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Dave Boyd – WIRETAP: Bicycle® Playing Cards by Dave Boyd

Dave, 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?
Back when I was a kid, I played card games all the time. My parents and I would play Speed when we went out to Brant Lake in NY, and whenever I went out on a camping trip for the BSA I would beat everyone in Egyptian Ratscrew. Last year I was approached by a friend to do the “Sultana” deck of playing cards, and it clicked. I absolutely loved putting my talent towards something I had already invested so much time in.

2. What was your inspiration for this deck?
Easy! Negligent oversight of the intelligence community and their scope to gather information getting out of hand.

3. Why Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is where creativity really should be headed – the power of projects is put in the hands of the consumer, as it should be. Entire ideas fail based on consumer demand, not how much money the companies or individuals have. Ironically enough, the Wiretap deck is a reaction to the fear of sharing and closely guarded secrecy that the intelligence community has come to accept as their standard, which is the complete opposite of Kickstarter’s mission.

4. Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your deck?
One time, my friends and I tried to drill holes in a fridge to build a car, but our moms found out and stopped us before we could get coated in Freon. Not really a hobby or about the deck, but it was pretty fun to see their faces when we lugged back a full fridge that we found.

5. What is one thing you wouldn’t do without?
I really couldn’t live without is my sense of humor. I catch people off guard because I deadpan a lot, and it’s kept me going through some tough times.

6. What’s the best tidbit of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Freelancers get work because they are either friendly, do good work, or deliver on time. You can still get away with only two of those, but no less.” – Neil Gaiman speaking at my commencement

7. What advice would you give to other aspiring deck creators/artists?
To other deck creators and aspiring artists, don’t try to do it alone. Even with my first “solo” deck, Jackson Robinson will be handling the shipping and distribution. Having someone who has your back is invaluable.

8. Do you have an online presence where we can view your work?
Well this is a bit of a trick question. I do have an online presence, but it is divided. www.daveboydart.com is my “professional portfolio,” but everything in there is so stiff that it gives me back pain. My blog, www.humorousrobot.com, is looser than a wizard’s sleeve in humor.

9. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Not really.

10. And finally, I would like to give you this opportunity to share three to five images and tell us a little about each.


The aces and tuck for the Wiretap deck. I’m using this deck as a diving-off point to get my own company and brand off the ground.

The spade set from Wiretap.

Haha, this was me shipping things during the Sultana phase. It was a lot of fun!

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