It’s finally here. The Cultural Revolution Tarot TECHNICOLOUR Edition!
We’ve been working on this version of our Cultural Revolution Tarot alongside/during the last few dozen cards of what we’re calling the “original” version (aka the version coloured by myself, James).
I’m proud to present to you this vibrant technicolour version of the deck which i feel stays truer to deck author Christine’s original vision. Why? Because this one is actually coloured by Christine herself. I think that’s pretty awesome personally.
Christine’s interest in both Propaganda and Pop art combines a variety of inspirations, everything from Mao era Chinese propaganda posters to Andy Warhol’s “Maos” and of course, yet not intentionally, my own interest in comic book illustration. So there’s a variety of influences which have inspired the making of this Tarot.
There are, naturally, similarities between the original and the Technicolour edition because fundamentally they are the same Tarot. Visually though the differences are worth noting.
The most notable thing is the complete overhaul of colours in almost every card. Christine has
amped up the colours to as far as the printers will allow and the results have paid off. I am particularly fond of how the Sun card came out and also the World. In fact, while i tend to prefer more muted colours, i think that some of the colours have really given this version of the Tarot a life all of its own. I see the two versions as moods. My own is a bit more subdued, While Christine’s vibrant colours matches her optimistic, bright nature, which is essentially what Propaganda art is all about. Christine has decided on having the backs of her Technicolour version cards a vibrant red, while the originals feature a blue background, complete with a cast of our children characters and other Kawaii features.
While the original Cultural Revolution Tarot features the Pentacles,Cups,Swords and Wands names for the minor arcana, Christine decided to rename her Technicolour version of the minor arcana suits as Cups, Flags (Wands), Blades (swords) and Stars (Pentacles).
Why Flags, Blades and Stars?
Let’s start with flags. Keep in mind that this is from my own point of view. Christine may come out with her own thoughts on this at some point. I feel that from my own personal view calling them flags, rather than wands, makes sense since our wands essentially are flag poles with flags attached to them. Working with a theme like this almost requires that you feature flags in it extensively because this is commonplace in Propaganda art and meant to inspire one’s national identity. They are a symbol of something bigger, something that unites the masses into, let’s say, a fiery fervour. I feel that many Americans can relate to this (especially when in the face of an attack on one’s country). I know in Ireland here people can be very passionate about flags, so much so that it causes conflict and anger if it’s messed with.
Blades : Most of our Swords cards are actually bayonets because this made more sense when
keeping with the theme of the deck. With the exception of the Queen of Swords, all of the Swords suit all feature bayonets. To my knowledge swords were not used all that much, if at all, during the time period of The Cultural Revolution, or at least in the Propaganda art itself.
Stars: Calling the Pentacles Stars seems to fit our theme due to the fact that the communist star is common in communist themed artwork. Chinese propaganda artwork is not a stranger to this. China’s own flag features a total of 5 stars.
There you have it folks. If you’d like to see more of the illustrations for this wonderful Technicolour version of this Tarot please follow us to our Facebook photo album page where we’ve taken extensive photos of the images to give you a better look at how they differ from the Original version
Thanks so much for reading this, and for your interest in our Tarot
The Cultural Revolution Tarot can be found on our site for 40 U.S dollars (at the time of writing). For the brits, this relates to little over 26 pounds. Go buy our controversial kick ass work of art and you won’t be dissappointed