Black-on-black Day of the Dead playing cards


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“It’s the wild color scheme that freaks me,” said Zaphod whose love affair with this ship had lasted almost three minutes into the flight. “Every time you try to operate one of these weird black controls that are labeled in black on a black background, a little black light lights up black to let you know you’ve done it.”

Sorry, I thought “Zaphod” would be enough of a reference. If it’s not for you, this is from Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. If you have not read it, stop what you are doing and do so now. As a matter of fact, go read all of his books. Go on! Right now! Come back when you’re done, we’ll wait.


These will look great played in front of a fire-pit filled with human skull shaped fire bricks.

Good times!


While the iconography usually associated with the day of the dead and used for these cards was originally created by Santiago Hernández and Manuel Manilla in the middle of the 19th century it is generally agreed that Jose Guadalupe Posada is responsible for cementing the art style that is now associated with the day of the dead.

It is completely fair and a testament to Posadas work that it is so closely associated with the day of the dead, it’s a shame that he’s not recognized more for his influence in popular culture.


Ooh, these are gorgeous! Probably a bitch to play Snap with though.

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