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A full color Tarot deck that pulls together the concepts of science and magic, with a dash of subculture and art nouveau influence. Read more

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A full color Tarot deck that pulls together the concepts of science and magic, with a dash of subculture and art nouveau influence.

Denver, CO Illustration
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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
                                                                           - Arthur C. Clarke

There is something truly fascinating about the Tarot. A collection of symbols, imagery and imagination that allows those who seek answers to find hidden truths.

As a human race, we have always looked to the stars to guide us, and our curious minds have let them take us far beyond where science-fiction writers of the past might even believe. Today, we are creatures who carry around a global collection of information in our purses and pockets. Creatures who can cure disease. Creatures who have stepped foot on other celestial bodies and discovered the existence of thousands of other worlds far beyond the influence of our own. But to propose the concept of a possible multiverse to our ancestors of not so very long ago, would have them see us as crazy. And to show them the abundance of our everyday pillages would have them see us as no less than magical.

Science, at its core, if is quite often about the observation of patterns, about asking the right questions and about learning from results. For the infinite number of questions the universe presents, there are an an uncountable number of ways a person can approach them.  The Tarot is just one of a great many possibilities in having those questions answered.

For us, the concept of the Tarot has always been an alluring one. An art of ancient practice, the mystery and mysticism behind the cards beckons questioning minds and leads us to wonder what if. After all, the universe is an incredibly large and vastly unexplored place, and you are surely never to discover anything if you never dare to look. 

The Atomic Tarot Deck aims to be a complete Tarot deck, created by the Atomic Pixies art group. A display of magic, science, and a question of whether the future will become the Utopia or a Dystopia of our own creation, we aim to create a deck grounded in the miracle of reality and  limited only to the depths of our imagination. Our hope is to create a unique deck perfect for your own Tarot readings, or simply a collection of beautiful art.

Along with the deck itself, a booklet will be included to provide information about each card, and the ideas that went into their creation. We will also discuss possible interpretations you might read from the imagery as well as a few simple spreads for those less familiar with Tarot readings.

Because multiple rewards involve our supporters influencing the designs of the deck, most of the art is still to be created. But we, of course, have some samples so you can see the direction of the deck's art! 

The Moon represents a prototype of a finished card. The rest are shown with color and texture added to spice up the simple line art, but are little more than previews of works-in-progress. (And yes, the Magician is Mr. Tesla. And yes he will have his pigeon.)

The Atomic Pixies are an all-female group of artists from the Denver-metro area. We are friends as well as co-collaborators in a variety of creative endeavors and we all have a huge passion for both science and the supernatural, and are deeply interested in where the two intersect. (And, of course, where they do not.)  

We've wanted to make a Tarot deck to share our art for a very long time, and it has only been recently that we have felt ready to make this a reality.

The funding for this project is fairly straight forward. The artists are being funded $780 for the artwork, and everything else is going directly into paying for manufacturing of the cards and rewards themselves, including the physical decks, booklets, bags, and shipping and handling.

Although you can read about the reward levels to the right, we would like to share some details about specific rewards!

PRINTS

The limited edition prints will be 11x17, on cardstock. They will feature five cards of the major arcana, The Sun, The Moon, The Stars, The World, and The Judgement in the style of Alfonse Mucha.

Feel free to request instead any of our (non-limited) Art Nerdveaus found here instead!

NECKLACES

The necklaces will feature one of the above listed tarot cards (The Sun, The Moon, The Stars, The World, and The Judgement) behind a glass pendant.  

Feel free to request instead any single character of our Art Nerdveaus found here instead!

MEETING US

We live in the Denver metro area, and are willing to travel and provide a wonderful meal within a 25 mile radius. Please be sure to let us know any food allergies and preferences, and we can prepare a list of restaurants to pick from in the area! You will need to travel to us, although if you are in a part of the country we have future plans to visit, we are happy to arrange a meeting there!

ART

For those backing at the STRENGTH level, you will receive a custom piece of art, working you (or a subject of your choice) into the card layout shown above, to become your own tarot card. You will receive this file digitally at print quality, and can contact us if you would like to arrange a physical copy for a small upgrade.

For those who are going to help us with the art, we can't wait!

Tarot cards are full of symbolism and tell a story. For THE COURT and THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE backer levels, we will give you one of the cards and it's story, and work with you to add a personal symbol or theme within the art that relates to you and that story. This will be the art that goes into print! You will receive the original piece of art for the card and an 11x17 print of your card, both signed by the artist.

For those going for THE WORLD, you will have the choice to pick which tarot card in the major (or minor, if you please) arcana to effect.You will get to see the designs, and offer feedback the whole way, and like the above will be working with us to add your own personal symbolism into the card.

$4000 Everyone Reward level that involves shipping will receive a special postcard sized print with their package. GOAL MET!

$4500 We will include custom made cardboard wrap boxes for the tarot decks! 

$6000 Our inner nerds cannot be contained, and the Atomic Tarot deck will have, hear and there, small nods to the geekier among you. At $6000, however, we will add a purely nerdtastic major arcana set, for those whom a subtle nod is never enough. A deck who’s Tower is surrounded by roses and approached by a Gunslinger, The Moon featuring a certain princess of the Silver Millennium, a Child-like Empress, and a set of married lovers off the deck of the Firefly. 

Credits:

Music- "The Otherside of the Door" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Video- Holli Gilvaie (Holli G Photography)

Also check us and other awesome projects at http://kickingitforward.org

Risks and challenges

Well, this is our first kickstarter. So there's that.

But we also are not diving into the blind. We have done a lot of research into various kickstarters, and although this is our first kickstarter, it's not our first rodeo. We've worked with printers before, and created various merchandise. Numbers have been crunched, and we feel pretty solid and ready about all this.

Our first order of decks is going to run $1800, plus an additional $100 for the booklets. We've added in shipping & handling, odds and ends for our rewards, a buffer zone for last minute disasters, taxes and the like, and $5 a piece per card per artist.

The biggest challenge, really, is that this is a lot of art to make.

A lot.

78 pictures to draw, scan, color, and edit.

But this isn't the first time we've taken on such and undertaking, thought it will be the biggest. We regular turn out art for conventions. We have 4 multiple artist who can help out along the path to this tarot deck.

We're ready. All we need is you!

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FAQ

  • A lot of card decks are working to make large run goals, and although hopefully some day we will be able to rock that, the goal of this Kickstarter is more simply to get this deck made. This is our first Kickstarter, and we wanted to keep it as small and simple as possible, not realizing that that could come off as not being as devoted to the project as possible.
    The Atomic Tarot is, at its core, a labor of love. It would/will be created either way. The amount we are asking for is enough to cover the artist rent for a month or so, so they can focus on the tarot deck and not be stressed about bills. We are lucky in the creative nature that we live together and also that both of us work fast. We are very aware that we are not paying ourselves tons, but we would rather have an obtainable goal, and an end product (that we will have the ability to profit off of for a long time) than not have been able to reach our goal in our first time at the races. This will be enough that we can get this done in a timely manner, without it stretching out for years.
    The first run of the cards is going to be a low run, costing us between $700-$1800 (Variable on pre-order, etc), and the rest of the money is going towards the little pieces: Necklaces part for rewards, taxes, Kickstarter’s share, Visa’s share, a little extra in case anyone falls through.

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Rewards

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    Pledge $1 or more

    3 backers

    ACE OF PENTACLES

    We will send out a thank you tweet and add you to our exclusive mailing list with updates, art sneak peeks, and other information.

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    Pledge $5 or more

    1 backer

    FIVE OF WANDS

    Exclusive Tarot digital post card, as well as a thank you tweet and being added to the mailing list!

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    Pledge $10 or more

    0 backers

    TEN OF CUPS
    A PDF of the Atomic Tarot booklet, a thank you tweet, access to our exclusive mailing list, and your name in the back of the booklet!

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    Pledge $15 or more

    3 backers

    PAGE OF SWORDS

    Add on a custom made bag!

    If you would like a more personal container for your cards, this bag is for you. Hand sewn and decorated with bead accents. Each one is one of a kind!

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    Pledge $20 or more

    4 backers Limited (74 left of 78)

    THE MAGICIAN

    Everything in the TEN OF CUPS plus:

    A limited edition signed and numbered print of the Sun, Moon, Earth and Stars Tarot art print.

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    Pledge $25 or more

    2 backers Limited (58 left of 60)

    THE HIGH PRIESTESS

    Everything in the TEN OF CUPS plus: A necklace featuring your choice of the Sun, Moon, Star or Earth art.

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    Pledge $40 or more

    57 backers Limited (21 left of 78)

    THE EMPRESS
    EARLY BIRD TAROT BACKERS

    Everything in the TEN OF CUPS plus: The first 78 pledges (one for each card!) will receive the full tarot deck, and the physical booklet containing all the art (black and white) for the book and information about each card, all in an organza bag.

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    Pledge $50 or more

    3 backers

    THE EMPEROR

    Everything in the TEN OF CUPS plus: The full tarot deck, and the physical booklet containing all the art (black and white) for the book and information about each card, all in an organza bag.

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    Pledge $65 or more

    2 backers

    THE HEIROPHANT

    Everything in the TEN OF CUPS plus: The full tarot deck, and the booklet containing all the art (black and white) for the book and information about each card, all in an organza bag, as well as a necklace featuring your choice of the Sun, Moon, Star or Earth art.

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    Pledge $75 or more

    5 backers Limited (5 left of 10)

    THE FOOL. Everything in THE EMPRESS, and a custom made wood box, with a wood burned image of your favorite card on the cover.

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    Pledge $85 or more

    2 backers

    THE LOVERS

    Everything in the TEN OF CUPS plus: The full tarot deck, and the booklet containing all the art (black and white) for the book and information about each card, all in an organza bag, a necklace featuring your choice of the Sun, Moon, Star or Earth art, a limited edition signed and numbered print of the Sun, Moon, Earth and Stars Tarot art print.

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    Pledge $125 or more

    5 backers Limited (15 left of 20)

    STRENGTH

    Everything in THE EMPEROR plus: A custom piece of art, featuring yourself (or someone else) designed into a Tarot card for you. You'll received the print digitally at printing quality resolution, 11x17.

    (This art will not end up in the Tarot deck.)

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    Pledge $150 or more

    2 backers Limited (14 left of 16)

    THE COURT

    Everything in THE EMPEROR plus: Help us design one of the minor arcana court! You will be in on the design process of the card we choose for you, sent updates about the design, and be able to request a motif added to the card. See the Kickstarter information for more details!

    In addition you'll get the signed original art for your card, and a print of the final art of the card.

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    Pledge $200 or more

    0 backers

    THE CHARIOT

    Small retailer pledge!

    You will receive 5 sets, in bags, with their tarot books, as well as a thank you tweet and being added to the mailing list!

    You will also have your name or business listed in the back of the book, thanking you for your contribution!

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    Pledge $250 or more

    0 backers Limited (18 left of 18)

    WHEEL OF FORTUNE

    Everything in THE EMPEROR plus: Help us design one of the major arcana court! You will be in on the design process of the card we choose for you, sent updates about the design, and be able to request a motif added to the card. See the Kickstarter information for more details!

    You'll receive the signed original art for your card, and a print of the final art of the card.

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    THE STAR

    Everything in THE EMPEROR plus: Dinner and a tarot reading from the Atomic Pixies.

    We're some pretty cool chicks, and we'd love to meet you! Come to Denver, grab some grub with us, and we'll read your cards for you to top the night off!

    (Please note that airfare and lodging is not provided. The Atomic Pixies are in the Denver Metro area.)

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    Pledge $400 or more

    0 backers

    THE TOWER

    Large retailer package!

    You will receive 10 sets, in bags, with their tarot books, as well as a thank you tweet and being added to the mailing list!

    You will also have your name or business listed in the back of the book, thanking you for your contribution!

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    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    THE WORLD

    Everything in THE LOVERS plus: You choose a major arcana card to help design (first come, first serve) and get all the trapping with it!

    You will be in on the design process of the card you choose, sent updates about the design, and be able to request a motif added to the card. See the Kickstarter information for more details!
    You'll receive the signed original art for your card, and a print of the final art of the card.

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    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

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