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TarotKlok- XIX The Frontman by Verve-Soliloquy TarotKlok- XIX The Frontman by Verve-Soliloquy
Behold! Another TarotKlok submission! Thanks to the lovely :iconzydratelove: for the original commission that gave me the idea! This is Nathan Explosion as card XIX, originally "The Sun," now "The Frontman."

Now. There are some major points about this piece that I think everyone should know. Here they are in sequence:

:bulletblack: I do not make any profit from this project. It is purely in fun, to kill time between my two jobs, practice, and school. All character design credit, names, likenesses, trademarked symbols, the "Dethklok" name, the "Dethklok" logo, the "Metalocalypse" name, the "Metalocalypse" logo, and any future pieces or additions in terms of the above are the sole properties of [adult swim], Williams Street, Titmouse, inc, the Metalocalypse creators (Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha), and any legally affiliated parties. I do, however, claim credit for the time, effort, and actual drawing that it took to make this piece.

:bulletred: These tarot cards are part of a NON-DIVINATION DECK. I highly recommend against comparison between these cards and the major/minor arcana used by divination enthusiasts. Because I have so dramatically altered the design and symbolism of a divination tarot deck, any attempted readings could be sorely misconstrued.

:bulletblack: Most cards in this series have had their names altered. However, they still follow the specific array of trump cards, and will act much the same as their original counterparts. In this instance, trump XIX was originally "TheSun." In keeping with my theme, I have changed that to "The Frontman," Nathan's position in the band.

:bulletred: The point of the Metalocalypse-themed deck is rendered null if the entire deck does not uphold the theme. In the case of the 22 original trump cards, many cards "symbolized" (from where the divination deck readings were derived) certain positive outcomes. There were also three positive virtues in the original deck- Justice, Strength, and Temperance. I have altered all overtly positive cards to be either their polar opposite, or something overtly negative.

The next point of business is the symbolism in each card. Here is a definitive list of the utilized symbolism in card XIX:

:bulletblack: Nathan Explosion is the centerpiece, surrounded by an elaborate border that is referenced from the title card/logos of the actual show/band. His pose is very strong, a wide-legged, centered stance he often takes when performing with the band. His eyes glow green, he holds his microphone in hand, and he is pointing directly at the viewer. Nathan's eyes represent the lack of innocence he embodies. Beyond his leadership position in a band known for their debauchery and greed, Nathan has experienced death close up and personal, has killed in many ways, and likely stands to soak the world in blood before the Metalocalypse is through. His pointing is also accusatory, bringing cynicism and doubt to a once optimistic card.

:bulletred: The microphone and teal glow are key pieces of this card. In the original Sun card, the main character (the innocent infant/child) often holds an orange banner, which represents consciousness becoming subconsciousness (or a lack of need to worry and be in control of all things). Instead, I have made the glow around Nathan and the color of his microphone's "on" switch a teal blue, the opposite of orange. This means that Nathan will control everything, has often needed to control everything, and invokes a sense of worry and fear in all unfaithful mankind.

:bulletblack: The black, gold, and red color scheme represents the show's color scheme, and colors most often associated with death and dying. It's an overall macabre feeling.

:bulletred: Wreathing Nathan's head is an interpretation of the Doomstar. It acts as the Sun in this card; Nathan's nimbus, which originally represented life and fulfillment, now represents nothing but death and destruction. However, the Doomstar is still an instrument of fulfillment- just not necessarily to all mankind.

:bulletblack: The background depicts a dark red and black spiderwebbing pattern. Upon closer inspection, however, it can be discerned that the pattern is 1) actually designed to look like crocodile skin, and 2) over a blue background, instead of a black one. The crocodile skin represents Nathan's spirit familiar, as seen in Season 2. Likewise, the faint blue background represents the depths of the oceans, where Nathan's guide and telepathic connection resides.

:bulletred: Finally, there are four skulls on stakes at the bottom of the card, visible between Nathan's legs. In the original Sun card, there are four sunflowers, representing the four elements, as well as the four minor Arcana suits. They meant nourishment from the Sun. In Nathan's card, the four skulls are reminiscent of the shape of the four Hellenic alchemical element symbols, as well as 1) his four other bandmates, and 2) the starvation of the world from all things good and pure.

I appreciate feedback from non-tarot fans and players/readers alike! I intend to upload the rest of the trump cards, and then continue on with the suits. I'm particularly looking for critique on the symbolism and the setup. Thanks for reading, thanks for looking, and enjoy!

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plasmiduser Featured By Owner 6 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so, just guessing here.... the moon will be "the lead guitarist", the magician will be "the clown", the devil will be "the half man", the tower will be "Mordhaus", the lovers will be "the fans" and the hermit will be "the whale prophet".
how close am i?
SparklinBurgndy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome as always!  I think it's cool that you made Nathan the Sun.  He's always struck me as a sun god.  All the symbols are well thought out and very fitting.
Verve-Soliloquy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!!! I felt like it fit, too. Especially being a fan of "Pieces"- how could I not?
GreenBlessed Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
OH My Cheese and Faires!! SUGOI DUES NEI! (means Wonderful,amazing ,great! I DIG IT!! Please tell us more!
This is right up my alley,in so many ways! May we talk?
Verve-Soliloquy Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh, thank you so much!! I really appreciate it. I will definitely share more, and of course we can talk! What do you love the most about Metalocalypse?
GreenBlessed Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Well,The Music,of Course! But,of all the Characters I Love Toki and Skwisgaar the Best! How about you?
Verve-Soliloquy Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
I love the music, too! I also appreciate the effort that goes into the animation- not something you see a lot of, anymore. On top of that, the show's scathing satirical notes just totally send me over the edge. Sometimes I can laugh at one joke for days, just because I didn't see it coming.

As far as characters? I think my gallery speaks to my favorite: Charles Foster Offdensen! He's groovy. :) Second fiddle to Charles has to be Pickles AND Nathan, though I am very partial to the antagonistic vibe from General Crozier. I also really liked MMA know...
Midnight-Fistfight Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014   Digital Artist
Verve-Soliloquy Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!!!
Letseatpeople Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm literally crying right now because I know I would never have the patience to do this. I am done.
I am done. I.... Sam. 

I'm just... wow. Mycket bra, mycket vacker, extremst fantastiskt. Och nu jag bara sitter här och avundar dig. 

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