Our latest interview is with Buboplague - the creator of the Yokai Yochi Tarot. This deck is a body of art that is a culmination of the creator's love for ghosts, folklore, and traditional Japanese artwork all blended together with the storytelling of tarot. Every card features a different unique yokai (or two), each chosen to match or reflect the meanings and stories of the cards. Some are playful critters, while others are sombre spirits - there's a full array!
Each card was traditionally drawn in sumi ink on rice paper, then scanned and digitally colored for consistency, giving it a not-quite modern and not-quite traditional fresh look.
Kickstarter - Yokai Yochi Tarot
Where in the world do you call home?
Illinois USA, nothing special.
What was your first experience with tarot and when did you fall in love with it?
I was gifted Yoshitaka Amano's Shiwase o Tsukamu tarot deck many years ago (one of my favorite artists), and found the structure and stories of the cards really appealing. Since then I've always admired and appreciated all the artistry and thought that goes into making a deck. I love how unique each one is.
What made you want to create your own tarot deck? What was your inspiration?
The friend that gave me the Amano deck had actually heavily encouraged me to make one some day. It was a seed that was planted early in my mind and stuck with me.
This specific deck actually started as a personal art challenge, with no real goal for a printed product. I wanted something to work on here and there that had a set number of pieces and a theme, maybe a story to tell, that I could look back on and say "I completed this body of work." A tarot set seemed perfect.
What would you say is unique about your deck?
Maybe the style? It's a bit traditional looking but a bit modern. It was made to feel both old and new.
How long have you had the idea for the deck for and how long has it taken you to create it?
It took me years to start, because I could never settle on a solid theme, but once I finally narrowed it to yokai, it all clicked and fell into place pretty fast. That old seed that was planted suddenly erupted.