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3 Questions with Iñaki of COLLABS V1 Playing Cards

From Ckardist, COLLABS is a series of decks that will be a collaboration between Iñaki (Instagram: @Ckardist) and other cardistry and playing card brands. Now on Kickstarter, COLLABS V1 is the first in the series and features a collab with Marc (Instagram: Crafted for cardistry, Ckardist and NOTHING wanted a fun deck that would capture everybody’s attention. This deck of cards is unique and very limited. It is fully custom and has some secrets. Ckardist told Kardify,

It all begins when I had the idea of creating the COLLABS series. This idea came to me, because in all these years I’ve been in the community I’ve heard lots of people wanting deck collaborations between 2 brands they love, even myself wished to see a few decks like those, that’s when I decided I had to bring that to the Ckardist brand, and it was time to make a deck. That’s when I met Marc, when I shared with him the idea of the COLLABS series he loved it, so we started designing the deck.

The deck features a two-way back design that has eyes scattered all over the dark black background. All the faces have been customized. On the number cards, there will be at least one pip customized with the design of the corresponding ace for the suite. The court cards might look standard but they have been recolored matching the colors of the back design. 

Last week, we had a quick chat with Iñaki about the inspiration behind COLLABS V1 Playing Cards, support from the community, and his favorite flourish and deck.

What is your inspiration behind the COLLABS V1 Playing Cards?

How did you guys come up with the idea?
To design the deck, I started frequently contacting Marc, to find a design we both liked, so we were both sharing ideas of what the final design would be (all around the principal idea: a black deck with colorful details, including the Ckardist logos representing the Ckardist brand, and the eyes representing the Nothing brand). 

After lots of designs and some disagreement, Marc finally sent what is now the final back design, and we both loved it and wanted to keep it. After that we sent the prototype to Andrew (@androoshay who helped us with the trailer, the teaser, and pictures of the deck), designed the pips, and were ready for the Kickstarter launch.

We first noticed the deck on Instagram. What do you think of the playing card community in terms of the feedback and support that you’ve been getting so far?

As I said before, Ckardist was created 3 years ago, and I still can’t believe the number of people that have supported in all this time, I couldn’t be more grateful. This has helped me meet new people that also love playing cards (when I didn’t know any). Currently, I have many friends in the community I can talk to about what I most like. 

Finally, what are your favorite card flourish and playing card decks?

My favorite flourishes are Waterfall and Bloom. I’ve always admired how good they look, and can’t wait to see how they look on COLLABS V1. My favorite decks are Fontaine Window and Fontaine X Dabs Myla. 

If you liked what you read here and would like to support COLLABS V1 Playing Cards, head to Kickstarter here! At the time of writing, the project is the only 46% with only 11 days to go. Pledge starts at $14 and the deck will be printed by the United States Playing Card Company on classic stock.


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