This Might Hurt Tarot Deck Preorders

Created by Isabella Rotman

You can now order This Might Hurt Tarot decks, pins, and cloths at IsabellaRotman.com/store .

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Second Print Run of This Might Hurt Tarot Coming in March!
about 1 month ago – Fri, Jan 17, 2020 at 12:00:15 PM

What a whirlwind the past few months have been! I'm delighted to report that the first edition of This Might Hurt Tarot has SOLD OUT. I still can't quite believe how quickly 2000 decks went. That's 772 Kickstarter decks, 363 deck preorders, and about 865 decks sold out within 2 1/2 months of the deck being released!

The Second Print Run is On Its Way!

The good news is, the second print run has already been printed, and will be released in March! It's currently on it's way from Shenzhen, China to Chicago Illinois. Preorders are available here. The second print run is almost the same as the first, with just a few changes. 

Holographic Pearl Edges

For the second print run, the gilded gold edges are being replaced with holographic pearl edges! I am absolutely in love with these pearl rainbow edges, and I think they are a wonderful compliment to the holographic black edges. Both pearl and black edges will be available in the second print run. The gilded gold will no longer be available, so those of you who chose gold edges on the first edition have something rare and special!

Image shows holographic pearl edges on second print run of This Might Hurt Tarot.
Image shows a deck with holographic pearl edges (2nd print run) held next to deck with gilded gold edges (first print run)

Higher Color Saturation

Every offset print run varies slightly in how the colors print, and in this edition, the colors are brighter and more saturated! 

Image shows the Magician card from This Might Hurt Tarot in both print runs next to each other. On the left the Magician card from the 1st print run is less saturated. On the right the Magician card from the 2nd print run is more saturated. Both cards are labeled which print run they are from.
Image shows Temperance card from This Might Hurt Tarot in both print runs next to each other. On the left the Temperance card from the 1st print run is less saturated. On the right the Temperance card from the 2nd print run is more saturated. Both cards are labeled from which print run they are from.

A Few Other Small Changes

  • A bar code has been added to the back of the box.
  • The box is slightly slimmer. The original box measured 2 1/4 inches on the shortest edge and the new box is 2 inches.
  • A mistake has been fixed on the Ace of Pentacles. In the first print run the 1 was missing from the top of the card (woops). No, I will NOT be replacing Ace of Pentacles cards in the first print run.
  • "First Edition" has been removed from the inside of the box and the copyright page of the guidebook.
Image shows the box back from both editions. The box back from the second edition has a bar code and the box back of the first edition does not.
Image shows the slim side of the box from both editions, featuring the image of the sword over a floral background in gold foil. The second edition is slimmer than the first. The second edition is labeled 2" wide and the first edition is labeled 2 1/4" wide.

I hope folks enjoy the second edition as much as they have been enjoying the first! Preorders are available here. Thank you all, again, SO MUCH, for making this all happen!

Fun Fact: Did you know a first edition and first printing are not the same thing? An edition is when a significant change is made - like a new cover image or adding an introduction. Multiple print runs can make up the first edition. This reprint counts as a second print run, but not a second edition, because the changes are small. Here is a helpful article from First Second if you want to know more!

ALL REWARDS AND PREORDERS ARE NOW OFFICIALLY SHIPPED!
4 months ago – Fri, Nov 08, 2019 at 10:42:32 PM

HURRAY!!! ALL REWARDS AND PREORDERS HAVE NOW BEEN SHIPPED!

Image shows Isabella reclining triumphantly on a throne made out of boxes of tarot deck shipments.

This means you should have either received your reward by now or received an e-mail with a tracking number. If you have not received an e-mail with your tracking number, please check your "spam" and "promotions" folders in your inbox to see if it was routed there automatically by your e-mail.

If your deck arrives with any misprints or defects, please let me know by emailing photos of the issue to IsabellaRotman@gmail.com. I am happy to replace any misprints reported to me with photo documentation within 14 days of being marked delivered by USPS via tracking.

 The preorder store hosted through backerkit is now officially closed. If you wish to order another deck, a cloth, or anything else I make those will now be hosted in my online store. Yay!

A HUGE THANK YOU to the folks who helped me ship this giant pile of decks! I can't extend my gratitude enough to Kayla, Laura, Darick, and Essie!

Image shows studio assistant Essie posing in shipping box throne.

Friendly Reminder: Shipping Policy and Limitations:

For anyone who needs a refresher, here is the shipping policy as posted on my Kickstarter campaign page: Priority Mail includes limited insurance, so if your reward arrives damaged or doesn't show up within 15 business days for domestic orders or 4 weeks for international orders, from the day it was shipped, I will file an insurance claim with the postal service and replace your lost or damaged item. Additional insurance will be purchased for rewards at higher levels

  • A domestic package is not considered "lost" until 15 business days after the day it was shipped.
  • An international package is not considered "lost" until 4 weeks after the day it was shipped.
  • No replacements will be made if the item is "marked delivered" by USPS at the address you provided.
  • If your reward arrives damaged, please immediately photograph it and contact me so I can file the insurance claim.
  • No replacements will be made 60 days after the ship date.
  • For international orders, replacements will not be made until after the insurance claim is approved (this may take months), and will not be made if the insurance claim is not approved. UPDATE: Some international orders don't include shipping insurance, so this may not matter! If your order is damaged and does not include insurance I will absorb the cost of replacing the item myself.

Shipping Information!
4 months ago – Sat, Oct 26, 2019 at 01:10:16 AM

Hello beloved backers!

I'm excited to let you know that shipping is well underway! At this point all prints have been shipped. My lovely assistant Essie and I have been making great headway on decks as well. At this point 229/1035 decks have been shipped!

Image shows Isabella and Essie making peace signs while shipping tarot decks.

Here is a video of a This Might Hurt Tarot box being opened! I suggest opening the shrink wrap with a blade or a fingernail, but be careful not to knick the box when you do. The box itself is a magnetic closure that opens from the side.

I wanted to take a moment to clarify a few points on shipping, since some folks have been asking questions:

  • I'm currently shipping all rewards and preorders. I expect the shipping process to take 2-3 weeks. I'm shipping as fast as I can, but there are over 1000 decks to get through and I am just one person, so I appreciate your patience.
  •  When your reward ships, you will get a tracking number via e-mail. All decks are being shipped priority mail with tracking and $50 insurance. No, I don't know when your specific deck will ship.
  •  Prints are shipping separately from decks. At this point, all prints are already shipped. Don't worry, your decks will come later, and you will get a tracking number for both.
  • Enamel pins, patches, and tarot cloths are shipping with the decks.

 Policy and Limitations:

For anyone who needs a refresher, here is the shipping policy as posted on my Kickstarter campaign page: Priority Mail includes limited insurance, so if your reward arrives damaged or doesn't show up within 15 business days for domestic orders or 4 weeks for international orders, from the day it was shipped, I will file an insurance claim with the postal service and replace your lost or damaged item. Additional insurance will be purchased for rewards at higher levels

  • A domestic package is not considered "lost" until 15 business days after the day it was shipped.
  • An international package is not considered "lost" until 4 weeks after the day it was shipped.
  • No replacements will be made if the item is "marked delivered" by USPS at the address you provided.
  • If your reward arrives damaged, please immediately photograph it and contact me so I can file the insurance claim.
  • No replacements will be made 60 days after the ship date.
  • For international orders, replacements will not be made until after the insurance claim is approved (this may take months), and will not be made if the insurance claim is not approved.

Release Party and Tarot Playlist!
4 months ago – Mon, Oct 21, 2019 at 12:22:44 AM

Hello wonderful backers!

Party!!!

The official release party for This Might Hurt Tarot was Friday night, and it was a blast! Thank you so much to everyone who attended and supported. Lots of folks showed up to celebrate, and it was absolutely the perfect way to send this deck off into the world!

Image shows Isabella posing in front of backdrop. Backdrop is an image of a marsh scene with daffodils and Ibis'. Isabella is posing with a cardboard cut-out of the lion from the Strength card, in the position of the character in the Strength card.
Image shows Isabella and Sacha posing in front of backdrop. Backdrop is an image of a marsh scene with daffodils and Ibis'. In front of the two people is a cardboard cut-out of the lion from the Strength card. Isabella is holding a prop wand and Sacha is holding a prop pentacle.
Image shows Isabella and Addison (who is the colorist for This Might Hurt Tarot) posing in front the backdrop, with the lion from the Strength card. Isabella is holding a prop pentacle and Addison is holding a prop wand.
Image shows Addison posing like the Fool card, because he's the best fool I know!
Image shows Isabella and Essie (my amazing intern) cheering with two coffee cups in front the backdrop. Isabella is holding a wand and Essie is holding a knife (sword).
Images shows merchandise table at the party, covered in Tarot decks, pins, prints, and tarot cloths. Behind the table are Essie and Cherish, the amazing volunteers who sold merch at the event!

Extra thanks to our amazing tarot readers River Roberts, Elizabeth, Wren, and laura, our generous volunteers Essie, Sacha, Jess, Darick and Selena, and of course Catherine at Ars Memoria for letting us use her wonderful space!

Tarot Playlist

For those of you who couldn't make it to the party, I have a consolation prize for you! For months my good friend Laura Apotheosis and I have been working on a playlist for the party with a song or every tarot card! It's public on Spotify so feel free to enjoy it here. You can access the list of which song corresponds to each card as a google doc here.

A Song for Every Tarot Card

Major Arcana

The Fool: Lucky Today - Cloud Cult

The Magician: Creator - Santigold

The High Priestess: Season of the Witch - Lana Del Rey

The Empress: Greens - Be Steadwell

The Emperor: Daddy Lessons - Beyonce

The Hierophant: Take Me To Church - Hozier

The Lovers: Make Me Feel - Janelle Monae

The Chariot: Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin

Strength: Hey Lion - Sophie Tucker

The Hermit: Me, Myself & I - Bebe Rexha and G-Eazy

Wheel of Fortune: Biking - Frank Ocean

Justice: He Had it Coming - Gordon Lorenz Orchestra

The Hanged Man: Upside Down - Paloma Faith

Death: God’s Gunna Cut You Down - Johnny Cash

Temperance: Moderation - Florence and the machine

The Devil: Masseduction - St Vincent

The Tower: Schism - Tool

The Star: Star Witness - Neko Case

The Moon: Thursday Girl - Mitski

The Sun: Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves

Judgement: Once in a Lifetime - The Talking Heads

The World: And She Was - The Talking Heads

Suit of Wands

Ace of Wands: Makeba - Jain

Two of Wands: Mind on Fire - Aisha Badru

Three of Wands: Burn - Ellie Goulding

Four of Wands: Like Humans Do - David Byrne

Five of Wands - Don't Wanna Fight - Alabama Shakes

Six of Wands - We Are the Champions - Queen

Seven of Wands: The Greatest - Sia

Eight of Wands: Don't Stop Me Now - Queen

Nine of Wands: This Year - The Mountain Goats

Ten of Wands: Carry That Weight - The Beatles

Page of Wands: Pursuit of Happiness - Lissie

Knight of Wands: What’s Up Danger - Blackway and Black Caviar

Queen of Wands: Q.U.E.E.N. - Janelle Monae

King of Wands: The Beast - Nico Vega

Suit of Cups

Ace of Cups: Someone New - Hozier

Two of Cups: I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers

Three of Cups: If She Wants Me - Belle and Sebastian

Four of Cups: In My Dreams - Kali Uchis

Five of Cups: Crying at the Wawa - Mal Blum

Six of Cups: We’re Going to Be Friends - White Stripes

Seven of Cups: Oom Sha La La - Haley Heynderick

Eight of Cups: Babe I’m Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin

Nine of Cups: Good as Hell - Lizzo

Ten of Cups: This Must Be The Place - Talking Heads

Page of Cups: Too Much - Carly Rae Jepson

Knight of Cups: Give Me a Try - Wombats

Queen of Cups: Queen of Hearts - PRXZM

King of Cups: Let's Dance to Joy Division - The Wombats

Suit of Swords

Ace of Swords: Poor Fake - Kelsey Lu

Two of Swords: Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash

Three of Swords: I'm Not Calling You a Liar - Florence and the Machine

Four of Swords: I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones

Five of Swords: Sounds Fake But Okay - Camino 84

Six of Swords: Color in Your Cheeks - Ibibo Sound Machine

Seven of Swords: Bad Reputation - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Eight of Swords: Self Esteem - The Offspring

Nine of Swords: Where is My Mind -  The Pixies

Ten of Swords: Hurt - Johnny Cash

Page of Swords: Hold On - Alabama Shakes

Knight of Swords: A Rush and a Push and the Land is Ours - The Smiths

Queen of Swords: Killer Queen - Queen

King of Swords: The Logical Song - Supertramp

Suit of Pentacles

Ace of Pentacles: Royals - Lorde

Two of Pentacles: Tightrope - Janelle Monae

Three of Pentacles: Team - Lorde

Four of Pentacles: Sadmoney - Uffie

Five of Pentacles: When the Chips Are Down - Anais Mitchell

Six of Pentacles: Mercedes Benz - Janis Joplin

Seven of Pentacles: Strictly Game - Harlem Shakes

Eight of Pentacles: Harder Better Faster Stronger - Daft Punk

Nine of Pentacles: Soulmate - Lizzo

Ten of Pentacles: Familia - Nicki Minaj, Anuel AA, Bantu

Page of Pentacles: When I Grow Up - Fever Ray

Knight of Pentacles: Work - Rihanna, Drake

Queen of Pentacles: Formation - Beyonce

King of Pentacles: Empire - Alpines

Of course not every song is absolutely perfect for it's card. Did you know most songs are about romance and most tarot cards are not?? ANYWAY, I hope some other folks are inspired by this to make their own tarot playlists, because let me tell you, it was a fun challenge!

Pending Fulfillment

Now that the deck is officially released, and all addresses are locked through Backerkit, I will be starting fulfillment! I have over 900 packages to send out, so the process will probably take about two weeks! Please be patient with me as I work through sending out all these packages. When your reward goes out, you will receive a tracking number. I'm so excited for you all to receive your cards! If you post them online once they arrive, please remember to hashtag #thismighthurttarot so I can see!

Thank you!

- Isabella

Decks have arrived! Addresses lock in two days!
5 months ago – Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 10:31:03 PM

TAROT DECKS HAVE ARRIVED!

All freaking 2,000 of them came on two palettes today and were loaded into the friendly neighborhood UPS store. Holy crap!

Image shows two big ol' palettes of boxes containing tarot decks on the sidewalk outside the UPS store.
Image shows an entire freaking wall filled with an overwhelming amount of tarot decks.

Next: Fulfillment! 

Decks will start shipping after Oct 18th! Addresses will be locked Wednesday morning CST.  You should have received a "final notice e-mail" via backerkit this morning instructing you how to update your address if you need to do so. You have 48 hours from the time that e-mail was sent to check your address, make sure it is correct, and update if necessary.

Image shows me standing in front of wall of tarot decks with the text "HAHAHAHA"

Kickstarter rewards will begin to ship after the official release party October 18th! Attending the party to pick up your deck in person is still the earliest way to get your deck. For those who are receiving your decks in the mail, please be patient. It may take up to two weeks for your deck to be shipped, as I have about 900 packages to work through.

Image shows me freaking out in front of a wall of boxes with the text "The face of someone who is about to ship 900+ tarot decks."
Image shows my wide-eyes face in front of wall of boxes, with text that reads "Good luck to me!"