Nakisha Elsje Vanderhoeven has painted a full deck’s worth of watercolours depicting white rats acting out the tarot scenes we’re all so familiar with, with their own little Rattus spin on things.
This is the kind of deck that the word “delightful” was created in anticipation of eg. the Strength card shows a rat grooming a tabby cat whose eyes are closed in kitty bliss ::dies::
The artist’s ability to capture the very essence of “rat” gestures in such a simple way (and only 2.5″ x 3.5″ worth of art space) is remarkable. It isn’t Potteresque, nor is it cartoonish (like the hilarious Ferret Tarot) – there is just the right balance of anthropomorphism to make the cards relatable and adorable all at the same time. It will be especially appealing to animal-lovers and if you happen to be a fan of rats, then pump that up to “irresistible”!
Talent – particularly independent talent – like this needs to be supported. You can purchase the TaRat in one of 3 formats from Nakisha’s etsy store – extra-mini 1″ ($6, with guidebook $20), mini 2″ ($14) or both for $19.
Yes, mine will be on its way shortly *oops*