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A super weird fortune-telling deck with one hundred f*cked-up images.
A super weird fortune-telling deck with one hundred f*cked-up images.
A super weird fortune-telling deck with one hundred f*cked-up images.
1,174 backers pledged CA$ 75,445 to help bring this project to life.

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Arcane Bullshit is a deck of 100 fortune-telling cards, featuring some of the weirdest images and words ever printed. I created this deck because tarot takes itself way too fucking seriously. The occult should be less about rules and formalities and way more about creativity and dick jokes.

The world makes no fucking sense, so these cards kind of actually make sense. (backgrounds and borders not final)
The world makes no fucking sense, so these cards kind of actually make sense. (backgrounds and borders not final)

Here's why it's good:

This new ULTIMATE edition of the Arcane Bullshit deck will feature 20 brand new cards, a complete re-design, a gloriously sturdy 2-piece box, and a 30-page booklet.

There's no Major or Minor Arcana, just ONE HUNDRED deep-ass symbolic images featuring animals, irony, constant reminders of your mortality, and more naked penises than you can shake a penis at.

Now with both fronts and backs! (logo and border design not final)
Now with both fronts and backs! (logo and border design not final)

Here's where your money will go:

I'm ordering a whole shit pile of decks to sell through my own online store and with retailers around the world. Costs break down like this...

Printing costs

The deck will be printed on 350gsm art paper, and packaged in a rugged 2-piece box. AND I'm including a guidebook. This is not just the standard "little white book" bound with staples either. The bulk of my costs will go toward making sure your deck looks and feels amazing.

The box is going to be pretty nice (design not final)
The box is going to be pretty nice (design not final)

Art and Design

On top of adding 20 new cards to the deck, I'm also revamping the card design and packaging with the help of my graphic designer friend, Joel Hentges. Check him out. I definitely think he deserves to be paid.

Apart from the graphic design elements, almost all of the artwork for the new cards has been completed, so you won't have to wait for me to get stoned and come up with more ridiculous ideas.

When do you get your shit?

I'm hoping to have everything shipped by January 2019 at the latest. That might seem like a long time, but I really want to make sure I've got time to do everything right. In reality, some rewards will likely ship earlier than that. 

Here are more pictures.

There are literally 100 cards. It gets weird.
There are literally 100 cards. It gets weird.

Want to see pics of every card in the deck? Check out my instagram

Here is my COMPLETED illustration for the Arcane Bullshit poster reward:

Final Poster Artwork! These posters are going to be fucking cool.
Final Poster Artwork! These posters are going to be fucking cool.

 ADD ONS

People have been asking about how they can imbue their pledge with even greater esoteric vigour, and I fully support your creativity. If you've pledged  for a deck or higher and you'd like to add additional items to your reward, just increase your pledge by the following amount(s), and make sure you message me to let me know what you want:

+1 Deck – Add $45 (CAD) for each additional deck, no extra shipping required. 

+1 Poster – Add $35 (CAD) for each additional poster, no extra shipping required.

+10 Postcards – Add $20 (CAD) for each 10 additional random postcards. Shipping is included. Note that I've only printed postcards for 10 different cards, so you will have repeats if you get more than 10.

+1 Sticker – Add $2 (CAD) for each additional sticker. Shipping is included.

+1 Patch – Add $5 (CAD) for each additional Patch. Shipping is included.

+1 Pin – Add $5 (CAD) for each additional Pin. Shipping is included.

+1 Tarot Bag – Add $5 for each additional bag. Shipping is included.

STRETCH GOALS

$9,000 – Gilt Edges *UNLOCKED* – I'm going to upgrade the cards with shiny metallic edging, and likely add some foil detailing to the packaging too. This will enhance the deck's mystical power by 3.33%.

$20,000 – Logo Stickers *UNLOCKED* – Every single person who has pledged for a reward that comes in the mail will have their reward upgraded to include an ARCANE BULLSHIT sticker at no extra cost. Stickers will be die-cut 3" circular, screen-printed on vinyl and I think they'll look extremely mystical. 

This is pretty much the final sticker design.
This is pretty much the final sticker design.

$25,000 – Logo Patches *UNLOCKED* – Every single person who has pledged for a reward that comes in the mail will have their reward upgraded to include an ARCANE BULLSHIT patch at no extra cost. 

Here's a mock up of the final patch design, complete with shiny goldness
Here's a mock up of the final patch design, complete with shiny goldness

$30,000 – Enamel Pins *UNLOCKED* – Every single person who has pledged for a reward that comes in the mail will have their reward upgraded to include an ARCANE BULLSHIT soft enamel lapel pin at no extra cost. This will give you some options for how to publicly display your allegiance to Bullshit.

Mock of of pin design. 2.5cm diameter. Gold areas will be raised, for supreme textural excellence.
Mock of of pin design. 2.5cm diameter. Gold areas will be raised, for supreme textural excellence.

$35,000  – Tarot Bags *UNLOCKED* – Everyone who pledges for a deck will get a bonus cloth sac to hold their cards.

Mock up of bag artwork. Bags will be velvety, with a mystically-silky-smooth lining.
Mock up of bag artwork. Bags will be velvety, with a mystically-silky-smooth lining.

$40,000 – Bonus Card *UNLOCKED* – Everyone who pledges for a deck will get a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE bonus card included with their order. Everyone who pledges can also join the process of creating this card. Check my updates for details on how to submit your own dumb ideas!

$53,280 – Bonus Card Prints *UNLOCKED* – We've achieved 666% funding, so every single backer who is already getting something in the mail will also get a limited edition 6x4" (approx)  print of the bonus card. I'd like to do something fancy, like print it red on black, or ectoplasm on dove eggs. 

$66,666 – BONUS EVIL STUFF *UNLOCKED* – I've been flip-flopping on whether to do anything for this important milestone. I didn't think it was smart to commit myself to any more brand new things. Well, I just made up two brand new things! If we raise this much, I'll send out TWO additional evil objects to everyone who's already getting something in the mail: 1 Big Sexy Satan patch, that your parents will hate. And 1 Brand new pin inspired by my short-lived obsession with goats. Check out these work-in-progress mock-ups:

Put this on a jacket your parents already don't like
Put this on a jacket your parents already don't like
Goats!
Goats!

$1,000,000,000 – Arcane Bullshit, The Town – If we reach 1 billion dollars in the next 48 hours, I will found Arcane Bullshit, the town. It has always been my dream to be the mayor of a town based on absurd tarot cards. At first we may not have services like running water, roads, or safety, but I honestly believe that  a community of people bound by a common love for ridiculous and unnecessary things will survive together for at least 6 days. Please tell all your friends to surrender their earthly possessions to help us reach our goal.

Risks and challenges

I've gone through all of this before with previous versions of Arcane Bullshit, but this is my first Kickstarter.

I've done my homework and I'm being very realistic about how long things will take and how much they'll cost. I don't want anyone having a bad experience, except me. I am totally willing to have a bad experience if it makes you happy.

I've already completed most of the art and sourced a great printer. I don't have any major obligations keeping me from working on this, so once I get my greasy fingers on your sweet sweet cash, I'll be able to start filling orders immediately.

I've given myself a lot of time for everything, but in the event of any unexpected delays, I'll update this page to let everyone know.

All I need from you is the above mentioned sweet sweet cash, your constant and undying love and support, four fifths of your land, and a tiny altar erected in your den that you feed with lobster blood. Also please use all your power and influence to convince your friends to give me the same.

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you've got any questions! I'll be super active throughout the campaign, answering questions, kissing babies, driving the snakes from your town, etc. Whatever you need.

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    Pledge CA$ 2 or more About US$ 1.53

    Verbal Diarrhea

    Every penny counts! To thank you for pitching in, I'm going to make space in the official Arcane Bullshit guidebook for random words submitted by backers. Your pledge gets you one word in the booklet (I reserve the right to ignore your word if it's super offensive.) There's just going to be a long list of random tiny words that hopefully looks vaguely meaningful in its own way. Sadly, you won't get to see this booklet unless you buy a deck, but maybe you're not in it for the glory.

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    The Shit Starter

    I'm printing a big batch of 5.8 x 4.1 inch postcards featuring illustrations from the deck, and you get two! I'll draw two randomly and send them to you along with a 1-inch Arcane Bullshit button. Shipping to Canada and the US is included for this pledge amount.

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    The Early Turd

    I want to reward your child-like impulsiveness by offering the first 100 backers an Arcane Bullshit deck for just 30 bucks (CAD). You get all 100 cards, the handsomely rugged 2-piece box, and the booklet.

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    Poster Only

    I don't have a clever name for this one..It's just the glorious 18"x24" screen-printed poster on its own.

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    The Straight Shit

    The coveted Arcane Bullshit deck is yours. 100 cards. 1 furiously robust 2-piece box. 1 appropriately weird "instructional" booklet.

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    The Shitposter

    1 Arcane Bullshit deck PLUS 1 limited edition 18" x 24" Arcane Bullshit screenprint. These posters are going to be fucking amazing.

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    Two Decks

    Get two decks, save five bucks! Sorry this reward tier came late to the reward tier party, then ate all the 7-layer dip and passed out whispering to a cat. If you've got suggestions for new rewards, comment away!

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    The Shitstorm

    The shit is about to hit the fan, because you're getting 2 Arcane Bullshit decks, plus an 18"x24" screen-printed poster, plus a random postcard, plus 2 buttons.

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    The King Shit

    1 Arcane Bullshit Deck, 1 18x24" screenprinted poster, 3 random postcards, 3 buttons, and one CUSTOM large format Arcane Bullshit print. You tell me what you want, and I'll make it a card.

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    Arcane Bulkshit

    Arcane Bullshit supports YOUR small business. This tier is for small business owners who want to stock up on BS for the coming winter. Prove to me that you are a small business owner (probably by answering some kind of riddle, or submitting to a blood test) and get 10 decks for 200 bucks, plus shipping.

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