Local artist Rico Worl of Trickster Company recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign that will fund production of his newest design, a deck of playing cards featuring traditional Northwest Coast art.
Worl launched Trickster Company in 2012 with the debut of his original skateboard and snowboard designs. Since then he has branched out into other media, with an overall goal of representing authentic and traditional Native art in contemporary ways, while highlighting the resiliency and adaptability of those traditional forms.
Worl created the playing cards with an eye toward traditional card decks as well; for example, he retained characteristic details such as the one-eyed Jack. Worl drew the design of each card by hand, and then vectorized the drawing in Adobe Illustrator.
The Kickstarter campaign helped him to raise the money for the minimum order from the U.S. Playing Card Company. -- 2,500 cards. Worl received nearly 500 backers for the project and easily surpassed his original goal of $7,500. The cards are expected to be shipped in August.
Worl also plans to design a second version of the cards that includes Tlingit language instead of numerals, with the hope that the cards could be used a teaching tool for students of Tlingit.
Worl works as the arts director of Sealaska Heritage Institute, a regional Native nonprofit organization that works to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures.
To view more photos of the cards, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/1490154041/native-art-playing-cards.
For more on Trickster Company, visit www.tricksterskateboards.com.