Digital imagery of Tarotwave’s major arcana cards. Source Tarotwave.com
Happy Friday, everyone! What better way to begin the weekend than with a new tarot deck to play with. Today, I will be featuring Tarotwave by McKenna Calabro. I have been anticipating this tarot card deck since it’s Kickstarter campaign in March and it is finally here! If you’re interested in this deck, keep on reading.
I store my Tarotwave deck in this second-hand IPSY cosmetic bag I purchased on Depop. The galaxy theme matches perfectly! #aestheticgoals
I first found out about this deck from members in the tarot BST group on Facebook. I’m so glad I did! Tarotwave is a collage art style deck with inspiration from glitch art, neon art, vaporwave, nostalgia and beyond [source]. I love the unique techy vibes this deck has along with it’s color palettes of bright blues, purples, pinks and neon greens. It really is like no other tarot deck (or card deck in general) that I have seen. As always, I will give you my opinions on the three categories of packaging, card stock and guidebook.
I will say that the edge of my box came slightly squished as well as the holographic postcard reward, with my order. These decks were shipped out in bubble mailers. A box would have been more sufficient and kept the deck from damage. Nonetheless, the pros out weight the cons overall. I love the design of this card box! It wraps all the way around and features matching imagery and text on the cover. The inside lid covers are white (which doesn’t bother me). Overall, its a nicely constructed, matt textured rigid box that fits the cards well.
You all know that I have high preference for 400gsm cardstock, however the beauty of this deck lets me look past. I am not sure the weight of this paper but it is even more malleable and thinner than my Ethereal Visions Illuminated Tarot (which is the thinnest in my current collection of cards). However, the major pro here is that the card backs are HOLOGRAPHIC! Yeah, you read that right! I feel like the holographic nature is hard to capture with photos, but I will be uploading a flip-through video soon.
At the time of this post, the digital guidebook has not been posted yet. The artist did get behind in a few things concerning the deck and this was one of them. Hopefully, but the end of the weekend, it will be posted! The deck comes with a welcome message card with a link to the guidebook featured on the website. I can’t wait to see the artist’s thoughts, especially on the bonus card Glitch.Exe
An actual image of the cards! They are just as amazing as the digital version. I will admit, the images could have been a bit more clear and crisp…but maybe a “low resolution” feel was intended? I don’t know, but just my personal opinion.
Overall, I am really pleased with this deck and I am glad I backed this Kickstarter campaign. It’s my first one and I was not disappointed. The wait time was more than I had expected, but luckily to keeping busy I didn’t much notice. If you missed the Kickstarter, no worries! At some point this Summer, McKenna will be opening an Etsy shop or a link will be featured on the website to purchase the card deck as well as extra goodies like holographic posters- you’ll just have to wait!