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Kickstarter: Axolotl Playing Cards by Sextante Studio


The beautiful Axolotl Playing Cards are created to support the Mexico axolotl conservation efforts in mind. The idea is to help create awareness about this amazing creature through the art contained within the Axolotl deck.


The Axolotl is named after an Aztec god and the inspiration for a Pokemon. The amphibian can heal itself better than Wolverine from the X-Men, even regrowing lost limbs. In nature, the Axolotl is in peril. It is native only to Lake Xochimilco, a UNESCO World Heritage site outside Mexico City.

In 2006, the species was declared critically endangered due to habitat degradation and the pervasiveness of invasive fish in the lake. In 2009, experts estimated that the axolotl population had fallen 90 percent in the past four years, a decline further exacerbated by urbanization.


Axolotl Playing Cards are fully custom with hand-illustrated art by Gustavo Borboa of Sextante Studio, including the courts, aces, and joker. The design is inspired by the Axolotl and its natural environment, focusing on 3 main elements: the water hyacinth, the Axolotl and the water.


For example, the gorgeous back design illustrates how the axolotl interacts with these elements that are constantly present through all its life. Guzo explained on the campaign page,
Ripples in the water created by the movement of the axolotl pass through the water hyacinths, this scene displays the harmony that its present between the 3 elements the water hyacinth, the axolotl and the water.

The deck is kept in a matte black tuck box and spot UV ink print for all the details. Printed by Cartamundi on their popular True Linen B9 Finish.

Pledge starts at $10. If you want to support the Axolotl Playing Cards, head over to the Kickstarter campaign here! If this project is successfully funded, the team will donate 100% of all profits produced from the decks that remain after the campaign.

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Kickstarter: Axolotl Playing Cards by Sextante Studio Reviewed by Ivan Choe on 9/18/2018 Rating: 5

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