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An update of artist Pamela Colman Smith's Rider-Waite Tarot deck by her American cousin.
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I've wanted to follow in my great-cousin's footsteps and build a Tarot deck for 6 years now. After spending some time with the Rider-Waite deck, I found the perfect avenue for doing this. If you've spent time with the Rider-Waite deck, you'll love this one. My deck clarifies the characters while giving deeper opinions about the contradictions inherent in every inner decision. It's very current, and very American. 

Justice
Justice

Follow me on Instagram: @davidaaronsmith

I'm a painter and sculptor building a livable sculpture called Villa Anita DV on the southern tip of Death Valley in California.  It's incredible!  You should see it.  

Before settling down to follow in the footsteps of greats like Georgia O'Keefe, Noah Purifoy, and Andrea Zittel, I traveled the United States for 3 years as an activist, religious researcher, and general rambler.  I met all sorts of Americans on my journeys.  My art is centered on this identity of America, and that's what you get with this card deck.  

The Fool
The Fool

Warning: this deck may press some buttons.  It features racial violence, refugees, entitled white people, and LGBT.  But as an artist, I'm simply interpreting the original cards through the lens of our current America.  It's important to realize that the outside world is a reflection of our inner states.  We have to confront that.  The Tarot's a great way to do that.

The Cards
The Cards

The project is straight forward.  The deck is ready to go.  

I've set my goal low so I can get some cards printed, but if the support overflows I have my eyes set on doing bigger things with the deck.  I plan to co-author a book on this new Tarot deck with my buddy (and co-creator of Workaholics) Connor Pritchard.  Shall be entertaining! 

I want a little left over to play around with making wallpaper and clothing out of the cards as well.  And if the support is really overflowing, the proceeds will go into immediate construction of a Tarot experience on AirBnB.  We'll build a room that is centered around receiving a Tarot reading.  You'll be given a set of instructions to perform throughout the day, then you'll get the reading at sunset.  Sounds pretty cool, don't it!

Reward 1 - Tarot Deck
Reward 1 - Tarot Deck

 

 

Reward 2 - Facetime Tarot Reading
Reward 2 - Facetime Tarot Reading

 

Reward 3 & 4 - Hand-Drawn and Painted Tuck Box
Reward 3 & 4 - Hand-Drawn and Painted Tuck Box

 

Reward 5 - Framed and Signed Tarot Card
Reward 5 - Framed and Signed Tarot Card

 

Reward 6 - Original Jung, McKenna, or Jodorowski Portrait
Reward 6 - Original Jung, McKenna, or Jodorowski Portrait

 

Reward 7 - Custom-framed Template Drawings
Reward 7 - Custom-framed Template Drawings

 

Risks and challenges

Here's a rundown of some thoughts on the Rewards:

1. New American Tarot Deck - I don't foresee any hiccups with this Reward. I have run test prints of the cards and I have perfected them. Once, my goal is met I'll run one more test print before the campaign time is up, then I'll order a bulk and ship them immediately.

2. Facetime Tarot Reading - This Reward comes with a deck of cards. So, I want you to have them before the reading. Then, it will be a matter of scheduling. I've limited the number to 45 readings, so it shouldn't be impossible to manage. I'm here at Villa Anita 24/7, and I love talking to collectors about my work.

3. Hand-drawn Tuck Box - I'm drawing these with an archival pen, then hitting them with a workable fixative. This will keep them from streaking and you'll be able to frame them nicely.

4. Hand-painted Tuck Box - These are much easier to archive. They're painted with acrylic. No problems here.

5. Aluminum-framed Cards - The problem here will be picking the card. Maybe, you'll have to wait and spend some time with the cards before picking tone. Or you can pick based on your favorite Rider-Waite card. Or I can send you a PDF file with all the cards, and you can pick from there. It will be a bit of a process, but it should be painless. Plus, we'll get to interact.

6. Jung, McKenna, and Jodorowski portraits - I'm just going to cut the canvas from the frame, then ship it to you. You'll have to get it re-stretched by a framer. But, let's face it, you can afford it.

7. 1 of 3 Vellum Drawings - These are the real McCoy. I'll have these custom framed for you before I send them. So, don't take the frame in the video to be the one that gets sent. We'll work on it together. Or, I can just roll it up, and send it along for you to frame it. However you want to do it, big fella.... or big mama.

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    Standard Tarot Deck

    This is the standard New American Tarot deck, including all 78 cards and a small booklet written by the artist. Cards come in a custom tuck box by the artist. The booklet is a quick description of the Major and Minor Arcana, and the Royalty.

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    Facetime Tarot Reading

    Along with receiving your own New American Tarot Deck, you'll schedule a Facetime (or other online video chat) Tarot Reading where you'll get a personalized reading, insight into the cards, and answers to any other questions you have about the work.

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    Hand-drawn Tuck Box

    Artist David Aaron Smith will hand-draw (in black and white) the tuck box your cards come in. A dedication to you will be incorporated into the design. Get it framed, or just enjoy it.

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    Hand-painted Tuck Box

    The artist will hand-paint the cards' box. Each design will be unique and will incorporate the buyer's name. These you'd probably want to have framed.

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    Framed Cards ( 22"x22")

    Single cards in a 22" x 22" Boom Design aluminum frame. You pick the card, we frame it and send it to you, signed, dated, and numbered by the artist. Each piece will come with a hand-written note from the artist explaining the card's updated meaning.

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    4' x 5' Portrait (Carl Jung)

    This is an original portrait of the Tarot enthusiast and psychotherapy super-star Carl Jung. It's acrylic on canvas. It is signed and dated, and will come with a hand-written note from the artist explaining the thought behind the work. The canvas will come rolled in protective plastic sheeting, and will need to be taken to a framer to be stretched.

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    4' x 5' Portrait (Jodorowski)

    This is an original portrait of Alejandro Jodorowsky, one of Tarot's biggest champions and one of the greatest experimental filmmakers of all-time. It's acrylic on canvas. It is signed and dated, and will come with a hand-written note from the artist explaining the thought behind the work. The canvas will come rolled in protective plastic sheeting, and will need to be taken to a framer to be stretched.

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    4' x 5' Portrait (Terence McKenna)

    Terence McKenna is most known for his work with the I-ching, the Chinese divination method. But, it's McKenna's commitment to technology that communes with the subconscious that earns him a spot in this group. It's acrylic on canvas. It is signed and dated, and will come with a hand-written note from the artist explaining the thought behind the work. The canvas will come rolled in protective plastic sheeting, and will need to be taken to a framer to be stretched.

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    Original Vellum Drawings (1 of 3)

    This is one of the three "18 x 24" sheets of vellum that contains 27 of the original, inked drawings of the New American Tarot. This sheet contains these cards in order: Top Line: The World, 8 of Swords, 7 of Pentacles, 3 of Swords, 10 of Swords, Death. Line 2: 2 of Swords, Queen of Pentacles, The Hermit, The Hanged Man, The Fool, Justice. Line 3: 4 of Swords, Ace of Pentacles, 10 of Wands, The Moon, The Star, The Lovers. Line 4: Ace of Swords, 7 of Wands, Judgement, 8 of Wands, 3 of Wands, 6 of Cups. Bottom Line: Strength, Temperance, Knight of Cups.

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    Original Vellum Drawings (2 of 3)

    This is one of the three "18 x 24" sheets of vellum that contains 27 of the original, inked drawings of the New American Tarot. This sheet contains these cards in order: Top Line: King of Sword, Queen of Wands, Page of Cups. Line 2: King of Pentacles, Page of Wands, King of Wands, Knight of Pentacles, Page of Pentacles, Queen of Swords. Line 3: Page of Swords, 6 of Swords, 3 of Cups, Knight of Wands, Knight of Swords, 2 of Wands. Line 4: Empress, 9 of Swords, 5 of Cups, The Emperor, Magician, King of Cups Bottom Line: 9 of Wands, 4 of Pentacles, Ace of Cups, 5 of Swords, 4 of Cups, The Devil.

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    Original Vellum Drawings (3 of 3)

    This is one of the three "18 x 24" sheets of vellum that contains 25 of the original, inked drawings of the New American Tarot, as well as an iteration of the 2 of wands not seen in the deck. This sheet contains these cards in order: Top Line: Ace of Wands. Line 2: 6 of Pentacles, Wheel of Fortune, The High Priestess, 5 of Pentacles, 7 of Cups, 2 of Wands. Line 3: 10 of Cups, 5 of Wands, The Chariot, 6 of Wands, 9 of Pentacles, 4 of Wands. Line 4: 9 of Cups, 2 of Pentacles, The Hierophant, 7 of Swords, The Sun, 8 of Pentacles. Bottom Line: 3 of Pentacles, The Tower, 10 of Pentacles, 2 of Cups, Queen of Cups, 8 of Cups.

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