Scott, thank you for your time and wishing you the best with your project! (Project link at end of interview)
Here are the 10:
Tell us a little about yourself:
Well I am a 27 years old living in the mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania aka The Poconos. The weather is cold in the winter and warm in the summer but awesome all your round. I love heavy metal, muscle cars, pin-ups, casinos, smoking cigars, drinking mojitos and collecting playing cards.To support my fun life, I have been working in marketing/e-commerce for over 5 years. Currently, I work for America’s largest cigar company in their marketing department where I get to smoke the occasional cigar at the office. To balance my work life, I occasionally blog on Tuckcase.com, which I started last year.
1. What got you interested in designing a deck of playing cards?
So I didn’t actually design the deck. I contracted a designer in Austria named Carlos Bercini. What got me interested in contracting Carlos to take my idea and turn it into a deck was the fact that I have been a fan of cards and wanted to turn my idea into something tangible. I have never been one to sit on the sidelines so it has always been in my nature to turn my hobbies and passions into real things. It was almost like the next step in progressing my passion. It has happened in other areas of my life as well. I like muscle cars so I bought a Dodge Charger. I used to play the drums so I built my own drum kit. It is just what I do.
2. What was your inspiration for this deck?
Monsters! I am big into nostalgic things. I am somewhat of an old soul and I always knew that classic monsters were visually awesome. Monsters are so cool because the possibilities are endless when creating them. You do not have to make them pretty. That lends itself to a lot of creative freedom.
3. Why Kickstarter?
Because I do not have the funds to produce something like this on my own. Over the past year I really saw Kickstarter grow into something that has helped a lot of people just like me. So its a great tool for projects like this.
4. Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your deck?
I think collecting playing cards is my most interesting hobby. I am into a lot of things but nothing gets the stares and confusion like a conversation about playing cards with people who are just finding out I collect cards. That said, in December around Christmas time, I went to a party and was telling a close friend about the project. She was sold instantly and actually invested in me right there. She helped me out with some initial art costs that I needed to pay for before being ready to launch on Kickstarter. It was so rad! I actually put a shout out to her at the bottom of my project. It is not every day people just give you money for something that is not easily understood.
5. What is one thing you wouldn’t do without?
My family and friends. Sounds trite but its true. They are the coolest people I know and always have my back. They were some of my first backers and do not even collect cards.
6. What’s the best tidbit of advice you’ve ever been given?
I do not know if it was advice exactly but I think the way my dad raised me is the best thing I was ever given. He was tough and set expectations. He didn’t spoil me with compassion. If I messed up, he made it known. I think that helped me in the long wrong because it taught me how to fall and how to pick myself up. If this deck project fails, I’ll handle it and learn from it.
7. What advice would you give to other aspiring deck creators/artists?
Be patient! Don’t rush to release something just to release something as fast as possible. Be happy with your deck and study other designs and decks. You can learn a lot by just looking around.
8. Do you have an online presence where we can view your work?
Since I am not the designer I do not have a design portfolio but you can view Carlos Bercini’s artwork on his Tumblr blog – http://carlosbercini.tumblr.com/
9. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
I’m just having fun. I am starting a card company called Uncrowned Cards to funnel all my cards and products through.. I have a lot of retro deck design ideas so maybe that will be my niche but who knows.
10. And finally, I would like to give you this opportunity to share three to five images and tell us a little about each.
I just attached 3 promos. They are pretty self explanatory.