The Pulp Tarot
The Pulp Tarot
The Pulp Tarot
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The Pulp Tarot

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The Pulp Tarot gives a super action packed twist to the traditional tarot deck - each of its 78 cards illustrated with a cast of characters from the glory days of pulp fiction from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Creator Todd Alcott explains how the deck came to life: "I've been interested in the tarot as both an oracle and as a piece of design for decades. Back in the 1980s, I started to design a new deck, painting huge new images based on the artistic trends of the day.

"Soon, the enormity of the task overwhelmed me and I abandoned it. More recently, my visual art has been centered around creating new work based on mid-century designs, incorporating and manipulating existing images from 20th-century pop culture with an emphasis on the startling, dynamic paintings of classic pulp fiction covers.

"The Pulp Tarot expands upon that work, taking 70 years of pop-culture ephemera and putting it into a Photoshop Cuisinart to create a new tarot deck that approaches the classic images of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck from the point of view of this modern cultural blender.

"Inspiration for the cards is drawn from everything from late 19th-century dime novels to 1970s exploitation movie posters, creating a rich, complex conversation between the arcane symbols of the Tarot and the sensationalist world of the pulps."

The deck comes in a book-like case with cards and little white book of meanings and instructions inside. Card stock is standard 300gsm. Published in Brooklyn NY, second printing.