Pirate Playing Cards V.F
Designed and Created by Vitaly Fishilevich – 2011. Special Adition
The idea for these playing cards came from Vitaly’s childhood love of pirate stories and hidden treasures. When he was young he imagined the cards that the pirates themselves used to play with while drinking rum at sea. This is the theme that Vitaly has developed into this custom deck of playing cards. A recurring motif is a symbolism of life and death, playfully rendered in these marvelous cards, including plenty of sabers and skeletons!
The artwork is in black and white so that the deck can be used as a tattoo sampler. The images are very fashionable in the context of being flash designs; the style is like that found in Calavera art (Sugar skulls) and contains references to Voodoo and Spanish conquistadors amongst others. The box has been imaginatively decorated with skulls, bones, ships and a treasure map on the back.