Joker and the Thief presents Wayfarers Playing Cards - a deck of playing cards that
Following the successes of the Joker and the Thief series, we decided to change tack and develop yet another original design.
We had always planned to develop a 100% custom, nautical themed deck. When we came across Brazilian artist Gustavo Magalhaes, we knew that his style would perfectly compliment our vision for Seafarers Playing Cards.
We wanted to create a classic deck of cards reminiscent of vintage United States Playing Card Co. designs. We intentionally went this route because of the simple fact that classic designs survive the test of time. Gus was instrumental in striking the balance between classic design and our signature vibe. It's low-key, subtle and understated. After 6 months of hard work, Seafarers finally came to fruition.
Seafarers features a back design writhing with symbolism, an iconic ace of spades, as well a set of original court cards that tell an enchanting tale.
The court cards are all completely custom - illustrated by hand, from scratch. Themes from the back design start to carry over and give life to these oceanic royals. They are unrestricted by borders, allowing us to take full advantage of the space of the card. By doing this, these courts develop their own distinct and individualistic characteristics. Each suit tells its own story, with each jack, queen and king thematically and symbolically linked.
Seafarers features a custom tuck box, expertly printed at our letterpress studio in sunny San Diego, California!
This deck utilises a premium imported cream dyed paper, and utilises a rich sea green colour which is stamped onto the paper stock. It also features an internal design.
Proudly printed in the U.S.A by the United States Playing Card Company in Erlanger, Kentucky on proprietary crushed-stock and finish for incredible handling.
Printed with environmentally safe ink on sustainably sourced paper.