The Cultural Revolution Tarot is based on the Mao propaganda posters of the 1960's - 1970's and include a whole range of scenes from military battles to farming. It's the first time I've drawn Asian figures extensively but i'm told they are convincing. While currently i am colouring the images myself, it's possible in the not too distant future Christine might lend a hand in this direction as her sense of colouring is outstanding, understanding depth and color moods.
Quite a lot of research goes into the making of each card, and this is where Christine comes in with her knowledge and interest in both the Tarot and Mao's Cultural Revolution, such as the varying military style uniforms, the space exploration themes, many of which include whimsical visions of children and pets, to the farmer's crops and their clothing. Christine incorporates these with the Tarot, matching up the themes of the traditional Waite/Smith deck with the corresponding theme in any given Mao era propaganda poster. I then take these ideas and bring them to life in my own style, trying to stay faithful to the spirit in which they were created...the spirit of Utopian community (regardless of how this utopia actually turned out or the negative aspects of the revolution that gain the most notoriety among those in the western world and those of an anti-communist persuasion in general).
The Cultural Revolution Tarot can therefore be seen as a sort of romanticized version of the Cultural Revolution, that is, the original idea of community and equality, without the class divides of the West, without the Bourgeois and their excessive lifestyles which were enjoyed on the backs of the lowly peasants. The Cultural Revolution Tarot aims to kind of champion the idea of community, not just the community of a 60's - 70's era China, but the community that we find ourselves in today, wherever you may happen to be.