About this project
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Music- "The Otherside of the Door" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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.
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.
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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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