Eight Sets of Artistic + Design-Forward Playing Cards

Whether playing games or learning magic tricks, here are some of our favorite sets

Believed to be made first from wood block prints during the Tang Dynasty in China, playing cards existed in India, Korea, Persia and Egypt before making it to Europe around 1365, when the French popularized the suited deck style commonly found today. Whether it be a game of poker or dickhead, a magic trick or even divination, cards continue to entertain us centuries later. Here …

Satta + Stevie Gee: Be Love Now

Hand-painted skate decks inspired by surfing's transition to the streets for London's Pick Me Up graphic arts festival

London’s Brixton neighborhood is fast becoming a bastion of creativity and artisan craftwork south of the river. Leading the charge is Joe Lauder of Satta, a woodworker and artist specializing in handmade skate decks that call to mind the early days of sidewalk surfing. In anticipation of Pick Me Up—the UK’s contemporary graphic arts festival—Lauder collaborated with fellow Londoner Stevie Gee (an illustrator who’s worked …

Wemoto Clothing: Rap Idols Series

Cartoonish skate decks that capture the style of hip-hop icons Kool Keith, Nas and MF Doom

Skateboard decks have almost become as much about artwork as skateboarding itself. Sometimes that’s just fine, especially in the case of German brand Wemoto Clothing‘s newly released Rap Idols Series. The decks feature three of the genre’s most influential rappers in the brand’s signature cartoon-meets-realist style. Each of the heroes dons their own unique style—with self-proclaimed weirdo Kool Keith in his “Black Elvis” garb—representative of …