This Might Hurt Tarot is a modern deck in the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition, backed by 743 backers on Kickstarter, and coming soon!

Keeping time-honored symbolism and imagery, but losing the medieval context, this the This Might Hurt Tarot Deck is designed to be both easy to read and highly relatable. Clothing and scenery are modernized, diversity is embraced, and queerness is lovingly acknowledged. 

The cards themselves measure 4.75"x 2.75" and are printed on high-quality 350 gsm matte art paper. Each card has a shiny gilded edge to add just a bit of magic, available in gilded gold or holographic black. The deck comes in a solid cardboard box with gold foil and magnetic closure, complete with a guidebook with introduction, card descriptions, and a full page black and white image of each card. This website to serves as a digital guidebook, with card descriptions for every card.

The deck, like most tarot decks, will consist of 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards. All of the court cards, and a few other select Minor Arcana cards, are portraits of real people in my life. It has been an absolute joy to create this deck in the image of our world, and I hope it is a joy for you to read with it as well.

Photos of This Might Hurt TArot

First Edition box, deck, and guidebook. Photos by Nyxturna

The Artists


Isabella Rotman


Isabella is a cartoonist, illustrator, and self publisher from Maine living and drawing in Chicago. She started drawing this tarot deck because she was learning how to read tarot cards for herself, and she learns by drawing. What started as a casual project where she would draw cards to learn their symbolism quickly turned into a full 78 -card deck that she has been obsessively and joyfully drawing for over two years. You can see Isabella’s other work at


Addison Duke


Addison is a Chicago-based colorist/illustrator for Dynamite and Image Comics. Addison's current works include Charlie's Angels/Bionic Woman, Barbarella/Dejah Thoris, and Curse Words.  Follow Addison on Twitter at @AddisonDuke.

Test Readers and Content Editors: Laura Fulljames, Kelsey Hodgson, Turnip Van Dyke, Luke Babb, Elizabeth Harrison, Katie Lebel

Copy Editors: Ramona Riecke, Dan Finnen, Shawn Morgenlander

Book Designer: Andrew Misisco