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We've finally, at long last, got around to offering our Twisted Tarot Tales deck in both a large size and a mini size. It had been on my mind for months to do, but anyone who has ever had the distinct pleasure of sizing up a full tarot deck into templates knows that it takes many hours, especially when individually naming each card, then removing the guidelines, flattening and then uploading
the images. Creating two new sizes is double the work and double the hours, but I wanted to use Christmas as a goal to spur me on.

Click here to see the Mini cards

Click here to see the Large cards

The cards looks amazing but sadly my video camera has recently come down
with something called a "focus error" or I would have taken a few videos. Fixing the camera is a whole other project lol, and all being well I'll get to look at that around Christmas.
Tonight I expect to have a good sleep!

In other Twisted Tarot Tales news i've managed to convince Tarot Professionals to include our horror deck in the list of possible nominations for their indie/studio decks catagory in their 2016 competition winners thingy. As many know, the deck recieved over 124 % funding despite being a deck that has triggered a few people over on the Tarot Professionals facebook page.
I normally don't enter competitions. In fact I think the last competition I ever entered was a Robertson's Strawberry Jam contest when I was about 8 years old and trying to win a "golliwog" doll type thing. Nowadays the golliwogs are offensive and probably considered racist, but at the age of 8 I never saw it that way. I guess neither did Robertsons.

Competitions are not something I seek out but I thought to myself that Twisted Tarot Tales should at least be on the list. I think the art is excellent, even if I do say so myself. I think the concepts are brilliant. Why not right? I'm not doing it for the prize or reward if there is any, I have no interest in that. I'd just like to see something a bit cutting edge, a bit controversial win for once

So here's the deal. If you like Twisted Tarot Tales enough to vote for it in the nominations, I'll give away the prize if there is one. If it's cash I'll give it to a homeless shelter and if it's a deck or something I'll do a raffle. How's that my friends?

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Hanging out at graveyards
Despite the fact that I've been doing a few too many all nighters at the art table, the past few evenings I’ve been taking a little break and i've been visiting my granma’s grave more often.

(ok so with my camera being broken here's a picture of me visiting the writer W.B Yeats grave about 5 years ago....hey, it's graveyard related! )

My grandma died in February and a few years before I met Christine I was one of her carers. Her husband, my granddad,
died about ten years previous when I was out in Ohio and I never got to attend his funeral. My grandma’s eldest son, my uncle Ian, died around 2011 and so they’re all buried in the same family plot. My granma lived to the ripe old age of 92, so we knew it was only a matter of time before she would leave us, but even having that in mind, it doesn’t lessen the feeling of missing someone from time to time.

Occasionally I’ll call in to speak to her at the graveyard on my way back from the post office when shipping off customers orders but with the run up to Christmas and working on client projects, most of my day is taken up. So a big thank you to those who give me the excuse to get out of the studio lol. I think it’s important to take a time out now and again and so for me that’s been visiting my granma.

I consider myself quite a spiritual person, and usually talk to God, Jesus, that sort of thing, but the past few years I’ve been talking with my relatives. I’m not sure I would class it as “praying”, but then maybe talking to them at all is a form of praying. I’ve found though that when I talk at the gravesite very quickly I start to include the whole graveyard in my chat. I don’t even know them but I sometimes think that the dead might be starved for human interaction. Most people, at least in this part of the country, visit gravesides only to lay down some flowers and then leave. The argument is that people have busy lives, families to attend to. I understand that. Besides, the dead are…well, gone right?

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What we're working on

We've finally released the Borderless version of the King's Journey Christmas/ Winter edition deck. Last Christmas we revealed the Bordered edtition of the Christmas Edition. This year we've removed the borders from this deck. The images are still the same as last years Christmas edition but without the borders.
So what can you find in the Christmas edition? The entire deck has been reworked to have a Christmas theme. Each of the  94 artworks (including the 2 bons cards which bring us up to around 96 cars) have been altered with a Christmas feel to them. Many months have gone into creating this version of the deck, with the main imagery being created over the period of about 2 and a half years ( from 2008-2010).
All in all with the Christmas edition you're getting a great set of wintery themed cards and now with the borderless version they can once again connect up to deliver great readings.

Interested in how the cards connect up as borderless cards? Read my blog entry about connecting up the cards

The Chinese Propaganda Tarot: Winter Edition

We're currently working on a wintery themed Chinese Propaganda Art Tarot. This will be based on our original Chinese Propaganda Art Tarot, but I must say, there are a tonne of all new artworks included in this new version. Why do you think I am so damn tired?! lol

I must admit It feels good to revisit the deck and reimagine it!
Can't wait to have this deck on offer and to get the time to share it a lot more. Been so busy but that's a good thing ;)

Trying to reimagine such a kick ass and controversial deck in a winterish way takes some time but we're getting there. Some of these decks, which we
redesigned for Christmas, are good for readings far beyond the festive period. For example our Twisted Tarot Tales reminds one of Halloween but horror exists from spring all the way to winter! Just watch your local news! lol

So the winter theme lasts way past Christmas. Being a fan of Alphonse Mucha I half considered doing a "four seasons" version. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter version of a deck but I am not sure how marketable it would be.

Inspirational Figures


I’m going to be honest with you dear reader. You may not appreciate or agree with my views in life, I’ve never hidden the fact that my views differ from that of (at least what I perceive to be) popular opinion. I would like to think that that’s the one thing that you might like about me as a person, as an artist, even as a friend. You might not like my opinion but at least I’m honest to who I think I am.
Occasionally popular opinion overlaps with my own and I get to rest and not defend myself. For the most part I carry a torch of one, or a few, and I continue on with my belief even under pressure. I consider myself a Christian, though more realistically a failed one. In the words of one our late local lyricist and poet Henry McCullough “I’m a failed Christian and I don’t go to church, I smoke and I drink and I lie and I curse”….(he played with Paul McCartney’s Wings if I remember right). In other words I’m not going to judge you because I am in no position to. And if or when I do, I need to ask forgiveness from you!
My first introduction to Tolstoy was the book The Kingdom of God is Within You. Somehow i stumbled upon it after reading a little on the concept of Christian Anarchism. It’s a non fiction book, the culmination of thirty years of Tolstoy's thinking, and lays out a new organization for society based on a literal Christian interpretation. If I were to sum it up it’s about Christ’s sermon on the mount and how we’re supposed to turn the other cheek.
I bought it at the same time I was flying out to Turkey to spend a few weeks on holiday with my brothers. So the first few chapters were read under palm trees instead of our usual Northern Irish semi dull days. The book was first published in Germany in 1894 after being banned in his home country of Russia and is the
culmination of thirty years of Tolstoy's thinking, and lays out a new organization for society based on a literal Christian interpretation. Why am I always drawn to banned things? I swear, it is not intentional. In the case of Tolstoy, I imagine his work was banned because it was in direct conflict with, say, the idea of the draft. It is basically a pacifist’s manual.

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The Snowland Deck

Almost that time of year again! Welcome to the enchanting wintry world of the Snowland Deck! Filled with seasonal magic, from beautiful snowmen and winter scenes filled with joyous children and winter creatures, to blazing fireplaces, cozy comforts and steaming mugs of cocoa it's a great deck for getting in the mood for the winter holidays!
The Snowland Deck consists of 78 eye poppingly colourful large cards (3.5 x 5.5 inches)

Ron Boyer painted each of these images on hand-cut gessoed wood with acrylics, in collaboration with his wife, Tarot expert / author Janet Boyer (Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse, Tarot Basics, Hall of Fame Amazon/Vine Reviewer, etc.).

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Thunder Spirit Studio
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