see a bump in what they're getting paid, so the wealth is distributed evenly over the quality of the products, and the fingers of all the people responsible for bringing Heretical Fates to life!
Thanks to Shipwrek for the song in the video, and Brent Mata for the vast majority of the Kickstarter video content!
Risks and challenges
Everything has been priced out in advance with our amazing printer, including every stretch goal possibility and permutation, all well in advance!
And each reward comes off the freighter pre-packaged in a custom shipping box, for instant dispersion!
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