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Playing Cards

WWF Playing Cards

This is a project I've been wanting to do in some form or another for a long time now, though the emphasis was never on playing cards...

Regardless of what era of Professional Wrestling you may or may not be a fan of, there's no denying the uniqueness of the 80's (and very early 90's) time period of what was once called the WWF. The wrestlers were larger than life, colorful and walked around the ring like mythical gods. They had a wide assortment of gimmicks and each character these men (and women) portrayed carried with it a brand. When you really look back on these people, they were basically comic book characters come to life... And this was a time before Superhero movies became the money-making beasts they are today.

I tune into the WWE nowadays and see nothing but black trunks and bad attitudes - which is totally fine if that's what the fans want. However, being the old fogy I am today, I long for a time when pro-wrestling was a family-friendly, campy affair.

And so, this is my love letter to the World Wrestling Federation of 80's and early 90's. I designed a deck of cards featuring all the greats from the era that made Professional Wrestling the phenomenon it is today.

... Honestly, I can't tell any of these current guys apart from one another. When did "trashy white guy in black undies" become the preferred template?

Custom Playing Card Deck

I remember back in college there was one project where we had to create a deck of playing cards. I was super happy with how it turned out, but unfortunately was never able to finish the whole project due to my computer dying halfway through the project and losing EVERYTHING.

(Side note, don't ever download a pirated version of Quark Express... Not that I ever did that)

So after chugging about 5 Red-Bulls and staying up all night listening to Jay-Z's Black Album, I managed to crank out a nearly completed project, only I forgot one essential piece to the puzzle - I forgot to make a box for those cards (seriously? Yes, that was part of the stupid project). So I whipped together a hack-job of a box, drove over it with my car, then came to class claiming somebody ran over my project... I got a B!

After the project was over, I had always wanted to revisit the idea of designing my own card deck, but being the scatter-brained individual that I am, I always forget, then remember, then get busy, then forget again. Fortunately, this weekend I was playing cards with my wife (darn right my wife and I play cards together, she hustles me) and I got inspired... FINALLY.

So here it is, my first real fully devoted attempt at a deck of cards:

Family Deck for Sister-in-Law

A year ago I told my Sister-in-Law I'd make her a deck of playing cards with illustrations of all our family... I told her I'd have it for Christmas... Christmas of 2013. So I had them ready for Christmas 2014. Because I'm super fast like that.

In any case, they're done and everybody is happy. So here they are for your viewing pleasure... Because who doesn't want to look at illustrations of people they don't know?