Behold! Another TarotKlok submission! Thanks to the lovely
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!