TATTOOink Playing Cards

Tattoo ink playing cards is literally playing cards printed suing tattoo ink and it is a project envisioned by Charalambos Kourouklaris. When he put two things he love, the rest of us skeletons drawn into playing cards with tattoo ink which is named TATTOOink Playing Cards.

For his first project, he is releasing his skeleton drawings which will be the portraits for the royal courts.

The dressing style is medieval and instead of faces, you will see skulls. It feels like a deck made for Halloween or celebrating Day of the Dead medieval style. Although the portrait is nicely done, we have to admit the drawing feels raw and belongs in the sketching phase instead of being a actual end product on its own. Not to say the deck is bad but for a playing card, we feel it could be done better to make it feel like it is a deck of playing cards and not just drawings with poker pips printed on it. Speaking of which, we asked Andreas which company he will be using for the production of the cards and he is split between United States Playing Cards Company (USPCC) and Legends Playing Cards Company (LPCC).

If the drawings can be touched up a little to look more refined and polished, the deck will be near perfection!

As for the jokers, there are two drawings. One is a jester and one is a bard. This completes the entire medieval backdrop of the playing cards.

Tattoo Joker

The back of the cards is in solid black colour with a skull in the middle

Tattoo Card back

The deck box is rather colourful for a playing cards of skulls.

There is a message at the base of the box, “Gambling is on the dark side. Play for fun”. We support that heavily.

If you go to the project Kickstarter page right now (project ending on 25th Apr 2017), you can get the wooden case. That is most definitely a keeper!


TATTOOink Playing Cards (Kickstarter page)

TATTOOink Playing Cards (Facebook)


Origins Shadows of History playing cards

I missed out on Rick Davidson‘s first project, Origins, but this time round I can do a write up on his new project, Shadows of History. The deck is inspired by historic drawings of some of the first playing cards in Europe. The artwork was sourced from a few locations including the British Museum, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Archives Department of Seine-Maritime, and Fitzwilliam Museum of Cambridge. I believe one of the drawings Rick managed to uncover is the picture below.

SOH Historic 1567.jpg

This is the first time I actually see the lower body of the court cards portraits hence, this is an eye opener to me. Nothing much has been revealed about the specifications or feature of the deck except that it is going to be manufactured by United States Playing Cards Company (USPCC).

The above screengrabs show what the cards will look like in the Shadows deck. The look and feel of the numbers and Aces are following the modern design of most typical playing cards. Only the court cards (Jack, Queen & King) are drawn differently. They look less flat and more 3D. There are 2 joker cards in Shadows deck, Adam and Eve is drawn on separate cards as joker.

Rouen 1567 is the companion deck for Shadows and they are directly inspired by historic designs. You can do the comparison between the pictures above and the one at the beginning of this article.

In my opinion, this should appeal to collectors who like to collect a piece of history. You will not get the playing deck produced in 16th century France but you can get a deck which looks similar but feel modern and new.


Origins Shadows of History (Kickstarter project)

Rick Davidson (Facebook)

Realms Playing Cards

If one day you woke up finding that you are in a strange and unrecognisable place where you feel light and your body motions seem to slow down on you. There could be a few possibilities, that you’re still dreaming and everything is simply a dream or you could have an out of body experience because you’re already dead and your soul has left your body and has entered rebirth on the next stage in the wheel of life.

This is what Realms Playing Cards by Card Experiment is trying to convey in their latest Kickstarter project. Realms Playing Cards attempts to show you what Samsara is. It is the wheel of life. Then why not simply name it Wheel of Life? Because Samsara teaches that there six realms of existence, three good (heavenly, demi-god, human) and three evil realms (animal, ghosts, hellish). The only way to break the cycle is to achieve Nirvana or enlightenment. I will not talk about the concept further because my intention is to inform you about the cards and not spread religion. If you do want to understand more about Samsara, you can start with this wikipage.

Below are screen grabs from Realms Playing Cards kickstarter project page.

Realms will be offered in two different decks, Red and Blue. Card Experiment did not elaborate what is the significance in the two different decks so I’m gonna guess it is merely for aesthetics purposes.

Here are a list of product features for this playing card:

  • Gold and silver foil on tuckcase
  • Metallic gold and silver ink on cards
  • Custom foil seal (unlocked!)
  • Custom court cards (JQK), jokers and aces
  • Printed by Expert Playing Card Company (EPCC) on their Damask Finish or Robusto
  • Finish stock. Casino Grade French Paper Stock
  • Both versions will not be reprinted

Take a alook at the last point where it states there will not be any reprints so any deck you get your hands on are of limited quantity in the world.

Card Experiment is not a newbie in creating playing cards and you can find their past work on their official website.

We are offering early pre-order service for Realms Playing Cards!


Realms Playing Cards (Kickstarter page)

Card Experiment

Samsara (Wikipedia)