True Black is a 78-card tarot deck, complete with magnetic closure box and accompanying booklet. The box, booklet, and every card's front and back are adorned with black-on-black gloss/foil stamped designs.
True Black's inspiration is timelessness. Tarot is a compendium of mankind's omnipresent hopes, fears, and dreams, and a tarot deck should feel as everlong and constant as our human nature. The figures, styling, and clothing are designed to be enigmatic in presence, unable to be placed in any specific time or place, though simultaneously colored with facets of both the past and future, an artifact of our collective consciousness.
The stars and the unknown feature heavily in this deck. Humans across all geographic locations and times have been captivated by the wonders of the unknown, embodied as firmly today as it was aeons ago in the stars and the darkness. Artwork features starmaps from ancient and modern times, constellations, and scientific discoveries that simultaneously reveal fascinating new discoveries and more closely anchor us to an ageless universe.
Core to the concept of True Black is exceptional and unparalleled quality, both in its imagery as well as its construction and manufacture, setting a new standard in build quality and execution. Where the artwork speaks of timelessness, the deck will stand up to the rigors of everyday use.
A True Black deck contains:
- 78 cards on thick, matte, suede-finished stock
- A foil-stamped magnetic closure box
- A foil-stamped booklet
After this Kickstarter, the deck is anticipated to retail for $85USD.
Every card features a hand-painted illustration, and every model was referenced and photographed in-person.
All Major Arcana and Court cards feature figurative paintings, while the numbered cards feature their respective suits: Swords, Cups, Wands, and Pentacles.
Card backs feature a reversible starmap in glossy black, and all titles on card fronts are treated in an identical glossy black. Major Arcana cards will enjoy their own distinctive glossy designs on their fronts, elaborating and complementing the painted artwork.
Cards are printed on thick 18pt stock, exceptionally solid in feel and 50% thicker than the standard Rider-Waite deck.
They are also coated with a tough, nonreflective, scratch-resistant coating that, while durable, is still exceptionally tactile and smooth. The surface feels similar to suede or a rose petal.
Exceptional water-resistance is a result of this coating as well as the high quality, thick paper stock. Don't lose it in the ocean for a year, but a 10-minute soak in water revealed no adverse effects after drying.
Each card deck is also edge-painted black by hand, ensuring that every card you have has been personally finished by the creator.
Customize your deck's box with any constellation you want. Work directly with me to find a beautiful and meaningful new map of the stars, foiled in gold on your box set and available in two options of typeface. Prices vary based on pledge level.
Receive a 30-card proto-type deck immediately after this campaign-end. There are a very limited number of these decks available, produced for assurance of quality but available as a memento of the early stages of this project's creation. 25 are reserved for the "First Light" pledge level, though an additional 25 are available on a first-come-first-served basis as an add-on to other pledge levels. Contact me directly to ensure supply. These cards are identical to the final production deck in quality, feel, and production process.
Receive a single, random proto-type card immediately after this campaign ends. If you're as impatient as I am, but don't want to splurge on all 30 proto-type cards, you can purchase a single card either as its own pledge, or as an add-on to an existing pledge. These cards will be shipped to you in hand-lettered black and gold packaging.
R&D and prototyping costs have already been provided through previous successful Kickstarter poster projects and personal funds.
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Risks and challenges
Risk mitigation has been paramount, and all risks have been identified and dealt with prior to this Kickstarter.
The ability to edge paint cards, find a suitable coating that is both robust and rich in color, and find manufacturers to meet these strict requirements have been completed.
The prototype decks, paid for predominantly with funds from three previous poster Kickstarters, provided high confidence in the ability to produce these decks. Their quality is indicative of the final production run's quality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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