Tarot Deck Review: Ink & Intuition – Tattoo Tarot


Hello everyone and welcome back to my channel. Today I want to give you a very in-depth review and first impression of the “Ink & Intuition – Tattoo Tarot” deck. So if you’re interested in this deck and you’ve been thinking about buying it, then please keep on watching. This is the first video in a series I am planning on making, in which I’m going to talk about all of my decks, why I love them and whether or not I would recommend them to tarot beginners and why. I’m starting out with this deck because I have just received it in the mail and I cannot wait to try it out. At the end of the video I am also going to add a poll on which deck review you want to see next. So I would love for you to vote. And yeah, let’s begin! 🙂 The “Ink & Intuition” tarot deck was first published in 2018 by Lawrence King publishing. It includes a booklet written by a Diana McMahon-Collins, and was illustrated by Oliver Munden, also known as MEGAMUNDEN who is a very talented guy and I absolutely love his work. I bought the deck off of a German book shop’s website, but you can also order it on Amazon. It costs around € 20.00 or $ 16.00 which is a pretty decent price in my opinion. The reason I picked up this deck was because I really loved the design. I am a huge tattoo enthusiast and have a couple of tattoos myself. I especially love old-school traditional tattoos. So you can imagine how quickly I fell in love with this when I first saw it online. This deck was also one of the many reasons why I started out doing tarot in the first place, so I cannot believe that it took me so long to finally get my hands on it … But that’s a story for another video. Like I said, I really loved the design of the cardboard box, it has these pretty reflective golden details, and the overall design is just gorgeous and fits perfectly with the old-school tattoo design of the deck. The cardboard box is relatively big so if you want to take this deck traveling with you, it might take up a lot of space in your bag which is definitely something to consider. But at the same time it is super sturdy. And so I guess the size of the box is a matter of taste. I personally don’t mind the size at all, and actually think that I prefer sturdier boxes to the little flimsy ones some other decks come in. For example, the Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg, which I am showing in the next few clips. Like most tarot decks, the “Ink & Intuition” deck comes with a booklet that definitely comes in handy, especially if you are a tarot beginner. On the first page, there’s a little introduction, telling about the history of tarot, as well as the history of tattoos. And why they (Diana McMahon-Collins and Oliver Munden) decided to team up to create the deck together. Then there is a double page which is mainly interesting for beginners because it tells you in much detail how to conduct a reading. I won’t be talking too much about these two pages because you’ll find this information literally everywhere and anywhere. When you flip the page, the booklet offers three different tarot spreads. I really appreciate this because a) not every booklet does that, but b) because these are three spreads that I’ve never seen other booklets before. They aren’t super innovative, but I love that they changed it up a bit, because most of the time, if publishers of a deck decide to include spreads, they will most likely include the “Celtic Cross” or the “Compass” or something like that. Of ocurse, including these ‘famous’ spreads isn’t a bad thing per se, especially not if you are a beginner, but for someone who is a little bit more experienced or who owns a lot of tarot books and booklets, changing up the spreads definitely is refreshing. On the next page, they explain the suit cards, which is standard procedure for booklets, but I love how they also include explanations for the numbers in the cards. I am pretty sure I don’t have other booklets that go into so much detail, so that was quite interesting to me and I really love that. Then, on the final pages, you will find the meanings of the court cards, the suits, and the Major Arcana. What I noticed is that the single cards are explained with various different keywords. And while I don’t necessarily think that that’s a bad thing, I feel like this could be quite confusing to beginners who don’t have any experience at all. Sure, every card has a lot of different meanings. So this does make sense, but randomly throwing a couple of words at tarot beginners could be really confusing, especially for people who are still trying to find a connection to their intuition. This is something to keep in mind if you are new to tarot. So let’s finally talk about the cards! 🙂 Like I mentioned before, I really adore the art style of this deck. All of the cards fit perfectly well together. The Major Arcana features incredible artwork. If you are a tattoo lover, this really is the deck for you. The color scheme is pretty simple, but that’s just how traditional tattoos look like. And on a side note, which I thought I’d mention, there isn’t too much nudity in this deck, if this is something that concerns you. And to be honest, I personally appreciate this because … to me, a tarot deck doesn’t have to be overly sexualized. The people that represent the court cards are absolutely stunning. All of them look super badass. All of the suits have their own color scheme, which is a small detail that I really appreciate. The Wands are red because they represent Fire, Swords are blue because they represent Air, Coins are green because they represent Earth, and the Cups are yellow, which is the only suit that doesn’t 100% fit with the element. I like that each character looks pretty unique. And I also love that the Knight of Cups kind of looks like Prince Charming from Shrek! Now, let’s talk about the suits. This is the only thing about this deck that I found a little bit disappointing. Again, the artwork in itself is truly beautiful, but here’s the problem: They all look pretty much exactly the same. There is very little detail on the cards that make them unique. Some of the cards don’t even have a little bit of symbolism on them, which makes them super hard to read. If you are a beginner and you’re at a point in your learning process, where you still struggle with the original Rider-Waite-Smith deck, then I wouldn’t recommend this deck to you just now. I feel like trying to read these cards could become super frustrating, because there’s little to no indicator, which Rider-Waite-Smith card the card you’re holding in your hand represents. So if you’re new to tarot and you can only read the cards by looking at the imagery of each card, then this deck is probably not for you. Especially the suit of Wands looks like there was put little effort into creating unique designs. What I must add, though, is that if you are a little bit more advanced, you could use this to your advantage. I’m at a point in my learning process, where I know all of the Rider-Waite-Smith suit cards pretty well by looking at them. But sometimes, I have trouble recalling the names of the card. So I know what the “Six of Swords” card represents when I look at it, but if I had no card in front of me, and you would ask me what the “Six of Swords” card means, I would struggle to recall the imagery, because I am so used to seeing the cards in front of me while reading them, that I never really learned to recall their meanings by heart, just by hearing the name of the card. Does that make sense?! Anyways, what I want to say is that if you are in the same position as me, learning-wise, having this deck and being forced to know the cards by their names, because there’s little to no imagery, could come in handy. Last but not least, I want to talk about the quality of the cards, and how easy they are to handle. The cards are pretty big. They are a bit bigger and wider than my Rider-Waite-Smith deck, but I can still handle them pretty easily, and I have quite small hands. The overall quality of the cards is pretty high. They aren’t too flimsy, but they don’t stay perfectly straight after using them a couple of times. I can shuffle them pretty easily with my hands, but when I first tried, they were almost impossible to wash or to fan out on the table. After handling them a couple of times, this wasn’t an issue anymore, like you can see in the video. The back of the card stays the same, no matter if the car is reversed or not, which I always like in a deck, but of course that’s only a small detail. So here’s my overall opinion on this deck: I really love the artwork and I think the “Ink & Intuition – Tattoo Tarot” deck would be an amazing gift for a spiritual friend who is also a lot into tattoos. If you don’t mind the size of the box and the cards, there’s hardly anything negative about this. I wouldn’t recommend these cards to someone who’s only just starting out with tarot, though, and who doesn’t know a lot about card meanings yet, since I do believe the missing imagery on the cards can be quite frustrating for beginners. However, if you love tattoo artistry and have a little bit more experience with tarot cards, then I really do think this is a very good deck for you. So, yeah, that’s it! : I hope you liked this review, and I hope that it helped you to decide whether or not this deck is for you. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below and also feel free to tell me how you like this deck. Do you like the old-school tattoo design of it, or do you prefer other decks? Also, please don’t forget to vote on which deck you want to see in my next review, and yeah … See in my next video. Bye!

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