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A full color 78 card tarot deck featuring images of the musical chameleon David Bowie over bright trippy backgrounds.
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The maker of the Leonardo Da Vinci Tarot Deck brings the all new David Bowie Tarot

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Find me as RunicTreasure on Etsy and Tumblr and Aesthel on Facebook and Instagram
Find me as RunicTreasure on Etsy and Tumblr and Aesthel on Facebook and Instagram

Hello!! Some of you may know me through my cosplay and working at conventions, my modeling page, my blog, or maybe you just found this listing on your own on kickstarter! I work with The Shoggoth Assembly and we have tables at tons of conventions in the New England area including, Portcon (which I also staff at), Bangor Toy and Comic Con, Granite State Comic Con, and for the first time this year NecronomiCon and coming up this fall we'll be going to Rock and Shock and BanGoreFest both for the first time! 

I've always had a love for art, whether its drawing, painting, sculpture, music, or digital art. I started taking digital art classes at a community college in 2013, while I was still a junior in high school. I'm currently a cosmetology student at Empire Beauty School and the last few years I've been working with The Shoggoth Assembly learning special effects make up and prop making.

Digital art made by me, and also my logo on etsy!
Digital art made by me, and also my logo on etsy!

Almost exactly a year ago now I was sitting in a photoshop class and bored out of my mind because I kept finishing all of the assignments too fast and too easily, so I started a project for myself. I wasn't getting graded or getting any credits for this but I designed a complete tarot deck based on the work of Leonardo Da Vinci. This project was super helpful to me, not just for helping me learn things in photoshop in my own way and challenging myself, but I was also learning to read tarot myself around this time and through making a deck and focusing on each card specifically it helped me learn each of their meanings.

The Leonardo Da Vinci Tarot Deck has sold many times online on Etsy as well as many times in person and at conventions.
The Leonardo Da Vinci Tarot Deck has sold many times online on Etsy as well as many times in person and at conventions.

Another thing I feel is important to add to this description of myself is my absolute love and adoration of David Bowie. He's been one of my biggest idols for as long as I can remember. For an artistic young person whose everchanging, it makes sense to have a love for Bowie, a chameleon himself. I've done make up like Bowie countless times, dressed up as him for halloween, got a record player just so I could listen to Bowie vinyls (although I have a few other things too), I've written about him and could talk about him and his influence not only on myself but music and the world itself. I would definitely go as far as to say Bowie and his music has saved me and helped me through so much. My love for Bowie goes as far as that in October of 2014 I got a tattoo of a portrait of his Ziggy Stardust persona with lyrics from the song Rock n' Roll Suicide around it on my left forearm, a place chosen because it's close to my heart.

David Bowie portrait tattoo done by Scott Bruns at Sanctuary Tattoo in Portland, Maine
David Bowie portrait tattoo done by Scott Bruns at Sanctuary Tattoo in Portland, Maine

 ABOUT THE PROJECT

So clearly you can see the love I have for Bowie and Tarot and combining the two of them has been one of my dreams since before I even made my first deck, I just knew I'd need more practice before I could get to the point where I felt skilled enough and comfortable enough to start this project. I started doing layout sketches of the major arcana on the weekend of Necronomicon and showing of my sketches to a few people there was great because I could already see just from that there was interest in this besides my own. 

Since then, I have worked on more layout sketches and eventually I finished up the final designs of the entire major arcana and have been working my way through the minor arcana. Each card features a high contrast pop art image of David Bowie over extremely colorful "trippy" backgrounds that draw their themes not only from the meanings of the cards themselves but also the context of Bowie. 

The major arcana inclues imagery from all different personas of Bowie, including film personas like Jareth from Labyrinth and Thomas Jerome Newton from The Man Who Fell to Earth. The minor arcana each foccus on a different time or era of Bowie. The Cups, which symbolize emotions and love, are young beginning Bowie from his start until 1971 when Hunky Dory was released. The wands symbolize creativity and will, which will be represented by the Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane eras. The coins are symbolizing material body and belongings, showing Bowie's Thin White Duke era which is around 1975 and 1976. The final suit, the swords which stands for reason, will be shown by modern Bowie.

Major Arcana Preview shows The Alien (replacing the magician in traditional tarot), The High Priestess, The Empress, The Priest, The Chariot, Justice, Death, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgement, and The World
Major Arcana Preview shows The Alien (replacing the magician in traditional tarot), The High Priestess, The Empress, The Priest, The Chariot, Justice, Death, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgement, and The World

 What do I need to raise money for? 

My base goal is pretty low, just enough to get me the first batch of ten of the full tarot deck printed, as well as to get the other rewards for funders. Speaking of rewards....

What do you get for funding this project?

Rewards include bookmarks, pins, postcard size prints, poster size prints, a minor arcana only deck, and the full David Bowie Tarot deck. More details about prices and the levels can be seen to the right.

Bookmarks, Buttons, Poster sized prints, Post card sized prints, Major Arcana decks, and full tarot decks are all options for donation rewards
Bookmarks, Buttons, Poster sized prints, Post card sized prints, Major Arcana decks, and full tarot decks are all options for donation rewards

 Stretch Goals

Compared to other kickstarter projects, my base goal of $650 isn't too much. If this project goes over the base goal, the extra money will be spent on buying more copies of the David Bowie Tarot for me to keep in stock and sell on my etsy and at conventions. If the amount of money raised gets to a certain point, additional bonuses will be added for funders.

$1,300 Raised

If this project gets up to $1,300, double the original base goal, a 4.25"x4.25" saddle stitch binded booklet will be included with every full deck sold. This booklet will include descriptions of every card in the David Bowie Tarot with information about the cards themselves, their designs, and what the context of the Bowie pop art is based on.

$2,500 Raised

At $2,500, a little under 4 times the base goal, every full tarot deck sold will no longer come in a plain white tuck box, but will now come in a glossy full color custom tuck box with new Bowie themed art different from all the cards.

Risks and challenges

There shouldn't be much as far as risks and challenges for this project. I have another tarot deck that I completely designed myself like this one that I've been selling on my etsy shop that has almost all five star reviews since November of 2014. I've sold many copies of the Leonardo Da Vinci Tarot Deck online as well as in person and at conventions so I have experience with selling them as well as getting my cards printed. The only possible delay or challenge that I've had experience with before is if I run out of my stock of cards and get orders before the new shipment has come in.

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    DAVID BOWIE LEVEL
    "David Bowie" is the debut studio album by British musician David Bowie, released on 1 June 1967.

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    THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD LEVEL
    "The Man Who Sold the World" is the third studio album by David Bowie. The album was Bowie's first with the nucleus of what would become the "Spiders from Mars". NME critics have said "this is where the story really starts".

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    HUNKY DORY LEVEL
    "Hunky Dory" is the fourth album by Bowie, recorded in the summer of 1971 and released that December. Hunky Dory has been described by AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine as having "a kaleidoscopic array of pop styles, tied together only by Bowie's sense of vision: a sweeping, cinematic mélange of high and low art, ambiguous sexuality, kitsch, and class".

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    THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST LEVEL
    Bowie's fifth album, "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust" tells the story of Bowie's alter ego Ziggy Stardust, a rock star who acts as a messenger for extraterrestrial beings. The album was known for its glam rock influences, themes of sexual exploration, and social commentary.

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    ALADDIN SANE LEVEL
    "Aladdin Sane" is the sixth studio album by David Bowie, famous for its cover art of bowie with his face painted as the iconic red and blue lightning bolt. Most of the tracks were observations he composed on the road during his 1972 US tour, which accounted for the place names following each song title on the original record sleeve.

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    PIN UPS LEVEL
    "Pin Ups" is the seventh album by David Bowie, containing cover versions of songs, released in 1973. The woman on the cover with Bowie is 1960s supermodel Twiggy in a photograph taken in Paris for Vogue magazine, but at Bowie's request, used for the album instead.

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    DIAMOND DOGS LEVEL
    "Diamond Dogs" is a concept album by David Bowie, originally released in 1974 and a combination of the novel "1984" by George Orwell and Bowie's own glam-tinged vision of a post-apocalyptic world. The cover art features Bowie as a striking half-man, half-dog grotesque painted by Belgian artist Guy Peellaert.

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    YOUNG AMERICANS LEVEL
    "Young Americans" is the ninth studio album by English musician David Bowie, released in 1975. Bowie is quoted describing the album as "the squashed remains of ethnic music as it survives in the age of Muzak rock, written and sung by a white limey".

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    STATION TO STATION LEVEL
    Commonly regarded as one of his most significant works, "Station to Station", released in 1976, was the vehicle for Bowie's last great "character", the Thin White Duke. The album was recorded after he completed shooting Nicolas Roeg's "The Man Who Fell to Earth", and the cover artwork featured a still from the movie. During the sessions Bowie was heavily dependent on drugs, especially cocaine, and recalls almost nothing of the production.

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    LOW LEVEL
    "Low" is the eleventh studio album by British musician David Bowie, co-produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti. Widely regarded as one of Bowie's most influential releases, Low was the first of the "Berlin Trilogy", a series of collaborations with Brian Eno.

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    HEROES LEVEL
    "Heroes" developed further the sound of Low and was the second installment of Bowie's Berlin Trilogy with Brian Eno. Of the three albums, it was the only one wholly recorded in Berlin. The title track remains one of Bowie's best known, a classic story of two lovers who meet at the Berlin Wall. The album is considered one of his best by critics.

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    LODGER LEVEL
    "Lodger" is the thirteenth studio album by English singer-songwriter David Bowie, released in 1979. The last of the 'Berlin Trilogy' recorded in collaboration with Brian Eno. It was still an experimental record in many ways and was not, by Bowie's standards, a major commercial success. Indifferently received by critics on its initial release, it is now widely considered, along with other albums such as Diamond Dogs and The Man Who Sold The World to be one of Bowie's most underrated albums.

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    SCARY MONSTERS (AND SUPER CREEPS) LEVEL
    "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)" is the fourteenth studio album by David Bowie, released in September 1980 by RCA Records and his final studio album for the label. The public's first taste of Scary Monsters was "Ashes to Ashes", which was released as a single one month prior to the album, revisiting the character of Major Tom from Bowie's early hit, Space Oddity.

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    LETS DANCE LEVEL
    Bowie's fifteenth studio album was "Let's Dance", the title track of the album being one of Bowie's biggest hit singles, reaching No. 1 in the UK, US and various other countries. Further singles included "Modern Love" and "China Girl".

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