Mock-up of This Might Hurt Tarot box, a card showing the Ace of Cups, and card back.

Mock-up of This Might Hurt Tarot box, a card showing the Ace of Cups, and card back.

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 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 will measure 4.75"x 2.75" and be printed on high-quality 350 gsm art paper. Each card will have a shiny gilded edge to add just a bit of magic. The deck will come in a solid cardboard box with gold foil and magnet closure.

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. This Might Hurt Tarot will come with a pocket sized guidebook. This website to serves as a digital guidebook, with card descriptions for every card.

Mock-up showing card back and Page of Swords card.

Mock-up showing card back and Page of Swords card.

The Artists

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Isabella Rotman

Creator

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 IsabellaRotman.com.

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Addison Duke

Colorist

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