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A sophisticated decks, classical aesthetic that is immersed in the attractive image of La Catrina and its beautiful meaning.
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The Ode To La Catrina playing cards is represented by La Catrina Vivas, and La Catrina Muertas decks. Both are refined versions of original La Catrina Live and Dead decks with improved graphics, new card backgrounds, backs, and tuck boxes. Please see "Highlights" section for features.

Once someone said these precious words: "Death is approaching like a white and elegant lady. What we understand as the end of life, the separation of body and soul, what we see as that stark figure of the human skeleton, ancient symbol of that death that frightens and amaze us... It ‘s what has always existed; it‘s part of who we are and what we celebrate." In Mexican culture, death has another face and is surprisingly celebrated. Memories are shared and converted into color... All children in schools, families at home, artists, the whole city, everything and everyone recreate it every year in a unique celebration that worships the pleasure of living with the imminence of death. La Catrina, being a popular invention, has become an artifact that has come out of the limits of the canvas and the engraving to be part of the Mexican culture, of its traditions and customs. Born from its position concerning to death. See it approaching him, and make it part of its environment, its art, and symbolizes the miscegenation.

  • Limited edition (1.000 of each)
  • EXTERIOR + INTERIOR foils on tucks
  • Embossed tuck boxes w. custom seals 
  • Deluxe tucks with special paper stocks
  • 100% custom design of cards, pips and tucks
  • Metallic ink with gold pigment on card fronts & backs
  • 54 poker sized cards (52+2 jokers) 
  • Savings on each deck with higher pledges
  • All decks shipped to backers in protective boxes
Special yellow gold foil for Vivas deck
Special yellow gold foil for Vivas deck
Copper foil used for Muertas deck
Copper foil used for Muertas deck
Detailed 3D embossing on tuck
Detailed 3D embossing on tuck
Premium highly pearlescent Italian tuck stock
Premium highly pearlescent Italian tuck stock
Detailed court cards artwork
Detailed court cards artwork

This deck illustrations show the Mexican virgins of death with the classic vertical mirror composition, beautifully lying on a bed of roses. Although each figure has a different design, they have in common that the Kings are facing, Queens are inclined and the Jacks are profile to make them more recognizable. Aces have been illustrated as red or black short-stemmed roses over a complementary colored shade, and Numbers are also customized and framed with an elegant crown of roses...

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The Joker is represented by the character of El Catrin, a gentleman of high society who liked to dress elegantly and walk through the streets boasting of his elegance, in this version of the day of the dead we see him waving politely with his hat, and that in turn wearing to death depicted in her complexion by means of a skull.

 Extra cards feature scanned original image on stylized worn background with artist's signature and logo.

Muertas extra sketch card
Muertas extra sketch card

 The back of the cards is a composition of roses expanding swirling on black background, like a storm of life and death that curls from the ground to the sky to cry respect and attention...

Muertas Dealer Coin. Antique copper
Muertas Dealer Coin. Antique copper
Muertas sticker
Muertas sticker
Detailed court cards artwork
Detailed court cards artwork

This is a sophisticated deck of classical aesthetic that is immersed in the attractive image of La Catrina and its beautiful meaning. Made with respect to the sober style of the classic Poker designs. A kind of artistic workpiece made in detail that brings together traditional handmade illustration with the most innovative technologies in the production of playing cards.

The rose represents the strong emotional charge that the Mexican culture feel toward death that will come to each of us, and to the respectful memory of our dead, but also represents the female sexuality, that attached to la Catrina should be interpreted as the flirting that is had with death when it’s celebration is feasted.

 The Jacks represent a Catrina eyes closed enjoying the scent of the flower that she delicately holds, immersed in her thoughts, perhaps remembering an old friend, perhaps a beloved family member, or perhaps a lost love...

Queens represent a sweet and affable Catrina, who tips her head and diverts her eyes, as observing something in this world that she likes and that calls her attention. Though her lips don’t smile, her expression does.

Kings represent beautiful Catrinas that look us straight in the eyes with an expression that emanates the purest innocence. A kind of Virgin of the Catrinas that is covered with a veil to protect its fragility.

Aces are so simple you can identify them easily but so complex that you will enjoy their artwork and admire them while you have them in our hands

Jokers are represented as a fun Mexican skull with his hat and his mustache

 Extra card feature scanned original image on stylized worn background with artist's signature and logo.

Vivas extra sketch card
Vivas extra sketch card

Card back printed with gold ink

Vivas Dealer Coin. Antique gold
Vivas Dealer Coin. Antique gold
Vivas sticker
Vivas sticker
2-Deck Sleeve
2-Deck Sleeve
  • $6,000  2-Deck sleeve UNLOCKED
  • $7,500  Dealer Coin as Add On UNLOCKED
  • $9,000  La Catrina Sticker as Add On (Free on Brick and Half Brick pledge levels) UNLOCKED
  • $12,000 Extra Card UNLOCKED
  • $15,000  Interior Foil
  • $17,777  La Catrina Stripper deck as Add On (special deck for magic tricks) UNLOCKED

1x deck of your choice - $14 for US backers and $15 for international backers

1x STRIPPER deck of your choice - $16 for US/International backers (see update #3)

1x unfolded tuck of your choice - $5 for US/International backers

1x 2-Deck Sleeve $2 for US/International backers

1x Vivas/Muertas Dealer coin - $17 for US/International backers

Vivas and Muertas Dealer coin set - $30 for US/International backers

1x set of Vivas and Muertas Stickers - $3 for US/International backers

3x sets of Vivas and Muertas Stickers - $5 for US/International backers

more to come...

Due to recent changes (price went higher) in our carrier's postage tariff grid, we are forced to include shipping cost for both US and non-US backers. As usual, all rewards will be shipped in protective boxes, via registered service. Tracking numbers will be published once fulfillment complete. Thank you for understanding.

Hello, my name is Ivan, I am a freelance illustrator, I dedicate myself to make my illustrations and designs, projects, and manage my own online store in which I sell clothes and articles with my designs from Valencia (Spain) the city where I live I work both illustration on "paper and pencil" and digital illustration, and I often mix both techniques. Nothing more for my part, thanks for visiting this project and I hope you like it.

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As on any other project, obstacles can arise unexpectedly. Potential set-backs may include production delays, shipping and sourcing problems. To minimize possible risks or unexpected issues, we are spending months researching, designing and testing, prior launching every new project. Thorough preparation and experience that we gained executing our previous projects, gives us confidence about the timeline and production solutions we've chosen. We guarantee, that every successfully funded project will be fulfilled.

Please note, that final product colors and design may slightly vary from the renders shown in project description.

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