About this project
New bonus rewards!
- If we manage to reach $3000 over goal before the project deadline, I will be including a custom-designed silk tarot spreadcloth along with every reward level from $65 and up. The textile pattern will be one I design specifically to accompany the Urban Tarot, and these spreadcloths will only be available for backers of this Kickstarter project.
- If we reach $5000 over goal ($30K total), in addition to the spreadcloths, I will be including an embroidered velvet drawstring bag along with every single deck I send out. The bags will each have "The Urban Tarot" embroidered on the front in silver thread.
I'm Robert Scott, and I am building a tarot deck.
I began working on the Urban Tarot deck in early 2003 as part of a project with Nick Fortugno. Originally, the deck was planned to be a cooperative project between four artists, and would be released as a tie-in to a roleplaying game that Nick was writing. The project never quite panned out, but the work I created was some of the best work I had done.
Over the years, I've presented those initial pieces at shows and conventions and sold prints of the completed images and gotten really positive feedback. But the most commonly asked question has always been "When can I buy the finished deck?" And always my answer has been a sheepish "I don't really know."
That changes today.
The realities of working as a commercial illustrator/graphic designer are such that I rarely get to devote time to a project that isn't connected to client work. For the past few years I've held onto the dream that somehow I'd find time in the margins to work on a piece here and there and somehow scrape together the money to see it through. But it just wasn't going to happen on its own, not while I still had to make client work my first priority.
And so I have changed the playing field. Now, I work for you. I quit my full time job building websites at the beginning of this year, and I'm doing whatever it takes to see this dream through. If I don't...this will always remain the one that got away, and I don't like the way that sounds, do you?
The funding goal I'm trying to reach will include printing the first set of decks, the large art prints and the guidebooks, none of which are insubstantial costs. It will also cover my own (hopefully quite limited) living expenses for the time it takes for me to turn around 61 new pieces of art. I'm aiming to complete all this art within 6 months of getting the project funded, which will mean a pretty intense full-time production schedule, but not an impossible one. I'm a little terrified to be perfectly honest, but deeply excited as well.
I'm offering a fairly interesting variety of rewards, so make sure you read through them all. In addition to the deck, I'll be putting together a short guidebook to the set, that will show each card and contain a description of its meaning and how the images evolved. Each card has a story, and I want to be able to tell those stories to you. Several of the models for existing cards have offered to provide a personal experience where you'll get to meet them and learn about their amazing talents as well as own the art they helped inspire. And finally, you can be a part of the deck yourself - there are limited number of cards remaining that will feature people centrally on them and you can be a part of the set by becoming a model.
So if you've ever said to me or to yourself "I'd buy one of those decks if they ever went on sale" today you have the chance to prove it. If enough of you are willing to put your money where your mouth is and preorder a deck, we'll see the full 78-card set by the end of 2012. If I don't reach my goal in contributions, the set probably won't ever see the light of day.
Thank you being a part of making it happen.
The Deck So Far
Below I've included a sample of a few of the cards that already exist, specifically the ones that relate to the rewards I'm offering. You can see all 27 cards online here: http://www.robertscottart.com/projects/the-urban-tarot/
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