Jeremiah, thank you for your time and wishing you the best with your project! (Project link at end of interview)
Here are the 10:
1. What got you interested in designing a deck of playing cards?
I’ve always liked playing cards and magic. I used to love to play ‘speed’ with my sister and mom as a kid. One of my favorite playing card memories as a young kid was perfecting the bridge shuffle after spending all day practicing. Then I taught myself how to do it upside down. I’ve always had an interest in custom, and special playing cards, but my biggest disappointment was always that no matter what deck I found, it was always the same pips. My love for space, and my love for the unconventional led me to imagine Galaxy Cards in a flash of inspiration and it grew very quickly from there.
2. What was your inspiration for this deck?
My current deck, the Wine deck, was something that I envisioned when I first started this journey. On the first day I started designing my own decks, Galaxy Cards, Flowers, Wine, and a few others that are being created right now were born. It was a process that happened very quickly, and I still have a lot of ideas to share that came from that first day.
I love Wine. Living in California I’m proud of our Napa Valley, and being Italian I’ve always imagined having a vineyard in Italy. Wine is social like playing cards are, and it has an elegance that I wanted to capture. I hope that the charisma and excitement of wine is captured in the deck’s style.
3. Why Kickstarter?
The first time I heard of Kickstarter was when I was looking for a way to get Galaxy Cards printed. I had contacted manufacturers and the minimum orders were too large for me to bankroll myself. It was a serious barrier and I was feeling really lost. I was looking around for angel investors or something, and someone subtly mentioned KS to me.
The people that I’ve met on Kickstarter have been a big part of my support system for this venture, and are a vital way for me to get honest and immediate feedback on my designs. They are kind, and supportive, and there really isn’t anything like it. I’ve never fought so hard for anything in my life, and I owe my backers a lot for their support.
4. Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your deck?
One day I was at a local Peet’s coffee with a friend, who is also an artist. We were talking about doing what you love, doing your best, being unique, and if you never stop fighting you can make anything happen; but it takes putting yourself out there. He challenged me right there to put myself out there by showing my Flowers deck to the cashier, who was a girl and asking what she thought.
I handed her the Flowers deck, and asked her if she had ever seen anything like it.
“Yeah, actually.” she said. “Yesterday at Games of Berkeley.”
I had sold that store, 15 miles away, a dozen decks the day before, and my face went beet red. It was a huge lesson that one small step you take, can really take you somewhere special, and I suddenly realized that many more people had probably seen or heard of my decks than I had imagined. It was humbling and inspiring.
5. What is one thing you wouldn’t do without?
I wouldn’t do without people in this world that do what they love, even though, and especially when others may think it’s crazy. Star Wars is a great example. People said it would never work, and that Lucas was crazy, but he wanted to see it himself, and was willing to do whatever it took to make it happen. He inspired and affected millions of people. Those that follow the rules rarely make history, and rarely make a change.
As long as there are people like that, we will have brilliance like Socrates, creativity like Kubrick, music like Pink Floyd, and art like Monet. I think that’s what makes this world beautiful.
6. What’s the best tidbit of advice you’ve ever been given?
People rarely give me advice. I think I must look like I know what I’m doing, much more than I really do. I think some of the best advice has been from inferred ideas and themes in movies and books. I seem to see just the right movies, and read just the right books at just the right times to really inspire me and pick me up when I need it. It’s weird.
7. What advice would you give to other aspiring deck creators/artists?
No matter what you are doing, be true to yourself and what makes you happy. I think that ‘1st album syndrome’, where an artist has a great first album, and then they taper off, comes from them making something that they think others will like. If you make what you like, you will have an inexhaustible well of inspiration to draw from.
As far as playing cards design advice, I would tell anyone looking to get into making cards to learn cardistry and magic. It’s like learning to drive before you design cars and it’s a must in my opinion. It will immediately show you what works and doesn’t work in a deck. Learn everything you can before you really jump in and you will save yourself a lot of time backtracking.
8. Do you have an online presence where we can view your work?
You can check out my website at www.AlienInkCards.com. I’m proud to showcase the talent that I work with, and you can see all my decks there too.
9. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Above all, be true to yourself. Thanks for the interview! Oh, and sorry if I talk too much
10. And finally, I would like to give you this opportunity to share three to five images and tell us a little about each.
All my coolest pics are on my website