UPDATE (January 2016): Scroll down for new Twin Peaks tarot card designs!
Earlier this year, illustrator and comic maker Benjamin Mackey told Welcome to Twin Peaks he was toying with the idea of designing a Twin Peaks tarot deck inspired by the influential Rider-Waite-Smith deck (Amazon) originally published in 1910.
It all began as a Secret Santa gift last Christmas…
“I had created some fake Twin Peaks beer bottle labels and some people at the party said it reminded them of tarot cards,” the Arizona-based artist tells WTTP. “A couple months later, while watching the show, I started to make a little checklist, assigning characters to cards. Some of the matches were downright uncanny… and the card to character assignment quickly spiraled out of control.”
The results of Ben’s creative process can now be revealed with the completion of the Twin Peaks-themed Major Arcana, a suit of twenty-two cards also known as trumps. And starting this week, they’re available for purchase as art prints (sizes 7 x 10″, 12 x 19″ and 15 x 23″) or canvas prints (11 x 19″).
Ben’s favorite card to draw?
The Death card. “What’s not to love about Ray Wise riding a white horse?”
Which one is your favorite card of this Twin Peaks tarot adaptation?
Twin Peaks Tarot Deck: Major Arcana by Ben Mackey
These designs are now available as poster prints
Andy Brennan as The Fool
Dale Cooper as The Magician
Laura Palmer as The World
Minor Arcana: Cups & Pentacles
Blackie as King of Pentacles
Double R Diner mug as Ace of Cups
One-Eyed Jack’s poker chip as Ace of Pentacles
Pete Martell as Page of Cups
Jerry Horne as Page of Pentacles
Dick Tremayne as Knight of Cups
Jean Renault as Knight of Pentacles
Donna Hayward as Queen of Cups
Audrey Horne as Queen of Pentacles
Doc Hayward as King of Cups
Watch this space for the rest of the Minor Arcana, expected later in 2016.